Master in International Studies


The Master in International Studies is organized according to a multidisciplinary perspective, integrating courses from different scientific areas, from International Relations to Economics, from History to Anthropology. It is structured around a common core of mandatory courses, that deal with the study of institutions, governance and international relations; others related to the major societal and developmental challenges, human rights and citizenship; and still others focusong on the dynamics of economy and international business.

In addition to the common core of mandatory courses, students are free to create their own own path in areas such as Africa, India , China , Latin America, Middle East and North Africa , Europe and Transatlantic Studies, International Management. Students who choose two optional courses in the same area of specialization and prepare a dissertation on the same regional or thematic area will have that choice recognized and mentioned in their diploma supplement.

The Master in International Studies allows master students to develop the  knowledge and skills acquired during the first cycle of education in a multidisciplinary approach in the scientific area of International Studies. The course as designed will also strengthen the link between education and the increasingly internationalized research developed at the Center for International Studies of ISCTE-IUL (, since during the preparation of the dissertation and project work students are preferably integrated into ongoing projects at the Centre.

Completion of the course provides students with qualifications and skills that will enable access to a wide variety of professions, such as teaching, research, policy-making, public administration, social services, civil society organizations, media, and international business.

Courses will be taught in English and Portuguese. Among the targeted audience of this course are students from other European countries but also from countries outside Europe, trying to meet the growing demand for advanced training at ISCTE-IUL by international students, who now make up about 10 % of the student population at ISCTE-IUL.

Calendar 2014-2015


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