Master’s in European Studies and International Relations (EN

This programme is taught in English.

 

The Master’s programme focuses on individual aspects of European integration, international relations and conflict resolution. In terms of European integration, it concentrates on the functioning of European Union, its institutional structure, politics and external relations. Students also gain practical skills in the writing and implementation of European projects.

In terms of international relations, students acquire a specialization in the field of international relations theories, their practical application to contemporary phenomena and problems in international relations, the functioning of international organizations, international safety and international and internal conflict resolution.

 

Core programme courses

·         EU Institutions

·         EU and Its Member Countries

·         Cohesion Policy

·         External Relations of the EU

·         EU Economic Policy

·         International Relations Theories

·         International Safety

·         Conflict Resolution

·         Modern History of Europe

·         Methodology

 

Core programme constituents

The Master’s programme is based on three core knowledge and two basic skills constituents.  The aim of the knowledge-focused elements is to provide the graduates with good theoretical basis for their subsequent professional career. The aim of the skill-focused part is to increase the graduates’ competitiveness in the job market in terms of their ability to practically apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained. The core constituents are the following:

1.       European Union

2.       International Relations

3.       Modern History of Europe

4.       Methodological and Analytical Competency

5.       Language Competency

 

Ref. 1. The key knowledge constituent of the programme deals with issues of the European Union, especially EU structures, policies, processes and actors. It gives students an in-depth insight into the main topics of international political science research in EU studies. Students gain basic knowledge in the theories of European integration, EU institutions, policies, processes and actors. The programme essentially builds upon important compulsory and recommended reading of the individual courses. It is covered by five compulsory (type A) courses: EU Institutions, EU and Its Member Countries, External Relations of the EU, EU Economic Policy and EU Cohesion Policy; and assessed in the final examinations as European Union.

 

Ref. 2. The second key programme constituent deals with international relations. It is based on traditional western-European and American academic approaches to international relations. It gives students an in-depth insight into the material, military, economic and ideological factors that explain the continuity and changes in the international political system. The programme essentially builds upon important compulsory and recommended reading of the individual courses. It is covered by four compulsory (type A) courses: International Relations Theories, International Safety and Conflict Resolution I and II. It is assessed in the final examinations as International Relations.

 

Ref. 3. The modern history of Europe represents another programme constituent. This part of the programme enables students to gain necessary knowledge of modern history that is essential for the understanding of contemporary political phenomena and a number of research issues. It places emphasis on the contextual interpretation of modern European history since WWI up to the present; it does not follow events in the development of individual countries in their chronological order. This programme constituent is covered by two compulsory (type A) courses: Modern History of Europe I and II. It is assessed in the final examinations as Modern History of Europe.

 

Ref. 4. The theoretical grounding acquired in the previous three programme constituents does not represent sufficient preparation for a professional career unless graduates have the necessary methodological and analytical competency. This skill-focused part of the programme teaches students to work analytically both individually and in teams and to use the methods of political research. They gain the knowledge and ability to use basic and advanced quantitative statistical and qualitative research methods. The knowledge and skills mastered in the courses will enable the students to build their own research plan for individual and team research tasks. Three compulsory (type A) courses cover this constituent: Methodology, Advanced Research Methods in Social Science and Political Research.

 

Ref. 5. Strong language competency is a necessary prerequisite for the successful career of a graduate. It is an inherent part of the overall competency that students acquire at university. At the Master’s level, language competency is no longer advanced by means of language courses followed by assessment. Therefore a good knowledge of languages, especially English, is a prerequisite for the Master’s programme. Courses require the reading of a wide range of compulsory English literature. The result of this is the ability to use English in a competent way within the field of study that promotes the graduates’ potential in the job market.

 

The profile of a graduate

Graduates of the Master’s programme gain expertise in the issues of European integration, mainly in the institutional setting and the functioning of European Union, essential knowledge in the field of international relations and conflict resolution and possess an understanding of the political development of Europe after 1945. They acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, especially in the area of issues of the EU, and will have completed a compulsory 4-week-long traineeship. Throughout the programme, emphasis is placed on both factual knowledge and the mastering of methodological approaches. Besides compulsory courses, students scan develop their methodological skills and critical thinking by means of optional courses.

Students also graduate with a deep knowledge of at least one world language. KPES develops its students’ language competency by its international outreach (mainly through exchange study programmes funded by EU and bilateral contracts with American universities). Their language resources considerably enhance the graduates’ competitiveness both within and outside of the Czech Republic.

 

A graduate of the Master’s programme is also professionally competent in the following areas:

·         leading positions in state and local administration

·         EU structures

·         diplomatic services

·         political management

·         private sector (e.g. consulting in the field of project management)

·         national and international non-governmental organizations

·         science

 

Admission Procedure 

The applicant must be a graduate of a Bachelor’s or a Master’s study programme in the field of social studies, humanities or law. The active knowledge of English is a necessary prerequisite.

 

The applicant will present:

- Bachelor's degree diploma

- Diploma supplement of his Bachelor’s study (the diploma supplement may be substituted by a list of courses and exams passed during the Bachelor’s study). The diploma supplement, or the list of courses and exams, must be verified by the study administration office at the respective university.

- Bachelor's thesis or a corresponding graduate work, eventually another written essay with a minimum page range of 20 pages.

- CV

- Motivational letter 

 

 Personal interview (might be arranged via skype) will include questions from the fields mentioned below and a discussion about the past and the future professional focus of the applicant as well as his/her motivation for the study programme.  

 

The applicant must prove Bachelor level knowledge in the following fields:

- Basics of International Relations

- European integration history since 1945.

- Institutions and functioning of the EU

- Basic methods of political science research 

 

Application, deadline and further contact

To apply for Master´s program of European Studies and International relations, please click here


Tuition is 2000 EUR per semmester. 



Please note, the application deadline for 2016/2017 is February 28th 2016. After deadline or for further questions and assistance contact Daniel Marek at daniel.marek@upol.cz