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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 11500

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About Geopolitics & Connectivity at University of Groningen

In this master's track, students are stimulated to think critically about geopolitics by combining cutting-edge theoretical developments in the study of power, space, and connectivity.

Geopolitics has historically been understood withinInternational Relations as the study of space and power,particularly in relation to conceptions of territory.Controversially, it has been assumed by some in the past to be ascience that determines order in the world. This track analysesgeopolitics from a different angle. It focuses on understanding howspaces are produced as a result of making things connect anddisconnect. When the Panama Canal was opened e.g., it transformedexisting spatial orders. It changed the terms of who connected,what was to be connected, how would that connectivity take place,at what speed, and very importantly, it radically changed powerrelations between the north and south of the Western hemisphere,the relations between the American East and West coasts, and globaltrade across the Pacific.

In this track, students are stimulated to think critically aboutgeopolitics by combining cutting-edge theoretical developments in the study of power and space and by understanding the implicationsof employing different approaches for understanding connectivitysuch as the network. Courses use an extensive range of contemporaryand historical case studies.

In this master's track, students are stimulated to think critically about geopolitics by combining cutting-edge theoretical developments in the study of power, space, and connectivity.

Geopolitics has historically been understood withinInternational Relations as the study of space and power,particularly in relation to conceptions of territory.Controversially, it has been assumed by some in the past to be ascience that determines order in the world. This track analysesgeopolitics from a different angle. It focuses on understanding howspaces are produced as a result of making things connect anddisconnect. When the Panama Canal was opened e.g., it transformedexisting spatial orders. It changed the terms of who connected,what was to be connected, how would that connectivity take place,at what speed, and very importantly, it radically changed powerrelations between the north and south of the Western hemisphere,the relations between the American East and West coasts, and globaltrade across the Pacific.

In this track, students are stimulated to think critically aboutgeopolitics by combining cutting-edge theoretical developments in the study of power and space and by understanding the implicationsof employing different approaches for understanding connectivitysuch as the network. Courses use an extensive range of contemporaryand historical case studies.

After your studies

Job prospects

The Master's track is broad in scope and gives students a solidfoundation in international relations. There is consequently a widerange of employment opportunities for International Relationsgraduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but youcould also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer.You can work in international business, non-profit or governmentorganizations, in the media, and at a university or a privateresearch institute.

Brochure job profiles IRgraduates | For some examples of where our IRgraduates work, please go to our brochure. 
Alumni NetworkMitrany | We would also like to direct you to the IRAlumni Network or a survey they conducted amongst IRalumni.
Universityof Groningen Career Services | Helps students toprepare for a successful career. 

The Master's track is broad in scope and gives students a solidfoundation in international relations. There is consequently a widerange of employment opportunities for International Relationsgraduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but youcould also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer.You can work in international business, non-profit or governmentorganizations, in the media, and at a university or a privateresearch institute.

Brochure job profiles IRgraduates | For some examples of where our IRgraduates work, please go to our brochure. 
Alumni NetworkMitrany | We would also like to direct you to the IRAlumni Network or a survey they conducted amongst IRalumni.
Universityof Groningen Career Services | Helps students toprepare for a successful career. 

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Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 11500 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
International Relations and International OrganizationUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

The English language proficiency requirement will be met bypassing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWOfinal exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-basedTOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (witha minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from theUniversity of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.

previous education

Students with either a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences(including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science,Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), oran internationally oriented Bachelor's degree such as InternationalRelations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or(Modern) History can submit an application to the IR AdmissionsBoard.

Please use this step-by-step guide for more informationregarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure:http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Boardwill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

The English language proficiency requirement will be met bypassing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWOfinal exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-basedTOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (witha minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from theUniversity of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.

previous education

Students with either a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences(including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science,Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), oran internationally oriented Bachelor's degree such as InternationalRelations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or(Modern) History can submit an application to the IR AdmissionsBoard.

Please use this step-by-step guide for more informationregarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure:http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Boardwill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

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