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Utrecht Centre for International Studies

Master’s programmes

The Centre’s associated specialised Master’s programmes Conflict Studies and Human Rights, European Governance, European Law, International Relations in Historical Perspective, Law and Economics and Public International Law provide the knowledge and analytical tools that equip our students with the ability to engage with global challenges in innovative ways. Indeed, the interdisciplinary approach of these six Master’s programmes teaches our students to appreciate the complexities of the international field and to communicate effectively with professionals from all disciplines. Our cooperation will be intensified with more international Master’s programmes in the domains of international studies and global challenges in the near future.
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Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Within this study programme, the Master of Arts in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a selective, international graduate programme that combines the study of theories of political conflict with evidence-based case analysis.  Our approach to international studies is to synergise theoretical, historical, socio-cultural, and policy perspectives in the analysis, understanding, and explanation of the processes and dynamics of violent political conflicts, and the problems associated with domestic and international military and/or humanitarian intervention by agencies such as the UN, NATO, or non-governmental organisations.


European Governance

The Master’s programme in European Governance explores pressing concerns facing Europe today. The issues involve activities at the local, national, and European level, and require insight into the fields of economics, law, and public administration. The interdisciplinary Master’s programme in European Governance will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and to formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. Our programme prepares you to deal with and work within the framework of European governance – both in Brussels and at home.


European Law

Today’s Europe demands lawyers who possess a thorough mastery of European law. The European Union increasingly affects all areas of law and the national legal systems of its Member States have reached a high level of integration. Our unique programme will help you build both substantive and institutional knowledge of European law while giving you an opportunity to analyse European law in relation to the legal systems of the Member States. Futhermore, the flexibility of the programme allows you to focus on areas of personal interest. The programme provides a thorough grounding in European law, covering areas such as internal market law, competition law, social law, judicial protection, human rights law, criminal law, and public law.


International Relations in Historical Perspective

The MA programme International Relations in Historical Perspective (IR/HP) centers on the development of the international state system since the twentieth century. Differently than most other IR Masters it starts from an historical approach. IR/HP acknowledges the value of IR theory but it does not want to put the historical reality of the international political system in a theoretical framework. On the contrary, it takes the reality of international relations as it is, only using IR theory as a helpful tool to explain its complexity. With this philosophy as its point of departure IR/HP brings together political science and historical approaches of international relations into one MA program thereby serving the best of both worlds.


Law and Economics

The innovative, multidisciplinary Master of Law and Economics programme combines the exciting and rapidly growing fields of competition, market law and regulation. You will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance and mergers. You will learn from an interdisciplinary team of legal experts and economists who enhance the challenging course content with both theory and real-world knowledge. The interdependence of economics and law is the prime focus of the programme.


Public International Law

In our Master’s programme Public International Law we study and research international relations from a legal point of view. Our programme addresses international human rights and sustainability issues. In our PIL programme, students will explore common themes of public international law with the option to take a specialisation in Human Rights or Environment and Law of the Sea.