International Governance and Diplomacy
A unique study programme in Latvia, providing the knowledge to obtain a Master's degree in international relations and diplomacy during the 2 years degree course.
Programme Fact File
Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology
Master's Degree of Social Sciences in International Relations and Diplomacy
1 free of charge
Application period: 1 March to 1 July (non-EU/EFTA countries)
Application period: 1 March to 20 July (EU/EFTA countries)
You may also apply for Latvian state scholarships.
The programme prepares specialists for international organizations, diplomatic corps, international companies, non-governmental organizations, scientific institutes.
Academic Environment and Methods
The programme offers to study various aspects of international governance and diplomacy, providing the students with skills to think and act globally. During the study process, the 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; history of the international relations with an emphasis on great powers, wars, and diplomacy; international and diplomatic law, global economy and trans-national interests; governance of the European Union; foreign policy of the United States, 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.
Studies are organised in the form of lectures and workshops with an emphasis on independent work.
Course code Study course title Offered by Course leader Credit points/ETCS KPUMTK_012 Civil Defence and Environmental Protection Oļegs Sabeļņikovs 2 / 3 PZK_121 Civil Protection Māris Cepurītis 2 / 3 PZK_032 Development of Master’s Thesis and Defence Department of Political Science Māris Andžāns 20 / 30 PZK_116 E-Governance: Information, Communication, and Policy Making Department of Political Science Māris Andžāns 5 / 7.5 PZK_113 Energy, Security and Diplomacy: Power Relations and Strategic Perspectives Department of Political Science Andris Sprūds 4 / 6 PZK_111 Global Economy and Transnational Interests: From the State to International Governance Department of Political Science Māris Andžāns 4 / 6 PZK_136 Global Governance: Institutions and Processes Department of Political Science Mārtiņš Daugulis 4 / 6 PZK_137 International Law and Diplomatic Rights Department of Political Science Jānis Grasis 4 / 6 VC_028 Latvian Language Language Centre Māris Andžāns 2 / 3 PZK_125 Methodology and Methods in the Study of International Relations Department of Political Science Māris Andžāns 10 / 15 PZK_114 Politics and Religion: Governing the Middle East Department of Political Science Māris Andžāns 4 / 6 PZK_106 Power, War and Diplomacy Department of Political Science Edijs Bošs 3 / 4.5 PZK_129 Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Foreign Policy Department of Political Science Māris Cepurītis 2 / 3 PZK_122 Security Governance: the Euro-Atlantic Space and Beyond Department of Political Science Māris Andžāns 4 / 6 PZK_108 Small States and International Governance Department of Political Science Māris Cepurītis 3 / 4.5 PZK_110 The EU and International Governance Department of Political Science Māris Andžāns 4 / 6 PZK_112 The USA and the International Order Department of Political Science Edijs Bošs 4 / 6 PZK_109 Theories and Approaches in International Relations and Diplomacy Department of Political Science Māris Andžāns 5 / 7.5
General eligibility criteria:
- Bachelor's degree in social sciences or humanities
- English language proficiency
Career opportunities following studies
Graduates of the study programme will possess the knowledge and skills to work for international organizations, diplomatic corps, international companies, non-governmental organizations, scientific institutes.
Studies may be continued in RSU doctoral study programmes (Communication Culture and Multimedia and Psychology offered in English):
Head of Programme
Department of Political Science
M–W 8.30–16.30, F 8.30–15.30 (Secretary)
Faculty of European Studies
M–W 9.00–16.30, F 9.00–15.30 (Secretary)