Universitat de Barcelona

International Relations


The Master's in International Relations taught at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) equips its students to pursue academic or professional careers as policy-makers, analysts or researchers into international relations through a programme which includes a substantial component of comparative and international politics.
The master's degree offers a solid grounding in concepts, together with practice oriented towards the analysis of issues in international politics. Students will come into contact with several disciplines such as politics, law and the economy, and will be able to specialise in more specific material according to their interests.

This advanced master's degree is worth 60 ECTS credits (to be taken in one year, or in two years if you enrol as a part-time student) and can be studied either fully in English or in a combination of Spanish and English. It is a multidisciplinary programme addressed to graduates in political sciences, international relations and economics. Students from a variety of areas of knowledge can benefit from this master's degree, although the majority come from the social sciences branch. The overall objective is to help students acquire ample knowledge of the analytical tools and essential data needed to analyse current international issues, in both the private and public sectors. The contents of the master's degree aim to bring students closer to the analysis of international political and economic processes through the study of national and international actors and economic and social agents, their networks and institutions and contexts in which these actors interact. The postgraduate programme includes the possibility of doing an internship or studying abroad for one semester.
IBEI is an affiliate member school of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). The Institute is a centre of academic excellence specialised in International Studies. It combines distinguished research with top-quality teaching and student-oriented services.

Learning objectives

  • Master and apply specific knowledge on contemporary international relations and global governance from a comprehensive and multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Design specialised information searches on topics related to international studies and systematise the results obtained according to the standards of academic-scientific study.
  • Reflect independently and make decisions regarding the resolution of the specific problems and challenges of today's international relations in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
  • Master and apply knowledge about the actors, dynamics, processes and factors that interact in national and international decision-making, the daily practice of governments, non-governmental organisations, governmental organisations, companies, as well as the tools used for the implementation thereof.
  • Design and write texts commonly used in the framework of contemporary international relations (reports, memoranda of foreign policy, resolutions, dispositions, agreements, etc.) of academic-scientific quality, taking into account both content and formal aspects.
  • Identify and recognise issues on the most relevant problems and challenges of international relations and, in turn, specialise in a more specific material field of international relations: international security and conflict resolution; international governance and globalisation; political economy and development.

Basic Information

Main university:
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Pathway(s) offered:
 professional practice, mixed pathway
Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 English and Spanish
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Law
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

Pre-enrolment calendar

Until 1 July 2022.

Pre-enrolment form

Required documentation


IBEI runs a rolling admissions process. The Admissions Committee meets once a month to evaluate all complete applications received by then. Applicants can expect an answer after four to six weeks following the submission of all the required documents (including both reference letters).


Closed Enrolment