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The Master in Global Affairs (MGA) is a professional degree offered by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, as a Master-Título Propio. Over the course of 12 months, students will participate in rigorous coursework under the supervision of a multi-disciplinary faculty. Students will have the support of policymakers, members of international courts, members of NGOs, and an international network of students.

In the classroom, students will engage with a range of government officials, non-governmental organizations, journalists, business and religious leaders, advocates and activists from both civil societies and social movements, and scholars with expertise in global issues. It will provide students with competent and effectual leadership skills while preparing them for their future careers.

First Semester

Madrid, Spain

(September, October)


The Core Curriculum:

The first semester provides all participants with a broad foundation in global affairs that will serve them throughout their career. It will provide the basis for the more specialized coursework in their chosen concentration during the second semester. The courses will be based in Strasbourg. However, during this first semester, students must attend one week of seminars at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and a brief multi-day course in Geneva, Switzerland. All students are required to take the following courses:

The Classes:

1. Democracy VS. Rule of Law

(60 h/c). 45 lecture hours+ 15 research hours. 

Prof. Frank Emmert (Director of the Center  for Ineternational & Comparative Law/Indiana University/USA)

Prof. Valentina Azarova (Manchester International Law Center/University of Manchester/UK)

2. Political Economy of Development and International Development Co-operation


Prof. Pablo Bandeira (Rey Juan Carlos University)

3. Regional Economic and Political Integration: the European Unión as a model of regional integration


Prof. Daniel Gayo Lafée (Rey Juan Carlos University)

4. The 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Prof. Daniel Gayo Lafée (Rey Juan Carlos University)

5. Diplomacy and Global Affairs I: Whose World Order? Modern Diplomacy, Multilateralism & Multipolarity

(30 h/c). 20 lecture hours+ 10 research hours.  

Prof. Christian Rieck (Postdam University/ Germany)

6. Diplomacy and Global Affairs II: Varieties of Hegemony: Regional Powers, Integration & Orders

(30 h/c). 20 lecture hours+ 10 research hours. 

Prof. Christian Rieck (Postdam University/ Germany)

7. Globalization & Internal Organizations

(64 h/c). 45 lecture hours+ 15 research hours. Divided Classes: Madrid/Strasbourg

Prof. Javier Esguevillas. URJC

Prof. Francesco Pablo de Sanctis. (PhD/Philosophy, Universities of Strasbourg  & Venecia)

Prof. Andreas Hatzidiakos (Expert on European Union security policies)

Prof. Daniel Schultz (International consultant of African International Relations/UN)

8. Special Seminar: Coaching & International Relations: A Personal Issue in a Multilateral World

(30 h/c). 30 lecture hours

Prof. Eva Oyarzabal

Strasbourg, France

(November, December)


1. The Council of Europe

(30 h/c). 20 lecture hours + 10 research

Prof. Eduardo Rossi (Urbino University/Italy)

2. Special Course: The Silk Road & China's New Geo-politic Agenda: A Travel Experience 

(40 h/c). 30 online + 10 research

Prof. Suso Mourelo (Spanish writer)

3. Strasbourg Academic & Professional Agenda 

(140 hours)

  • Hold personal & group meetings with members of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. (With the help of the MGA staff, the students must reach out these members and meet with them). 

  • Attend the World Forum for Democracy organized by the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

  • Attend a number of public events at the: Council of Europe, the Court of Human Rights, and the European Parliament including sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, monthly meetings of the European Parliament. Hearings on the European Court of Human Rights and others.

Prof. Javier Esguevillas (URJC)

Prof. Eduardo Rodriguez (International Organizations Coordinator) 

Second Semester

Charlottetown,PEI, Canada

(January- April)

The Classes:

1. International Organizations  and Human Security:


Prof. Jeff Collins

This course introduces the study of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (north, central and south). The course looks at the different systems of colonization and how they have affected the cultures and peoples to the present day. It begins by exploring the development of the conventional understanding of Universal Human Rights and the major concepts in Indigenous Human Rights, including OIT article 169 and the 2007 UN declaration. Topics cover land ownership; access to education in original languages; control of natural resources; sustainable environments; treaties, ejidos, and reservations. 

2. Comparative Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas


Prof. Dr. Doreley C. Coll

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (North, Central, and South). The course looks at the different systems of colonization and how they have affected cultures and peoples to the present day. It begins by exploring the development of the conventional understanding of Universal Human Rights and then moves to study the major concepts in Indigenous Human Rights including OIT article 169 and the 2007 UN declaration. Topics include land ownership; access to education in original languages; control of natural resources; sustainable environments; treaties, ejidos, encomiendas, and reservations.

3. Political Systems and Economic Policies 


Profs. Dr. Wimal Rankaduwa, Dr. Jason Stevens, Hon. Shawn Murphy


This course examines the political history, and present political structures of the three Countries that share the North American Continent:  United States, Canada, and Mexico and the ongoing relationships between these Countries.The course looks at the relationship and interplay between globalization and national interests, as reflected in national economic policies. Topics include theories of international political economy in relation to foreign aid and international development and international trade, as well as the roles played by international organizations and non-state actors, such as NGOs that focus on foreign aid and development

4. A Comparison of Country Responses to COVID-19

Profs. Dr. Rosemary Herbert, Dr. Neb Kujundzic, Dr. John VanLeeuwen

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every nation of the world and challenged each nation to seriously inquire into its public health practices, its border control, its economic priorities, and its social justice assumptions. This course aims to discuss several aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic including a basic overview of ethical decision making, fundamental concepts of epidemiology, and models of health system design and delivery.  During this course we will examine country responses to the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to ethics, epidemiological concepts, and health care design. The insights gained will assist students in conducting a comparative analysis of various nations’ assumptions and priorities supporting their health policy decisions, along with some of the impacts of those decisions.

5. International Climate Change Diplomacy



Prof. Dr. Adam Fenech

Most countries are signatories to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and subsequent protocols and accords that govern climate change management in their respective countries. This course provides a historical and analytical view for understanding international climate change relations, identifies the main actors and their roles, and presents the core theories and facts about international climate change governance. Using lectures, seminars, videos, guest speakers, case studies, team projects, and role-playing exercises, this course provides the opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills in the international climate change agreement process of negotiation, the actors involved in the agreements, the terminology of agreements, the "guts" of a general agreement, ratification of agreements, responsibilities of signatory nations, and the effectiveness of agreements. Students will even role-play as various countries to negotiate their own climate change agreement.

6. Special Seminar: Research methodology and Thesis writing.




As part of the degree requirements students will complete a small thesis or Tesina under the supervision of one of the coordinators or faculty members following the completion of second semester. This is a published piece of work that will help students gain more knowledge in their area of expertise while acting as an impressive addition to their accomplishments.

Furthermore, the MGA believes that internships are an integral part of the degree. The internship will provide a significant contribution to the students’ educational and professional experience. The internship program will be offer to the 20% of the students, those with the best academic achievements and all the courses and subjects passed.

The internship program enhances each student’s ability to integrate academic knowledge with practical application. All while working toward improving career opportunities and developing workplace relations and skills.

​The students must work for a minimum of 3 months for an NGO or an international organization and then prepare a final report of 25 pages (+/- 10%) about the practicum experience.

Internship+ Report/ Thesis Period

(May-TBD depending on the student's project or placement)