For more than fifty years Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE has trained legal professionals of the highest level. The principles of excellence and ethical values guide Degree and Postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law, selected by the Financial Times in November 2016 as one of the best 91 Postgraduate Law Schools in the world. The Official Master's Degree in International Affairs: Economics, Politics and Law is organized through the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences and by the Faculty of Law of Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE). The program follows a multidisciplinary focus that favours the study of international relations with a rigorous and innovative approach, while maintaining the traditional excellence and rigour of the university. After graduating, students will be equipped with a wide range of tools with which to analyse the global environment form a business, legal and economic policy perspective.
The master's offers internship at institutions, companies and bodies involved in the world of international relations. The program complements the academic experience of students with attendance at ad hoc courses and seminars. It is worth highlighting that participation in the sessions given by the Chair of Latin American Studies held by Enrique V. Iglesias, one of the foremost authorities in the field of international relations.
Finally the master's also features an educational stay at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., with sessions delivered by academics and professionals with extensive experience in their areas of specialisation.
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; it is also aimed at professionals who want to change their career path to the field of public or private international relations.
The admission application filing period begins on January 8, 2018 until all places are filled.
The total fee for the Master's program is € 16.320,00, broken down into the registration fee and eight installments. The fees only include accommodation and classes at Georgetown University.
*If you are an alumni, you are entitled to 10% discount to be applied to your last installment.
Any Mexican students admitted onto our Master's program whose studies are funded by FIDERH will receive a discount from Comillas equivalent to 10% of the total fees of the course of study in which they are enrolled.
One academic year (October - August). Classes end in June.
60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.
Attendance mode: Full time.
If approval is granted by the relevant Deans of the Master's program, the students may enroll in part-time study worth 30 ECTS credits in the first year and another 30 in the second year.
Spanish and English
Monday to Thursday, 17:00 - 21:00, and some Friday classes if required.
Comillas Pontifical University campus at c/ Alberto Aguilera, 23 Madrid, and a student exchange period at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Master's Course Director:
Gonzalo Gómez Bengoechea, PhD
Master's Course Coordinator:
Ms. Isabel Martínez de las Heras
C. Alberto Aguilera, 23
Tel.: 91 5422800 (ext. 2260)
Fax: 91 5596569
Ms. Paloma de Benito.
Ms. Paloma Carranza.
C. Alberto Aguilera, 23
Tel.: 91 5422800 (ext. 2262 and 2196)
Teaching on the Master's program involves a combination of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials.
The lectures offer perspectives on all issues and opportunities to update materials and provide examples that are relevant to theoretical presentations.
Here, the students make presentations and take part in structured debates. Individual tutoring seeks to provide useful guidance for study and help resolve any difficulties that may arise throughout the learning process.
Formal contact hours with the lecturer are supplemented with self-study hours, where the students have the opportunity to engage in guided reading assignments based on a list of resources provided by the lecturer, class preparation, writing assignments, completing exercises and making oral presentations.
The student must pass the assessments of the program's subjects.
The evaluation of the student's knowledge will be performed by using methods of continuous assessment and examinations.
|COMPULSORY SUBJECT||ADVANCED SPECIAL SKILL|
|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.|
|OPTIONAL SUBJECTS||ADVANCED SPECIAL SKILLS|
|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.|
|SUBJECT||ADVANCED SPECIAL SKILL.|
|MASTER'S DISSERTATION (6 Credits)||CE12. Conducting a research project with academic and scientific rigor on international politics or international trade.|
|SUBJECT||ADVANCED SPECIAL SKILL.|
|INTERNSHIP (3 Credits)||CE13 - Applying theoretical knowledge throughout the professional internship in organizations related to politics and international business.|
Curriculum approved by ANECA dated July 29, 2013.
The Master's program comprises two parts: a first part of common subjects and a second part of study plans for the students to further develop their knowledge of one of the two areas addressed: economics-business, and law-politics.
In the first part comprising core subjects (25 credits), it is proposed that students acquire a sufficient level of competence in the key areas of international affairs —Economics, Business, Law and International Policy— while incorporating the ethics subject, being thus structured as follows:
After completing the core subjects, the optional study plans become available: economics-business and law-politics, each with a total of 20 credits divided into 5 areas of 4 credits each. Both lines of specialization specifically encompass an international and European approach to the issues studied, placing emphasis on the present configuration of international affairs, as well as the many faces of globalization, the current issues relating to international security, and the challenges of the European project. The students must take 20 credits from one of the study plans and 4 credits from the other, which means they can choose their optional subjects in a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary manner.
In this respect, the economics-business administration study plan includes the following materials:
And the law-politics study plan:
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.
Finally, all students are expected to take an integrating module comprising the following:
These are compulsory for students of the Master's Degree as part of their training and study programme. Internship availability depends on the offer of positions at multinational companies and in public and private organisations having a strong global presence. In previous years, students undertook internships at entities such as:
Complementary Formative Sessions
Academic year 2017 / 2018
The sectors in which our students could be employed include the following:
Joining the Diplomatic Service both nationally and internationally. Adviser and assistant roles to politicians and political groups at national, regional, local and European/international levels. In this case, the civil servant positions in European Union institutions, as well as International Organizations in Europe and worldwide.
Roles in this area generally involve conducting research or studies on legislative, budgetary or economic proposals. Drafting of legislation and background reports, and organizing sector-specific meetings.
After more than 8 years since we began offering 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.
In Spain, we have not been able to collect data on the prospective employability of graduates relating to the Master's Degree in International Affairs; hence, as a benchmark, we think it is worth citing the 2011 data from the professional sector and average wage of students who hold a Master's Degree in International Affairs, published by the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego, USA:
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.