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MA in Geopolitics

MA in Geopolitics

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelors degree

  • English language proficiency (both written and oral)

Applicants to the GPS Programme may come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. It is not necessary to have studied political science, international relations or geopolitics. Admission may be granted also to students whose previous studies were in the humanities, economy, law or even technical or natural sciences. Although a background in political science and related sub-disciplines is not formally required for admission, it is an advantage for GPS applicants to have an aptitude for political science.

All students must have a good command of the English language in order to successfully complete all the course requirements, including the ability to discuss specialised topics. Our tutors will not be concerned only with what students know but they will also care about the clarity of their thinking, the capacity of explaining ideas in the public, how well you are able to work in teams and to absorb or expand new knowledge in the social sciences. They will seek evidence of students’ interest in social and political issues and their ability to discuss them critically. If you like reading Foreign Affairs of watt Fareed Zakaria GPS or BBC HARDtalk, you are a prospective programme applicant. If you have not tried yet, please do so and test your aptitude to the social phenomena of this study.

Cost and Tuition

The tuition fee for the GPS programme is 3 000 EUR per semester, which can be reduced in the closing stages of the study to 300 EUR (after completion of all credits). Tuition covers the costs of studying at Charles University, sitting examinations and participating in international student exchanges. There are also scholarships and bursary funding available.

  • Scholarships for students from developing and transition countries. Thanks to a generous contribution from the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Faculty of Social Sciences is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships for students of English-language degree programmes. The scholarships are earmarked for students from developing countries and/or countries going through a process of political and economic transition. For more information plase see our Developement Scholarships page.

  • Other scholarships. If you are applying for a scholarship elsewhere, we will be happy to support your application. For some suggestions, please see our Scholarship and Funding page.

  • Discount in school fees. The Faculty of Social Sciences is able to offer a discount in school fees for students of all Master's programmes who are in the closing stages of their studies. For more information see our Discount in School Fees page.

About GPS:


Geopolitical Studies (GPS)

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor: Dr. Michael Romancov

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Martin Riegl martin.riegl@fsv.cuni.cz

Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz

Double Degree: Beginning the academic year 2019/20, students of the first year mght enroll for the Double Degree of Geopolitical Studies and East Asian Studies with the National Taiwan University

Why study Geopolitics?

Resource Wars, Identity Conflicts, Disinformation, Geostrategic Rivalries, Global Power Shift and increasing number of non-state actors, among others make it difficult to analyse contemporary international relations.

Why study Geoeconomics?

Currency Wars, Economic Diplomacy, Competitive Intelligence, Economic Warfare, Indirect Strategies and State Capitalism are among the various factors impacting increasingly contemporary power rivalries .

Why choose this programme?

Highly focused on employability – outside speakers will provide networking opportunities. The programme includes discussions with experts outside the academy. The class offers an advanced grounding in geopolitics and security while allowing you to specialize in issues and themes of interest to you. There is a strong emphasis on skills development especially communication. Selected students might apply for the Double Degree allowing them to spend a year in Taipei to enhance their knowledge at the prestigous National Taiwan University. Students will receive diplomas from both institutions.

“At some point of life I have realized that modern political structures (sub-national, national, international) depended fundamentally on geographic space. So I enrolled in Charles University’s GPS program. At the beginning I did not know exactly what to focus on, so I appreciated great variety of issues, regions, and time periods covered in compulsory and elective classes. The multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum also allowed me to learn the basics of disciplines that are closely related to geopolitics – economics, regionalism, international relations, area-specific and security studies, history and sociology. Consulting ideas with programme instructors and other members of IPS made me stop being afraid of posing difficult questions and inspired me to acquire practical capabilities in geopolitical analysis at the International Centre for Geopolitical Studies (Geneva). Geopolitics is now my scientific specialization…Thanks to GPS program!”

Mgr. Irina Valko

former student of the Geopolitical Studies programme

“My experience from the studies of the GPS programme are mostly positive. Thanks to the availability of experts on the most of the world regions, I was able to receive important and interesting information about ongoing processes all over the globe while receiving theoretical background which aided me with proper tools to analyse any given situation from the geopolitical perspective. Another advantage of the programme is in its location on the Charles University, which as a huge institution provides possibility to find an expert opinion on any specialized topic any student would need to help with even outside the Institute of Political Studies. I must recommend this degree to anyone interested in the world around and in knowing how space matters.”

Mgr. Bohumil Doboš

former student of the Geopolitical Studies programme

“The decision to come to Prague, Czech republic, to do a Masters in Geopolitical studies for me did not come lightly. My inherent interest in political geography, coupled with a family link to political affairs in one of the most tumultuous geopolitical regions at the end of the twentieth century-the Balkans,made the choice of Charles University a top pick for me. The width of the offered courses ranging from the analysis of theoretical approaches of the international political system to the particulars of certain crisis regions on the global map, the strong emphasis on personal and group research gave me the freedom to pursue my own line of work on the study of nationalism, while at the same time receiving a huge breadth of examples from the global system to compare and analyze. Today I find myself applying to work for the UN, with strong theoretical background to lean on, as well as a confidence that arises from my previous studies at FSS CU.”

Mgr.Damjan Malbašič

former student of the Geopolitical Studies programme

Topics covered in GPS programme (valid for 2019/2020)

  • Geopolitics and Geostrategy

  • World Regionalism

  • Sovereignty, unrecognized states

  • Political Risk Analysis

  • War, politics and Society

  • Theories of International Relations

  • Geopolitics of Defence Industry and Arms Trade

  • Geopolitics of Latin America

  • Geopolitics of the Middle East

  • Geopolitics of Great Powers - China, Russia, Transatlantic Space

  • Violent Non-state Actors

  • Astropolitics

  • Geopolitical Thought

  • European Geopolitics

2019/20 Curriculum

The traditional Master's degree (Mgr., Czech equivalent to M.A.) is awarded to those students who have acquired at least 120 credits in the GPS programme, defended their Master Thesis and successfully passed the final State Examinations from economics, politics and other social sciences.

There are also information available in Russian and Chinese.

Why to study Geopolitics in Prague?

  • Prague is due to its geographic location and history the right place to study geopolitics.

  • Charles University belongs to the TOP 1% of the world's best ranking universities

  • Prague is a favourite destination amongst international students for its cosmopolitan environment and great job opportunities both during and after your studies

  • Charles University has partnerships with top ranking

Scholarships and Funding:

Faculty's website

International Visegrad Fund Scholarships

The International Visegrad Fund (IVF) is a joint initiative of the governments of the four Visegrad Group countries (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary). It offers scholarships for study abroad, both to students from within the Visegrad group, and to neighbouring countries like Belarus and Ukraine.

Submission deadline is January 31, scholarship applicants can request a preliminary confirmation of acceptance at the International Office of FSS CU.

Fulbright Commission Scholarships

The Fulbright Commission provides U.S. citizens with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in the Czech Republic. You can find info about the grants on this link. Besides the Fulbright Grants, there are other scholarship programs available for U.S. students.

Other sources

Studyin.cz provides essential information about the higher education system, study opportunities and scholarships, as well as about student's life in the Czech Republic.

It is possible to find more scholarships in ScholarshipPortal and in CET Academic Programs.

Contact us

Faculty coordinator

For technical questions, visa, accommodation etc.

Faculty of Social Sciences 

International Office 

Smetanovo nábř. 6 

110 00 Praha 1 

Czech Republic 

Tel: +420 222 112 287 

Fax: +420 222 112 270 

E-mail:  svoz@fsv.cuni.cz

For any queries related to admissions, please contact us at admissions@fsv.cuni.cz .

How to get here

GPS coordinator

Institute of International Studies 

Faculty of Social Sciences 

U Kříže 8 

150 00 Praha 5 - Jinonice 

Czech Republic 

Tel: +420 251 080 296 

Fax: +420 251 620 294

E-mail: martin.riegl@fsv.cuni.cz

Last change: March 24, 2020 13:19 
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