The Program

The Department of International Relations at PUC Minas is one of Brazil’s leading social science departments, widely recognized for its excellence in teaching and research. We are known for our vibrant research culture that underpins our philosophy of research-led teaching. Our undergraduate program has been consistently ranked amongst the top three in the country. Our post-graduate program was established in 2006 and awarded a grade 5 (nota 5) by The CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education in its most recent performance assessment cycles (2010-2012 and 2013-2016), making us one of just a handful of post-graduate programs in Brazil that hold this position. We are particularly proud to have achieved this ranking within such a short time of our inception. 

Research Lines

PUC Minas’ Graduate Program in International Relations offers both master's and doctoral degrees taught and supervised by leading academics in the field. Its program has a special focus on three key areas of international politics: institutions, conflicts and inequalities, which it studies through the lines of research that it offers. The Department of International Relations provides its students with a high quality of education and learning in accordance with PUC Minas’ exceptional ethical and professional standards.

The Program offers four Lines of Research:
  • Security and International Institutions
  • International Development and Inequalities
  • Decision Making in International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • Intelligence, Strategy and Counterterrorism