- Duration: 1.5 years
- Qualification Awarded: Master of Arts in International Relations and European Studies
- Level of Qualification: Master Degree (2nd Cycle)
- Language of Instruction: English
- Mode of Study: Distance Learning
- Minimum ECTS Credits: 90
Profile of the Programme
General Objectives of the Programme
The general objectives of the programme are to:
- Promote thorough examination and research by giving students the opportunity to specialize in International Relations and European Studies, as well as Political Science and other related domains within the broader field of Social Sciences. The systematic development and enrichment of knowledge in the aforementioned fields is an important asset for those who wish to work in a number of professions, sectors, and organizations.
- Provides postgraduate education to holders of a Bachelor degree in International Relations, Political Science, History or other relevant Bachelor degrees, as well as to individuals who intend to work in fields relevant with international affairs (e.g. in the public sector, especially in services under Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence or Commerce, in multinational firms, in international organisations such as the UN and the EU, in academic institutions and research centres, in non-governmental organisations etc).
- Develop the level of knowledge and skills of post-graduate students in the relevant domains.
- Achieve a deep understanding of the complexity of international affairs, as well as of the paramount importance of theoretical and methodological competence when dealing with them.
Special Objectives of the Programme
The special objectives of the programme are to:
- Assimilate basic concepts in the fields of International Relations and European Studies (i.e. international system, international cooperation, international organization, regional integration, international and ethnic conflict, international security etc). This is an important prerequisite for developing an in-depth approach to complex issues such as the European Integration process, political, economic and social dimension of interstate relations, civil, international and regional conflicts, terrorism, energy dependence and energy security etc. The programme pays special attention to issues related to the Republic of Cyprus and its EU membership, as well as Cyprus’ geographic position in the East Mediterranean and the greater Middle East.
- Provide the necessary knowledge in relation to the rich theoretical and research tradition pertaining to a series of fields, such as theory of international relations, European and regional integration, international political economy, international security, asymmetric threats, conflict management and conflict resolution etc. The programme is structured in a way that allows students to specialize in the areas of their special interest, after having acquired the basic foundations of theory and methodical research, and basic knowledge in the fields of International Relations and European Studies.
- Provide the students with a broad understanding of the political, social and economic evolution of the international system in the 20th and 21st centuries as well as the new evolving international and regional environment. The role of law, diplomacy, private and non-governmental agents in the international system will form a vital part of this understanding. Moreover, the relative political and economic power of states, the role of international organizations such as the United Nations, and the existence of conflict will provide major foci for the programme as a whole.
The programme applies to individuals who intend to work in fields relevant to international affairs (e.g. in the public sector, especially in services under Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence or Commerce, in multinational firms, in international organisations such as the UN and the EU, in academic institutions and research centres, in non-governmental organisations etc).
Access to Further Studies
Graduates of the programme can be accepted into Third Cycle degrees (Doctorate Degree)
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid-terms, projects, and class participation.
Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.
The student must complete 90 ECTS and all programme requirements.
A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required.
Upon successful completion of this programme, the students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate key trends and developments within the field of International Relations and European Studies.
- Effectively utilize research methods used in the field of International Relations, European Studies and the Social Sciences.
- Readily deal with the complexity of the field of study and its relation to other subjects.
- Engage in debates within the field of study.
- Discuss recent world history and the European integration process in an intelligent and analytical way.
- Independently identify analyze and evaluate complex issues relating to International Relations and European Studies using a variety of theoretical approaches and methodological tools.
- Evaluate the complexity of the field and analyze related issues both orally and in writing as well as organize and lead discussions regarding issues of an international nature.
- Independently analyze, interpret and reflect upon key trends in development within world politics.
- Critically analyze research within the field of study.
- Communicate in the English language both orally and in written form, at a near-native level.
- Employ organizational and analytical skills to allow them to research international phenomena competently with a minimal amount of assistance.
- Make efficient use of libraries, bibliographical material, and academic research.
Scholarships - Financial Aid
The University offers scholarships and financial aid to full-time students, in the form of academic merit scholarships, financial-aid assistance, athletic scholarships, and on-campus work-study programmes.