International Relations and Regional Studies
The IRRS MA programme at the University of Tartu combines comprehensive study of international relations as an academic discipline and political practice with in-depth understanding of particular geographic regions, including:
- European Union
- Russia and Eurasia
- Baltic Sea region.
These regional foci grow out of our multinational faculty’s research interests and competences and reflects Estonia’s historical experience at the border of Europe and Russia - experience which is highly relevant to other countries located in-between bigger powers.
The programme provides in-depth knowledge about:
- contemporary international relations
- central principles and sources of international law
- traditional and critical approaches in security studies
- foreign policy analysis
- conflict management and resolution mechanisms
- politics, society, economics and international relations in the European Union, Russia and Eurasia, and the Baltic Sea region.
The programme is suitable for all those who plan a career with an international focus, be it in diplomacy, public service, private sector or with non-governmental organizations.
The international dimension of the programme is enhanced by wide-ranging study-abroad opportunities, study-trips, and the availability of tuition-waivers and scholarships to international students.
The learning outcomes of the IRRS programme include:
- comprehensive understanding of core IR concepts, approaches, and practices, including familiarity with international law, the global economy, and international security arrangements;
- detailed knoweldge of a specific geographical region (European Union, Russia and Eurasia, Baltic Sea Region);
- ability to identify and formulate meaningful research problems and/or questions in the field of International Relations, and the theoretical, analytical and methodological competencies to effectively address these;
- specific knowledge, skills and norms relevant to the practice of international relations (e.g. conflict mediation, negotiations, - skills relevant to foreign and security policy formulation and implementation);
- a range of general-purpose skills (e.g. effective oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, responsibility, initiative, leadership and teamwork skills);
- an international perspective that will enrich career prospects both at home and globally.
Minister of Education and Research of Estonia
International Student Requirements:
1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
2. English language requirements (TOEFL - iBT 75, IELTS 5.5, details listed on the official web-site)