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    About the Master’s degree

    A program to understand the world and learn to build relationships that mitigate risks and identify new business partnerships and opportunities.

    You will focus on acquiring theoretical and practical skills and competencies to understand the operation of international relations and promote business abroad, using diplomatic channels and processes, both in the public and private sectors.

    This program provides the skills needed to include diplomacy as a key management tool. You will play a key role in understanding the new role of companies, closing the gap between commercial activities and the management of socio-political issues.



    Get the skills needed to include diplomacy as a key management tool and play a key role in operating business in a complex VUCA world



    Build your career in business internationalization in companies and public institutions


    Learning system

    Benefit from an innovative learning system focused on practical experience and case analysis


    Work placement

    Train your future by participating in work placements supervised by experts with extensive experience.

    • Campus:

      Bilbao Campus

    • Programme name:

      International Relations and Business Diplomacy

    • Duration/credits:

      2 semesters, September 2021 - May 2022 - 60 ECTS

    • Language


    • Number of places


    • Programme type

      On campus

    • Application process:

      From January 16, 2023 to May 31, 2023

    • Additional information:

      4 afternoons/week

    • Faculty:

      Social and Human Sciences
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    Iñigo ArbiolIcono para el play del video

    Nuestro objetivo es dotar de competencias a futuros profesionales

    Iñigo ArbiolDirector del máster en International Relations and Business Diplomacy

    2023-2024 ACADEMIC YEAR


    The deadline to apply for admission for the academic year 2023-24 will be open from 16 January to 31 May 2023.

    Find out about the steps to follow to process your application through the virtual office, the required documentation and the additional access requirements for some studies.

    Josu Ugarte

    More outside is more diplomacy is the most important function in internationalization and global positioning processes

    Josu UgarteCEO Schneider Electric Iberia
    Maryam Luzarraga

    In a global environment, the management of stakeholders, impacts and risks is a key for companies. We train professionals and leaders with the kn...

    Maryam LuzarragaFormer PWC partner. Expert on strategies for public sector transformation

    Why should you choose this program?



    Designed by an international council of public and private sectors employers, scholars and high-level experts.



    100% guaranteed international work placement at leading institutions and companies. 



    Over 80% of our students employed in the first 6 months after graduation



    Benefit from an innovative learning focused on practical experience and case analysis



    A country committed to a culture of internationalization, open and ambitious in its aim to consolidate itself as a benchmark on the international stage.

    Students profile

    Who is it for?

    University graduates who plan to develop their career in business internationalization through innovative training by international scholars and experts in a multicultural academic environment.

    Professionals, currently working at companies and public institutions in the field of international business promotion, who need to enhance their professional profile with advanced training in new strategies and tools that take into account the latest lessons learned, advances and experiences.

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    Alumni stories

    Martin Schaefter

    Entirely English taught program receiving top-level worldwide professionals, the master’s degree has been an enriching experience that provided me with the competences to understand global relations.

    Sandra del Campo

    Class of 2021.

    Bilbao City Council – Bilbao Ekintza
    Martin Schaefter

    It is a Master that creates a perspective and vision for the future that is highly practice-oriented. It does not only open your perspective on how international business works, but in my case it has also had a direct impact on my day-to-day work.

    Martin Schaefter

    Orona. Class of 2021
    Naia Begiristain

    The Master has made me grow professionally within the international business development area, doing my internship in an internationalizing fashion industry company.

    Naia Begiristain

    Orkestra. Class of 2021
    Diana Dudek

    This master’s degree has offered me the possibility of deepening the internationalization of public-private relations, and how this fits within a framework shaped by the current geopolitical, competitive and sustainability keys

    Diana Dudek

    European Commission. Class of 2021
    Mikel Gaztañaga

    In an increasingly competitive, complex and unstable global environment, this master’s program has offered me optimal training for its interpretation and conceptualization, providing it with key analytical-operational skills for my professional future i

    Mikel Gaztañaga

    Orkestra. Class of 2021

    In a gradually evolving world, this master’s degree taught me not only how to conceptualise geopolitical issues but also how to critically analyse them, giving me the necessary tools for my future in business diplomacy


    Class of 2022

    Miller Wells

    The master’s degree cultivates competences which allow for a deeper understanding of business in both the public and private sector while also providing the students with one-on-one contact with experts in the field coming from a wide array of backgroun

    Miller Wells

    Class of 2022

    International Relations and Business Diplomacy

    Contact us

    Master’s Programme Director

    Iñigo Arbiol Oñate

    Room 307 - Main Building


    International Relations and Business Diplomacy

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