Graduate Institute (IHEID) China Foreign Affairs University 5–year Concurrent BA/MA Programme China Foreign Affairs University and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva have established a programme that will enable a small number of students to complete a BA from China Foreign Affairs University and an MA from the Graduate Institute in 5 years, instead of the normal 6 years.
Scheme Eligible students from China Foreign Affairs University will spend the first three years of BA at China Foreign Affairs University; they will then be able to complete their BA (fourth year) while starting their MA at the Graduate Institute.
MA Programmes at the Institute The MA programmes available at the Graduate Institute are of two categories: - Disciplinary masters: Master in Anthropology and Sociology, Master in International Economics, Master in International History, Master in International Law, Master in International Relations/Political Science. - Interdisciplinary masters: Master in International Affairs, Master in Development Studies.
Graduate Institute (IHEID) The PhD in International Law offers high-level specialisation and training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of international law. The programme prepares doctoral students for either academic and research careers or for executive high-ranking positions in the public or private sectors. Besides working closely with a world-renowned faculty, students attend courses and seminars that cover a wide range of subjects in international law with an unrivalled student-to-faculty ratio.
Graduate Institute (IHEID); Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS credits, equivalent to a LLM) is one of the few part-time, innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered today. The programme is designed for professionals with demanding jobs and responsibilities. It provides strong theoretical and practical knowledge and responds to the growing need for specialists to address complex humanitarian challenges.
Based in Geneva, this executive programme runs for nine months (October–June) and admits 15 to 20 practitioners annually. Six to nine additional months are needed to complete a master’s thesis and defend it before a jury.
Courses take place on Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons at our headquarters, Villa Moynier. They cover the law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law. They also address current issues and challenges, including the repression of terrorism, peacekeeping and international refugee law.
Taught by Geneva-based law professors and world-renowned law experts and professors, the programme enables participants to gain specialized knowledge directly applicable to professional work. It also responds to the growing need for specialists to address complex situations – in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere – and challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, international negotiations and humanitarian interventions.
Diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations share expertise, discuss pressing concerns and reflect on the application of international law to their work.
Graduate Institute (IHEID) The Master in International Law provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for rigorous analysis of contemporary international legal issues. It couples a solid background in the main areas of international law (international law-making, international dispute settlement, private international law, history and philosophy of law) with advanced training in one or more specialised areas (including trade and investment law, international criminal law, international protection of human rights, environmental law, territorial disputes and international law theory).
Graduate Institute (IHEID) In theory, there is no gap between the theory and the practice of public international law. In practice, there is. The LL.M. in International Law at The Graduate Institute is specifically designed to bridge this gap. The LL.M. in International Law is a one-year postgraduate degree course that provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international law. Students on the LL.M. Programme gain exposure to world-renowned faculty, benefit from being at the heart of international legal affairs in Geneva and share ideas with other participants who come from an array of different legal backgrounds and perspectives. The Programme allows for students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests, while compulsory courses provide a firm grounding in public international law. Small tutorials and intensive courses facilitate a deeper exploration of the most pressing questions in the field with professors and practitioners at the cutting edge of international law.
The structure and content of the LL.M. in International Law reflects the development of public international law in practice over recent years. There is an increasing need for international lawyers to master not just one specialty area in the field but also the core foundations of the international legal system, which in turn will allow them to adapt to different specialty areas.
Graduate Institute (IHEID) Our two-year Master’s program offers rigorous training in anthropology and sociology through a combination of coursework in small class settings, opportunities for independent field research, and close mentoring. During the program students acquire a breadth and depth of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary knowledge, as well as research skills across a variety of methodological approaches.
We aim to foster in our students the analytical, methodological, and conceptual capacities needed to develop nuanced understandings of, and responses to, the transnational and globalized dimensions of many of today’s most urgent social, cultural, political, and economic problems. Students complete our program well prepared for careers in the international, public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A number of our MA students also go on to pursue PhDs in ANSO or other internationally competitive doctoral programs.