Master degree studies

Diplomacy and International Relations

Area of studies: Social Sciences
Field of studies: Political Sciences
Mode of Studies: Full-time studies
Length of Programme: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Master of Political Science

Head of the programme: doc. dr. Andžej Pukšto

Totally new and innovative degree programme Diplomacy and International Relations was launched in September 2001. It was prepared and organized with the support of the Seton Hall University (USA), School of International Relations and Diplomacy, as well as the presence of the support of Stasys Lozoraitis Fund. Currently this programme is one of the most popular graduate study programmes at Vytautas Magnus University. Since 2012 – 2013 academic year programme is taught entirely in English.

For further information check VMU webpage.

Social and Political Critique

Area of studies: Social Sciences
Field of studies: Political studies (Social and political theory, political philosophy)
Lenght of programme: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)
Qualification awarded :Master of Political Science

Head of the programme: prof. dr. Gintautas Mažeikis 

The graduate degree program in Social and Political Critique Studies is aimed at preparing qualified social critique or political analysis professionals to work in modern public and non-governmental organizations, for example: newspapers, informational centers, political parties, other political institutions (municipalities and government level), public institutions, and educational institutions. Graduates of the program are able to identity discourses, power, ideology, philosophies, analyze and evaluate social, political, cultural events in broad philosophical and social theoretical sense, to create and maintain consistent and effective, independent political activities, creative public actions and critique in new media. The master’s degree program in Social and Political Critique Studies combines different fields and professional activities, including competences in critical discourse analysis and process analysis by using poststructural methods, critique of propaganda, coercive institutional persuasion and social manufacturing.

Journalism and Media Industries

Area of studies: Social Sciences
Field of studies: Journalism
Mode of Studies: Full-time studies
Length of Programme: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Master of Political Science

Head of the programme: prof. dr. Aukse Balcytiene

The graduate program in Journalism and Media Industries aims at training and educating experienced and knowledgeable media professionals open to societal changes, professional challenges and innovations, possessing journalistic knowledge and expertise not only to adequately respond to various societal needs, but also to critically analyze the impact of media in the country’s public life, and to initiate new and innovative communications services, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and multi-media projects.
Study subjects taught in the program cover a variety of issues in the field of journalism and media studies, predominantly those related to social and media changes, globally and contextually focused innovations. The study program also includes compulsory Internship course (organized during Summer semester), which is aimed to provide students with an opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice and gain on-the-job training in the field of journalism.

Interdisciplinary research and studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES)

Area of studies: Social Sciences
Field of studies Political Sciences
Mode of Studies: Full-time studies
Length of Programme: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Master of Political Science, Joint degree

The Interdisciplinary Master’s In East European Research And Studies (MIREES) is a program that provides a joint diploma of the University of Bologna, St. Petersburg State University, Vytautas Magnus University and Corvinus University of Budapest. MIREES combines an academic approach with professional training, forging potential insightful consultants, analysts, and managers as Area Experts for international agencies, public administrations, private and public companies, and NGOs, while also offering a solid basis for further academic studies at the PhD level.

The programme is aiming at preparing professionals who are able to analyse, interpret, assess and manage problems concerning the international dimension particularly of political, economic and social phenomena in Eastern Europe. For this purpose, the program includes learning activities in economics, politological, historical, cultural studies, and languages of the region which are mutually integrated to provide an in-depth preparation on the operations of political, social and economic systems in the countries of Eastern Europe and their role in the international context. Master degree programme in Interdisciplinary research and studies on Eastern Europe combines different fields, expertises, methods and professional activities.
The first year of studies is spent at the University of Bologna (Forlì campus), while in the second year a compulsory mobility of a minimum of 5 months takes place at partner universities: St. Petersburg (Russia, St. Petersburg), Vytautas Magnus (Lithuania, Kaunas), Corvinus University (Hungary, Budapest), or at associated partner – Lublijana university.

MIREES is the only study programme in Europe, of such a composition. Most of the joint degree programmes are held with universities from the same country, and there are not many that are developed and implemented with the institutions from several countries. This programme is also one of the very few that is implemented not in the framework of Erasmus Mundus program. The development and implementation of international joint degree program is a huge challenge for the institutions and people who are involved not only in the teaching process, but mostly in the administration and management.

More information is available on the website of the programme or can be received by contacting the Academic Tutor of the course (dora.komnenovic@unibo.it) or the MIREES Secretariat (elisa.landi3@unibo.it, phone +39 0543 374149).