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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
Vietu skaits:
2500 EUR/year

You can apply now for the next closest intake: September 2020!
Application period: 1 March to 1 June (non-EU/EFTA countries)
Application period: 1 March to 10 August (EU/EFTA countries)

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.

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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.


Course codeStudy course titleOffered byCourse leaderCredit points/ETCS
KPUMTK_012Civil Defence and Environmental ProtectionDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
PZK_116E-Governance: Information, Communication, and Policy MakingDepartment of Political ScienceMāris Andžāns5 / 7.5
PZK_157Energy, Security and Diplomacy: Power Relations and Strategic Perspectives5 / 7.5
PZK_154EU and International Governance5 / 7.5
PZK_126Foreign Policy Vectors of the People's Republic of ChinaDepartment of Political ScienceUna Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova5 / 7.5
PZK_136Global Governance: Institutions and ProcessesDepartment of Political ScienceMārtiņš Daugulis5 / 7.5
PZK_097International Law and Diplomatic RightsDepartment of Political ScienceKārlis Bukovskis5 / 7.5
VC_112Latvian for Exchange StudentsLanguage CentreInga Laizāne2 / 3
PZK_114Politics and Religion: Governing the Middle EastSimona GurboMāris Andžāns5 / 7.5
PZK_138Power, War and DiplomacyDepartment of Political ScienceEdijs Bošs5 / 7.5
PZK_133Regional and Social Policy of European Union Member StatesTatjana MuravskaTatjana Muravska5 / 7.5
PZK_153Security Governance: the Euro-Atlantic Space and Beyond5 / 7.5
PZK_155Small States and International Governance5 / 7.5
PZK_156The USA and the International Order5 / 7.5
PZK_152Theories and Methods in International Relations and Diplomacy5 / 7.5

Admissions Requirements

General eligibility criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in social sciences or humanities
  • English language proficiency
  • Skype interview with the applicant


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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