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Short description
The goal of this program is to offer students in-depth knowledge on the topics of globalization, international institutions, security, development studies and human rights. It enables our graduate students to understand and analyze complex political and social problems that go beyond state borders and cultural boundaries.
This program is recommended to applicants who are interested in politics, social problems and interactions between different nations and cultures. While we prefer to accept students with in depth knowledge in political science or international relations, our program is designed in a way to offer the opportunity for students with a different background to catch up with their peers during the first semesters if they are dedicated enough.
This program enables students to work independently and also as members of a team. We help them to develop skills of adaptability and self-reflexivity that are crucial in today’s fast changing world. Our aim is to give our students skills and knowledge that could be readily used whether they seek employment in the public or the private sphere.

Leading professor of the program: Zoltán Gábor SZŰCS

Tracks/ Specializations
Following an introductory semester on advanced classes of international relations and political science in the second semester, students can choose from one of the following specializations:

  • Citizenship Studies
  • European development and foreign policy
  • Human Rights
  • Security Studies

Strength of program
The MA in international Relations offers intensive training in four fields of specialization following an introductory semester. Classes are predominantly seminars of few students taking part in an intensive training of completing numerous written and oral assignments. Instructors in the program include academics, but also professionals with ongoing experience at international organizations to offer students an internal perspective into how IR is ‘done in the field’.

Application procedure
The applications are examined by the Admission Board and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system.

Type of entrance examination: oral
Place of entrance examination: Skype

Selection and evaluation
The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.
As the program expects students with diverse backgrounds, the goal of an entrance exam is not to test what students know, but to see if they are motivated in the first place; if they have a good grasp of current global affairs; and if they possess the analytical skills necessary to join the program.
Below is a list of suggested articles from Oxford Research Encyclopaedias, all freely accessible ( We recommend these not because we expect students to know them by heart, but because we would like to offer applicants the opportunity to get a rough idea about what issues and topics the field of International Relations (IR) deals with.

-Engstrom, P. (2017, December 22). Human Rights: Effectiveness of International and Regional Mechanisms. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.
-Foyle, D., & Van Belle, D. (2017, November 20). Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis: Public Opinion, Elections, Interest Groups, and the Media. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.
-Goodman, J. (2017, December 22). Nationalism as a Social Movement. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.
-Kiely, R. (2017, November 30). Dependency and World-Systems Perspectives on Development. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.
-Stempel, J. (2017, November 30). Diplomacy and Intelligence. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.
-Walt, S. (2017, December 22). Realism and Security. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Contact person:
International Office, Eszter Borbála Bagi

Programme structure

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Career opportunities

Our graduates may seek employment at international institutions, the private sector, the media, or NGOs.

Job examples

  • Foreign Policy Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Project Coordinator (public/private/non-profit)
  • Political Advisor
  • Administrative jobs in the state bureaucracy and at private enterprises

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