Master in Geopolitical Studies

General

Program Description

Geopolitical Studies (GPS) is a unique, multidisciplinary, two-year English-language program, offering the students a chance to learn from the best academics and experts. The program is primarily based on a geopolitical analysis but also includes aspects of the international relations theory and international law. The Geopolitical Studies program studies how the interactions between world politics and geography have unfolded in the most relevant geopolitical settings. The program gives the students an opportunity to gain a profound knowledge of geopolitics and geostrategy, two disciplines which are becoming ever more important. The mandatory courses will provide the necessary theoretical background, while the electives will enable the students to choose their thematic and/or regional specialization according to their preference.


Some of the areas that the specialized courses and modules will focus on include:

  • World politics, great powers geopolitics, global power shifts, border hardening;
  • Disintegration processes, failed states, violent non-state actors, unrecognized states;
  • War, natural resources and conflicts, international law;
  • Political risk analysis, foreign policy analysis;
  • World regions and their position in the current global order.

Students will be introduced to the key concepts and theories and to the methodology and approaches to conducting proper research in this field. Simulation and practical exercises will be also employed to enable the students to apply the knowledge gained to solve problems, which could occur in real-world scenarios.

It is an excellent stepping stone in developing an academic career in the field of Political Science, as well as a valuable source of analytical skills and practical background knowledge that can be applied in professional life.

Highly focused on employability – outside speakers will provide networking opportunities. The program includes discussions with experts outside the academy. The class offers an advanced grounding in geopolitics and security while allowing you to specialize in issues and themes of interest to you. There is a strong emphasis on skills development especially communication.


Description of verification and evaluation criteria

In addition to the application, the following documents must be provided:

  1. Copy of a diploma to show completed Bachelor's or Master's studies, or confirmation of ongoing studies in the academic year that those studies will be completed;
  2. Transcript of marks and academic results from previous higher education studies;
  3. CV;
  4. Motivation letter.

Confirmation of studies may be substituted with a transcript of marks, provided that these are from the same academic year as the application.

All documents which are not originally in Czech, Slovak or English must be accurately translated into English.

The admissions committee will assess applicants for the study on the basis of the documents submitted and give them a ranking from 1 -10 points. The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean. A pre-condition for being accepted is the completion of higher education studies.


Conditions for admission

Admission to Master's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate. Admission to Post-Bachelor studies (Master's program) is likewise conditioned by completed education in any type of study program.

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Graduate Profile

Students that will graduate in the Master’s program “Geopolitical Studies” will have a profound knowledge of the classical, critical and contemporary geopolitical theories, concepts, and methodology applied in this particular field of study, but would also possess the essential knowledge regarding the practical reality of geopolitics. The graduates will be familiar, in particular, with the latest approaches related to the analysis of global geopolitics, geostrategy, the geopolitics of regions, binary geopolitics, contemporary trends, and threats. The graduates will have a profound knowledge concerning the transition of power and the process of political disintegration (secession, irredentism, dissolution of state) of the political space and would be able to employ acquired analytical skills in order to analyze scenarios.


Career Prospect

A graduate of the GPS should be able to reflect, using his acquired knowledge of theoretical premises, on the dynamic of changes of politico-spatial relations, brought by the current economical, political and social development. The theoretical basis should allow for independent analytical research of territorial issues, including their critical analysis, for the purpose of the public or the private sectors. Graduates are prepared to work in state administration, political parties, international institutions or in the private sector (for instance as consultants in multinational corporations). Theoretically oriented students can work as scientists or university pedagogues.

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV UK) is a part of one of the oldest universities in the world which was founded in 1348 by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Shortly after the establishment in 1990, F ... Read More

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV UK) is a part of one of the oldest universities in the world which was founded in 1348 by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Shortly after the establishment in 1990, FSV UK became a regional centre of teaching and research in economics, sociology, political science, international relations, area studies, media studies and journalism. Read less