International Relations - second-cycle studies

International Relations - second-cycle studies

 Degree to be obtained: Master of Arts
Duration: 2 years
Language: English


International Relations is a course for these who wish to combine their thirst for knowledge with personal development while creating opportunities for an attractive future employment. What we offer is interdisciplinary studies, which is especially aimed at people interested in the world around and its shaping processes. International relations are activities, processes and events of transborder nature, which means they are not contained within states' boundaries. Nowadays, globalization and integration processes require anyone participating in politics as well as in business, cultural, and social life to be familiar with international relations. Therefore, the demand for academic knowledge of the subject is increasing, which translates into good prospects for attractive employment. The following are among numerous possibilities of work available to our graduates: diplomacy, international trade, international projects, international organizations.

In order to meet the growing demand for specialists in international relations the Faculty of Political Science of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in the 2015/2016 academic year is for the first time enrolling students for 2-year full-time MA studies in International Relations in English. Due to the fact that the entire course will be conducted in English, students will be able to master their language skills and enrich their vocabulary with specialist terminology while expanding their knowledge of international relations. The programme is designed for both Polish and foreign students who wish to probe the problem of international relations, especially in the context of Central and Eastern Europe relations.

For complete programme description, please see the list of attachments below.


PROF. MAREK PIETRAŚ, Director of International Relations Department, Faculty of Political Science, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

In the academic year 2015/2016, in order to meet not only the expectations of students, but also the needs of the labour market, we have launched a new English language course – International Relations. The course will give particular emphasis to the importance of international relations for the people of central and eastern Europe. This MA course is intended for ambitious students, and we believe that the study of international relations is an investment that is destined to pay off in the future.

DR DAVID JERVIS, International Relations Department, Faculty of Political Science, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

Contemporary events in Ukraine and the NATO and European Union reaction to those events show the linkages between Eastern and Central Europe. Recognizing this and taking advantage of its location in eastern Poland, the International Relations Department at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University is initiating an English-language M.A. program on Central and Eastern Europe in October 2015. The program will combine foundation courses in international relations, including international relations theory, international security, and international economics with courses that focus specifically on Central and Eastern Europe, for example, the region’s political systems, economic systems, and relations with the European Union.

PROF. MICHAEL SUTTON, Professor Emeritus, Modern History and International Relations, Aston University

This MA program is well designed and should be of particular interest to those wishing to acquire expertise in the international relations of central and eastern Europe. Such expertise has become even more valuable of late. Lublin, at the heart of east-central Europe, certainly makes for a good vantage point. The International Relations Department at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, moreover, provides top-quality teaching and a welcoming environment.


KRZYSZTOF NAKONIECZNY, (#knakonieczny), reporter for Telewizja Polska (the Polish public television service), and regular interviewer of top Polish politicians, graduate of International Relations at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

Let’s talk about energy. One might say that energy decides the future of international relations. Moreover, he who  makes energy, controls the power. Undoubtedly Poland is full of energy and I am absolutely positive that it characterizes the Poles.

I read International Relations at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (UMCS) and believe that to have been a good choice. Distinguished professors, a high standard of education, a strong impact on decision-making and enjoyable studies – these are features I associate with the Faculty of Political Science. I want to emphasize that the Faculty gives students the chance of realising their dreams. I am convinced that the Polish heritage of a high standard of education, the creativity of modern Poland, the growing economy, and the energy of Poles are among the advantages of studying in Lublin. E-books and e-libraries afford new opportunities. The Faculty of Political Science at UMCS in Lublin provides the student with new challenges. As I have found, its strong reputation enhances employment prospects. As a reporter in a leading news programme of the biggest television group in Poland (TVP-Telewizja Polska), I know how much I owe to UMCS.  I found there knowledge, good friends and plenty of positive energy and optimism.

KAROL KUMALSKI, First Secretary (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Baku Azerbaijan, graduate of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

International Relations at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin is a course for people with passion, who want to understand the mechanisms, conditions and multidimensionality of the processes that affect our daily reality. This MA course provides not only professional knowledge about the modern world, but also specific knowledge about the culture, political systems and history of central and eastern Europe. The study of International Relations shapes the values and personality of its students, and teaches creativity, problem solving and effective openness to other cultures - skills that I use every day as an employee of the Polish diplomatic service. I am convinced that the choice of “Lublin School of International Relations” will ensure that you will receive a solid foundation in this subject, which will  assist your future professional involvement in many aspects of international issues, to the advantage both of Poland, and of your own career development.

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