International Relations (separate major within Law programme)
Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BA)
Workload: 180 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 3 years
Pre-Requisites: secondary education
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3300, 3 tuition fee waiver scholarships available (Law programme) that guarantee free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
The programme is directed at those with an interest in foreign relations, international affairs and law. The programme is designed according to the needs of changing nature of international relations, taking into account the suggestions of different stakeholders from public and private sector. Therefore, the programme has a strong interdisciplinary approach, combining relevant fields of studies in international relations and law, with the aim to prepare modern experts.
- Develops in-depth policy analysis;
- The faculty professors come from a large variety of different regions of the world, e.g. USA, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, China and Ukraine;
- Staff does not only include theoreticians, but also practitioners, who have extensive experience in diplomacy, policy making, corporate business and many other fields, and who are frequent presenters and participants in international forums and conferences;
- Substantial knowledge in legal studies;
- Possibility to specialise on Asia-Pasific region.
Inderdisciplinary character of the programme, adding fundamental legal studies to the international relations, perfectly answers the challenges of the modern labour market in the field of international relations and political science. The programme graduates therefore are suitable candidates to be employed by the public sector as foreign affairs specialists, as well as by private companies as specialists and experts of foreign relations.
Furthermore, the graduates of this programme can continue their education at the master’s level at the universities all over the world in the fields of international relations, law, e-governance, public administration, etc. Our graduates have continued their studies at such universities as Maastricht University, University of Lausanne, University of Helsinki, Lund University and many other prominent schools.
The 3 year (180 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:
Specialisation: International Relations
- General Studies (21 ECTS)
- EU and International Law (20 ECTS)
- Public, Private and EU Law (24 ECTS)
- Legal Theory and Methods (15 ECTS)
- International Policy (21 ECTS)
- Free Choice Courses (15 ECTS)
- Graduation Thesis (6 ECTS)
International Relations as an interdisciplinary field of social science do not only consist of international politics, but also of international law. Therefore, these study fields are in the main focus of our programme, having included variety of international relations and law courses, providing the students with essential knowledge in both fields. In addition, there is an emphasis on courses introducing the history and basics of diplomacy, security studies, political and cultural communication, etc. Our students learn about the foundation, historical development and current trends of the democratic society in the international context. This brings us into direct contact with the developing world. The graduates of our programmes have a wide range of opportunities open in front them. Besides diplomatic positions, the graduates can work in different types international organisations and companies in both public and private sectors.
International Relations as an interdisciplinary field of social science do not only consist of international politics, but also of international law. Therefore, these study fields are in the main focus of our programme, having included variety of international relations and law courses, providing the students with essential knowledge in both fields. In addition, there is an emphasis on courses introducing the history and basics of diplomacy, security studies, political and cultural communication, etc. Our students learn about the foundation, historical development and current trends of the democratic society in the international context. This brings us into direct contact with the developing world.
The graduates of our programmes have a wide range of opportunities open in front them. Besides diplomatic positions, the graduates can work in different types international organisations and companies in both public and private sectors.
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- Motivation letter
- Online interview
Threshold 60 points - applicants receiving more than 60 points on their entrance exams get admissions to TTÜ.
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
- Explain your interest to the law and international relations. Describe your professional goals and explain how does the degree programme you are applying for support your professional profile? (10 points)
- Which specialization of the programme are you applying for, Law or International Relations, and why? (10 points)
- Do you have any previous experience, being familiar with the field, in practice or in theory, work experience? (10 points)
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
To the interview are allowed candidates who collects from the motivation letter at least 15 points.
In the interview the following questions are asked:
- What is the interest of the candidate to the law and international relations; how candidate sees his/her future professional career? (10 points)
- What are the knowledge of the candidate about the problems concerned law and international relations? (10 points)
- What does a candidate know about the role of the lawyer or expert on international relations and the professional ethics of the lawyer or expert on international relations? (10 points)
- Why candidate believes that he/she is the right person for this programme?
- How candidate evaluates his/her English skills? (10 points)
By the interview the expression, analysing and argumentation skills (10 points) as well as English skills (10 points) are evaluated.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2017/2018 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 55 EUR
- first study year is 3300 EUR
PS! Non-EU students must pay in advance for 60 ECTS (yearly load) before starting their studies.
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Please check here for scholarship options.
Tallinn Law School contributes to the fulfillment of the mission of Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) by providing high-level research and studies. This allows the university to offer contemporary higher education and knowledge services in the area of law, as well as international relations.
Besides local Professors, the faculty comes from a large variety of different regions of the world, i.e., the USA, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Japan and Ukraine. The faculty members have solid academic background and substantial teaching experience. In addition, we have interesting practitioners with a background in diplomacy, foreign office and other areas of political activity as part time faculty. Our cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Uppsala University and many other outstanding centres of social sciences all over Europe. Our studies also include regular lectures by visiting Professors from top foreign universities. Cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Stanford University, Canterbury University in New Zealand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pusan National University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and many others.
Student Counsellor in School of Business and Governance
Mrs. Maria Edur
e-mail: maria dot edur at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2425
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
Mrs. Jelena Sõrmus