International Relations (MAIN), Master

International Relations (MAIN), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Master in International Relations (MAIN) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which provides students with the knowledge and analytical skills to understand and explain the international context of politics, economy, and security. The world is growing ever more interdependent and major political decisions, influencing our everyday lives, are made not only by individual nation states but increasingly also by regional as well as global institutions.


The programme Master in International Relations aims at providing students with a deep understanding of the problems of international and European politics. Throughout the curriculum, we put emphasis on two cornerstones of our graduates’ success, that is on students’ competences in the field of international relations on the one hand, and on the development of students’ analytical, communication, and language skills on the other hand.Over the course of the programme, our students build a solid substantive knowledge of the problems of contemporary international politics and of their historical roots. The curriculum covers especially the following areas:

  • International Relations. The programme offers a general introduction – historical and theoretical - into international relations and into the nature of the international system. States as well as non-state actors behave in international politics in certain ways, and students learn to understand how and why.
  • International Economics and Security. Students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to the two key issue areas of international life – international security and economic relations.
  • European Union. European politics are omnipresent in the everyday political life of European Union member states. In addition, European Union has become one of the key players on the global scene. Our students are provided with a broad range of courses that help them understand the principles of contemporary European politics, their historical roots, as well as specific areas in which the EU is active, on national, European, and global level. The programme offers students the possibility to obtain a formal certificate of specialization in European studies.
  • International Organizations and International Law. International Organizations have become important players in international politics and the decisions they adopt have direct and often dramatic consequences for states and societies. In addition, international politics are ever more tightly bound by the growing body of international law. The programme provides students with a comprehensive overview of the institutions – treaties as well as organizations – that increasingly regulate international life and constrain the choices states can adopt.


MAIN is fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Programme Structure

  • Theories of International Relations
  • International Economic Relations
  • International Security
  • Researching International Politics: Quantitative Methods
  • European Union
  • International Law
  • International Organizations
  • Researching International Politics: Qualitative Methods
  • Elective Courses: International Relations, Security & Economy, Erasmus/stay abroad
  • Elective Courses: European Studies & International Institutions, Erasmus/stay abroad
  • Master's Thesis Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS

    9 required courses (59 ECTS credits)

    5 elective seminars accompanying the required courses (20 ECTS credits)

    Elective courses – individual specialization within the programme International Relations (minimum 29 ECTS credits)

    Elective courses from other institutes of the Faculty (up to 12 ECTS credits)

    Master’s thesis defence and the final state examination

    Total credits: 120

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree. The Master's degree programmes are open only to applicants who have already completed (or are about to complete) a Bachelor's degree in a related programme of study or at least a combination of related programmes with other study tracks. Please see our Programme Specific Requirements page for more details.
  • It is not necessary for students to have obtained their Bachelor's degree from Charles University in Prague, or any university in the Czech Republic. However, students who have earned their Bachelor's degree abroad should note that, under current rules on the recognition of foreign diplomas, it will be necessary for them to obtain an official document to say that their Bachelor's degree is recognised in the Czech Republic (so-called "nostrifikace").
  • In theory, the recognition process should be completed by students before they register for their first day of classes in September. In practice this is impossible. We will therefore register all successful applicants provisionally for the first semester, while they work on their papers and while we wait for the legal situation to clarify. Please note, however, that this does not mean students will not be required to get their degree recognised at all. At some point all students will have to go through with it.
  • English-language ability. The programmes require a sufficient knowledge of the English language to attend classes, write papers and be capable of reading Master level textbook without difficulties (i.e. at least B2 level). Students who are not native speakers may be asked to demonstrate their ability to study in English, e.g. by presenting the results of any language tests they have taken. Although we welcome TOEFL (Please use our institutional code 6633 if you wish for your results to be sent directly to us) and IELTS, they are not necessarily a condition of entry. A real ability to study in English is more important.
  • Mathematical ability. A sufficient background in mathematics and statistics is required for the CFS, IEPS and MEF programme. Please see our Programme Specific Requirements page for more details.
  • Eligibility. There will be no entrance examinations. The eligibility of individual applicants will be assessed by an applications committee in May (precise date to be confirmed). In cases where the applicant does not meet the above requirement concerning related programmes, a detailed motivation letter may help the applications committee to decide.

The early admissions deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 28th February 2017. The early admissions deadline is strongly recommended for students from non-EU or non-EFTA countries who will need a student visa in order to study in the Czech Republic.

The regular deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 30th April 2017. The application fee is 530 CZK (approximately 20 EUR).

There will be no entrance examinations. Applicants' materials will be assessed by an admissions committee in March/May respectively. Successful applicants will be informed at the beginning of April/June respectively, so they can apply for their student visa.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition fees for the Master in International Relations programme are 6000 EUR per year. The programme operates two fee reduction schemes. First, within our merit-based scheme, excellent and highly motivated students are eligible for fee reductions of 1000 EUR per semester and in exceptional cases of 2000 EUR per semester, hence reducing the study fee, for the very best students, to one third of the standard rate. Second, students who have fulfilled all study requirements except of the MA thesis defence (i.e. who have obtained all study credits) are eligible for a 90% fee reduction in the last semester of their studies. Please note that the fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).

Living costs for Prague

  • 15441 - 26250 CZK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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