Master's Programme in International Administration and Global Governance
The Master’s Programme in International Administration and Global Governance (IAGG) applies insights from diverse disciplinary perspectives to issues of international relevance. You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to formulate, analyse, and evaluate policy related to long-term political, economic, and social development. You will be prepared for professional careers in the field of international affairs or further research at the doctoral level in an international environment with students from all over the world.
Two double degree options
In addition to studying Master's Programme in International Administration and Global Governance in Gothenburg there are two double degree options that you can apply for. See the links below for further information and instructions on how to apply for these.
International Administration and Global Governance
International Administration and Global Governance involves everything from international agreements, declarations, and protocols to ideas and norms, from development aid to foreign policies. International trade, social and economic development, environmental protection, human rights, security, democratisation, state capacity development, and gender equality are all increasingly treated at the regional, transnational and international levels. In our programme, we explore and analyse the intentional and unintentional effects of both action and inaction by entities from international organisations and states to epistemic communities, NGOs, and citizen activists.
A wide-ranging and interdisciplinary learning experience
The programme is offered jointly by the Department of Economics, the Department of Political Science, and the School of Global Studies. Throughout the programme, you will explore the historical development of the international system, critically examining the interrelations among actors on the international arena through various theoretical lenses. Building on this foundation, the programme explores specific policy issues in the broad areas of security, and environmental, economic, social, and political development.
• Why do some societal issues make it onto the international policy agenda while other, equally compelling, issues do not?
• What implications do international trade agreements have for producers, consumers, and the environment? And what are the implications if such agreements fail to materialise?
• How can we understand that the same policy approach in development cooperation may have highly divergent impacts in different national settings?
In analysing such questions, you will develop the skills and abilities needed to understand and contribute to finding ways forward on the complex challenges facing the world today.
Programme structure and content
The first semester explores the historical development of the international system, with focus on the relations among international organisations and between international organisations and various state and non-state actors. You will explore the primary policy theories in areas such as peace and conflict studies, and economic, social, and political development.
The second and third semesters offer opportunities for pursuing your individual areas of interest through elective courses, an optional internship, or studies abroad. A research methods course in the third semester equips you with advanced knowledge of social science research methods that will assist in your thesis work. We also offer students the choice of four different research methods courses, which cater to beginners as well as students with more advanced methods backgrounds.
The fourth semester offers an opportunity to apply and further develop your methodological skills and area expertise from previous semesters in your final master’s thesis.