Energy matters

Degree programme objectives

The field focuses on detailed study of energy security issues in the context of international relations. Multidisciplinarity is its unique feature - it combines social studies with findings of more technical fields, economics and law. It aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge to analyze problems and use the skills they acquire in practice. The study field thus reflects the growing demands of the energy sector for experts in political and strategic issues, who unite knowledge of international/political relations with technical, economic, and legal aspects of energy. Instruction takes on a critical, demanding form that develops students' analytical and conceptual abilities as well as their skills in communication, creativity, and teamwork. Students become acquainted with the terminology, concepts, and methods used in energy security and international relations with the aim of their application in practice.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission Master program Fall 2021 (beginning September 2021)
Submission deadline until midnight 30/4/2021

  • Acceptance round information

    This application is only for semester Fall 2021 (beginning September 2021). If you want to study from Spring semester 2021 (beginning on March 1) please submit the online application for this semester (application deadline on November 15, 2020)

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme
    The program is open to students holding a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in the social sciences (political science, International Relations, European studies, and related disciplines, including history, law, economics, etc.) or the humanities from a recognized institution of higher education. Applicants must have a good command of the English language. Students are evaluated and admitted on the basis of the documents they submit and entrance video-interviews - see: https://eps.fss.muni.cz/prospective-students/how-to-apply
  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme
    Students are evaluated and admitted on the basis of the documents they submit and the entrance interviews; the evaluation scale is 0 - 100 points with 60 as the passing level.

Studies

  • Objectives

    The field focuses on detailed study of energy security issues in the context of international relations. Multidisciplinarity is its unique feature - it combines social studies with findings of more technical fields, economics and law. It aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge to analyze problems and use the skills they acquire in practice. The study field thus reflects the growing demands of the energy sector for experts in political and strategic issues, who unite knowledge of international/political relations with technical, economic, and legal aspects of energy. Instruction takes on a critical, demanding form that develops students' analytical and conceptual abilities as well as their skills in communication, creativity, and teamwork. Students become acquainted with the terminology, concepts, and methods used in energy security and international relations with the aim of their application in practice.

  • Learning Outcomes

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

    • Graduate acquires full university education as a precondition for finding his or her position on the job market.
    • Graduate understands principles of functioning of the energy sector of the Central European countries with some emphasis put on the situation in the Czech Republic.
    • Graduate understands the energy policy of the EU and is able to discuss its basic dimensions and mechanisms.
    • Graduate understands Geopolitics and is able to apply this theory on various case studies.
    • Graduate commands theories, concepts, and methods of the international relations and energy security studies in an informed and creative way.
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    Graduates of Energy Security Studies can pursue a career in many fields; e.g. they may take part in the creation of energy legislation in the European Union, in the formation and implementation of state energy policies, in relevant areas of state administration, in analytical or foreign units of energy companies, or in media. Due to the increasing importance of energy issues, positions can be searched for in diplomatic services or in international institutions, with special regard to the EU. Last but not least, graduates may also find jobs in research or in the academic sphere.

  • Practical Training

    Practical training, while encouraged, is not an obligatory part of the curriculum for this field. The Department of International Relations and European Studies, however, has been actively involved in the gradual establishment and deepening of links with organizations that can help students in gaining practical skills and experience. The main contributor regarding such activities include continually expanding internship opportunities and study-abroad programs (primarily through the Erasmus study program).

  • Goals of Theses

    Master's thesis follows the form factor of academic article (9,000 words +/-10%). It is written under individual supervision of a Faculty member and will be evaluated by the supervisor as well as independently by another Faculty member. Students should demonstrate the ability to work critically with data and relevant literature, processing them using advanced theories and methods. Instructions for Final State Examinations and elaboration of the Bachelor's/Master's thesis are regulated by FSS Directive No. 4/2013 On Final State Examinations for Students of the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University.

  • Access to Further Studies

    Graduates may continue to a doctoral degree program.

  • Additional Information

Basic information

Type
Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Profile
academic
Degree
Mgr.
Length of studies
2 years
Language of instruction
English English

15
number of active students
1
number of theses/dissertations

Faculty of Social Studies
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