International Affairs, Master Programme

120 credits

Are you interested in becoming a master of international affairs? This programme is designed just for you. It's your gateway to the world of international political intricacies, studies abroad, and global placements.

This master’s in international affairs (MIA) is a comprehensive two-year, full-time programme that will equip you with the expertise needed to navigate the dynamic landscape of international relations. In this transformative experience, your main focus will be on understanding contemporary shifts and challenges in the realm of global affairs.

Our primary goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling career in international organisations, global corporations, transnational civil society bodies, or the diplomatic arena. Your instructors, distinguished in their fields, will guide you through a curriculum spanning international and European affairs, international state and human security, international corruption and political economy, foreign policy analysis, human rights and sustainable development, and the intricacies of diplomacy in diverse political landscapes.

The master’s programme also presents you with valuable opportunities to engage in short- and long-term internships, as well as undertake a significant independent research project towards the end of your studies.


Upon successful completion of this programme, you will emerge with advanced knowledge and skills in the realm of analysis and investigation. This positions you as an ideal candidate for complex political and administrative roles and investigative work, whether in the public or private sector, on a national or international scale.


Master of Science (120 credits) with specialization in International Affairs. (Main field of study: Political Science)

International possibilities

At Linnaeus University, you have plenty of opportunity to broaden your international perspective. During the course of your programme, you can choose to study abroad through exchange studies to gain international experience. If you do, you will conduct part of your studies at one of our many partner universities around the world.

Also at home you can gain international experience. Many courses contain intercultural elements. For instance, in the form of course literature or guest lecturers from other countries. In your leisure time, you can get involved in associations together with students from a wide range of other programmes and countries, or meet international students through our buddy programme.

Learn more about international possibilities at Linnaeus University

More attractive on the labour market

Mikaela in front of UD

Mikaela Gustafsson chose to continue her studies on the master’s programme International affairs in order to obtain a specialisation in her main area of interest and to be better equipped to reach her career goals. During her internship, she has also come to realise that she is now considered more attractive on the labour market because of her continued studies at second-cycle level.

Studying at Linnaeus University is an adventure

Sayeh Ghaderi vid Linnéuniversitetet

Sayeh from Iran studies a master’s programme in international affairs at Linnaeus University and she finds it inspiring that the teachers and students are so engaged in their work.

I am proud to be involved in our society

Wazhma alumni from Linnaeus University

Wazhma, an alumna from Linnaeus University, was one of the first Afghan women to contribute to the digital protest #DoNotTouchMyClothes.

Växjö – the student city with a living campus

Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also a picturesque city where you are always close to forests and water.

Learn more about our student cities.

Students in house M