Master in International Relations: The Euro-Atlantic Space

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The master's course in international relations has two integrated goals. On the one hand, it aims to promote the interest of students by scientific research in the various spheres of international relations, required by the growing interdependence of regional, national and international decision-making centres, as well by the importance for the critical exercise of citizenship and for the integrated development of populations. On the other hand, seeks to respond to the concerns of many of the senior workers of public service, and of corporate sector, as well as recent graduates that aim to deepen their scientific and technical preparation and acquire skills to the level of scientific research so as to enable themselves to exercise of functions, both in public organizations and in private companies in the region, the country, the European institutions and international organizations.


The overall objectives of the master in International Relations: The Euro-Atlantic Space aims at the acquisition of knowledge in various fields of international relations, the development of critical and reflective capacity on the most relevant issues in the framework of IR and, above all, to ensure the competencies required by the research work in the field of IR, the preparation and execution of research works with rigor and originality and the preparation and defence of a dissertation. These objectives are operationalized in four learning expected results: objectives and transversal skills; of the specific domain of international relations; of the scientific methodology and of the in-depth research.

Admission Requirements

Those who meet the following conditions may apply to the cycle of studies that leads to the mestre degree: a) Holders of a licenciado (bachelor) degree or legal equivalent; b) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae that is recognized by the Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies

Professional Opportunities

Performance of functions both at the level of the Regional Government and at the level of the Central Government, within the scope of the External Relations of the Region and the Portuguese State; Performance of functions in European and international institutions; Specialist in international relations in private companies.


Ponta Delgada

Course Code


ECTS Credits



2 Years

Study Regime

Full-time attendance, presence required in after-work schedule


  • Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • R/A-Ef 2862/2011 de 18-03-2011

Study Program

Code Name Year Semester
0200843Geopolitics and Geostrategy1st year1st semester
0200917International Relations Theory1st year1st semester
0200875Political and Diplomatic History1st year2nd semester
0200870Portugal and Trans-Atlantic Relations1st year2nd semester
0201537Dissertation2nd yearYearly
0200848Research Seminar2nd year1st semester
0200914Research Seminar2nd year2nd semester

Optional Curricular Subjects

Code Name Year Semester
0200871Diplomacy and Euro-Atlantic Foreign Policy1st year1st semester
0200873Ethics and International Relations 1st year1st semester
0200860Insular History Issues1st year1st semester
0200921International Law1st year1st semester
0200846Portuguese Speaking Countries and Community Construction1st year1st semester
0200842The Political Idea of Europe1st year1st semester
0200920Force and Law in International Relations1st year2nd semester
0200927Portugal and the European Union Option1st year2nd semester
0200836The System of the United Nations1st year2nd semester