International Institute in Geneva

Pursue in Geneva two international degrees in International Relations and Diplomacy in 1 year from two highly ranked institutions - International Institute in Geneva and the University of Plymouth, UK.



The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIR) responds to the growing demand to train young professionals in Geneva for decision-making careers in international organizations, diplomatic services and private sector. Situated in the same city as the United Nations headquarters in Europe, the program takes full advantage of Geneva’s unique situation as a world capital of multilateral diplomacy. The MIR provides substantial resources for its international faculty and student body to network with international institutions (UNHCR, UNECE, UNCTAD, WTO, WHO, ILO, ITU, WIPO, WEF, ICRC) and diplomatic missions.


Students may select a unique option: undertaking the (IIG) master in IR consisting of 14 taught modules and extending their studies to include an individual research dissertation to gain the award of MA IR at University of Plymouth (UK). Upon successful completion of 12 out of 14 taught modules, at (IIG), the student can progress directly into the dissertation stage of the MA IR at UoP, which would be an extra 4 months duration without leaving Geneva

  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Starting
    September November March May
  • Courses
    14 Courses

Key Benefits

  • Achieving 2 recognised degrees in Geneva in 1 year awarded by the International Institute in Geneva and the University of Plymouth, UK
  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty working in academia and international institutions
  • Providing knowledge and skills to analyze international issues, prepare policy reports and participate in international decision making via international conferences and meetings
  • Exploring the United Nations system, international regimes, regional agreements and technical cooperation between states
  • Gaining insight into multilateral diplomacy being in the heart of “International Geneva”
  • Study tour to Silicon Valley 
  • Teaching on campus and online

Program Details

In addition to core international relations courses, with a focus on the United Nations system and the European Union, foreign policy and geoeconomics, global economy and economic diplomacy, the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy curriculum trains young professionals for decision making positions with courses in international trade organizations and statistics, executive communication and negotiations, multimedia and internet.


The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy is comprised of 14 courses taken over one year.

Course Descriptions

Trimester 1 Credits
  • ECO 607 – Global Economics This course examines the major principles of economics, economic policymaking and the role of the firm in the economy. It discusses the role of the financial system, (un)employement and international economic flows between the domestic economy and its international environment and provides the theoretical basis for understanding the economic importance of firms, international trade and international capital flows.
  • LAW 660 – The Laws of War This graduate course will cover the concept of war in law, the thresholds for the applications of the law of armed conflict, the rules on resort to war (jus ad bellum), the laws of war themselves (understood in the wider sense as including applicable human rights law, refugee law, etc), and the emerging rules concerning the post conflict period, in particular the law relating to war crimes. There will also be an emphasis on future forms of warfare, including the issue of robots, the use of drones, and the new thinking about cyberwarfare.
  • POL 610 – Geoeconomics This course explores the impact of geoeconomics strategies of state and non-state actors in international relations. It examines European, US and East-Asian competitive intelligence, trade and economic interests at stake. The course addresses the issue of information operations and disinformation strategies, enforcement or destabilization of the nation state and state support to strategic industrial sectors through economic diplomacy. The relations between the state, corporate sector and civil society are examined in the form of case studies.
  • POL 625 – Regional Cooperation and Diplomacy The course will examine the political and economic concepts of regionalism, particularly from the perspective of using diplomacy and economic cooperation and integration to deal with traditionally complex regional structures of international relations. Students will examine the dynamics of the growing trend towards regionalism in a comparative perspective, analyzing regional groupings in Europe, East Asia, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The course introduces the concept of regional cooperation and integration in the age of globalization, from the perspective of world economic geography, cultural interaction, and functional collaboration that leads to political cooperation.
Trimester 2 Credits
  • NEG 625 – International Negotiations Negotiation skills are among the most valuable and sought-after skills both in crisis management and peaceful resolution of conflict. Students will analyze the process in which two or more actors, with differing views and interests, engage in dialogue using bargaining, trade off and persuasive communication to reach agreement on issues of common concern. The course consists of a series of interactive modules, simulations, and role-play exercises offering a practical insight of the art of negotiation in international relations. Through the analysis of in-depth case studies, students will assess the role and effectiveness of international negotiations in areas such as international trade, regionalism, disarmament or climate change on the local and global levels.
  • POL 621 – Global Environmental Politics The graduate course aims to develop the skills required to engage with international environmental politics and policy. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the design and effectiveness of international environmental regimes. The course will take into account the larger political economic context of environmental policies.
  • POL 627 – Advanced International Security The concept of international security is a particularly complex and multifaceted one. Indeed, how international security issues are defined and prioritized, to whom they are designed, have crucial implications on decision-making and the crafting of security policies. This course explores the multiple understandings and meanings of security and their implications for security policies, by overviewing key theories having contributed to define and shape the field of international security and discussing contemporary concepts and themes related to traditional and critical approaches to security studies (from militarisation, nuclear security, and violent conflicts to migrations, terrorism, and cybersecurity).
  • POL 640 – Democracy and Globalization This course draws from comparative politics, international relations and political thought to analyze the past, present and future of democracy. It seeks to answer questions like: 'Is democracy in decline? What is the impact of globalization on the democratic national state?' This course will put into perpective current discussions about democracy by examining theories and history of the emergence and breakdown of democracies.
Trimester 3 Credits
  • POL 630 – Foreign Policy and Diplomacy The focus of this course will be on the decisional dynamics underpinning foreign policy and diplomacy. This course provides both the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary to analyze international events using foreign policy concepts.
  • TRA 660 – International Trade Law and Policy The course covers trade related law and policy issues with respect to economic development, growth and regional cooperation. It addresses current challenges to the multilateral trading system, including the ongoing Doha round negotiations as well as the future of the WTO.
  • POL 650 – International Relations of the Middle East This course focuses on the regional politics of the Middle East and its interaction with the rest of the world. It will apply international relations theory to the study of the Middle East politics. The course aims to provide students with a contextual understanding of contemporary Middle East politics and research skills in comparative politics.
  • MGT 610 – Leadership and Influence The cross-disciplinary course is based on the ‘influence-as-leadership’ concept which is highly relevant for successful careers in all types of organizations, whether commercial or governmental. Students will develop a feel for motivating and influencing others and recognize manipulative and other unethical practices. Students study a range of variables that affect leadership in organizations including effective leadership styles, motivation or non-verbal communication. The course incorporates the latest inter-disciplinary research in the field and encourages students to develop their leadership skills, not least by actively contributing to the in-class discussions and exercises.
Trimester 4 Credits
  • POL 665 – Human Rights: From Law to Politics In this course students will get familiar with the philosophical foundations, the history and evolution of Human Rights as well as the international and regional institutions where Human Rights are discussed and their practical implementation monitored. Students will study more in depth some specific legal cases in order to better understand the key issues at stake but also the actors and mechanisms involved in order to critically assess the positive contributions and difficulties of the human rights regime. Students will study the controversies over human rights and the role played by human rights discourse in international relations. In the end, students will be equipped with the tools to navigate the international law and politics of human rights.
  • POL 698 – Future Issues in International Relations (Capstone Course) International relations have changed since the end of the Cold War in 1989 and September 11, 2001. This course identifies the crucial political issues today on the national, regional and transnational levels. It examines current dynamics and assesses their possible future trends. Topics under consideration include security, the environment, the economy, migration, religion and the information society on a global scale.

Distinguished Speakers

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Former President of Switzerland, Graduation ceremony 2012

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Graduation ceremony 2008


Nationalities of Master Students
  • 1. Europe (62%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (7%)
  • 4. Africa (3%)


The faculty at IIG in Switzerland, is international in experience, practical in orientation and focused on their teaching. The faculty members are student-centered and committed to foster a stimulating learning environment.

Study in Switzerland

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.

An International Network

An International Network

The International Institute in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide.

Your Career with your MIR

Your Career with your MIR

MIR graduates engage in decision-making careers in: international organizations and diplomatic services; corporate business and financial sector; media, NGOs and civil society.

Career Services

Career Services

The International Institute in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of current international political issues applying the relevant specialized language, develop and advocate for informed and appropriate action to solve complex problems in world affairs.
  • Students will be able to conduct research in an academically sound way and provide a critical analysis of contemporary international issues, drawing on diverse theoretical insights from International Relations.
  • Students will be able to understand decision-making mechanisms in various settings, demonstrate diplomatic and negotiation skills and apply ethical principles to political decisions.
  • Students will be able to work with others giving constructive feedback to peers and doing effective self-criticism. 


Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or € 140.- or USD 150.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (min score 80),  IELTS (min score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IIG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

Candidates over 30 years would hardly get a student visa in Switzerland

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates only:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
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