International Relations and European Studies

Main focus

The Master’s Degree Study Programme offered by the Department of International Relations and European Studies provides students with an opportunity to explore advanced topics in international relations and European studies while honing skills related to researching, essay and report writing, public speaking and communication in English. While Master’s students in the IRES department often come from a formal international relations and/or European studies background, the department welcomes students from other disciplines and assists them in ‘catching up,’ ensuring that they are on par with their classmates.

The IRES Master’s Degree Study Programme is taught over two academic years (4 semesters) and it is concluded by a Master’s Dissertation, under supervision from one of our faculty members. During this time-period, students are obliged to take all the allotted compulsory courses and they have the possibility to specialise in certain areas (of their interest) by taking the ‘free choice’ courses offered each semester. Additionally, IRES offers its students language courses (German, French, Spanish, Russian, Czech), at various levels, to complement their overall studies.

Study programme: International Territorial Studies
Standard length of study: 2 years
Form of study: full-time
Language of instruction: English
Place of instruction: Prague


Students may acquire:

Certificate of English for Specific Purposes

Certificate of Iberoamerican Studies

Security Studies Certificate

Cambridge Exams (FCE, CAE, CPE)

Certificate in Asian Language (Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese)


Erasmus+ study stays and traineeships

Non-Erasmus+ study stays


  • public administration
  • diplomacy
  • private companies
  • non-governmental organisations
  • public and private research institutions
  • academic positions at universities
  • international organisations
  • EU institutions
  • media


Tel.: +420 274 815 044

Online applicationEssay (writing sample) in the extent of 500 - 1000 words

The essay must be written in English on one of the following topics; the essay is to be uploaded to the online application, sent to study@mup,cz or, as the case may be, attached to the paper-based application form.


  • Discuss where the EU “begins” and “ends” in terms of political, economic, cultural, and security issues. Justify your answer.
  • In which ways has the Euro Crisis affected perceptions of EU integration?
  • Select any environmental crisis and explain its political significance.
  • Select any on-going conflict and comment on possible solutions.
  • Comment on the role of the United Nations in international politics.

Entrance examination test in the English language

The required level of language skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is B2.

Applicants may also prove their knowledge of English by providing the university with a legally attested (certified/notarised) copy of one of the following documents:

  • internationally recognised certificate in English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE) not older than two years
  • English state language examination diploma
  • certificate of a successfully completed secondary or university education instructed in English

Motivation interview focusing on current issues in international relations and european Studies

important notice

Completed Bachelor's level education documented by a certified copy of the applicant’s Bachelor’s Diploma is one of the main requirements for admission. In addition, applicants who completed their previous university education at a higher education institution that is not accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic are required to submit a document verifying official recognition of their university education by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic, i.e. “nostrification”.

In substantiated cases, MUP Rector may grant exemption from the entrance examination or its part upon submission of a written application supported by relevant documents.