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International Relations: Why this programme

International Relations is a highly qualified 2nd cycle degree programme aimed at providing students with a number of key skill bys and competences to compete in the international labour market, comprising both private and public sector. Students will get a broad and multidisciplinary view of the most recent economic and political phenomena, as well as an in-depth insight of the key differences that mark Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe as different regions in the world.

 For a.y. 2020/2021 the programme offers four different curricula taught in English:

  • European Affairs,
  •  International Affairs,
  • Forecasting Innovation and Change, 
  • Crime, Justice and Security - entirely taught in English, recognized as international by the University of Bologna. They are meant to attract  qualified EU and non-EU students as well as Italian students.

European Affairs

The European Affairs curriculum offers students the opportunity to specialise in topics  such as EU external relations, foreign policy, economic and trade policy, as well as the social and cultural dimensions of the European integration process. This curriculum aims at training future experts in European Union affairs, policies  and institutions, offering a comprehensive programme of instruction for students keen to work in the European public or private sector. The curriculum provides students a deep knowledge in four macro-areas: political science, economics, area studies and European politics and Institutions. A wide range of elective courses are offered that allow our graduates to stand out for theair cross-cutting understanding of global issues that influence European politics. Students have also the possibility to learn another European language among French, German, and Spanish, which will enhance their possibility to embark in an international carrier.

International Affairs

The International Affairs curriculum aims at creating analysts able to investigate, understand and build geopolitical strategies, conflict mediation and security policies in the international context. The curriculum encourages the participation of students from different field of studies and cultural backgrounds and it trains specialists able to critically analyse political systems, the elationships between them, the reason for tensions and the political and economic role of international organizations, including EU. The degree programme includes some core course units on the evolution of the international political and economic system, providing grounding for more specialised course units.

A wide range of elective course units are available in politological, economic, historical, sociological and legal areas, developing flexible, interdisciplinary figures.

Forecasting Innovation and Change

Starting with 2017-2018 a new curriculum called Forecasting Innovation and Change will be offered. It aims to provide students with a set of tools for implementing foresight thinking while dealing with traditional topic of interest in the International Relations field. The curriculum core courses are related to  foresight methodology, ranging from quantitative and qualitative methods to innovative future design techniques. (see Attachments Box)

 International Criminology

Starting with 2018/2019 the new curriculum International Criminology prepares students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and social control in the international and transnational contexts. The curriculum is aimed at equipping students with deep and extensive knowledge of up-to-date criminological theories and research in different fields, with special attention to the historical, legal and socio-political settings for the analysis of international, transnational and cross-border crime.

Crime, Justice and security (new Y.Y. 2019/2020)

It intends to provide students with the adequate tools in different macro areas: politology, sociology, criminology, analysis of the borders, with a special focus on legal theory and analysis.

Admission Requirements and Study Plans

Here you can find the study plans of the degree programme, while information about admission requirements and procedures are available in the section How to apply / Enrollment.

The call for applications for a.y. 2020/2021 is available here.

Tuition Fees

From the a.y. 2015/16 the curricula European Affairs and International Affairs were recognized as international courses: all activities are entirely held in English; there are specific courses and welcoming service as well as support tutors dedicated to all students enrolled in these two curricula. For this reason, the total amount of tuition fees for European Affairs and International Affairs curricula is 1.000 euros more than the basic tuition fee for this programme.


Director of Second Cycle Degree of INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Prof. Giovanni Giorgini