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MA in International Relations


CUB's Master of Arts in International Relations is a two-year English-language program training future specialists of regional and international affairs with a comprehensive understanding of world politics and international relations. It is ideal preparation for those who wish to pursue a career in public administration, international institutions, NGOs or multinational companies based or operating within Central and Eastern Europe, but it does provide a more global outlook at the same time.

The program is hosted by CUB's Institute of International Studies where students have the opportunity to choose from a selection of area specialist as well as language courses to build up a useful portfolio. In addition, the program has a multidisciplinary scope with strong IR, international legal and world economics dimensions. A solid background in the social sciences and a variety of generalist courses, such as Theories of International Relations and Comparative Foreign Policy, are offered, as well as a focus on European Union affairs and Central and Eastern Europe's interaction with the wider context of world politics and the global economy. The emphasis is on training students empowered with the analytical (interpretive, critical thinking and problem-solving) skills that enable them to use knowledge for practical purposes.

The basic aim of the program is to train specialists with a wide horizon of social sciences to a high level, so that they will be able to understand the theoretical and practical correspondences in international relations. Students acquire high-level competence in foreign languages, negotiating techniques and in the rules of protocol. Their professional aptitude gained through a comprehensive training in history, international politics, international law and other fields of social sciences enables them to analyze and synthesize complex issues, understand and make predictions about the political, legal and economic processes of international relations. Upon completing these studies the students will be armed with all the theoretical and practical knowledge that a Master’s program can provide and as an additional bonus, they would be able to locate the perspectives of the Central East European (CEE) region amid the complexities of the international system as well as interpreting the EU’s role and position in world politics and the world economy. Likewise, the qualified students would have an understanding of the development tendencies in areas out of Europe. The program offers a choice for a future career in public administration, international institutions, NGOs or multinational companies.

The program is fully in English.

MSc in International Economy and Business


The aim of this program is to train graduates with a thorough understanding of the processes of international economy, ranging from the fields of international business and economics to international politics and international law. This qualification should be attractive to students seeking analytical and business skills in an international context.

The core content of the program reflects the increasing globalization and continuous evolution of international economics and business management. Besides giving a sound methodological foundation in statistics and micro- and macroeconomic theory, the program addresses the main aspects of the global economy: among others, trade, finance, factoring and information flows, multinational corporations, corporate strategies, international organizations, development, regionalism and integration or intellectual property.

The objective of the program is to give students a firm theoretical background and teach them how to put theory into practice. To reap the full benefits of the program, active student participation in individual and group work is highly recommended. 

The courses of the program are divided into five categories: catch-up courses, mandatory core courses, specialization courses, and elective courses.

As a preparation for the Master’s program, applicants are offered the option to take catch-up courses in the frame of a half-year preparatory program. The preparatory program includes reviews on basic fields essential to understand international economy and business, thus, for instance in microeconomics, macroeconomics or in statistics.

In the first year, students take courses in economic theory and quantitative methods, and also get an introduction to international economics, international political economy and international financial markets.

In the second year, students choose one of the following specializations:

  • International Development
  • International Economic Analysis
  • Economy and Business in Central and Eastern Europe (available for those taking part in a Double Degree Program)
  • European Union Economic Policy Analyst (currently inactive)

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The Joint European Master Programme in Comparative Local Development

The Joint European Master Programme in Comparative Local Development is a 2-year Erasmus+ Master Programme organized by the consortium of Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Regensburg (Germany) and University of Trento (Italy).

As a multidisciplinary programme CoDe brings together scholars and participants from various fields. Partners of the programme believe that the multifaceted challenges of local development necessitate a comprehensive approach and accordingly, involve scholars and experts from the fields of Economics, Social Sciences and Law as well as from other disciplines relevant to local development (e.g., environmental engineering).

Furthermore, Master CoDe is an encouraging international studying community. Since 2001 259 students attended the master programme: 161 from Europe, 26 from Africa, 63 from Asia and 9 from America. Women participation in the programme has so far been above 50%.

Objectives of Master CoDe

The Master CoDe programme offers knowledge and skills for introducing, supporting and co-ordinating processes of change and transformation at the local level. The focus of the programme falls on local development, specifically: considering public, private and non-governmental actors as fundamental agents of change; questions related to social stability and economic prosperity, in conformity with the European standards and best practice. The general approach is comparative and interdisciplinary.

The programme bridges universities, local authorities, firms and other organizations all over the world with its extended partnership.

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Last modified: 2017.04.13.

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