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Bachelor's Programme in International Relations

Bachelor’s programme
3 years
180 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 261 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK
Application opens 15 March 2021


Are you interested in global challenges, equality and sustainability issues? Do you seek deeper knowledge on shifting power relations and want to manage sustainability issues in practice? At the Bachelor's Programme in International Relations you learn about a wide range of international conditions and relationships, and gain skills to analyse, investigate and evaluate issues related to international conflicts and collaborations.


Global contexts, processes and institutions are playing an increasingly important role for working life as a whole and for people's everyday lives. In our increasingly globalized world where international relations are reshaped and power relations are shifted, the demand for professionals with knowledge of global issues, and competence to analyse international events have increased.

The Bachelor's Programme in International Relations focus on a wide range of international conditions and relationships and give you skills to analyse, investigate and evaluate issues related to international conflicts and collaborations.

At the programme you gain specific knowledge on:

  • international political economy
  • security
  • conflict analysis
  • peacebuilding
  • humanitarian interventions  
  • migration and sustainability
  • the structure of the international system
  • power relations and solid knowledge of individual countries
  • multilateral organizations and world regions 

Gender equality perspective

The programme has a highlighted focus on gender equality issues related to international relations, and different perspectives on gender and gender equality will permeate all courses. All courses will also include lectures and themes that explicitly relate to gender and how it interacts with other power relations such as class, disabilities, race, religion, sexuality, etc.  

Sustainability and international relations

The critical approaches and reflective perspectives of the programme contribute to the ability to better address difficult and socially controversial issues regarding how sustainability issues should be handled. At the programme you get in-depth knowledge on peaceful and inclusive societies, the connection between all goals in the Sustainable Development Agenda and the connection between climate change, social vulnerability and conflict. Through knowledge of the international system and how multilateral cooperation works, you are provided with tools to understand and manage sustainability issues in practice.  

Preparing you for the labour market

The programme offers proficiency courses with project management and training in conflict resolution and foreign diplomacy. The programme also offers an internship semester where you can establish contacts and gain work experience. 

Programme structure and content

The introductory and in-depth courses during the first year, provide you with different theories and perspectives on international relations. During your second year you develop deeper understanding for current issues related to the subject, and attend proficiency courses to prepare you for the labour market. During your third year you can apply for exchange studies, do an internship, or take optional courses. The third year also offers unique courses on foreign policy and diplomacy, and in conflict resolution. You finish your studies at the programme by writing your thesis guided by your supervisor.  

Ongoing research projects and themes will be given space in the program, and the programme balances traditional concepts with the latest research findings and a visibility of voices, perspectives and research from, for example, the global south.

Throughout the programme you will participate in group and individual assignments, presentations, and seminars.

Who should apply?

Apply for the Bachelor’s Programme in International Relations if you are interested in global challenges, equality and sustainability issues, and if you seek deeper knowledge on the shifting power relations and want to learn how to analyse issues related to international conflicts. 

Prerequisites and selection


General entrance requirements


Selection is based upon your average grade from upper secondary school (66 %) and Högskoleprovet - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (33 %)

After graduation

After graduation, you are eligible for studies at master’s level, in Sweden and internationally.

The programme gives you specialized and in-depth knowledge of international relations as well as comprehensive knowledge within social sciences.  

You are qualified for professional work in organizations that focus on peace, security, conflicts, political economy, global governance, cooperation, and the global multilateral system (from the UN to the EU). You can work with analysis and evaluation in public administration and decision-making at both local, national, and international levels, in non-profit organizations and in the private sector.

The also programme lays a solid foundation for future doctoral studies within Peace and Development Studies (after a finished master’s degree).


Our facilities are technically well-equipped and we offer teaching in gallery seated lecture halls and in smaller rooms for seminars or group sessions. Study places are available in our main building for teaching, Annedalseminariet, and at the Social Sciences Library located close to the campus area. Annedalseminariet is accessible with an elevator, orientation signs in Braille, ramp at the entrance door, WC, and automatic door openers. Annedalseminariet is located in Linnéstaden, close to a large green public park, and next to a dynamic city area.



The program provides opportunities for an internship during the fifth semester. An internship allows you to establish contacts and to gain work experience. It prepares you for the labour market and gives you new perspectives and an in-depth understanding of the concepts that have been discussed during your studies.