International Relations and European-Asian Studies
Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MA)
Workload: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 2 years
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor degree or equivalent (bachelor’s degree in humanities or social sciences is preferred, but not strictly required)
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3300, 1 tuition fee waiver scholarship available that guarantees free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
The programme is directed to anyone interested in different aspects of international relations and focuses on three specific areas: European integration (The European Union); East Asian and Pacific relations (China, Japan, Korea); new security threats (cyber security, energy security). The profile of the Tallinn University of Technology and the School of Business and Governance creates good opportunities for developing interdisciplinary goals and i.e. to combine studies in International Relations with subjects of Economics and Legal Studies among others. In addition, several European languages as well as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean can be taken as free electives.
Various research projects and other activities of common interest have been developed in cooperation with Bologna University, Stanford University, Waikato University in New Zealand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pusan National University, Beihang University in China, NATO Strategic Communication Centre in Riga and many other outstanding research centres all over the world. Through student exchange programs (i.e. Erasmus), many students will spend part of their studies in partner universities abroad.
* Please note, that Tallinn University of Technology reserves all rights to change the information without prior notice
- Latest developments in theories of political science and international relations.
- The professors are from a large variety of different regions of the world, e.g. USA, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, New Zealand, Iran, Korea, China and Ukraine.
- Staff does not only include theoreticians, but also practitioners, who have extensive experience in diplomacy, policy making, law, corporate business and many other fields, and who are frequent presenters and participants in international forums and conferences.
- On a regular basis, the Department organises Top Hat Lectures - the 'trade-mark' public events - during which both scholars and studentship have chances to meet diplomatic representatives of various countries.
Our graduates work in different types of foreign services, including the diplomatic ones. . They can become political analysts and observers in think tanks, the media enterprises or work for private companies that are active internationally.
This educational background offers them the possibility to obtain excellent qualifications for a successful career in the EU and Asian institutions. In addition, academic career is open for those willing to pursue it.
The graduates of the program can continue their studies in International Relations, Political Science, European Studies, Asian-Pacific Studies, Security Studies and other related doctoral programmes.
Head of the programme:
Associate Professor Holger Mölder, PhD (Political Sciences), University of Tartu, 2010
Senior Lecturer Antonius Johannes Hubert Notermans, PhD (Political Sciences), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
Senior Lecturer David Ramiro Troitino, PhD (European Studies), University of Salamanca, 2005
Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer Peeter Müürsepp, PhD (Philosophy), University of Vilnius, 2002
Lecturer Vlad Alex Vernygora, MA (European Studies), University of Canterbury, 2011
Lecturer Ivar Hendla, MA (International Relations), Tallinn University of Technology, 2009
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- CV - with your working experience benefits
- Motivation letter (0-10 points)
- Skype interview - will be conducted to candidates who have passed preliminary evaluation with the minimum result at least 5 points (0-10 points)
- The admission threshold is 11 points
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
What and where have you studied, how does your academic background fit to the degree programme you are applying for? What knowledge and skills gathered in your previous education will be useful?
Describe your professional goals. How will the degree programme you are applying for support your professional profile?
Have you already gathered any relevant practical work experience?
Why do you want to come to study at a university in Estonia?
- Please point out 1-2 potential research questions of your interest.
The candidate must collect at least 5 points to be in the competition.
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
NB! Interview will be conducted only with candidates who got at least 5 points for Motivation Letter.
Things evaluated during the interview:
- Relevance to the program applied for;
- information you provided in written application;
- academic background;
- future plans after graduation.
Threshold 11 points - applicants receiving at least 11 points get admission to TTÜ.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2018/2019 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 55 EUR
- first study year is 3300 EUR
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. There is no separate application required. Decisions are made based on the Dreamapply application. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Please check here for scholarship options.
"I am very impressed by the international atmosphere at Tallinn Tech as well as the high competence of the lecturers coming from very different backgrounds – this is the best possible environment for studying international relations! Studies combine theory and practice, providing the knowledge and skills needed to pursuit an international career."
Laura Lind, Finland
Alumna of International Relations Programme
"Our programme aims at providing students with the in-depth knowledge and skills that will be of immense importance for them in the process of taking professional opportunities in the broad field of international relations, with special emphasis on Europe, Asia, Asia-Pacific, the EU Law, political economy, and Europe-Asia interactions. Academically, ‘International Relations’ has become a discipline of its own kind and might in the globalised world. History as well as the contemporary are not forgotten in our classes, and our students are taught how to make a proper linkage between the “what was before” and “what we have now”."
Lecturer of the Department of International Relations, Managing Coordinator of the Tallinn Tech-based Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies. Vlad is also former Chairman of the Ukrainian Association of New Zealand NR. Inc. and a member of the editorial panel of the Estonia-based Baltic Journal of European Studies