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Master’s degree in World Politics and International Relations


The two-year Master degree program in World politics and international relations aims to provide a broad, multidisciplinary training in comparative and international studies, in particular in the areas of politics, history, law and economics. The courses in comparative studies aim to improve the student’s ability to interpret and analyse the different political systems of the world as outcomes of path dependent economic and political structures and developments. The courses in international studies aim to deepen the student’s understanding of how the interactions among political systems have unfolded in the most important geopolitical settings, and of how they influence contemporary trends in challenging and answering the basic goals of political systems and human security.

Given its interdisciplinary and comparative nature, the Master in World politics and International Relations offers a solid basis for careers in national diplomatic services, in International Governmental Organizations (including European organizations), and in NGOs, as well as positions for analysts and consultants in internationally oriented private and public companies, public administrations, and research institutes. It also offers a basis for continue university studies at the PhD level.

Quick Facts

Duration 2 years
Start Date September
Tuition Fee For EU students, fees are based on family income. They range from €156 to €3,200 per year.
For non-EU students a flat rate is determined according to their country of origin and ranges from €400 to €3,500.
Location Pavia, Italy


The following is a sample of a typical study plan:

  • First year: Comparative Politics, Economic Models of Politics, History of International Relations, Comparative History of Government, Human Rights and International Justice, History of Diplomacy, Migration and the Law, Explanatory Models in International Relations
  • Second year: Issues in International Relations, Negotiating and Management Skills in International Organizations, Ethics and International Relations, Master Thesis.

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Entry Requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in humanities or social sciences, including at least 36 ECTS (or international equivalent) in one or more of the following areas: demography, economics (not including business studies) and statistics; modern or contemporary history; political studies (including political philosophy); public, private or international law; sociology.
  • C1 level English proficiency

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“What you expect when you plan a visit to an Italian town is to see ancient buildings, to experience grand medieval architecture, and to enjoy being part of a unique and lively environment. Pavia is this kind of town. The old University, its perfect location, the good public services around town, and the availability of study facilities offer the necessary conditions to facilitate the learning process. Thanks to the work of the many students’ organizations, entertainment is guaranteed: you will never be bored here!”

Ruslan Minich, Ukraine, graduate in World Politics and International Relations

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