MA in INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Global Security and Development Cooperation

Global Security and Development Cooperation


Магистратура "Международные отношения" и "Зарубежное регионоведение" / Global Security and Development Cooperation MA Program Schedule

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In December 2020, the Global Security and Development Cooperation MA program successfully passed international accreditation (ACPUA) according to the European Standards of Quality in Higher Education (ESG).


Schedule for the Preparation of Master's Thesis (2021-2023)

Methodical requirements for the master's thesis

Questions for State Exam (Global Security and Development Cooperation MA Program)

Structure of State Exam and Scedule of Exams and Defenses

Interdisciplinary Entrance Exam Program

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Totally Taught in English

Name of the qualification and title conferred: Master of Arts

Specialization: International Relations

Goal: Unique M.A. Program in the field of International Studies completely taught in English

The program provides in-depth knowledge of security-development nexus with a special focus on a new generation of conflicts and fragile states, global policy-making involving great and emerging powers, the role of the UN system and regional institutions in the security governance and sustainable development.

The founding principle of this M.A. program is the complex approach towards Global Security Studies, including Military Security, Political & Social Stability, Human Security, Agriculture & Food Security, Energy Security, Cyber Security.

1. Program Difference:

·         Unique student body (students from all aid-recipient countries => first-hand information and in-depth understanding of conflicts at grass-roots     level);

·         Close cooperation with renowned academic staff of MGIMO, Moscow     State University and Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign     Affairs of Russia;

·         Innovative curriculum (3 stages of policy analysis).

·         This program introduces the core principles of international and global affairs in the areas of conflict (global security challenges) assessment, analysis and development of the programs contributing to conflict prevention and resolution.

·         Global Security: Complex Approach - Military Security, Political & Social Stability, Human Security, Agriculture & Food Security, Energy Security, Cyber Security, etc.

Level of Qualification:

Masters (Magistr) degree is a second stage degree of a two-stage higher vocational education of a university level. It corresponds to the level 6 of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED).


Core courses

Global Security Int. Conflicts: New Approaches to Settlement Process Development Cooperation
International Terrorism International Organizations and Peace Process Great and Emerging Powers
New Risks and Challenges Human Rights and Global Security Foreign-Policy Process and Decision-Making
Energy Security Migration and Global Security Megatrends and Global Affairs

Stage A:  Conflict Analysis

Analysis of the conflict -  structures, actors and dynamics.

To better understand the historical and structural antecedents of violent conflict and its conversion from latent to violent stage.

Security, political, economic and social structures and their role in a given conflict.

The contextual analysis of their linkages and connections between the sources of tension to determine the key source that lead to the given conflict.

Analysis of the conflict's actors their interests, relations, capacities, piece agendas and incentives.

To analyze dynamics of the conflict focused consideration would be given to its long-term trends, triggers of violence, of potential capacities for management and likely future conflict scenarios.

Though divided for analytical purposes into three subcategories: Structures, Actors and Dynamics are so closely inter-linked that would be approached through the course also holistically.

Stage B: Analysis of International Responses

Mapping external responses, development policies and programs assessing impacts on Conflict and Peace.

Responses of international actors: Military, Security, Diplomatic, Trade, Immigration and in the area of Development.

Responses of development actors: development policies and programs, their approaches to the conflict,

assessment of the effectiveness of their work.

Interactions between development interventions and the dynamics of conflict and peace. Main development actors and opportunities to mitigate or resolve conflicts.

Most recent research and debate on the interactions between development interventions and conflict would be carefully considered to help with definitive assessments of their impact.

Stage C: Developing Strategies and Options

To identify strategies and options for conflict reduction and for ensuring that current development approaches are conflict sensitive.

Developing common donor approaches.

Developing individual donor strategies.

Adjusting their current activities and developing new initiatives.

Forming International coalitions

The course will apply these ideas to diverse set of policy problems reflecting the current agendas of professionals working in international and global affairs. Individual faculty members will cover topics drawn from their own research, professional experience and policy interests. The course also emphasizes skill development, through an array of written and oral exercises and team activities.

3. Admission Requirement:

Higher professional university education of a first stage (confirmed by a Federal diploma of a bachelor or a specialist) and entrance examinations; good level of English.

Program requirements: Studies are done in accordance with the individual plan under supervision of the scientific advisor who should have a scientific degree and (or) title. The Master’s program presupposes active individual work of the student that is why classroom work should not exceed 14 hours a week (average during the whole period). Progress is checked during periodical attestations. Master’s thesis is an independent research paper made under the guidance of scientific advisor (with possible involvement of one or two consultants). The thesis is defended and final exams are taken publicly at the sitting of the State Attestation Commission.

4. Career Opportunities

·         Diplomat

·         Foreign Service

·         Other Government Agencies

·         Project/Program Officer (NGO)

·         Private Sector (International Business)

·         University Teaching and Research

·         Research officer in government parastatals

·         International development worker

·         Political analyst

5. Academic Calendar

Duration: 24 months (Program starts: September);

Mode: Full - time.

(2 years - 104 weeks including vacations during full-time of learning, 14 weeks – research internship, 120 ECTS).

6. Priority Areas of Research and Key Scientific Events

Complex Situational Analysis of International Conflicts

Date Situational Analysis of International Conflicts Expert Workshop  (methodology)
2014/04/16 Theory and Practice of the Situational Analysis Africa after Gaddafi: New Arc of Instability
2015/04/17 Dynamic Chaos, Mechanisms of the Global Governance and International Conflicts Greater Middle East in 1994-2014
2016/04/15 Psychological Aspects of International Relations, Agent-Based Model, Constructivism Conflictogenity of the Post-Soviet Space
2017/04/15 Global Leadership and Complex Interdependence in the World-System: Network Analysis American Deterrence Strategy towards the PRC

7. Program Coordinator

Svetlana Bokeriya,

PhD, Associated professor,

Department of Theory and History of International Relations,

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

+7 (499) 936-85-26;

+7(495)787-38-03 (* 2526)

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