The Master’s Program in Conflict and Democracy Studies is open to students holding a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in the social sciences (political science, international relations, European studies, and related disciplines, including history, law, economics, etc.), or in the humanities, from a recognized institution of higher education. For admission to the programme, candidates must have a minimum B2 English language level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the time of enrolment.

Most courses are taught by members of the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Studies, although many (one-time) workshops and simulations are led by domestic and foreign experts in particular fields.

Degree

Students will be awarded a Master‘s Degree in Conflict and Democracy Studies from Masaryk University.

Course objectives

The Master’s Program in Conflict and Democracy Studies aims to:

  1. Provide a program that will fulfil the needs of students preparing for careers in fields concerned with (the quality of) democracy and conflict (or those with a general interest in democracy, democratization, and conflict). Students will therefore be exposed to all the relevant concepts and theories that describe and explain the dynamics of different kinds of conflict.
  2. Explore how various actors (government, non-state, supra-state, sub-state and private organizations) interact, and how they influence both the course of conflict and the quality of democracy, as well as how the quality of democracy influences the approach to homeland and international security (and by contrast how security influences the quality of democracy)?
  3. Expand students’ ability to think independently and critically, to expand their capacity for understanding the concepts and events discussed from various perspectives (e.g. institutional, social, psychological, historical, cultural), and to encourage them to develop their soft and other personal skills.
Course language

English

Admission semester

Autumn / Spring

Beginning

September / February

Program duration

Two years (four semesters)

ECTS credits

120

Program structure

The obligatory courses cover the most relevant theoretical concepts of democracy, democratization, and conflict studies. At the same time, students are guided to the best methodology for carrying out their own research. As part of the curriculum, students are also required to participate in an internship at an institution of their choice (a list of available internships is regularly updated).

Elective courses offer students the opportunity to specialize in their field of interest. They cover topics like information war and propaganda, terrorism, populism, Eurasian security, militant democracies, conflict management, etc. (see below for further details).

Obligatory internship

No; only optional (at least 4 weeks in).

Forms of assessment

Position papers, essays, individual/group in-class presentations, coursework, written or oral exams, Master’s dissertation

Diploma supplement

Yes.

Tuition fee

€3000 per year

Tuition fees are payable at the beginning of each semester via the IS in euros (invoice generated automatically), or on the basis of an invoice issued by the Faculty’s finance office with the sum in euros and CZK, as well; on request, tuition may be paid in two instalments.
Tuition fees must be covered by the time the course enrolment period closes at the end of the second week of teaching

Cost of living in Brno

Living costs depend upon individual lifestyles and regional prices.
The average cost of living in Brno is estimated at about €500 per month.
(accommodation (https://www.skm.muni.cz/kolej?en): approx. €150 per month; meals €150-€200 per month, public transport €100 per year)

Funding

Admitted students are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered through government agencies, private foundations, and other sources, e.g. the Visegrad Fund (conditions).