Contemporary European Politics

Area of Studies: Social Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy
Mode of Studies: Full-time studies
Length of Programme: 1,5 academic years (90 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Master of Political Science

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Unique Features

Graduate degree programme in Contemporary European Politics is aimed at preparing qualified political science professionals – experts, having knowledge of the main European political conceptions as well as professional skills not only creatively and critically apply theoretical and empirical knowledge in the analysis of political processes of the European Union, separate European countries, and the European region, but also able analyze the European Union institutions’ activities and policy changes, assess the aims and objectives of the enlargement of the European Union; its impact on sociopolitical events and processes in European continent. The program graduates will be able to apply the practical competencies acquired during the study period in their work places such as the institutions formulating and implementing public policy in the European Union, and various research institutions. Upon successful completion of the study program and defended Master thesis, students are awarded a Master degree in Political Science.

Access Requirements

The prospective students are expected to have a Bachelor degree in political sciences. The bachelors of the other social sciences or humanities may apply as well. The bachelors having diploma in the other social sciences than political sciences are expected to have at least 10 ECTS credits of the other social sciences study courses, 4 ECTS credits of Humanities study courses, and 15 ECTS credits of political sciences study courses.

Competencies Acquired

Upon completion of the graduate program of Contemporary European politics students will be able to:

  • Analyze and explain the political and social processes taking place both globally and across the European continent and in individual European countries;
  • Carry out research in such areas as the formulation and implementation processes of  a general European Union public policy and its individual areas, the most important European institutions activities and developments;
  • Perform a comparative analysis of the ongoing political processes and phenomena in the European Union and in individual European countries, public policy implementation measures, and provide forecasts of the development of these processes as well as alternatives of the policies;
  •  Prepare, plan, implement and evaluate research and educative projects, and the projects related to the European Union support;
  • Take advantage of accumulated theoretical knowledge and practical skills acquired in the preparation of Lithuanian positions for the initiatives of EU public policies, and in the negotiations of Lithuanian and European Union interests;
  • Gather and critically evaluate new information received and develop a range of knowledge, which will ensure the participation in the life-long learning process.

Career Opportunities

Students who have successfully completed a master’s degree studies can work as experts, analysts, political consultants,  observers and commentators in various institutions formulating and implementing European Union policies in Lithuania as well as in the European Union, research centers, organizations and agencies preparing and implementing the projects, offices of political parties and NGO’s, universities and various institutions of mass communication. The graduates may continue their studies at the doctoral level in various Social Science programs.

Application Procedure

Detailed information on required documents, legalization of documents, application deadlines, tuition fees etc. is provided in the section “Addmission to MA”.


Course title Course code Volume in ECTS credits
I Semester
Compulsory courses:
European Integration Theories ADE 5008 6
Basics of European Union Law POP5030 6
Eastern and Central European Political Systems POP5025 6
Optional Courses(to choose 2 courses, 12 ECTS)
European Union Common Agricultural Policy ADE6007 6
EU Migration and Asylum Policy ISM5010 6
European Union Justice and Home Affairs POP5031 6
European Union Energy Policy POP5027 6
Party Organization and Policy-making POP 5023 6
Political Systems of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia POP5002 6
Democratic Theory and Election Law POP 5022 6
History of European Idea POP5029 6
Political Leadership and Democratic Changes POP5020 6
II Semester
Compulsory courses:
Economic Dimension of the European Union POP 6006 6
Political Institutions of the European Union and Decision Making ADE 5002 6
Western European Political Systems POP 5004 6
Optional Courses(to choose 2 courses, 12 ECTS)
Neighborhood Policy of the European Union POD5019 6
European Union as International Actor POP5006 6
European Union and International Trade POP5028 6
Human Rights POD 5020 6
Political Campaign Communication POPN6002 6
Politics of The Balkan States POP 5015 6
EU Law and Internal Affairs POP6005 6
Feminisms in Europe SPKN5010 6
NGO Theory and Practice POD6007 6
III Semester
EU Project Panning and Implementation Politics POP6007 6
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