International Economic and Political Studies (IEPS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which seeks to investigate contemporary political, economic and social issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. Although the predominant emphasis in IEPS is on approaches from economics and political science, students will also be expected to explore their historical, legal and sociological aspects.
The IEPS programme offers a unique study both in its contents and methods. It is based neither on an overview of facts about the social organisation nor on crunching of abstract mathematical models – it offers the students the ways of thinking and understanding social, economic and political phenomena in globalised societies. Students deal with the nature of economic objectives of agents, social organisation, institutions of power, the emergence of conflicts and aims at cooperation. They are expected to master the principles of modern non-conventional economic thinking and be able to apply it in political decision-making at the level of supra-national institutions, states, regional governments, corporations, firms, political parties and groups of citizens.
Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria
In addition to the application, the following documents must be provided:
- 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;
- Transcript of marks and academic results from previous higher education studies;
- 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.
Conditions for admission
The admissions committee will assess applicants for a 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.
Recommended literature, sample questions
Although a background in mathematics is not formally required for admission, it is an advantage for IEPS applicants to have an aptitude for maths and statistics, especially those students who wish to specialise in economics and finance. All students must have a good command of the English language in order to successfully complete all of the course requirements, including the ability to discuss specialised topics.
Information on the exercise of graduates
A graduate of the IEPS should be able to reflect, using his/her acquired knowledge of the theoretical foundations, on the dynamics of changes of political-economic relations ongoing in an international environment, brought by the current economical, political and social development open to the world. The theoretical basis should allow for an independent analytical research of economic and political issues in the international environment, including their critical analysis, for the purpose of the public or the private sectors. Graduates will be prepared to work in the banking and financial businesses, state administration, political parties, international institutions or in the private sector (for instance as consultants in multinational corporations). Theoretically oriented students can work as researchers or university instructors.