Geopolitical Studies (GPS), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
Geopolitical Studies is a unique, multidisciplinary programme, offering the students a chance to learn from academic authorities and experts in this field. The programme analyses and explores various and often inter-related processes that shape the global geopolitics and geoeconomics, focusing on the geostrategically important regions and on the cutting-edge theoretical concepts.

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Who is this programme for?

We welcome all applicants, especially those that have successfully completed an undergraduate programme in the field of political science, international relations, security studies, geography, history, economics, sociology or journalism. The programme is also an excellent choice for diplomats, civil servants and members of the armed forces who wish to further deepen their expertise.

The goal of the Geopolitical Studies programme is to produce graduates able to analyze and interpret the world which we live in, linking together not only facts but also various theoretical approaches and overreaching doctrines. The emphasis of the programme is placed on the practical application of the knowledge and skills earned; in this regard, the internship programme provides an opportunity for all the students to enhance their educational experience by applying them in a workplace setting.

What is the programme about?

Geopolitical Studies is a unique, multidisciplinary programme, offering the students a chance to learn from the best academics and experts. The programme is primarily based on a geopolitical analysis but also includes aspects of the international relations theory and international law. The Geopolitical Studies programme studies how the interactions among world politics and geography have unfolded in the most relevant geopolitical settings. The programme 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 a 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.

Our Geopolitics Research Centre makes it possible for our faculty, external experts, MA and PhD students to come together at events and activities such as:

  • The Annual Geopolitical Conference;
  • The Internship Programme;
  • The Geopolitical Summer School;
  • Professional development seminars led by academic staff;
  • Alumni seminars;
  • Round-table discussions with diplomats and other guest speakers.

As a conclusion of the study programme, the students will write their final thesis under the supervision of an experienced academic/expert, which will give them the opportunity to make use of the theoretical and empirical knowledge they have gained and to employ their analytical skills.

The Geopolitical Studies programme would beyond any doubt further the prospective career of the students and greatly enhance their analytic skills in the field of geopolitics, policy analysis and international relations in general. In the world we live in, such skills will always be in a high demand.

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

Curriculum of GPS programme (valid for 2016/2017)

Course structure:

Total credits

120 credits

Required classes

59 credits

Elective classes I

minimal 46 credits

Elective classes II

maximum 15 credits

  • Geopolitics and Geostrategy I.

  • Historical an Contemporary Geopolitical Issues in Europe

  • Geopolitics and Political Geography of World Regions

  • Geopolitics of sovereignty, state failure and unrecognized states

  • Theories of International Relations

  • ON WAR I.

  • Political Risk Analysis

  • EU-China Relations

  • Geopolitical Thought

  • Geopolitics of Great Powers: Russia

  • Geopolitics of Great Powers: China

  • Geopolitics of Great Powers: India

  • Language Policy

The traditional Master's degree (Mgr., Czech equivalent to M.A.) is awarded to those students who have acquired at least 120 credits in the GPS programme, defended their Master Thesis and successfully passed the final State Examinations from economics, politics and other social sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

    To complete the GPS programme, students have to acquire a total of 120 credits. 71 credits are gained by successfully passing the following mandatory courses (lectures/seminars):

    • Geography and Politics in Europe 2/0

    • The Sovereign State and Quasi-States 2/0

    • Theories of International Relations 2/0

    • Geopolitics of Asia 1/1

    • Geopolitics of Latin America 1/1

    • Geopolitics of the Middle East 2/0

    • Conflict & Cooperation in International Basins 1/1

    • Master´s Thesis Seminar I. and II. 0/2

    • Geopolitics and Geostrategy I and II. 2/0

    • American National Security Policy 1/1

    Further 49 credits must be earned by selecting courses of your interest from:

    • 1. Elective classes I – Students make their own selection from the Master´s degree level classes offered in English at the Institute of Political Studies. Students must select at least five classes, and the total value of their elective classes must not be less than 36 credits.

    • 2. Elective classes II – Students make their own selection from the Master´s degree level classes offered in English at the Faculty or at another accredited institution, subject to approval from the Academic Supervisor. Students must select at least two classes, and the total value of their elective classes must not be less than 13 credits.

    The traditional Master's degree (Mgr., Czech equivalent to M.A.) is awarded to those students who have acquired at least 120 credits in the GPS programme, defended their Master Thesis and successfully passed the final State Examinations from economics, politics and other social sciences.

  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelors degree

  • English language proficiency (both written and oral)

Applicants to the GPS Programme may come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. It is not necessary to have studied political science, international relations or geopolitics. Admission may be granted also to students whose previous studies were in the humanities, economy, law or even technical or natural sciences. Although a background in political science and related sub-disciplines is not formally required for admission, it is an advantage for GPS applicants to have an aptitude for political science.

All students must have a good command of the English language in order to successfully complete all the course requirements, including the ability to discuss specialised topics. Our tutors will not be concerned only with what students know but they will also care about the clarity of their thinking, the capacity of explaining ideas in the public, how well you are able to work in teams and to absorb or expand new knowledge in the social sciences. They will seek evidence of students’ interest in social and political issues and their ability to discuss them critically. If you like reading Foreign Affairs of watt Fareed Zakaria GPS or BBC HARDtalk, you are a prospective programme applicant. If you have not tried yet, please do so and test your aptitude to the social phenomena of this study.

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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The tuition fee for the GPS programme is 3 000 EUR per semester, which can be reduced in the closing stages of the study to 300 EUR. Tuition covers the costs of studying at Charles University, sitting examinations and participating in international student exchanges.

Living costs for Prague

13900 - 19500 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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