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Problems do not respect borders. Nor should solutions. Study International Politics and Governance – a master's programme at Roskilde University
Master's programme in International Politics and Governance - what is it about?

Climate change, security concerns, online disinformation, public health matters - examples are abundant of societal challenges disrespecting national borders and administrative levels. Effective solutions involve international institutions and politics, national as well as local interests and capacities. Agreeing on solutions is both difficult and insufficient and policymakers and other leaders must pay attention to execution, implementation, and evaluation. In short, the world needs experts with skills to operate effectively in the intersection between international politics and public administration. As a student of International Politics and Governance at Roskilde University you become that expert

You will study how international politics impacts governance, how governance impacts politics, and what this means for the ability of international institutions, governments, and other organizations to help address bordercrossing public policy issues. Our research behind the programme is transdisciplinary and so is your learning. In your studies you will draw on knowledge from the fields of international politics, economics, law, public policy, administration, and management. The transdisciplinary approach enables you to navigate the landscape of international affairs and organisations, to understand the economic dimension of policy issues and their solutions, and to become aware of how international agreements, institutions, and regulation work as concrete tools for both policy and politics. Four mandatory courses are specially tuned allowing you to achieve these aims.  

We aim for you to become an expert in solving cross-border problems. To this aim, we provide you relevant theories, social science methods (qualitative and quantitative), and analytical strategies. Adhering to Roskilde University’s Problem-oriented Project Learning approach, our approach to teaching is that you play the key role. We expect of you to engage in your class work and participate in discussions, exercises, excursions, and more. Particularly, we expect that you and your teammates independently conduct research-like project work for half of your credits (ECTS). We expect you and your team of fellow students to formulate research questions, decide on research designs, carry out research, and write up final reports which you present and defend at an oral exam.

This way you will learn the explanatory force of theories, strengthen your knowledge of methods, and develop expertise in dissemination of your findings to stakeholders. And don’t worry: all project work is supervised by a member of faculty.  

Din hverdag på studiet

Studying International Politics and Governance you become part of an international environment, in which students and faculty originate from different countries. You have easy access to staff as well as to support if you want to set up an academic or social event. We encourage you to get engaged in your study environment. In addition to being friends, your fellow students are the first links in your professional network.

Much of your student life takes place on campus in Roskilde where you meet for classes and for project work. Your course work requires participation in discussions, exercises, excursions etc. We encourage that you prepare for class in groups. The project work is conducted in teams. You will need to use the beautiful library and you may book a room for team meetings, writing sessions, and supervision. Regularly there are academic events such as presentations or panel discussions.

Karriere og kompetencer

International Politics and Governance makes you an expert in cross-border problem solving. You will acquire analytical, communicative, and project management skills, as well as team leadership, mediator, and problem-solving competencies. Independently, you will be able to:  

  • Identify pertinent problems in your field or for your organization  
  • Choose relevant designs and methods and conduct analytical work  
  • Report findings concisely, effectively, and appropriately orally and in writing  
  • Prepare basis material for decision making by leaders and policymakers  
  • Give policy advice  

The labour market for experts in border-crossing societal problems and solutions is very diverse. Employers may be private production companies, consultancies, international organisations, national authorities, think tanks, and more. Job titles could be EU and UN negotiator, data analyst, global market advisor, policy advisor, international project coordinator or management consultant.

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