International relations
Social sciences
Master's Programme
Mode of studies: 
full-time programme
2 years/ 4 semesters
Tuition fee: 
Degree awarded: 
MA in International Relations
Scholarships available: 
UMCS Best Applicant Scholarship; Rectors' Scholarship for the best students
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, 10 September, 2024
Day of semester start: 
Tuesday, 1 October, 2024
Credits (ECTS): 
Admission requirements: 
  1. Submission of complete set of application documents including certificate proving the applicant's English language skills or a document confirming that the Education was fully conducted in English (issued by the school/University) and/or based on an interview in English,
  2. The program welcomes candidates with a bachelor degree or equivalent, granting direct access to a master's degree in the country of issuance. It is open to both national and international students. Prospective students must register online and submit documents by the deadline or until all available spots are filled. List of requirements- https://rekrutacja.umcs.pl/en/how-to-apply/application-documents-bachelor-2/

Why study International relations?

The modern world is changing faster, is more complex and unpredictable. Its feature is the occurrence of opposing processes, tendencies and phenomena. On the one hand, the Covid-19 pandemic, followed by Russia's aggression against Ukraine, accelerated the change in the geopolitical space of the globe, the emergence of an international order in an unpredictable direction. On the other hand, globalization processes make geographical distances irrelevant to many international phenomena. In contrast to past eras, distance and time have ceased to be a barrier to social contacts. This is confirmed in particular by the specific space of social life called cyberspace. In this changing world, increasing climate change, states and societies are becoming more and more interdependent, conditioning each other's functioning, and what is global is directly connected with what is local, affecting not only "great politics" but also the individual fate of each of them. us. Understanding the world, knowledge about it and the ability to behave in it is essential today for the functioning of countries, regions, local communities and each of us.

Studies in the field of "international relations" at UMCS provide knowledge and skills to analyze the changing world, its explanation and understanding of relations between states, international organizations, non-state actors, as well as processes taking place in the international environment.

Why is it worth studying International relations at UMCS?

The didactic process reflects the tradition of over 60 years of researching  international  at UMCS with the uniqueness called the "Lublin school of international relations". We give education in this field a unique, distinguishing identity. Firstly, it is the uniqueness of the content of education. We understand international relations as multi-faceted (political, economic, social, cultural, military, ecological, etc.) and multi-level (globe, region, country) cross-border activities and processes. They are reflected in the content of education with a focus on the phenomenon of change. Secondly, we internationalize education by engaging foreign lecturers, giving the opportunity to study at partner universities under the Erasmus programme. Thirdly, we give you the opportunity to choose from numerous specialties and optional subjects. Fourthly, we are proud that this field of study is the only one in Poland among public universities to have an outstanding rating of the Polish Accreditation Committee. This guarantees you get the best education.

 Specialties offered:

  1. Economic Diplomacy
  2. International Institutions
  3. International Place Branding

 Attractiveness of the study process:

  1. Classes with scientists from all over the world (visiting professors),
  2. Student exchange programs (Erasmus),
  3. Study trips to state institutions dealing with foreign policy, international organizations,
  4. Meetings with well-known and interesting people of politics, diplomacy, media and culture,
  5. Attractive domestic and foreign apprenticeships and internships,
  6. Developing interests in scientific clubs,
  7. Oxford debates,
  8. Possibility of occasional work,
  9. The possibility of practicing sports,
  10. Activity in the student government,
  11. Trainings and courses organized by the UMCS Competence Development Office,
  12. Developing your ideas in the Academic Incubator of Entrepreneurship.