Peking University- Sciences Po Dual Master’s Degree in International Relations Prospectus for 2021 Entry
About the Program
The PKU-Sciences Po Dual Master’s Degree is a collaborative program on general international studies. This dual-degree program is multidisciplinary by nature, which covers international relations, international political economy, and emerging subjects like energy and environmental studies. It emphasizes multi-cultural perspectives on global security and developmental issues and provides a unique opportunity for students to study international affairs in Paris and in Beijing.
An Overview of the PKU-Sciences Po Program
The PKU-Sciences Po dual degree is a two-year full-time academic program. Students spend their first year at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po, where they can choose from the 7 specialized subjects in international affairs. In the second year, students will study at the School of International Studies (SIS), Peking University, for the degree of Master of International Relations, whose focus is on security and development issues and a regional focus on China and the Asia-Pacific region.
Students remain enrolled in both institutions for both years; they will therefore benefit from all services for the students (free access to library, student unions, career services…).
Year 1 at Sciences Po
During the first year of the dual degree, students will join the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po (PSIA).
Students joining PSIA may choose one of the following master’s programs during the first year of the dual degree:
Master in International Security
Master in International Governance and Diplomacy
Master in International Economic Policy
Master in Environmental Policy
Master in International Development
Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action
Master in International Energy
Dual degree students have to complete the required courses related to their chosen Master at PSIA. In addition, dual degree students must take at least one course on China during their first year at PSIA. They have the option to take one language class at Sciences Po per semester, and will be encouraged to study Chinese language unless they have a very high level already.
The course assessment will be the same as that of other regular students enrolled at PSIA. For more information, go to
Year 2 at Peking University
During the second year of the dual degree, students will join the School of International Studies at Peking University (SIS-PKU), majoring in International Relations.
At Peking University, each student is required to write a thesis. According to PKU’s requirements, the student should submit a thesis and attend oral defense for the thesis by the end of Semester 4.
At PKU, international students are required to take Chinese language courses.
Final graduation hinges upon the students’ qualified performance in both years of the program. Therefore, students will get a temporary graduation in July of the first year at Sciences Po, while the final graduation hinges upon the completion of all required studies at PSIA in the first year and all required studies at Peking University in the second year.
2020-2021 Course Offering is available in the 2020 Handbook (/docs/20201015110133316533.pdf), see page 69.
At Peking University, 20 total credits are required for international students and 21 total credits are required for Chinese students (including students from HK, Macao or Taiwan) respectively.
Total credits are composed of 12 credits of core courses, 2 credits of language course and 6 credits of elective courses for international students; For Chinese students, they are required to complete 12 credits of core courses and 9 credits of elective courses (at least 6 credits from English elective courses).
Course offering in the 2021-2022 academic year at Peking University will be available in May, 2021 and subject to change.
All students should complete the application procedures at both Sciences Po and PKU.
At Sciences Po:
To apply for PKU- Sciences Po Double Master’s Degree Program, please visit:
All applicants should apply online before January 24, 2021 via:
(1) Applicants from the Mainland of the People's Republic of China (including those who received bachelor’ s degree overseas)must either have the recommendation eligibility to the School of International Studies (the SIS)(保研) or pass the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate Students in China (考研). Applicants need to choose the major International Relations (Contemporary International Relations) “国际关系专业，当代国际关系方向”, and indicate this program specifically in both online and hard copy versions of the application, as well as on the cover of the application package posted to the designated admission office.
(2) Applicants holding identity cards from Macau, Hong Kong, or Taiwan must pre-register with PKU Graduate School online at: https://admission.pku.edu.cn/applications/ before 12:00 noon, December 4, 2020(Beijing Time). Please see more information at: . Applicants need to choose the major International Relations (Contemporary International Relations) “国际关系专业，当代国际关系方向”, and indicate this program specifically in both online and hard copy versions of the application, as well as on the cover of the application package posted to the designated admission office. Please send soft copies of documents required by PKU Graduate School to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Applicants who hold both foreign passports and identity cards from Macau, Hong Kong, or Taiwan must follow the procedures described above.
(3) All non-PRC students, upon accepting the offer, must go to the PKU online application (pre-registration) system (http://www.studyatpku.com/), fill in the PKU form, and pay the pre-registration fee online by 12:00 midnight March 31, 2021 Beijing time.
■ Please post a hardcopy of the pre-registration form with signature, 3 copies of passport size photos and an official transcript to: Ms. TONG Tianyu, Program Officer, B101, School of International Studies, Peking University, No.5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian, 100871, Beijing China. Tel: 86-10-62759199. Unless otherwise notified, PKU needs to receive this package by April 15, 2021.
■ Please send soft copies of the documents below to email@example.com by April 15, 2021
① PKU Pre-registration form (in PDF)
② A passport size photo in white background
③ Personal statement
⑤ English test report*
⑥ Passport page with name
⑦ Bachelor diploma or certificate of study/enrollment (For those expecting to graduate in the summer of 2021)
*Residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who have emigrated to other countries and are applying for Peking University as international students must present valid passports or citizenship documents dating before April 30, 2015, along with proof of cancellation of Chinese nationality.
* English test should be taken after September 1, 2019. A student is exempt from English requirement if his/her first language is English or he/she has obtained a degree in an English-taught program in an English-speaking country after Sep. 1, 2016. Please refer to:
All applicants shall keep their ID consistent in the whole process.
All applications will be reviewed by the joint committee from both Peking University and Sciences Po.
For applicants from Mainland China, upon meeting the eligibility of applying for this program, will be required to take an interview arranged by the joint committee from both Sciences Po and Peking University. Students applying through recommendations are also required to take the written test arranged by the SIS, PKU.
For international applicants and applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan, interviews (via phone or skype) will be arranged when necessary.
Joint admission notification will be sent by Sciences Po on behalf of both institutions by mid-March, 2021. Upon successful completion of the first year at Sciences Po, an official PKU admission letter and visa form (for international students) will be sent from Peking University by July of 2022.
Tuition Fee and Funding
For 2021 entry, the tuition fee for year two at PKU is RMB 95,000 yuan. The tuition fee for year one at Sciences Po, please visit
According to the agreement by Sciences Po and Peking University, Sciences Po will provide ONE scholarship for students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan based on the application materials to the dual degree program, while Peking University will provide ONE scholarship, approximately USD 10,000 to international students based on year one performance of the dual degree at PSIA, Sciences Po.
During the year one study at Sciences Po, international students can also apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship for year two. Information is provided by the Chinese Scholarship Council ( ) and the Chinese Embassy of the student’s country of origin. The CGS will provide the awardees with a monthly living stipend and assistance with accommodation arrangement. The PKU tuition fee will be partly covered by the CGS (students are expected to make up for the difference by other means).
Students from Mainland China are eligible to apply for designated scholarship during the second year at PKU. For more scholarship opportunities, at Sciences Po, please visit .At PKU, for international students, please visit for students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, please visit
Upon successful completion of studies at both institutions, students will be conferred Master Degree of Law and Master Degree of International Affairs by PKU and Master Degree (with specialization in International Affairs) by Sciences Po respectively.
After graduation, students from the program have been employed in a wide variety of international organizations (such as International Energy Agency), government agencies (i.e. Chinese/French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), financial companies (i.e. China Development Bank, The Export-Import Bank of China), consulting firms (i.e. Capgemini Consulting, Bain & Company), NGOs (i.e. China ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Center), universities and research institutions( Wuhan University, in China), the media sector and think tanks. Some students continued to pursue their doctoral degree.