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The Official Master's Degree in International Affairs: Economics, Politics and Law offers a multidisciplinary approach that favors the study and analysis of international affairs in a rigorous and innovative way, in line with the excellence and vanguard that characterize the education offered by Comillas Pontifical University. Studying our Master in International Affairs allows students to acquire a wide range of tools with which to address global challenges and the complexity of international reality from an economic, legal and political perspective.
This official Master's program provides a transversal and advanced training in international affairs, which is structured around a module of common subjects and an itinerary of in-depth study, either of a legal-political or economic-business nature. The program is completed with an academic stay at Georgetown University (Washington, USA), where students will receive classes from prestigious academics and professionals with extensive experience in international relations, foreign policy and international economics. The stay also includes institutional visits to governmental entities and international organizations based in Washington. The academic experience of the Master's program is also enhanced by attending lectures, courses and seminars, including the series of meetings with diplomats and the sessions of the University's Latin America Chair.
With this Master's Degree, studying International Relations is rigorous and innovative
During the Master's program, students will carry out internships in public institutions, international companies and organizations related to international relations, thus initiating a successful professional career in both the private and public sectors, thanks to the polyvalent profile provided by their training.
The Master in International Affairs is organized by the two faculties that make up ICADE, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of Law of Comillas Pontifical University, chosen by the U.S. newspaper Financial Times, in November 2016, as one of the 91 best Graduate Law Schools in the world.
Many people like you are already making the most of their Master's Degree. Here are their experiences.
"This Master's Degree has given me a broad perspective on the context of International Relations, especially in the field of Multilateral Cooperation".
"This Program has provided me with the fundamental keys for my personal life as well as more educational training, with an eye on my goals".
"A multidisciplinary approach is offered, with theoretical depth, quality instruction and humanity".
International Nature of the Degree
Percentage of Students who Spend Two Weeks at Georgetown University
Rankings and Awards
Recognized as one of the Best Five Postgraduate Programs in International Studies for the 2017/2018 Academic Year, according to the “El Mundo” Newspaper Ranking
With this Master's Degree, you will be able to build an international career in both Public and Private Sectors
Paula García AndradeProgram Director
Manager in Humanitarian Organizations
Expert in International Development
Antonio Vázquez-GuillenPartner at Allen & Overy Spain
Ana José Varela OCDE
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Apply for admission. The admission application must be submitted before the deadline indicated to such effect, using the standard form and supplying all the supporting documents in compliance with the admission requirements..
The deadline for submitting applications is until October 2nd, 2022.
Admission application review and personal interview: Once the documents received have been reviewed, the selection process will be completed by calling the applicant in for a personal interview with the Course Director or Coordinator. Depending on the candidate's availability and location, the interview may also be conducted via telephone or Skype.
Admission decision: Admission to the Official Master's Degree in International Affairs: Economics, Politics and Law is decided by the Deans of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of Law, through the Master's Course Director, who follows the advice of the University's Admission Subcommittee. This Admission Subcommittee will be constituted by the Deans of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, and the Faculty of Law, the Head of the Center for Legal Innovation in Law (CID), the Master's Course Director and Coordinator. In the case of degrees awarded outside the EHEA, it will fall to the Rector to make the decision following examination of the report issued by the Acting Subcommittee under the Postgraduate Committee, as provided for in Article 50.5 b) of the Regulations. The Committee's report should necessarily issue a decision on the correspondence between the level of training of this degree and that of Spanish university degrees; and if the foreign degree entitles the student to be admitted to the same level of postgraduate studies in the issuing country.
Decision notification: the decision on admission will be notified to the interested party by mail; moreover, an email and SMS message will be sent to the email address and mobile number, respectively, that are indicated in the application. andidates may also check the status of their application through the Admissions Portal.
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Complete the registration process. Once admitted, the student must complete the registration process. The procedure is initiated via the web, but it is necessary to submit the registration form and the additional documentation to the General Registrar's Office
Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
The Master's Degree in International Affairs is designed for licentiate degree holders or graduates wishing to prepare ahead of joining the employment market in the field of international, multilateral or regional organizations, engaging in a diplomatic or public role in national or international administration bodies.
- Holding a Bachelor's Degree from a Spanish university or equivalent degree from an overseas university (or a Licentiate Degree under the previous Spanish education system). In addition, applicants in possession of a Bachelor's Degree compliant with education systems outside the European Higher Education Area that is not accredited may also be exceptionally admitted. In this case, the admission application must be addressed to the Rector.
- Having a solid academic record, or having completed an internship or having relevant work experience (50%).
- Providing proof of sufficient knowledge of English/Spanish, particularly in the field of international affairs, as some of the subjects of this program may be taught in English (20%). Additional tests may be carried out in order to verify the candidate's analytical thinking, written and oral expression, and learning skills (10%).
- Admission interview with the Master's Course Director (20%).
Information on Fees, Payments, Grants and Scholarships
Full Master’s Degree Program: € 18.380,40
Initial Registration Fee: € 2.536,37
8 Monthly Payments of: € 1.980,50
Comillas students have 10% discount.
Center for Legal Innovation Law (CID)
Alberto Aguilera, 23 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: +34 915422800 Fax: +34 915596569
Person Responsible for the Program:
Dr. Paula García Andrade
Ms. María Jesús Sánchez Pérez
Alberto Aguilera, 23
Tel.: 91 5422800 (ext. 2260)
The Department Office for the Center for Legal Innovation in Law:
Ms. Paloma de Benito
Ms. Paloma Carranza
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|Legal and Institutional Aspects of European Integration and International Organisations||6.0 ECTS|
|International Economics||6.0 ECTS|
|Ethics in International Affairs||1.0 ECTS|
|International Business||6.0 ECTS|
|International Relations||6.0 ECTS|
|International Seminar in Georgetown University||2.0 ECTS|
|Final Master´s Degree Project||6.0 ECTS|
|Trade and Investment in the European Union||4.0 ECTS|
|Economic Growth||4.0 ECTS|
|Economics and Regional Development||4.0 ECTS|
|International Geostrategy: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics||4.0 ECTS|
|Political Economics: Theory and Empirical Evidence (*)||4.0 ECTS|
|International Trade Law: World Trade Organization||4.0 ECTS|
|Political Globalization: Governance and Global Democracy (*)||4.0 ECTS|
|Negotiation and International Contracts||4.0 ECTS|
|International Security Policy. Terrorism and International Criminal Law||4.0 ECTS|
|Migration and Asylum Policy||4.0 ECTS|
(*) Common subjects in both itineraries
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIFIC SKILLS OF THE COMPULSORY SUBJECTS (25 CREDITS + 2 GEORGETOWN SEMINAR):
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS (6 Credits)
SS1. Learning about the analysis methods needed to understand the international economic and financial facts and processes.
SS2. Acquiring a theory-based and practical understanding of the issues arising from the continuing economic interaction between countries.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (6 Credits)
SS3. Specialist knowledge of the planning and implementation of an international business strategy
SS4. Analysis of problems and adoption of the most suitable solutions to practical international business problems
LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (6 credits)
SS5. Learning about the reform of the major international institutions and redefining their scope of action and powers.
SS6. Gaining an understanding and learning how to resolve the issues relating to coexistence between the legal systems of the Member States and European Union Law.
SS7. Expertise, through simulations, concerning the practical operation of the European Union institutions.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (6 Credits)
SS8. Identifying and recognizing the issues and challenges of international security and conflict resolution.
SS9. Learn about the main authors, ideas and approaches in the study of international relations.
ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (1 Credit)
SS10. Gaining an understanding of the major ethical dilemmas present in international affairs.
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SEMINAR (2 Credits)
SS11. Understanding the principles of foreign policy and trade policy of the United States.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIFIC SKILLS OF THE MASTER'S PROGRAM'S OPTIONAL SUBJECTS
TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (4 credits)
CEO1. Gaining a thorough understanding of trade flows and investments affecting the European Union.
REGIONAL ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT (4 credits)
CEO2. Knowledge of regional economies and regional development policies.
ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION: THEORY AND EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE (4 credits)
CEO3. Advanced knowledge of the causes and effects of economic globalization.
INTERNATIONAL GEOSTRATEGY: GEOPOLITICS AND GEOECONOMICS (4 credits)
CEO4. Advanced knowledge of the economic and political scopes of international geostrategy.
ECONOMIC GROWTH (4 credits)
CEO5. Detailed knowledge of economic growth drivers.
GLOBALIZATION POLICY: GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY (4 Credits)
CEO6. Learning about and gaining an in-depth understanding of the phenomenon of political globalization, with particular reference to global democracy and governance.
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY POLICY. TERRORISM AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW. CRIMINAL AND POLICE COOPERATION WITHIN EUROPE (4 credits)
CEO7. Advanced knowledge of international security policy, with particular reference to the fight against terrorism and criminal cooperation in Europe.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW (4 Credits)
CEO8. Advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of the current regulatory framework of international trade in the context of the World Trade Organization.
INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATION AND CONTRACTING
CEO9. Detailed knowledge of the strategic and cultural aspects of international negotiation and contracting.
IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM POLICY (4 credits)
CEO10. Specialized knowledge of immigration and asylum policy.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIFIC SKILLS OF THE FINAL MASTER'S PROJECT OR DISSERTATION.
MASTER'S DISSERTATION (6 Credits)
CE12. Conducting a research project with academic and scientific rigor on international politics or international trade.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIFIC SKILLS OF THE INTERNSHIP. .
INTERNSHIP (3 Credits)
CE13 - Applying theoretical knowledge throughout the professional internship in organizations related to politics and international business.
The sectora in which our students may obtain employment include the following:
1. PUBLIC SECTOR:
- Preparation for access to the diplomatic career and other bodies of the national civil service, European Union or international institutions, in universal and regional international bodies and organizations.
- Assistants and advisors to parliamentary and governmental political groups.
- Internal promotion in the Armed Forces and State Security Forces and Corps.
- Local staff of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Spain.
- Public diplomacy, place branding and international marketing strategies.
2. PRIVATE SECTOR:
- International strategic consulting for public entities and companies.
- Advice on corporate internationalization of businesses.
- Risk analysts (political, economic or legal) in advising internationalized companies, international organizations, rating services, banks and credit institutions.
- Journalism and international communication.
- Lobbyists, defenders of private or public interests in pressure groups before governments and international institutions.
- Research centers and think tanks specialized in the analysis of international affairs.
- Consultancy in international security and intelligence.
- Election observers for international organizations such as the UN, OSCE, EU or Council of Europe.
3. NON-PROFIT SECTOR:
- International affairs consulting for professional associations.
- Non-governmental, humanitarian and relief organizations.
- Organizations and institutions dedicated to international development cooperation.
Since its launch in 2006, the Master's Degree in International Affairs: Economics, Politics and Law, the program has become one of the benchmark courses in Spain and Europe, given the year-on-year increase in student demand and recognition from the companies that have collaborated with the Master's program in addition to other employers.
ACADEMIC CAREER PATHS
Moreover, the Official Master's Degree in International Affairs: Economics, Politics and Law also enables holders to gain admission to official doctorate programs as provided for in Royal Decree 99/2011 of January 28, which regulates official doctorate programs.
University Academic Calendar
Master's Degree in International Affairs: Economics, Politics and Law Calendar
Curriculum approved by ANECA dated July 29, 2013.
Moreover, the students must take the International Seminar at Georgetown University (2 CREDITS) consisting of 18 theory class hours and visits to international organizations and federal institutions.
Orientation report for the trip to Washington