Master of International Relations

The aim of the programme is to enable you to deepen your knowledge and gain a comprehensive understand­ing of global affairs. The programme also seeks to provide students with the necessary skills to be able to actively engage in academic and professional discus­sions about international relations and related topics. The study programme offers a critical analysis of the contemporary international community in an interdis­ciplinary manner, by combining international politics, international law and international economics. 

Faculty & Visiting Professors 

Dr. Maja Bučar, Dr. Bojko Bučar, Dr. Petra Roter, Dr. Marjan Svetličič, Dr. Zlatko Šabič, MSc. Mojca Jarc, Lector.

Dr. Stefano Guzzini, Professor of International Relations, at the University of Uppsala and Pressident of CEEISA.
Dr. Simon Lightfoot, Senior Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; co-organiser of the EADI Working Group ‘Development Aid of the Non-DAC Donors’.
Dr. Francesco Palermo, Professor of Law at the University of Verona, Italy; former president of the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities; former senior legal advisor to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.
Dr. Simona Elena Rentea, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Gianni Vaggi, Professor, Development Economics, University of Pavia, Director of the Cooperation and Development Network.

Dr. Renate Kicker, Associate Professor of law, University of Graz, Austria,

Dr. Gian Luca Gardini, Chair of International Business and Society Relations with Focus on Latin America, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg,

Dr. Brigitta Busch, University of Vienna, Professor of Sociolinguistics Dr. Katja Žvan-Elliott, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Marocco, Assist.
Prof. of Middle East Studies and Feminism.



Student Affairs Office:

dr. Petra Roter
Programme Coordinator

Quick facts

Type: second level Master study programme of International Relations
Duration: 1 year
ECTS: 60
Language: English
Professional title: Master in International Relations / magister/-ica mednarodnih odnosov

Deadline for applicants: 

1st application period:

31 May 2020 (for EU and non-EU candidates)

The candidates must fulfill all enrolment criteria and send all required documents for the recognition of foreign education till July 10, 2020.

2nd application period (only for EU candidates):

from 20 August till 11 September 2020 (only for programmes with free places after 1st application period).

The candidates must fulfill all enrolment criteria and send all required documents for the recognition of foreign education till September 18, 2020.

Intake: Until 30 September 2020

General requirements for enrolment: 240 ECTS

Tuition fee: 4,000 €*

This is a full-time study programme.

 *In the academic year 2020/21, only full-time students may enroll into 2nd level study programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Therefore, citizens from the EU and from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo are not required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees apply for full-time students from countries outside the EU.
Exception: Students who enroll into 2nd level study programmes with an already achieved 2nd level of education should pay tuition fees also for full-time study.

How to apply for master's programmes


Foreign citizens who have completed undergraduate study programme abroad may enrol in the first year of the Bologna Master’s study programme if they complete the procedure of recognition of foreign undergraduate education.

Additional requirements if not from BSc in International Relations:  solid knowledge of International Relations, including International Public Law and International Economic Relations, and fluency in two world languages, one of them being English. Knowing more languages is an asset but it is not a pre-requisite for enrolment. An interview (can be held via Skype) with candidates meeting these requirements is part of the application procedure. 


First year

Elective courses

History of International Relations, Global Development Problems, International Conflict Management (with a field trip), Third Foreign Language (French or other world lang., subject to sufficient interest). 

General competences

By the end of the programme students will become competent experts of international relations, capable of pursuing an academic or a practitioner career. They will develop a critical understanding of the contempo­rary international community in its developmental and structural dimensions, of the functioning of interna­tional institutions, and the ability of independent and analytical thinking about various contemporary and relevant issues as they appear at different levels of gov­ernance in the international community. 


Graduates in international relations can choose from a wide variety of employment opportunities, often moving from one type of career to another, from government to business, from public to private, or from the governmental to the non-governmental sector, for example. The most common careers in international relations are in international gov­ernmental organisations such as the United Nations and other similar institutions, in diplomacy, EU institutions, international NGOs, and in the private sector, working for multinational corporations; and in research institutions, in higher education or in international think tanks. 

Chair of International Relations

Department's mission is to provide for excellence in teaching and research of international relations for the benefit of people and of environment in Slovenia and in the world.