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Master programme - European Studies

Title and type of study programme

  • Title of the study programme: European Studies
  • Degree of the study: Master study
  • Duration of study: 2 academic years (full time or part time)
  • Academic title: Master

Scope of the study programme

The structure of the study programme and its component subjects, as well as its teachers’ expertise and research experience, allow students not only to prepare for professional praxis. In order to provide students with an integral set of knowledge, competence and skills that represent a pillar of graduates’ profile, the emphasis is placed especially on a deep and compact knowledge from the field of international relations – political relations and international economic relations, international and European law, foreign policy, history and theory of European integration, common policies of the EU, the EU institutional framework, the EU external action, theory and practice of diplomacy, creation of the European diplomacy and diplomatic service, internal and foreign policy development in the EU member states, integration processes on the political map of the world, historical, political, socio-economic and cultural development of particular world macroregions etc., as well as on the development of communication skills in foreign language in relation to the field of study. Study programme consists of different types of courses provided in the study plan below. The total number of credits for the whole period of study (4 semesters) is 120. Given that the study programme is in English and includes the participation of foreign universities, it increases students’ language skills and professional preparedness, and enhances reputation of their qualification on the market as well as the reputation of the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica and its partner universities.

Profile of a graduate

The graduate enjoys a compact system of theoretical and practical knowledge. He demonstrates a significant level of competence and skills that enable him to independently and creatively apply acquired theoretical knowledge in different kinds of professions – especially (but not exclusively) those that are related to his academic background. Acquired competence may be a contribution also in professions that do not correspond directly to graduate’s academic profile, yet in this case, the scope of applicability of particular competence and skills depends on the type of his profession and position.

The graduates’ profile is conceived so that it enables them to continually pursue the research on the third degree of academic education in the same or related field of study and programme. At the same time, graduates prove competent and eligible for positions in various sectors of social and economic industry (central state administration, local administration, media, private sector).

 

Theoretical knowledge of graduates basically consists of:

  • acquisition of knowledge that enables graduates to specialise in the area of the European integration – its emergence, subsequent development and functioning of its complex institutional system, as well as the implementation of the common and shared competence in particular areas
  • ability to analyse the development of the European integration process, define the key endogenous and exogenous factors that influence its development and subsequently to predict and elaborate potential scenarios of its evolution
  • ability to analyse internal and foreign policy development in the EU member states in particular periods of time and on this basis to deduce the influence of specific factors on the integration process
  • ability to evaluate the scope of fulfilling the priorities of integration that are characteristic for a given period on the basis of acquired knowledge related to the development of the European integration and specificities of its particular stages

Practical knowledge of graduates basically consists of:

  • individual conceptual work in the theoretical and practical area related not only to the issues of the European integration but also to the implementation of integration schemes in other macroregions
  • ability to prove competent for work in various international organisations, especially at their departments and sections dealing with the cooperation with the EU
  • ability to prove competent for work within the complex EU institutional structure

Requirements on applicants

For the Master programme, applications are supposed to be sent to the faculty mail, containing:

  • Formal letter of application,
  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Certified copy of a Bachelor (or an equivalent) degree diploma,
  • Certificate confirming student’s knowledge of English is an advantage.

Fees

Tuition fee for one school year (2 semesters) is 2.000, - € and it is due to be paid by the date of registration for the study.

Deadline a procedure for applications

  • Application form with all necessary documents have to be sent to: martina.bencekova@umb.sk till June 15, of academic year. Entrance exam fee 60 € must be paid to:
  • Account number 7000095590/8180; Account symbol 10417603,
  • IBAN: SK7581800000007000095590, SWIFT: SUBASKBX,
  • Name of the Account: Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici

Programme coordinator and contact

Contact person: Dr. Martina Benčeková

e-mail: martina.bencekova@umb.sk

Address: Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Matej Bel University

Kuzmányho 1, 974 01 Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic

Study plan

Code

Name of subject

Credits

Hours together
(L,S,C ...)

Semester

 
 

Obligatory subjects

 

MP

International Law

5

2-1-0

1.

 

TMV

Theories of International Relations

6

2-2-0

1.

 

MO

International Organisations

5

2-1-0

2.

 

PTMV

Post-modern Theories in International Relatios

6

2-2-0

2.

 

PEÚ

Legal System of the EU

5

2-1-0

2.

 

TEI

European Integration Theory

5

2-0-0

2.

 

ZVEÚ

Foreign Relations of the EU

5

2-1-0

3.

 

DIP

Diplomatic Protocol

5

2-1-0

3.

 

ZPSR

Slovak Foreign Policy

5

2-1-0

3.

 

1.CJ IV.

First Foreign Language IV.

4

2-1-0

4.

 

ZPO

Final Thesis and Defending of Final Thesis

20

0-0-0

4.

 

 

 

71

 

 

 

Obligatory optional subjects

 

IF

International Finance-Economic Development of V4 countries

4

2-0-0

1.

 

FGC

The French-German partnership and European building

4

2-1-0

1.

 

BPSR

Security Policy of SR

5

2-1-0

1.

 

POMŠ

Small States Policy

4

2-0-0

1.

 

REG I.

Regional Studies I.

4

2-0-0

1.

 

ŠD I.

Sport Diplomacy I.

4

2-0-0

1.

 

TPV4

Transformation processes in the Visagrad countries

4

2-0-0

1.

 

ZPF

Foreign Policy of France

4

2-0-0

1.

 

VODI

Military Diplomacy

4

2-0-0

1.

 

PKPM

Political Communication and Political Marketing

5

2-1-0

1.

 

1.CJ

First Foreign Language

4

2-1-0

1. – 4.

 

2.CJ

Second Foreign Language

4

2-1-0

1. – 3.

 

ECIO

European cooperation inside and outside EU

4

2-0-0

2.

 

Mediterraean Studies

4

2-0-0

2.

 

PRE

Political Radicalism and Extremism

5

2-0-0

2.

 

BP

Bussiness Protocol

4

2-0-0

2.

 

ŠD II.

Sport Diplomacy II.

4

2-0-0

2.

 

DS

Final Thesis Seminar

4

0-2-0

2.

 

EUBE

European Security

5

2-1-0

3.

 

PSŠ

Political Systems of Scandinavia

5

2-0-0

3.

 

BS

Balkan Studies

4

2-0-0

3.

 

EI

European Identities and Citizenships in the EU

4

2-0-0

3.

 

MDT

Mechanisms of Democratic Transition

5

2-1-0

3.

 

REG II.

Regional Studies II.

4

2-0-0

3.

 

EEU

Entrepreneurship in the EU

4

2-0-0

4.

 

MMMP

International Migration and Migration Policy

4

2-0-0

4.

 

PRAX

Professional Practice

4

0-2-0

4.

 

Optional subjects

 

ATPMV I.

Current Issues of Theory and Practice in Politics and International Relations I.

3

2-0-0

1.

 

DIPR I.

Diplomacy in Practice – Professional Excursion I.

3

0-2-0

1.

 

TEF

European Theories of Federalism

3

2-0-0

1.

 

ŠDP I.

Sport Diplomacy in Practice I.

3

0-2-0

1.

 

3.CJ I.

Third Foreign Language I.

3

0-2-0

1.

 

OI I.

Information Security I.

3

2-0-0

1.

 

3.CJ II.

Third Foreign Language II.

3

0-2-0

2.

 

ATPMV II.

Current Issues of Theory and Practice in Politics and International Relations II.

3

2-0-0

2.

 

DIPR II.

Diplomacy in Practice  - Professional Excursion II.

3

0-2-0

2.

 

KONEO

Conservativism and Neoconservativism

3

2-0-0

2.

 

SN

Securitisation of Religion

3

2-0-0

2.

 

SRKB

Strategic Managemet of Cyber Security

3

2-0-0

2.

 

ŠDP II.

Sport Diplomacy in Practice II.

3

0-2-0

2.

 

OI II.

Information Security II.

3

2-0-0

2.

 

NATO

NATO in 20. and 21. Century

3

2-0-0

2.

 

IRJ I.

Intercomprehension of Roman Languages I.

3

0-2-0

2.

 

ATPMV III.

Current Issues of Theory and Practice in Politics and International Relations III.

3

2-0-0

3.

 

DŠV4

History of V4 Countries

3

2-0-0

3.

 

3.CJ III.

Third Foreign Language III.

3

0-2-0

3.

 

ŠDP III.

Sport Diplomacy in Practice III.

3

0-2-0

3.

 

SPvS

Trends and Paradigms in Sociology

3

2-0-0

3.

 

DIPR III.

Diplomacy in Practice – Professional Excursion III.

3

0-2-0

3.

 

DIPR IV.

Diplomacy in Practice – Professional Excursion IV.

3

0-2-0

4.

 

IRJ II.

Intercomprehension of Roman Languages II.

3

0-2-0

4.

 

Repr II.

Representation II.

3

 

1.-4.

 

Guarantee of the study programme:

prof. Gilles Rouet

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