International Politics and Economics (Graduate)

Why this study programme?

Study programme have clearly defined, reasonable and valid objectives: to prepare international politics and international economy specialists capable of competent research, analysis, critical assessment and forecast of political and economic processes in Asia, independent investigation, preparation of recommendations and simulation of possible consequences of their decisions on issues related to international relations and international economy on the national, regional, and global levels and manifesting competitiveness in pursuit of career in the private sector working with Asian countries or national and international institutions related to the spheres of international policy and international economy.


The focus on Asian studies is due not only to the significance of the continent to the world order in the 21st century, but also to its geostrategic and economic relevance for Lithuania. The study programme highlights the political and economic processes in Asian countries so as to demonstrate the relevance of the theories studied in the programme. Those implementing the programme (as well as the students) believe that such focus is valuable because only a generic viewpoint on the international system to some extent limits the opportunities to gain more specific knowledge. On the other hand, certain parts of Asia (particular emphasis is laid on China, Japan, and India) play a very important global role.


Hence, the programme is not meant to become a classical programme of studies of a specific region. The processes in Asia receive a significant amount of attention because global tensions and the most important transformative political, economic, and social processes in the 21st century are found precisely in this region. This is particularly relevant in studies of international politics in the 21st century, the understanding and explanation of which is impossible without taking into account the practices and paradigms of other social sciences.

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Lect. doct. Benas Brunalas, Programme Director:
The programme is mainly focused on international politics and international relations. Upon completion of the programme, students receive a Master’s degree in political sciences, and this is why political economy and studies of political and economic processes in Asia are given only a supplementary status. However, a greater focus on international political economy and Asian studies (as compared with standard Master’s level international relations programmes) is motivated by the aim to make the programme interdisciplinary and of greater relevance to contemporary issues. By including in the political science programme the issues in political economy, we aim to equip students with critical thinking and a holistic approach to the resolution of problems. We believe that standard Master’s programmes in international relations, focusing as they do merely on standard theories of international relations, are not fully sufficient for achieving these goals.

Programme type Master's studies
Field of study
Political Science
Study areaSocial sciences
Degree awardedMaster of Political Science
Duration (full-time) 1,5 years
Credits90
AccreditationCentre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education
Course languageEnglish
Location Vilnius
Starting dateSeptember 1st
Tuition fee EU students 2240 EUR/per year
Tuition fee Non-EU students 3120 EUR/per year

Entry requirements

  • Education requirements: Bachelor's degree. In case a Bachelor's degree is not from political science or economics, students should attend three additional courses (Introduction to Political Science, Modern Political Theories and Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) and pass them during the first semester.  

  • Structure of the competitive score for people entering to the Master's studies: 
  1. The competitive score is made of the amount of the following two scores:  
    - Arithmetic mean of the assessments (grades) of final examinations and (or) final work multiplied by weighted coefficient of 0.8;
    - Arithmetic mean of the assessments (grades) that remained in the diploma supplement. Structure of the competitive score for persons applying for full-time studies of respective master’s study programmes after additional studies. 

  2. The competitive score is made of the amount of two scores:
    - Arithmetic mean of the assessments (grades) of final examinations and (or) final work multiplied by weighted coefficient of 0.8;
    - Arithmetic mean of the assessments (grades) that remained in the diploma supplement and of the assessments contained in the certificate of additional studies.

International mobility possibilities

Students can participate in ERASMUS+ mobility programme which gives a possibility to study at a university abroad for 1 or 2 semesters and do an internship in another country.

Career prospects

The knowledge and competences acquired during the study will be applied in the future to pursue a career, i.e. either to start a business with Asian countries or to be employed in the private sector associated with Asian countries or be employed in national and international institutions associated with international political and economic areas. Graduates who acquire Master‘s Degree in political science after finishing the study programme will be able to seek employment as civil servants, analysts, experts at municipalities, ministries, government, parliament, business enterprises, teaching, scientific and other institutions of the public sector, institutions of EU and non-EU countries, international political and economic organizations.


Course granted by One Asia Foundation included in the programme!

Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) has been awarded a grant by One Asia Foundation to open a course on Asian Community. From Sept. 5th, 2017, the One Asia Foundation's "Asian Community: Cultural, Political and Economic Aspects" lecture series will begin at MRU.

The first lecture on Sept. 5th, will be delivered by Chairman of the One Asia Foundation Mr. Yoji Sato, "Introduction and Opening of the One Asia Community." Other lectures will be presented by distinguished professors from Japan, U.S. and Lithuania. In October, Prof. Joseph Pilotta from the U.S. will present a lecture, "Confucianism and Democratization in Asia."

MRU joins hundreds of other universities throughout the world that have opened courses on Asian Community. See the list here.


Programme Director:

Lect. doct. Benas Brunalas, e-mail: benas.brunalas@gmail.com

MRU International Office provides all related information for prospective degree seeking students:

e-mail for all inquiries: study@mruni.eu


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