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The Master in International Law, International Relations and Diplomacy has two specialisations: International Law, International Relations and Diplomacy and Defence and International Security. These study options prepare students for global careers in international law, international relations, security and defence. The multidisciplinary curriculum introduces the core frameworks underlying law, international relations, diplomacy and defence, providing students with a well-rounded and comprehensive study programme.

In charge of academic related matters: Prof. Eric Canal-Forgues, Paris Descartes University

In charge of administrative related matters MastersPrograms@psuad.ac.ae

The specialisation in International Law, Diplomacy, and International Relations introduces students to the frameworks and processes underlying international relations. Students will learn the key intellectual tools of contemporary international relations. Specialist study modules focus on the forms of organisation, dispute settlement, the law of treaties, law of the sea and rules governing diplomatic relations. Additionally, students will study economic and financial relations, international trade, economic law in its institutional aspects followed by international criminal and human rights law, environment and sustainable development and nuclear law. Students also explore the historical and geopolitical contexts of international relations, providing a working knowledge of tried and tested diplomatic techniques.

The specialisation in Defence and International Security will introduce students to the history of national and international security. Students will learn the key tools about war mechanism, security policies and doctrines to better understand defence issues. The study programme teaches students theoretical and technical knowledge, along with an overall vision of the issues involved in defence, peace keeping, intelligence services, international security and diplomacy. Starting with the History of Defence, National Security and History of War and Peace, students will explore topics including the Law of Armed Conflict and Security and Geopolitics of Conflicts, to the modern question of Cyber security. These major themes are taught to a very high level of expertise by academics and practitioners with links to international military institutions.

Class attendance is mandatory and student evaluation is done through examinations (written and oral) at the end of each semester. The classes are held in the afternoon, from 16:30 to 20:00, to allow students to continue their education while working.

Year 1: Public Law
 
Semester 1

  • Law of the Internal European Market
  • International and European Taxation Law
  • International Economics
  • Comparative Approach of Public Law
  • Environment Law
  • Reflections on the History of Politics and International Relations
  • Languages
Semester 2

  • Private International Law
  • Public International Trade Law
  • Introduction to Public Law
  • European Business Law
  • Law of Public Contracts and Procurements
  • Public Business Law
  • Languages
Year 2: Concentration – International Law, International Relations and Diplomacy
Semester 3

  • Advanced International Law
  • Evolution of Diplomatic Structures
  • History of International Relations
  • Law of Armed Conflicts and Security
  • Geopolitics of Conflicts
  • Contemporary Diplomatic Problems
  • Languages and Research Methodology
Semester 4

  • Peaceful Settlement of International Conflicts
  • International Criminal Law – International
  • Protection of Human Rights
  • Optional: International Organisations or Cyber security
  • Languages
  • Research Dissertation
Concentration – Defence and International Security
Semester 3

  • Advanced International Law
  • Evolution of Diplomatic Structures
  • History of International Relations
  • Law of Armed Conflicts and Security
  • History of Defence and National Security
  • History of War and Peace from Antiquity to the Today’s World
  • Languages
Semester 4

  • History of Intelligence and International Security (1989-2017)
  • Maritimes Issues in International Relations
  • Optional: International Organisations or Cyber security
  • Languages and Research Methodology
  • Research Dissertation

There are abundant and rewarding opportunities at a regional and global level for our graduates. This programme prepares students for careers in international diplomacy within governmental and non-governmental organisations, public administration, think tanks, NGOs, risk analysis and research agencies as well as media consultants. There are several further enriching career opportunities in political spheres and foreign affairs departments from public figures, diplomats, legal advisors and consultants to research consultants. Graduates can secure prominent positions in embassies and governmental institutions and agencies all over the world. Moreover, our degree in Defence and Security is designed for students planning careers in the fields of national security policy, international security affairs, defence analysis, arms control, and education. With this degree, students also have the option of pursuing a Ph.D. in Paris.