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Masters in History, International Relations and Cooperation

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The Master’s degree in History, International Relations and Cooperation (MHRIC) is, since 2007, a 2nd level course of the European higher education system, intended to qualify students in the necessary theoretical and methodological skills in International Relations, Cooperation and Political Studies, organised in a multidisciplinary social-historical perspective. Students are asked to conceive and develop research and/or professional internship projects in these scientific domains.

To comply with very different academic and national backgrounds of students who choose this Master's course, MHRIC offers a deliberately multidisciplinary experience, providing students with a very open and flexible curricular structure, so they can autonomously adapt it to their own interests.

This multidisciplinary nature of MHRIC, which makes it different from other Master's courses offered by other universities in the same scientific domain, is nurtured by professors and researchers from different departaments of the faculties of Arts, Psychology and Education Sciences, and Law of the University of Porto. Members of MHRIC's teaching team are involved in several national and international research projects and units. Experts from several other Portuguese and foreign universities (Spanish, Polish, Italian, Danish, British and Brazilian) cooperate intensely in the MHRIC.

Accordingly, the MHRIC organises and/or is associated every year to several academic conferences and seminars, attracting and inviting experts worldwide. In addition to all those organised by members of the teaching team, MHRIC supports an annual conference of Young Researchers in International Relations, actively involving MHRIC's students.

The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) accredited this study cycle without conditions:


Objectives

MHRIC has the following goals:
  • To provide within the University of Porto a post-graduate course with a multidisciplinary approach in the various scientific domains associated to the area of International Relations, Cooperation and Political Studies;
  • To offer a flexible curricular structure within which very different research projects can be developed, articulating solid theory, methodology and practice;
  • To provide a space for multidisciplinary debate in an academic environment;
  • To stimulate solid scientific research in different and integrated areas of knowledge;
  • To prepare agents who might develop professional activities and expertise in several diversified areas and instances in International Relations and Political Studies.

Fields of Specialization

Throughout four academic semesters and amounting to 120 ECTS, MHRIC's program comprises two compulsory seminars (on Methodology of Scientific Research and International Politics) and two entirely optional specialisation areas (one on International Relations and Cooperation, the other on Political Studies). In the 2nd academic year, students may choose to prepare an academic dissertation or to undertake a professional internship. In both cases, they will defend their dissertation or internship report before an academic committee.

At the end of the process, the University of Porto will grant a Master's degree in one of the following specialisations:

- Master’s degree in History, International Relations and Cooperation – specialisation in International Relations and Cooperation;
- Master’s degree in History, International Relations and Cooperation – specialisation in Political Studies.


Professional Abilities

MHRIC prepares agents who may develop professional activities and expertise in several diversified areas and instances in International Relations and Political Studies, such as:
  • Foundations (namely the International Relations-oriented ones);
  • Public Administration (central, local and specialised) departments;
  • NGOs, especially those focused on development and cooperation;
  • Portuguese Government and Central Administration (executive branch);
  • Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP);
  • European institutions (Commission, Council, European Parliament, and others);
  • Intergovernmental organisations (UN, OECD, and others);
  • International cooperation projects.

Employment Prospects

  • Foundations (namely the International Relations-oriented ones);
  • Public Administration (central, local and specialised) departments;
  • NGOs, especially those focused on development and cooperation;
  • Portuguese Government and Central Administration (executive branch);
  • Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP);
  • European institutions (Commission, Council, European Parliament, and others);
  • Intergovernmental organisations (UN, OECD, and others);
  • International cooperation projects.


Information

Number of vacancies: See here more information
Minimum number of students: 15
Academic Calendar:
https://sigarra.up.pt/flup/en/WEB_BASE.GERA_PAGINA?P_pagina=2303
Week schedule: Monday to Friday (mostly on Fridays), usually in the afternoon.
Requirements for applicants: according to Art. 17 of Decree-Law 74/2006, 24th March, students holding the following qualifications will be admitted to application to the Master’s degree in History, Historical Relations and Cooperation:
  • Holders of a Portuguese graduate degree (180 ECTS) or legally equivalent;
  • Holders of a foreign graduate degree corresponding to a 1st level of studies according to the Bologna Program in any adherent country;
  • Holders of a foreign graduate degree recognised as adequate by the Faculty of Arts;
  • Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognised as adequate by the Faculty of Arts.
We welcome especially candidates holding a Social Sciences degree (History, International Relations, Political Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Economy, among others) but we accept applications from every other scientific area.

Candidates who fulfill every requirement for application will be asked to choose to attend to an interview or to submit a written questionnaire on motivation.

All informations in: http://web.letras.up.pt/sga

Degree approved under Art. 54 of the Teaching Career Statute, regulated by Ordinance number 334/2008, of 30/04, for the groups: 200 and 400. (Order of October 30th, 2017 with effect from 01-01-2018).


Comments

Working Languages: Seminars are taught mostly in Portuguese as most of our international students are Portuguese-speaking (Brazilian, Portuguese speaking African), although several international experts are invited every year and their lectures are usually held in English. Every student (even Portuguese-speaking) is welcome to prepare their assignments, dissertation and/or reports in English, French or Spanish, and every teacher is open to discuss them in at least English.


Contacts

For scientific and academic issues - contact the course direction: mhric@letras.up.pt
For administrative questions
- contact the Academic Management Services : sga@letras.up.pt
For international mobility students - contact the International Relations Office : sri@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 9636
Director: Luís Grosso Correia
Acronym: MHRIC
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of studies: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan

Certificates

  • Master of Arts in History, International Relations and Cooperation (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master of Arts in History, International Relations and Cooperation (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master's course in History, International Relations and Cooperation - Specialization in Political Studies ( ECTS credits)
  • Master's course in History, International Relations and Cooperation - Specialization in History, International Relations and Cooperation ( ECTS credits)
  • Master's course in History, International Relations and Cooperation (60 ECTS credits)
  • Master's course in History, International Relations and Cooperation - Specialization in Political Studies (60 ECTS credits)

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