We live in a globalized and complexly interdependent world. The problems that political communities are called upon to manage and solve are never simply "local". They have a regional and international dimension, through conventions, interventions, discourse and claims of interest. A wide array of actors - state and non-state, local, regional and international - have a say and a role in defining, managing and resolving critical issues.

Continuous and recurring "crises" in the European architecture and beyond have highlighted the importance of comparative analysis, political economy, diplomacy, regional and international organization and governance, as well as the consolidation and upgrading of institutions, human rights and social justice pursuits. They have also created the need for theoretical reflection and philosophical exploration of solutions to contemporary issues. Regional and international networking and partnerships create new data on sharing, upgrading and balancing power. These phenomena need to be thoroughly studied and fully understood by anyone who expects to participate consciously and effectively in the definition, theoretical and empirical analysis, and practical implementation and control of political action.

The aim of the Program is to provide advanced and specialized knowledge in the field of Political Science, specifically and depending on the direction, in the sub-fields of International Relations and European Politics. The main aim is achieved through the following objectives:

  • examination and explanation of the different perspectives, theoretical and methodological approaches of International Relations and/or European Politics 

  • examination and explanation of the main international and European problems, and the ways of resolving or managing their implications 

  • examination and explanation of the policy formulation processes and implementation tools in local, regional and international levels 

  • examination and explanation of diachronic and contemporary questions of political theory 

  • deep examination and explanation of one international and/or European and/or political theoretical issue through the completion of a dissertation 

  • linkage with relevant professional organizations and the work market through an internship program (optional)

Following the successful completion of the Master’s program, students will possess the following:

  • specialized knowledge and understanding of the main theories, themes and practices of International Relations and/or European Politics 

  • specialized knowledge and understanding of the structure, actors, processes, rules and institutions of the contemporary international system 

  • specialized knowledge and understanding of the structure, actors, processes, rules and institutions of the contemporary European system 

  • specialized knowledge and understanding of the main contemporary political theories and interpretive approaches 

  • specialized knowledge and understanding of Social Science research methods 

  • ability to link political theories and interpretive approaches to contemporary international and European issues
  • ability to develop critical questions, and analyze and assess international and 
European problems
  • ability to complete and present independent research work - dissertation.
  • vocational knowledge and work experience (optional)