MA in International Relations: Europe in the Visegrad Perspective

This joint Master’s degree programme in international relations is carried out within the framework of the VNDREAM network, which consists of Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Pecs (Hungary) and Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia).This joint Master’s programme offers a unique opportunity to study international relations, European politics, economy, society & culture from the perspective of the Visegrad region. Experienced faculty of the leading universities from the Visegrad region as well as visiting professors and guest lecturers from renowned international academic and diplomatic institutions provide insightful and inspiring instruction about major developments in contemporary international law, economics, politics and culture in light of the European integration processes seen from the standpoint of the Visegrad region.

Graduate Profile

Upon the completion of this programme graduates will demonstrate high competence in both history and culture of the Visegrad and the wider Central Europe region as background for better understanding of contemporary international relations as exemplified in the impact of European integration. More specifically they will acquire the knowledge necessary to better understand the complex nature of the interplay between global and regional phenomena affecting the functioning of international organisations, business and civil society. Graduates will be prepared to work in international organisations, diplomatic service, public administration, mass media and civil society organisations. If interested in pursuing an academic career, graduates will acquire the analytical ability to carry out individual research as prospective doctoral students.


The programme lasts 4 semesters. The overall workload corresponds to a total of 120 ECTS. English is the leading language of instruction. Instruction in national languages of the partner universities is provided as well. Upon the completion of all requirements of the programme, students obtain a joint degree equivalent to a title of the Master of Arts in accordance with the national nomenclature of the partner universities.

Following the first semester at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, students spend a semester at each partner university in the following order:

  • Masaryk University – second semester
  • University of Pecs – third semester
  • Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica – final semester

During the third and final semesters, students attend courses offered on a regular basis, master’s thesis seminars and carry out individual research culminating in the submission of a Master’s thesis and a final examination. The Master thesis is to be written during the last semester of the programme.

Successful completion of an academic year is preconditioned by student record of minimum 60 ECTS. Each partner university offers a number of courses corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester.


A list of optional subjects is to be updated each year by the partner universities and will be made available to students no later than three months prior the beginning of each subsequent semester in accordance with the academic calendar of the respective hosting partner university.

The number of ECTS points assigned to the courses correspond to the overall student workload including teaching contact hours in the form of lectures and seminars, as well as readings, essays and presentations. Partner universities retain their home modalities in calculating ECTS points assigned to their course offer.

Compulsory courses correspond to 84 ECTS. Optional courses correspond to 36 ECTS. The total student workload corresponds to a minimum of 120 ECTS.

For courses at each partner university please look at the list offered for each semester:

Program taught in:
  • English

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