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Programme Fact File

Study direction:
Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology
Master’s study programme
accredited until
Degree conferred:
Master's Degree of Social Sciences in International Relations and Diplomacy
Language: English
Credit points/ECTS: 80/120
Study location: Rīga
2 years
Places:
1 free of charge
9 paid
2400 EUR/year

You can apply now for the next closest intake: September 2019!
Application period: 1 March to 1 July (non-EU/EFTA countries)
Application period: 1 March to 20 July (EU/EFTA countries)
The best student by semester rankings is awarded a scholarship which fully covers the tuition fee.

You may also apply for Latvian state scholarships.
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The programme prepares specialists for international organisations, diplomatic corps, international companies, non-governmental organisations, scientific institutes.

Academic Environment and Methods

Academic Environment

The programme provides the opportunity to study various aspects of international governance and diplomacy which teaches students the skills to think and act globally. During their studies students acquire the expertise to analyse, understand, and predict developments in international governance and diplomacy, as well as to provide reasoned opinions both orally and in writing.

Lectures are taught by both academics and practitioners, including current and former diplomats.

Students will be educated in various topics of international governance – small states in the international system; the history of international relations with an emphasis on great powers, wars, and diplomacy; international and diplomatic law, global economy and trans-national interests; the governance of the European Union; the foreign policy of the United States, the Peoples’ Republic of China and other great powers; the Middle East; energy security; security governance; e-governance and other issues.

In the third semester students can apply for Erasmus+ exchange studies.

More on Erasmus+ at RSU

Academic Methods

Studies are organised in the form of lectures and workshops with an emphasis on independent work.

Syllabus

Course codeStudy course titleOffered byCourse leaderCredit points/ETCS
KPUMTK_012Civil Defence and Environmental ProtectionDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
PZK_121Civil ProtectionMāris Cepurītis2 / 3
PZK_032Development of Master’s Thesis and DefenceDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns20 / 30
PZK_116E-Governance: Information, Communication, and Policy MakingDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns5 / 7.5
PZK_113Energy, Security and Diplomacy: Power Relations and Strategic PerspectivesDepartment of Political ScienceAndris Sprūds4 / 6
PZK_111Global Economy and Transnational Interests: From the State to International GovernanceDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns4 / 6
PZK_139Global Economy and Transnational Interests: From the State to International GovernanceDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns5 / 7.5
PZK_136Global Governance: Institutions and ProcessesDepartment of Political ScienceMārtiņš Daugulis5 / 7.5
PZK_137International Law and Diplomatic RightsDepartment of Political ScienceJānis Grasis4 / 6
VC_028Latvian LanguageLanguage CentreMāris Andžāns2 / 3
PZK_125Methodology and Methods in the Study of International RelationsDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns10 / 15
PZK_114Politics and Religion: Governing the Middle EastDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns4 / 6
PZK_138Power, War and DiplomacyDepartment of Political ScienceEdijs Bošs5 / 7.5
PZK_106Power, War and DiplomacyDepartment of Political ScienceEdijs Bošs3 / 4.5
PZK_129Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Foreign PolicyDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Cepurītis2 / 3
PZK_122Security Governance: the Euro-Atlantic Space and BeyondDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns4 / 6
PZK_108Small States and International GovernanceDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Cepurītis3 / 4.5
PZK_110The EU and International GovernanceDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns4 / 6
PZK_112The USA and the International OrderDepartment of Political ScienceEdijs Bošs4 / 6
PZK_109Theories and Approaches in International Relations and DiplomacyDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns5 / 7.5

Admissions Requirements

General eligibility criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in social sciences or humanities
  • English language proficiency

Details

Study bases

RSU main building, 16 Dzirciema iela

Career opportunities following studies

Graduates of this study programme will possess the knowledge and skills to work for international organisations, diplomatic corps, international companies, non-governmental organizations, scientific institutes.

Further studies

You can continue to study at RSU in one of the following doctoral study programmes (the courses Communication Culture and Multimedia and Psychology are offered in English):

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