Studying successfully 

Completing your studies successfully means earning sufficient credits (180ECTS) from the structure bellow and writing a bachelor thesis. You are then eligible to defend your thesis, take the final bachelor state exam, and most importantly - attend your graduation!

180=

180 is the total amount of credits required through your studies.

116 A

Compulsory courses (100ECTS) + diploma seminars (16ECTS)

58 B

Choose your specialization from the wide selection of optional courses - including studies abroad and internships.

4 LC

You must pass (or have recognized) an exam at B2 level from any of the approved languages (ENG, GER, FRA, SPA, RUS)

2 PE 

You must pass two of the many 1-credit university-wide offered courses in physical education

(C 10)

Up to 10 credits from outside-of-program courses

180 Credits (ECTS)

To be able to register for the bachelor’s degree final exam, students must earn a total of 180 ECTS. 

These are constituted by no less than 116 credits from compulsory courses (A) and at least 64 credits from optional courses (B).

64 ECTS from optional courses include:
- any number of optional courses offered by the program (a maximum is not set)
- credits from studies abroad or internships
- 2 ECTS from mandatory MU Physical education
- 4 ECTS from mandatory language competency
- you may choose to take up to 10 ECTS from any courses outside of the program (you might want to enroll in anything from photojournalism to programming, up to you)

Bachelor thesis

Students write their bachelor thesis over the course of two of their last semesters. They enroll in Diploma seminar I. and subsequently Diploma seminar II. in the semester of their thesis submission. (together granting 16ECTS)

The thesis consists of between 8,500 and 10,000 words including notes and bibliography and follows 4 basic formats. Please consult the thesis page for further details. 

Final state exam

The final state examination is the conclusive examination of the bachelor degree taken after the successful fulfillment of necessary credit values and study requirements. Along with the bachelor thesis defense it constitutes the legal basis for the award of your bachelor title.

The final examination is in written form (anonymized PC exam), consists of 2 fields (International Relations; European Politics - graded separately), and 8 questions reflecting the content of key compulsory courses of the bachelor program.

The duration of the exam is set to a maximum of 3 hours. The exam results in two grades (no ECTS). These are averaged with the thesis defense grade to form the final examination grade.

For further information see the final examination webpage

Recommended study plan

The recommended study plan offers students the best path of developing their education and building on their already acquired knowledge from previous semesters in compulsory courses. If circumstances or interest guide you to a different order of compulsory courses, you are free to follow a different order, but please consult your study advisers.

I'm starting in Fall

Semester   ECTS  Compulsory Courses Optional Courses
1. 4
8
4
IRE101 Introduction to IR and EP
IRE102 History of International Relations and World Politics
IRE103 Academic skills
1-2
2. 8
8
8
IRE104 Contemporary History of Europe
IRE105 European Integration
IRE106 Global Politics: Current Issues 
2-3
3. 8
8
6
IRE107 International Security
IRE111 Research Methods and Tools
IRE109 Introduction to Energy Security: Related Concepts
3-4
4. 8
8
6
IRE110 Theory of International Relations and European Integration
IRE108 Human Rights, Democratization and Global Justice
IRE112 International Organizations and Diplomacy
3-4
5. 8
8
IRE113 Economic dimension of international relations: an introduction
IRE115 Diploma seminar I.
2-3
6. 8
8
IRE114 Institutions of the EU
IRE116 Diploma seminar II.
1-2

I'm starting in Spring

Semester 

 ECTS 

Compulsory Courses

Optional Courses

1.

8
8
8
4

IRE104 Contemporary History of Europe
IRE105 European Integration
IRE106 Global Politics: Current Issues
IRE103 Academic Skills

1-2

2.

4
8

IRE101 Introduction to IR and EP
IRE102 History of International Relations and World Politics

3-4

3.

8
8
6

IRE110 Theory of International Relations and European Integration
IRE108 Human Rights, Democratization and Global Justice
IRE112 International Organizations and Diplomacy

3-4

3.

8
8
6

IRE107 International Security
IRE111 Research Methods and Tools
IRE109 Introduction to Energy Security: Related Concepts

3-4

5.

8
8

IRE114 Institutions of the EU
IRE116 Diploma seminar I.

2-3

6.

8
8

IRE113 Economic dimension of international relations: an introduction
IRE115 Diploma seminar II.

1-2

Study regulations

How many times may I repeat a course? How many credits do I need to enroll in the next semester? What to do if I need an exception? What rules must course evaluations follow? All this and more is central to your study experience and you can find details in the MUNI Study and Examination Regulations