Overview, Objectives, Career Opportunities


It is well known that the system of international relations has profoundly changed in recent decades, beginning with the disappearance of the so-called bipolar world. The end of the cold war has projected us into a dimension - called globalisation by many - which has born witness to a rapid expansion of economic, institutional, cultural and social relations on a planetary scale.

National governments remain, perhaps, the principal actors of the international relations system, but they are certainly not the only protagonists. Next to them have appeared new subjects - international economic institutions - with a much more decisive role than in the past. Non-governmental organisations have wider and more diversified functions than before, while the role of individuals, local systems and forms of communication have greatly expanded.

The knowledge and understanding of these processes is at the centre of the Master’s Degree Course in International Relations. The study plan proposes fixed subjects of study and a series of exams chosen in the context of a University with a consolidated tradition in internationality.

It offers three elective curricula:

1) International Politics

2) Law, Economy and International Relations

3) Europe and the Americas in the global scenario

In compliance with classification of a Master’s Degree in International Relations, the Degree Course (CdS) is characterised by multidisciplinary learning fostered by its teachings in different fields (legal, economic, political, historical, geographical, sociological, anthropological, statistical), with attention to the processes and global changes taking place in contemporary society.

The Degree Course intends to produce graduates capable of working international in European and non-European contexts, particularly in the context of politics and international relations and of economic and social change. Students will learn to recognise and analyse the intrinsic dynamics of international political, economic and social phenomena. They will learn how to evaluate and manage them in professional settings.

Among the topics presented in the course are: the analysis of the new paradigms through which institutions and their transformations are analysed, the dialectic between the local and global dimension, elements of development and cooperation, the management of problems relating to Europe and the Mediterranean. An understanding of these themes will produce graduates who are cosmopolitan, able to master both abstract thinking and empirical skills. In other words, graduates who can insert themselves into the job market at a high level.

The main employment opportunities for graduates are to be found in the field of diplomacy, international organisations and in public bodies, companies and non-profit organisations which are geared towards internationalisation. Furthermore, the Degree Course produces professionals capable of performing their activities in the field of international development, peacekeeping, protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy, intercultural mediation and the promotion of integration / management of migration flows.

The course will not only take place at Largo S. Giovanni Maggiore, 30 (the administrative headquarters as well as the main building for teaching), but also at the other structures of the University within Naples.