- Master degree in Advanced Studies in International Affairs
Master degree in Advanced Studies in International Affairs
- Duration1 academic year
- ShiftsLate afternoon/Evening
From 6 pm to 9 pm
- DateOctober 16, 2023
Blanquerna-URL - Plaça Joan Coromines. 08001 Barcelona
School of Communication and International Relations
Who is it for?
The master degree is aimed at graduates in International Relations or other disciplines of the social sciences who wish to establish and deepen their theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations. It is also aimed at professionals working in international relations who are looking for formal and structured training in order to broaden their knowledge and improve their work.
Great scope for professional growth
The extensive experience of the School's teaching staff and their permanent contact with career reality have enabled us to constantly update the content of the course
Peace and Conflict Studies
New challenges on the international agenda (with a special focus on development and terrorism)
If you choose Blanquerna's master degree in Advanced Studies in International Affairs, you choose...
A guaranteed future career.
- Interdisciplinary program in the field of international relations.
- Professional internships in institutions, organizations, and companies related to international relations.
- The faculty is made up of people with extensive academic and professional experience in various areas of international relations, which facilitates synergies and a continuous interaction between theory and practice, making the studies rigorous and career-oriented.
- Career guidance at the end of your course with the support of the Blanquerna Alumni network.
University master degrees offer the option of choosing between a career track and a research track
The professional curriculum is designed so that you acquire the specific knowledge and experience to be able to focus your future career on one of the many career opportunities that the degree has to offer.
The research curriculum is designed to train researchers of the highest level and for access to the PhD.
employment rate (School overall, AQU data)
agreements with companies (general School data)
agreements with international universities (general School data)
Training in line with your interests and future career
Students have four options when selecting the 16 credits for the elective subjects:
1- Internships and elective content specific to the master program
2- Internships and advanced research method elective.
3- Internships and elective content from another master program.
4- Elective course in advanced research Methodology and three elective courses worth 4 credits (option without internship)
|Master's degree project||10|
|Globalization and economic, political and legal foundations of international studies||9||Compulsory|
|Optional credits of the master||4||Optional|
|Advanced research methodology|
|Optional credits from other master's programs||4||Optional|
|The management of communication in organizations and the communicative management of crises|
|Rhetoric and writing techniques|
|Geopolitics of the Contemporary World and Global Governance||8||Compulsory|
|Global Governance Seminar||3||Compulsory|
|Actors and Regimes of Global Governance||7||Compulsory|
|Conflict Analysis and Global Security||7||Compulsory|
|Final Master Project||10||Master's degree project|
|Optional credits of the master||Optional|
|International Cooperation and Inequalities||4|
|Optional credits from other master's programs||4||Optional|
|The Far East and Latin America|
|Commercialization and distribution of audiovisual products|
|Innovation, producction and hipermedia report|
|Marketing and cultural events management|
|Production and graphical, audio-visual and multimedia management|
Internships in International Affairs
External internships at companies and institutions are a key part of the learning process. Through them, students have direct contact with the professional world, where they will be able to apply the knowledge acquired at university. Internships immerse the student in the main professional routines of experts in International Studies and the dynamics of the company or institution where they carry out the placement. The School has agreements with more than a hundred companies and institutions in the area of international relations, where students can prepare themselves for the world of work.
An internship environment fully adapted to your interests and your availability
Based on interviews with students, each academic year we establish new agreements for cooperation with companies and organizations directly related to the professional field of the master's degree. The internship will be customized to the characteristics of each student, taking both academic aspects and availability into account.
Objectives of the internship
- Have direct contact with the professional world of international relations.
- Apply the knowledge acquired.
- Establish a network of professional contacts
- Acquire an overview of a complex and changing environment.
Internships at the School
- The master degree ensures that each student will be able to do an internship within an institution, organization or company in positions related to their sector.
- Each student will have the master degree coordinator as adviser, who will ensure they comply with the internship's objectives and make the most of the experience.
Where can you do your internship?
· Action Against Hunger · Aerolink Air Services S.L. · Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament · AMEC · Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines · Sabadell Chamber of Commerce · CAN Europe · Casa Africa · Casa Amèrica Catalunya · Casa Asia · Center for Cooperation in the Mediterranean · Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau · Centre Internacional Escarré per les Minories Ètniques i Nacionals (CIEMEN) · CIDOB · · UCLG United Cities and Local Governments · Consell Català del Moviment Europeu · Spanish Red Cross in Catalonia · Deloitte · Department of Foreign Affairs - Generalitat de Catalunya · Department of the Interior - Generalitat de Catalunya · Department of the Presidency - Generalitat de Catalunya · Eupportunity · · Fundació Futbol Club Barcelona · GEA Barcelona European Consulting · Global Socio Economic Forum Secretariat · Gomplast · Havas Media · IEMed · European Institute of the Mediterranean · Instrategies · International Policy Sector Action Plan · ISGlobal · Justicia i Pau · Kreab Iberia · Media Planning Group · Metropolis · Mola Mola Surf S.A. · MSA The Safety Company · Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development · ORU FOGAR · Otaduy · Oxfam Intermón · Parlament de Catalunya · PEN International · PIMEC · Ramon Clemente S.A. · SPAMEX - Associación Instituto Iberoamericano de Mobilidad Internacional · Thomas Cook International AG · Tornos Abogados · Tous · UNICEF - Catalonia Committee · Zicla
Master's Degree Thesis
The master degree thesis allows you to put into practice all the knowledge you have acquired. It involves the preparation of a research or practical project on a topic of international relations, from a professional or research perspective.
The thesis is a means of checking the students' capacity to integrate the learning acquired throughout the master degree program (both material and instrumental: argumentation, critical analysis, autonomous working) and the in-depth study of one of their areas of knowledge.
The thesis subject must be developed within one of the areas of knowledge of International Studies (preferably those covered in the master degree program). The work must include an original analysis, through which the students can explore the aforementioned skills and knowledge. The proposal should be based on bibliographic research, supported by quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, and the conclusions should be presented in a reasoned and coherent manner.
The thesis is understood as an evolutionary process under the guidance of the thesis supervisor. This process consists of four consecutive phases (each of which provides knowledge and skills relevant to the students' learning): training, preparation, writing and oral defense.
The thesis is followed up by means of regular tutorials with the professor supervising it, including final approval of bibliographic research and data collection, discussing the project with the supervisor and writing the text itself.
The thesis grade is given in a single report, although it is calculated in two parts: assessment of the thesis by the supervisor (50% of the grade) and assessment of the thesis by the panel made up of three members, preferably from the master degree teaching staff, as well as possible external experts (50% of the grade).
The master degree in Advanced Studies in International Relations has a broad career path, with a very diverse range of job opportunities.
International policy analyst in the think tank sector (from security to development)
Project manager in international public and/or private organizations
Official at international organizations (UN, World Bank, OECD) and regional organizations (EU)
Member of a country's diplomatic service
International affairs consultant for private organizations (political parties, companies, third sector organizations)
Specialist in international relations at city councils and local services
Teaching and research in the various areas of international relations.
Public administration (in the area of foreign policy or paradiplomacy), diplomatic and consular services.
National intelligence services.
Third sector organizations (especially NGOs).
Foundations and think tanks.
Universities and research centers.
International trade-oriented companies (especially multinationals).
Companies that trust our graduates
A direct link to your future career
Our work doesn't finish the moment you graduate. The Alumni department will support you to enable us to achieve an employment rate of 90% of students in the first year after graduation
State-of-the-art facilities at students' disposal
All the services you need while you are at the School
University master degrees are official degrees awarded by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, in accordance with the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the guidelines set out in the Bologna Declaration. To access the official master degree, you must hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country that is part of the European Higher Education Area. Access to master degree studies is regulated by Royal Decree 822/2021, of 28 September.
These studies are also open to students with a degree issued by an education system outside the European Higher Education Area, who do not need to have it approved, provided that the level of training is equivalent to that of an official Spanish degree and that, in the country of origin, the degree gives access to graduate studies. However, admission does not in any case imply the convalidation of the degree or any other type of recognition beyond allowing the student to access master and graduate studies at the University.
Students who have a degree in a field other than Communication Sciences (Audio-visual Communication, Journalism or Advertising and Public Relations) will have to complete a supplementary training module equivalent to between 15 and 60 credits, depending on the original degree.
The application process consists of two parts:
Students can pre-enroll online (by accessing Pre-enrollment | Blanquerna or the pre-enrollment option for each course). You can also pre-enroll in person at the School. During the process, the candidate must submit the required documentation:
- ID card, passport or NIE residence card
There is no charge for this procedure. When the pre-enrollment process has been completed, you will obtain a receipt with pre-enrollment details and a pre-enrollment code (CIB).
When pre-enrollment has been completed, the candidate will be offered a date for an interview with the director and/or coordinator of the master degree, who will assess their suitability and resolve any doubts they may have about the course for which they are enrolling. For the selection of candidates the following will be taken into account:
- Academic record.
- Personal interview.
- Professional experience.
Once the assessment is complete, the student will be informed of the result of the interview and how to enroll, if admitted. Once admission has been confirmed, the candidate will have to pay €100 as a reservation fee, using the same application via which pre-enrollment was processed. This amount will be considered a reservation fee and will be deducted from the total price of enrollment when it is formalized. Payment is by credit or debit card using a secure, confidential process. The amount paid as a reservation fee will not be refunded under any circumstances, unless the course is canceled.
Students who are admitted can choose between two options, depending on whether or not they already qualify for university admission:
- Conditional enrollment: This option is available to students who have not yet obtained a bachelor degree and who want to study a master degree at the same time. For conditional enrollment, students need to be enrolled for the pending credits in their bachelor degree. This is subject to a maximum of 9 credits and the bachelor degree thesis. The master degree thesis cannot be graded, and the master degree cannot, therefore, be awarded, until the student has completed the bachelor degree. The student must sign a document accepting the terms of conditional enrollment.
- Definitive enrollment
Enrollment is definitive if the student already meets the requirements for admission.
Enrollment is the final step in the procedure to access the master degree. Students will be informed individually of the enrollment date. When enrollment is complete, and the corresponding fee has been paid, the student will have secured a place. Course fees are paid in installments without any interest. When students enrol, they will have two business days to pay 50% of the total cost of the credits for which they have enrolled, by bank transfer or using a barcode at the bank; the remaining 50% is split into nine monthly installments, from October to June, payable by direct debit using the bank account indicated at the time of enrollment.
School alumni are given a 15% discount on the enrollment fee (non-cumulative discount). This discount will only apply to students who enroll full-time for all the credits required in the course. Prices are updated each academic year. Once enrollment is complete, the amount paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.
Students must bring the following documentation with them when they enroll:
- Certified photocopy of the qualification that gives them access to the course or documentary proof that the relevant document has been requested.
- Original official academic certificate or certified copy of the bachelor degree transcript.
- Current account number for direct debit (if payment is to be by installments).
When a student enrolls, a contract for the provision of teaching services is formalized between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation, which is legally binding from the time of payment. Payment includes the corresponding insurance and, for students under the age of twenty-eight, compulsory academic insurance. If a student declines to take up a place, he/she will lose in full any amount he/she has paid.
The student accepts the rules for the use of computer services established by the Blanquerna Foundation. The student's personal data will be included in an automated file under the responsibility of the Blanquerna Foundation, so that this contract can be formalized and fulfilled. Students should note that their data may also be used to inform them about the future activities of the Foundation, or for the institution to send them publications. In accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999 on the protection of personal data, students have the right to access their data to update, rectify or cancel them, or object to their use, by sending a letter, indicating which right they want to exercise.
This section is a summary of the general conditions for enrollment. It is only for guidance and therefore has no contractual value. In the event of any discrepancy, the provisions of the general conditions for enrollment specified in the receipt generated at the time of enrollment will prevail; this receipt formalizes the contract between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation; students can consult it on the intranet whenever they wish.
The School reserves the right to ask candidates with qualifications obtained outside the EHEA for a letter from their university, embassy or consulate to certify that their studies enable them to pursue a master degree or graduate studies. Students are responsible for having all the official documentation necessary for their stay in Spain while studying at the School. Applicants can ask for a pre-acceptance document attached to the pre-enrollment receipt to initiate applications for visas or scholarships or carry out any other administrative procedure. Under no circumstances does this document guarantee a place if all the access and admission requirements are not met. Once applicants have been accepted and enrollment is complete, they can request a letter of admission from the Academic Secretary, if required, by paying the corresponding fee.
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Studies can be paid in installments and without any interest. At the time of enrollment, 50% of the total cost of the enrolled credits is paid. The remaining 50% is split into nine monthly installments (from October to June) payable by direct debit.
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- Survey of student satisfaction with online education
- Report result of the student form on online academic activity and COVID-19
- Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations bachelor's and master's degrees student participation and satisfaction
- Survey of student satisfaction with School services 2019
- AQU preliminary report on graduate satisfaction 2019
- 2015 first-year student URL satisfaction
- 2015 fourth-year student URL satisfaction
Faculty surveys (research and teaching staff)
- Teaching and research staff satisfaction survey results tables 2019
- Teaching and research staff qualifications satisfaction survey results tables 2019
- Teaching and research staff survey participation results 2019
- Teaching and research staff satisfaction 2015
- Teaching and research staff satisfaction 2013
Administrative and service staff surveys
- Service staff survey (comparison of URL and Blanquerna results) 2015
- Administrative and service staff satisfaction survey summary tables 2019
- Administrative and service staff satisfaction 2015
- Administrative and service staff satisfaction 2013
Evidence relating to employer satisfaction
- 2019–2020 FCRIB Report on internship employer satisfaction
- 2017–2018 FCRIB Report on internship employer satisfaction
Job bank and careers
- Bachelor degree employment rate studies 2019
- Official master degree employment rate studies 2019
- Bachelor degree employment rate studies 2018
- Official master degree employment rate studies 2018
- Official master degree employment rate studies 2017
- Bachelor degree employment rate studies 2017
- 2014-2018 Occupational integration studies
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