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Degree programme objectives

The Master’s degree programme in the field of International Relations aims to develop deeper understanding of international relations and world politics acquired by the student in prior Bachelor education. Special emphasis is laid on the ability to analyse acquired knowledge, assess, interpret and understand theoretical aspects of examined issues with systematic critical reflection in expert activities. Focus is directed particularly toward modern theories of international relations, security-strategic, economic, energetic, legal, and social dimensions of international relations, and the foreign policy of key actors. A progressive curriculum in research methods and social science data analysis, employing modern formalized statistic, comparative, and interpretational procedures prepares students for high-quality expert analytical work in practice and academia. Structured emphasis on the development of students’ analytical skills throughout the programme prepares students for success on the global labour market or postgraduate study among the global academic competition.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Přijímací řízení do navazujících magisterských programů - akad.rok 2021/2022 (zahájení: podzim 2021)
Submission deadline until midnight 30/4/2021

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme
    Written entrance exam (in Czech), open questions, June, 2021.
  • Recommended reading for the examinations under this field
    • Barša, Pavel (2007): Síla a rozum: Spor realismu a idealismu v moderním politickém myšlení. Praha: Filosofia.
    • Baylis, John – Smith, Steve – Owens, Patricia (2011): The Globalization of World Politics. An Introduction to International Relations. New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Drulák, Petr (2003): Teorie mezinárodních vztahů. Praha: Portál.
    • Hollis, Martin, Smith, Steve (2000): Teorie mezinárodních vztahů, CDK, Brno.
    • Kratochvíl, Petr – Drulák, Petr (2009): Encyklopedie mezinárodních vztahů. Praha: Portál.
    • Kissinger, Henry A. (1999): Umění diplomacie. Praha: Prostor.
    • Kořan, Michal (2013): Česká zahraniční politika. Brno: Muni Press.
    • Kuchyňková, Petra.; Suchý, Petr (eds.): Vývoj a výsledky procesů kontroly zbrojení a odzbrojování. Marnost nad marnost? MPÚ MU, Brno 2005.
    • Pavel Pšeja (ed.), Petr Suchý (ed.), Oldřich Krpec (ed.), Zdeněk Kříž (ed.) 2015. Moc a zájmy v mezinárodním systému. Brno: CDK.
    • Veselý, Zdeněk (2007): Dějiny mezinárodních vztahů. Plzeň.
    • Waisová, Šárka (2002): Úvod do studia mezinárodních vztahů. Dobrá Voda: Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk.
  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme
    Maximum of 100 points. The threshold for successful passing of the exam is 60 points.

Studies

  • Objectives

    The Master’s degree programme in the field of International Relations aims to develop deeper understanding of international relations and world politics acquired by the student in prior Bachelor education. Special emphasis is laid on the ability to analyse acquired knowledge, assess, interpret and understand theoretical aspects of examined issues with systematic critical reflection in expert activities. Focus is directed particularly toward modern theories of international relations, security-strategic, economic, energetic, legal, and social dimensions of international relations, and the foreign policy of key actors. A progressive curriculum in research methods and social science data analysis, employing modern formalized statistic, comparative, and interpretational procedures prepares students for high-quality expert analytical work in practice and academia. Structured emphasis on the development of students’ analytical skills throughout the programme prepares students for success on the global labour market or postgraduate study among the global academic competition.

  • Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

    • creatively use modern theories of international relations in expert analysis.
    • based on theory, interpret current issues in world politics.
    • independently specify and solve complex problems of IR using appropriate theoretical, conceptual and methodologic apparatus.
    • analyse key dimensions of international relations (security, economic, energetic, legal, and societal).
    • apply research methodology in the realm of international relations in expert activities both in public and corporate spheres.
    • further develop oneself in the field.
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    The graduates can find employment in a number of professional areas. Especially: in public administration and diplomatic services, in research and analytical institutes, in academic-educational work at universities, in the apparatus of political parties, as journalists a and in international organisations. Graduates are very likely to find a job in the corporate sphere, particularly in large multinational organisations.

  • Practical Training

    Students of the field can electively participate in practical training with all types of potential employers. The department cultivates and continues to expand the existing rich offer of practical training opportunities for applicants.

  • Goals of Theses

    The minimum character count of the Master’s thesis is 144,000 characters including footnotes, front-page, contents, index, bibliography, and annotation. The character of the Master’s thesis is that of an independent analytical text on the selected issue.

    Students can work both already published works as well as primary data accessible for secondary analysis. They should prove they are able to work critically with academic texts and apply concepts and international relations theories therein to find relevant answers to their research question. The objective of Master’s thesis is particularly to improve students’ abilities to employ methods of data collection and analysis taught in the programme in expert activities. Generating new findings in the field is welcomed but is not a passing requirement in Master’s thesis.

    Guidelines for final state exams and writing a Bachelor’s/ Master’s thesis are regulated by the FSS Directive N. 4/2013 on final state exams for the students of the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University taking them for the first time in the spring term of 2013 and afterwards.

  • Access to Further Studies

    The most promising graduates of the Master’s study programme of international relations will be ready to start postgraduate study (after meeting admission requirements) in the field or in related disciplines both at FSS MU and in the international competence. At FSS MU they are eligible to continue in the doctoral programme of International Relations and European Policy.

  • Additional Information
    For more information http://mve.fss.muni.cz/

Basic information

Type
Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Profile
academic
Degree
Mgr.
Degree in Advanced Master's state examination
PhDr.
Length of studies
2 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

74
number of active students
46
number of theses/dissertations

Faculty of Social Studies
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