International Relations and Contemporary History

2-year Master’s Degree in International Relations and Contemporary History

Programme director: Dr Barthélémy Courmont ( )


Research supervisors: Dr Barthélémy Courmont (International Relations, North-East Asia), Dr Loïc Laroche (Contemporary History, Relations between France and the USA)


Academic Calendar: Fall semester from mid-September to Christmas, Spring semester from mid-January to mid-May

350 teaching hours per year


Languages of instruction: English and French


This rich and varied course provides students with the knowledge and skills to deal with international problems from both a theoretical and a practical viewpoint. It aims to give a clear overview of the complex issues raised by the international political developments of the 20th century and their implications today. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of the theory of international relations and a firm grasp of the skills needed to work in the areas of international politics, development, defence, risk management and humanitarian aid. Students will undertake a research project, which may be written in English or in French, and which will be defended before a jury.


Entry Requirements

Applicants will usually have a Bachelor’s degree either in History, Modern Languages, Politics, International Relations or Media and Communication. Other applications (such as those from students with degrees in Law or Economics) will be considered by the relevant commission. Non-native speakers of English must prove they have attained the level B2 on the European scale. Non-native speakers of French are also required to prove they have attained the level B2 in French.


What Next ?

Graduates may teach contemporary history or political science; take the competitive entrance exams for the French civil service or international organizations; work in diplomacy, international development, humanitarian aid or international management. It is also possible to study for a PhD in International Relations.


Study Abroad

It is possible to spend one or two semesters in one of our partner universities (about 25 possible destinations).


Internships and Work Experience

Students will do a two-month-long internship each year. In some circumstances it is possible to do one month in the first year and three months at the end of the second year.

Student will specialise either in geopolitics or in security and defence issues.

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