Conflict and Democracy Studies

General information

The MA programme in Conflict and Democracy Studies focuses on the variety of possible relationships between democracy (and its quality), democratization, authoritarian and totalitarian regimes and conflicts. The main aim of the programme is to give the students a notion of the nature of current conflicts and provide them with theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills necessary for carrying out their very own research in the field. Attention is paid to homeland and international security and how they affect the form, quality and functioning of various state institutions.

The programme extends students' ability to think independently and critically; expands their ability to understanding discussed concepts and events from various perspectives (e.g. institutional, social, psychological, historical, cultural); and encourages them to develop their soft and other personal skills. All these are essential for understanding, solving and preventing conflicts of any kind.

The obligatory courses cover the most relevant theoretical and methodological concepts of democracy, democratization and conflict studies. The optional courses offer students the opportunity to specialize in their field of interest and they cover topics like information war and propaganda, terrorism, populism, Eurasian security, conflict management, etc. As part of the curriculum, students are also required to do an internship at an institution of their choice.

A successful graduate is able to

  • critically evaluate and independently analyse questions and issues connected with democracy, democratization and conflicts
  • understand current conflicts, be able to propose a suitable solution of them, or to predict them and prevent them from happening
  • identify key actors of the process of democratization and conflicts
  • assess the quality of democracy at national and international level (to compare it in international perspective)
  • carry out their own research in the field of democracy, democratization and conflicts

Graduate employment

The graduates of the MA programme in Conflict and Democracy Studies have wide range of employment possibilities, e.g. in state administration, in private sector (especially in the firms with interests in countries which are endangered by conflict of any kind), in the media, in various NGOs. The graduates can also apply for research and teaching positions at universities.

Faculty Faculty of Social Studies
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction english

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Conflict and Democracy Studies

This field of study is only offered in single-subject study mode

Admission Requirements

The program is open to students holding a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in the social sciences (political science, IR, European studies, and related disciplines, including history, law, economics, etc.) or the humanities from a recognized institution of higher education. Applicants are accepted on the basis of evaluation of their prior degree (Bachelor or higher) results, motivation letters and other documents specified on the web of the degree program. Entrance video-interviews are conducted subsequently. Applicants must have a good command of English.

Evaluation criteria

Applicants are evaluated and admitted on the basis of the documents they submit and entrance video-interviews; the evaluation scale is 0 - 100 points with 60 being the passing level.