Masters Degree in International Relations - Peace, Security and Development Studies

General Objectives of the Course

The objectives of this Master’s programme include: providing advanced training in the field of International Relations, focusing on issues of peace and security, development and humanitarianism; responding to the demands of a qualification that combines the deepening of conceptual and theoretical knowledge in these areas with the creation of advanced methodological and conceptual skills in these same areas of study.
This approach aims at capitalising on the fields of scientific expertise of the teaching staff in IR as well as at benefiting from the interdisciplinary intellectual and academic environment at the School of Economics. A training of excellence in IR is a priority of this cycle of studies, building capacity and skills in various areas, promoting students’ insertion in the labour market, and stimulating their internationalisation through mobility programmes at the European level and beyond.

Admission Requirements

As defined in Article 42 of the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra: a) Holders of a Bachelor degree or legal equivalent; b) Holders of a foreign higher education degree awarded after a first study cycle organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by an acceding State; c) Holders of a foreign higher education degree recognized as complying with the objectives of the Bachelor degree by the Scientific Council responsible for the Master's study cycle; d) In justified cases, applicants showing a scientific and professional curriculum relevant for attending the current study cycle may access the Master's study cycles upon recognition by the Scientific Council responsible for the Master's study cycle.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

Master's graduates in International Relations – Peace, Development and Global Interventionism have advanced qualifications for performing multiple different functions in the field of international politics, namely in international organisations, state bodies (diplomatic career), at international relations departments and offices in business, public and non-governmental organisations, in the media and in teaching and research institutions.

Mode of Study

Full-time, face-to-face and daytime

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The regulations of the University of Coimbra on 2nd cycles are applied here, particularly the UC Pedagogical Regulation and the FEUC General Standards and Assessment.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The knowledge and competences provided by the MRI – Peace, Development and Global Interventionism aims at giving continuity to the training in IR, privileging the analysis of international conflicts. The skills developed will allow students to perform professional activities in companies, public departments, government bodies, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, or education and research institutions. The objectives of this cycle of studies consist of providing students with solid analytical skills for understanding contemporary international conflicts and the responses of the international community. Although focused on IR, it privileges an interdisciplinary approach of the main international dynamics, encompassing the analysis of different actors beyond the State, such as multinational companies, transnational movements, non-governmental organisations and international organisations.

Course Coordinator(s)

Sarah Carreira da Mota

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António Manuel Portugal Duarte

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

DL 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the DL 107/2008, of 25 June, by the DL 230/2009, of 14 September, and by the DL 115/2013, of 7 August

Graduation Requirements

The Master's degree requires the successful completion of all units of study in the study plan (66 ECTS), as well as the successful defence of the dissertation or the internship report (54 ECTS). Successful completion of the first two semesters’ units of study, corresponding to 60 ECTS, will award an advanced studies diploma.

Access to Further Studies

Master's graduates in International Relations – Peace, Development and Global Interventionism have increased competences for applying to a PhD programme.

Study Programme

International Relations – Peace, Development and Global Interventionism

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: M918

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 09-09-2024
End date: 14-12-2024
2nd Semester
Start date: 03-02-2025
End date: 22-05-2025


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