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Postgraduate Program in International Relations

Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil

The Postgraduate Program in International Relations (PPGRI) aims to encourage and support scientific research in the field of international relations, with an emphasis on economics and international politics, creating an academic space which permits the exchange of ideas and conceptual deepening. PPGRI offers interdisciplinary course work in an effort to provide a comprehensive approach to international phenomena. In this respect, our faculty and staff is composed of professionals from different areas of the applied human and social sciences, thereby fostering the formation of a professional who has the capacity to understand international phenomena using different analytical tools and solid theoretical training. The skills provided through this program will prepare students to analyze and formulate Brazilian foreign policy, in addition to comprehending strategic underpinnings of international politics and international projects in a broad sense.


Research lines

  1. International Political Economy (IPE)

This research line covers the themes related to the interaction of politics with the economy, and of states with markets in their international dimension (howbeit, inseparable matters within the dimension of internal politics). IPE is a very dynamic subarea of International Relations, though at the same time projects itself beyond this field, as it is closely connected with Economics, Political Science and Comparative Politics. The normative dimension is also present within the study of IPE, as it incorporates themes of development, poverty and inequality. Faculty research projects at the PPGRI program are linked within the following themes: the international financial system, international development and trade, and Political Economy of the World System.

Faculty associated to this line of research are: Daniel Castelan, Daniel Vasconcelos, Fernando Seabra, Helton Ouriques, Hoyêdo Lins, Iara Leite, Jaime Coelho, Patricia Arienti, Pedro Vieira.

2. International Politics

This research line concentrates on the study of political dynamics within the international sphere in accordance with state and non-state approaches. It is a line of strong dialogue with the the Social Sciences and Humanities in a transversal and interdisciplinary way. Foreign and defense policy agendas are also studied from the premise of their concomitant expansion with both state and non-state actors. It covers the study of foreign policy, institutions and international organizations and international defense and security, including topics such as: international cooperation, intrastate and interstate wars and conflicts, regional integration, human and international rights, bilateral and multilateral relations, international norms and regimes.

Faculty associated to this line of research are: Ary Minella, Daniel Castelan, Clarissa Dri, Graciela Pagliari, Iara Leite, Juliana Barroso, Karine Silva, Lucas Rezende, Mónica Salomón.



The master’s degree program in International Relations lasts 24 months. In the first year, compulsory and elective courses are taken, and the dissertation project is prepared with the help of an advisor. In the second year, the student concentrates on conducting his or her research and writing their dissertation. At the end of the 24 month period of enrollment in the program, the student must present their finalized dissertation to a public examination panel. The dissertation shall be written in Portuguese or in any other language recommended by the advisor.



Courses at PPGRI are generally administered in Portuguese.

Compulsory courses have 60 hours of course load. These are:

Theory of International Relations

Epistemology and Methodology of International Relations

International Politics – compulsory only for those students within the research line of International Politics

International Political Economy – compulsory only for those students within the research line of  International Political Economy


Mandatory course with a load of 30 hours:

Dissertation Project


Elective disciplines commonly offered with a 60 hour course load:

Brazilian Foreign Policy

East Asia and South America from the systemic perspective

International Cooperation

International Business and Logistics

Decolonial Theories

International Security

Globalization and Territorial Dynamics

Political Economy of the World System

Gender and International Relations


Admission, registration and scholarships

UFSC is a public university free of financial charges. Students wishing to enroll and obtain a master’s degree in international relations must hold an undergraduate degree in any field of knowledge and participate in a selection exam, which takes place every year, usually in the month of October. The public notice of the selection process is generally published in August of each year, on the PPGRI website. The public edict will provide forms of admission for students residing in Brazil and students residing abroad.

Students who only wish to study some subjects in the master’s degree must have an undergraduate degree in any area of knowledge and can apply for the subjects of their choice at the beginning of each semester. The enrollment period is posted on the PPGRI website, usually in the months of June and November of each year. The professor responsible for the discipline will decide whether or not to accept the request. Enrollment within isolated disciplines as a special student does not entitle the student to a master’s degree in international relations.

PPGRI currently offers 15 master’s scholarships, which are offered to regular students. Unfortunately, there are not enough scholarships for all students. The scholarships are awarded to the students who obtained the best grades in the selection process.


More information can be requested by email ppgri@contato.ufsc.br.