Taught course

Global Governance

University of Groningen · University of Groningen
MA International Relations

Entry requirements

Students with either a university Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented university Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History are eligible to apply. To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, the IR Admissions Board will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained. Minimum language requirement for MA: TOEFL internet based (itb): 92/93 IELTS Academic Module: 6.5 Please note that minimum scores on individual components in tests will apply. http://www.rug.nl/masters/global-governance/admission-and-application

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

How effective are the United Nations? Can the European Union survive the wave of nationalism it is facing? Does the power of the IMF and the World Bank reach too far? Find out in this programme.

Global governance, a specialization of the master International Relations, seeks to understand the ways in which order is established, maintained and transformed in the global sphere. The study of global governance addresses the problem of how 'orders of governance' are constituted and operated in contemporary and historical settings. From this perspective, order is understood as the outcome of particular ways of managing, organizing and governing global political spaces which can no longer be understood in terms of the absence of an overarching authority (i.e. the idea of anarchy). It involves the interaction between interests expressed by governments and international institutions, as well as the role of non-state actors. Historical, constructivist, and poststructuralist methodologies, as well as multilevel governance approaches are applied to interpret the interplay between a broad array of dynamic public, private and transnational interests in creating order in the world.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
1951 (EU)
International students
11000 (non-EU)

Qualification and course duration

MA International Relations

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Renate Huttinga