Given its interdisciplinary and comparative nature, the Laurea Magistralis in World Politics and International Relations provides students with a broad perspective on current global issues, an understanding of the genesis and the evolution of major international changes, and an ability to recognize and evaluate their theoretical and practical outcomes.

This broad-based training in international affairs offers a solid basis for careers in national diplomatic services, in International Governmental Organizations (including European organizations), and in NGOs, as well as positions for analysts and consultants in internationally oriented private and public companies, public administrations, and research institutes. It also offers the basis for continued university studies at the Ph.D. level.

Lydia Alaiadi, Current occupation: Political Analyst/ Contributor for the Economist Intelligence Unit by The Economist (WPIR Student 2020-2022)

I have said this many times, that there seems to be enough room in the world for mediocre men, but not for mediocre women, and we really have to work very, very hard.” – Madeleine Albright

“The World Politics and International Relations program combines many fields and offers the most holistic approach to international relations. As a result, it contributes to the most comprehensive approach to international politics, from theoretical approaches to applying legal knowledge and learning multiple research methods, including ideas and strategies. I was interested in International Relations because world politics and international relations impact domestic politics significantly. Someone who chooses the field of political science must care about…

Natalia Dziadyk - Migration studies researcher at Central European University (WPIR Student 2016-2018)

“I found out about the World Politics and International Relations programme on the Internet and decided to apply. I very much wanted to be accepted because it was an international degree taught in English in a multicultural environment, and a degree offered by an Italian university that is home to many great professors. I gained so much thanks to WPIR. Since I work in an English-speaking academic environment, most of the knowledge and skills I need were developed in Pavia. This is not only academic English but also research skills. During the master’s programme, we had to write quite a few papers each semester, which turned out to be extremely useful in training how to define puzzling issues, construct an argument, and make a coherent text. WPIR also helped to develop confidence in public speaking and learn how to appreciate what your colleagues bring to the discussion. I think that the University of Pavia made me love the pursuit of knowledge and research even more because of its inspirational environment.”

Micol Cesarani, Current occupation: Programme Development Specialist at Plan International UK (WPIR Student 2014-2016)

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“I found WPIR as the most suitable faculty to reach my career objectives, mainly because of its multidisciplinary approach, multicultural environment, eminent professors, and the scholarship opportunities offered by UNIPV. On the one hand, the knowledge of international politics dynamics I gained through many of the classes offered at WPIR has been a great basis for developing hard skills…

Marta Mantovani - WPIR alumna

“The experience as a WPIR student has represented an authentic growth path both at the academic level and as a human being. Having the chance to debate and exchange views concerning historical and political processes of evolution in the international relations among countries with other colleagues from all over the world has been a great experience of learning and improvement. Thanks to our professors we always had the possibility to spend time studying and reflecting on global issues of great interest from several perspectives. As a WPIR Student I also had the chance to experience a period of time abroad doing an internship in Madrid where I truly applied most of the skills I have achieved and strengthened during our course classes.”

Simona Spampinato - WPIR alumna

“I consider World Poltics and International Relations a valid educational experience that has enriched and strengthened my oratory, organizational and team-working skills, qualities that are increasingly demanded in any work context. Besides, the English language is a necessary tool for breaking down the communication barriers that hinder personal growth. Other important elements are the projects provided in order to undertake study-trips abroad. For example, I had the opportunity, through the scholarship ‘Fund for Cooperation and Knowledge’ to conduct my research thesis in Chile. In my opinion, being in an unknown place, where people speak a different language, allowed travelers to “compete” with themselves, to get involved and hence, to improve.”

Margherita Levi - WPIR alumna

“The WPIR Master program was an inspiring and challenging adventure that provided me with what I consider the most important experience of my life. At the beginning of 2014, thanks to the suggestion of one of my professors, I applied for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship aiming at preparing my Master final paper on EU democracy promotion. In September 2014 I left Milano to reach Tunis, where I spent nine beautiful months reading, interviewing and discovering a new country, its people and its culture.”