«November 2020»

MA in International Studies (En)


Programme International studies second-cycle (master) programme
Introduction From the academic year 2017-2018
Personal scope: Students starting their studies from 1 September 2017
Approved on 5 May 2017
Resolution Resolution No. (V. 5.) 69, Academic Year 2016/2017
Resolution No. (VI. 29.) 112, Academic Year 2017/2018
Programme owner Dr. Balázs Ferkelt
Dean Gulyásné dr. Katalin Csekő


1 Licensing and accreditation of the programme
2 Objective of the programme
3 Professional competences to be acquired
4 Basic information about the training
5 Training structure
6 Specialisations of the programme
7 Mobility window
8 Internship
9 Master thesis requirements
10 Conditions for completing the training
11 Final examination requirements
12 Conditions for issuing the diploma
13 Qualification of Diploma
14 Special requirements of the programme
15 Model curriculum (Plan of study)
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Content and requirements of the programme

1. Licensing and accreditation of the programme

The educational and outcome requirements for the International studies second-cycle (master) training are defined in Decree No. 18/2016 (VIII. 5.) of the Minister of Human Resources.
The programme was accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee in its Resolution No. 2008/8/V/13. The Hungarian Accreditation Committee delivered their resolution on the English version of the programme under No. 2011/7/VIII/23.

2. Objective of the training

The objective of the training is to educate experts capable of analysing trends in the current international political and economic environment, relying on the adequate theoretical knowledge obtained. Having acquired the theoretical background for international economic, international legal and other international relations, regional-civilizational interdisciplinary insights, and the command of language of their profession, they must be prepared to understand the relationships in an increasingly globalised international system. They are capable of performing a deep analysis of the economic, political and social context of a given region. Prepared to continue their studies in a PhD programme.

3. Professional competences to be acquired

International Relations Expert

a) skills

  • Deep knowledge, as well as understanding and interpretation, in line with the requirements of confident practical application, of the key relationships in social science.
  • Knowledge of the most important paradigms of international relations theory and insights in the debates between different theoretical trends.
  • Insights in major civilization and cultural theories, and knowledge of the major economic, political and social trends of every region.
  • Knowledge about the interrelations of the most important global political conflicts and crises in the 21st century.
  • Knowledge of the main trends of world economy and the economic processes of certain regions of the world, with particular regard to the economic situation of the European Union.
  • Insights in the main current issues and dilemmas of Hungarian foreign policy.
  • Knowledge human rights and minority rights regimes and their regional systems.
  • Knowledge of the UN decision making mechanism, its operation and the ideas concerning its reform.
  • Familiarity with the foreign policy and position in the world economy of the great powers determining world political processes.
  • Knowledge of the specific features of the world's major civilizations, cultural groups, and the major world religions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of domestic, European and global social problems that determine the fundamental trends of social science theories.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the special literature of already learned foreign languages.
  • Systematic knowledge of the Hungarian, European and extra-European political systems, and the predominant international types of governmental systems.
  • Familiarity with the data collection, processing and interpretation techniques typical of social sciences, and the distinctive features of political research.
  • Understanding of the deeper connections between international political, economic, legal and social institutions and processes.

b) abilities

  • Analysing a given world political conflict and crisis by exploiting the acquired interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Deep understanding of processes in world economy, and analysing economic challenges affecting the European Union and Hungary.
  • Conducting comparative economic analyses relying on the basic economic and statistical knowledge and world economic theories learnt.
  • Understanding of the decision making mechanisms of various international organisations, as well as the main foreign policy decision making mechanisms of each of the great powers.
  • Identifying the economic and political interests of certain actors in the international system, as well as the connections between these.
  • Analysing new scientific results, exploring new facts and relationships and selling his/her insights in the form of an independent professional concept in the segment of social trends forming the subject of his/her research, utilising the skills acquired.
  • Performing explorative work, and utilising actively and efficiently the results of other fields and disciplines.
  • Participating in international research projects in his/her special field, as well as the tendering works for such projects.
  • While executing professional tasks, performing independent analyses, assessments and the consolidation of various conclusions.
  • Exploring and processing Hungarian and foreign sources of social science literature, and applying in practice the conclusions reached during his/her professional activity.
  • Preparing summaries and analyses independently, in a scientific format of specific parts of his/her field of expertise.
  • Managing workflows at his/her level of competence, and collaborating effectively with partners within and outside the institution.
  • Adapting to changes, and ability make his/her associates and other partners accept his/her adaptation concept.
  • Developing independent professional concepts and defending his/her ideas in foreign languages even.
  • Use of concepts of political science consistently.
  • Understanding the complex system of social conflicts and problems, active engagement in the exploration of conflicts building on the deep insights acquired in his/her specific field of expertise.

c) attitude

  • Openness and tolerance to the views, ways of thinking and lifestyles of social groups that he/she encounters during his/her professional activity as a sociologist.
  • Openness to any sociocritical engagement when the processes starting in his/her social environment conflict with his/her professional position.
  • Openness to a wide range of international research findings in his/her field of expertise and commitment to promoting awareness of any new insights that he/she considers useful.
  • Development of his/her professional career in a responsible manner, and helping associates under his/her supervision in the development of their professional careers.
  • Commitment to serving and representing the professional interests to the best of his/her knowledge.
  • Use of his/her knowledge and powers in a responsible manner, in any organisational or institutional activities pursued, to achieve recognition of high quality performance.
  • Delivery of decisions in an independent and responsible manner in any work related or social conflict, while consistently representing the interests of people under his/her supervision.
  • Constant motivation for self-education and for respecting the political views of others in everyday life.
  • Demonstration of sagacity, creativity and methodological awareness.

d) autonomy and responsibility

  • Acts as an independent and responsible player in the scientific context of his/her field of expertise, represents his/her professional position and research findings in any available forum.
  • While working, makes independent and responsible decisions concerning his/her own scientific activity and the work programs of people under his/her supervision.
  • Undertakes, with responsibility, to communicate his/her special insights to the participants in social forums in a comprehensible manner.
  • Participates responsibly in the operation of his/her work organisation, and the development, discussion and implementation of professional concepts.
  • Participates responsibly in the creation and management of work organisation units.
  • Responsibly ensures compliance in his/her professional work with the strict ethical rules of social science research and analysis, and undertakes to raise or answer new ethical challenges.
  • Assumes independent and responsible roles in the operation of professional organisations both in Hungary and globally, and in the work of advocacy forums.

4. Basic information about the programme

Duration of training: 4 semesters
Minimum number of credits to be acquired: 120 credits
Graduation level: master (magister, master, abbreviated as “MA”) degree 
Qualification: okleveles nemzetközi kapcsolatok elemző
Qualification in English: International Relations Expert

5. Training structure

The structure of the training expressed in credits, based on the programme and output requirements:

Special fields of expertise, knowledge C CF E Total
Social science basics 12     12
Professional skills 81 6   87
Elective     9 9
Other (research methods, master thesis) 12     12
Total 105 6 9 120

Abbreviations and definition of subject types:

  • C – Compulsory subjects.
  • CF - Compulsory elective foreign language proficiency subjects. students who do not have the language examination being a criterion for the degree may choose from the language courses offered. Students holding the appropriate language examination certificate can take up foreign language subjects or additional business foreign language courses on account of their credit limit.
  • E - elective subjects. In addition to the subjects included in the model curriculum, students can take up other subjects out of those announced by the faculty.

6. Specialisations of the programme

The curriculum of the International studies second-cycle (master) training does not include specializations.

7. Mobility window

During the training, the semester recommended for international student mobility is semester 3.
Students participating in international student mobility programs should earn the recommended credits as follows.

Subject code Subject name/Subject group Credits Equivalence
OREK0MA06 Country Studies – Comparative Societal and Economic Analyses 6 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 5 ECTS credit value providing comprehensive comparative country or regional analyses training
EUAIOMA06 Current Political Issues and Development Trends in Europe 6 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 5 ECTS credit value providing advanced discussion of the political cooperation in Europe
NEOK0MC03 International Treaties 3 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 2 ECTS credit value providing advanced review of international treaties
NEVE1MA03 Foreign Language for the International Economic Relations and the European Union 1 3 any language skills development subject with at least 2 ECTS credits
  Elective subjects 6 any subject with at least 5 ECTS credits

8. Internship

The curriculum of the International studies second-cycle (master) programme does not include internship.

9. Master thesis requirements

The master thesis is a task by the completion whereof the student demonstrates his/her ability to:

  • review special literature independently in a given special field,
  • document, analyse and evaluate the results introduced in the special literature,
  • with his/her studies and the information obtained from the special literature
    • conduct an independent research and/or
    • independently perform tasks requiring creativity,
  • create and defend an evaluation study based on the review of the special literature and his/her own research experience, and exploiting his/her studies completed.

The master thesis requirements and the conditions governing completion are set out in separate procedure/regulations.

10. Conditions for completing the training

Conditions for the issue of the final certificate:

  • earning at least 108 credits from compulsory, compulsory elective and elective subjects according to the curriculum requirements;
  • completion of the master thesis consultations (12 credits).

Requirements of taking the final examination:

  • obtaining the final certificate;
  • a master thesis granted at least satisfactory mark by two assessors working independently.

11. Final examination requirements

The final examination reviews and evaluates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to receive the diploma, in the course whereof the student must prove that he/she can apply the material learnt.
The final examination consists of two parts.

  • Defence of the master thesis, which includes the presentation of the results and a professional debate based on them. On the basis of the marks proposed by the assessors and the defence, the committee awards a mark for the student's thesis.
  • Complex oral examination, which gives a comprehensive assessment concerning the student's knowledge and ability to use it. The examination topics and any information required to prepare for the examination are communicated by the training owner at the beginning of the semester.

If the master thesis or the complex oral examination is qualified unsatisfactory, the final examination shall be considered unsuccessful and it must be repeated, as set out in the institutional regulations.
Formula for calculating the final examination result:
ZE = (ZV+SzD)/2

  • ZE is the overall result of the final examination
  • ZV is the result of the complex oral examination taken at the final examination
  • SzD is the mark given for the master thesis

12. Foreign language related conditions for issuing the diploma

To obtain the master's degree, the student has to obtain at least an advanced (C1) complex type general language examination certificate recognised by the state and an intermediate (B2) complex type language examination certificate recognised by the state in one modern language each, of which one has to be a professional language examination associated with the social science, law, economics or political science training (in the field of international relations, diplomacy, business management, business, tourism, tourism and hospitality, law and public administration, military science, commerce, economics, finances, business administration) or any equivalent maturity certificate or diploma.

13. Qualification of diploma

OM = (TÁ+ZE)/2

  • OM is the qualification of the diploma
  • TÁ is the average mark of the subjects below weighted with their credit values
  • ZE is the result of the final examination

The qualification of the diploma is:

Excellent (5) if   OM = 5.00
Excellent (5) if 4.51 ≤ OM < 5.00
Good (4) if 3.51 ≤ OM ≤ 4.50
Average (3) if 2.51 ≤ OM ≤ 3.50
Pass (2) if 2.00 ≤ OM ≤ 2.50

The average mark (TÁ) considered in the qualification of the diploma is calculated based on the results from the following subjects.

  • Theory of International Relations (NETE0MA03)
  • Studies on General and Specialised Diplomacies (DIAK0MA03)
  • International (Intercultural) Communication (NEIO0MA06)
  • Country Studies – Comparative Societal and Economic Analyses (OREK0MA06)
  • Current Political Issues and Development Trends in Europe (EUAI0MA06)
  • External Political and Economic Relations of Hungary Since 1914 (MAIG0MA06)

14. Special requirements of the programme

14.1 Training in a language other than Hungarian

Pursuant to Section 51 (2) of the Act CCIV of 2011, the issue of the diploma for a training in a foreign language is not subject to the language examinations set out in Clause 12.
Pursuant to Section 14 (6) of Government Decree No. 137/2008 (V. 16), a diploma certifying studies conducted and completed in a foreign language is equivalent, in terms of the language of the training, to an advanced complex type language examination recognised by the state in one language. Pursuant to the referenced Act, the diploma is equivalent to a language examination, and BGE may not issue a separate certificate in this respect.
BGE recognizes the studies of a student as training in a foreign language if he/she has earned at least 108 credits, of which at least 96 credits are completed in the language of the training.

14.2 Trainings in correspondence course

The requirements for trainings in correspondence courses are the same as those for full-time courses.

15. Model curricula (Plans of study)

Course schedule Language ID Annex
full-time Hungarian MNNTHK Annex 1
correspondence Hungarian MLNTHK Annex 2
full-time English MNNTEK Annex 3

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