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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: 264 000 SEK
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Are you interested in the contemporary global challenges we face? Do you seek deeper knowledge on issues such as war, peacebuilding, climate justice? At the Bachelor's Programme in International Relations, you learn about international conditions and relationships, and gain skills to analyse, investigate and evaluate issues related to global challenges. The programme gives you an understanding of how global politics and international relations are organized and structured.


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

The Bachelor's Programme in International Relations give you skills to analyse, investigate and evaluate issues related to international conflicts and collaborations. You get to know different theoretical perspectives and how they bring varied understandings and analysis.

The programme gives you specific knowledge on:

  • war, conflict and security;
  • peacebuilding;
  • global political economy;
  • interventions in order to end armed conflict;
  • migration and sustainability;
  • structure of the international system;
  • complex and shifting power relations;
  • multilateral organizations and world regions;
  • political theory originating in different schools of thought as well as in different world regions;
  • and the impact of climate change as well as new technologies on international relations.

Unique courses, preparing you for the labour market

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

Gender equality perspective

The programme has a focus on gender equality issues related to international relations, and different perspectives on gender and gender equality will permeate all courses. All courses 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 the 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.

Programme structure and content

The introductory and in-depth courses during the first year, provide you with different theories and perspectives on international relations as well as knowledge on pressing global issues. You learn about the global political economy and how war and security affect international relations and what tools the international system has to manage and end international armed conflicts.

During your second year, you develop a deeper understanding through advanced courses 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 complete your studies at the programme by writing your thesis guided by your supervisor.

Ongoing research is given space in the program, and the programme balances traditional concepts with the latest research findings and perspectives, especially from 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, justice and sustainability issues, if you seek deeper knowledge on the shifting power relations, and if want to develop skills to analyse issues related to international conflicts and peacebuilding.

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


Teaching at the School of Global Studies is held at Annedalseminariet in central Gothenburg. Our facilities are technically well-equipped and we offer teaching in gallery seated lecture halls and in smaller rooms for seminars or group sessions. In our facilities, you also find group rooms and study places that you may use both on weekdays and weekends. Annedalseminariet is accessible with an elevator, orientation signs in Braille, a ramp at the entrance door, accessible WC, and automatic door openers. Tram and bus stops are in close proximity. The Social Sciences Library, where you find your course literature, is found within a 10-minute walk, and in the surrounding areas, Linnéstaden and Haga, there are plenty of cafés and vibrant student life.


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.