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

Faculty of Economics

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Teresa Paula Almeida Cravo (tcravo@fe.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes (carmen.mendes@fe.uc.pt)

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.
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.
Mode of Study
Full-time, face-to-face and daytime
Access to Further Studies
Master's graduates in International Relations – Peace, Development and Global Interventionism have increased competences for applying to a PhD programme.
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.

Recognition of Prior Learning
The recognition of prior learning according to the University of Coimbra’s Regulation of Crediting of previous training and work experience is possible.
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
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.
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.
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.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2015-02-02 a 2021-02-01
R/A-Ef 1616/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18