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Master international studies – module: International politics

Description and regime of studies

Master International Studies (module: International Politics) are one-year master academic studies bearing 60 ECTS in total. Teaching at this study programme consists of mandatory courses, elective courses and final master paper. The number of mandatory courses is two in the first semester (Diplomatic-Consular Law and Master seminar) and one in the second semester (Multilateral Diplomacy), with mandatory writing and defence of master paper after the completion of examinations at all courses. Students choose other courses themselves, from a set of different offered courses in International Relations and relevant fields. In that manner, students have an opportunity to entirely adjust the courses to their own specific interests in the field of international politics.

Upon successful completion of this study programme students obtain: in-depth theoretical knowledge about the contemporary process in international community, particularly in Europe and in the region to which Serbia belongs; capacity for analysis and synthesis of academic and professional findings in the field of international politics and similar disciplines; capacity for understanding the manner in which international problems emerge and the theoretical and practical responses thereto; capacity for independent performance of tasks and implementation of theoretical knowledge in practice, together with many other outcomes of crucial importance for everyone who wants to deal with international relations at academic or professional level.

Teaching staff

Teaching at this study programme is carried out by established experts in the field of international relations, well-known to foreign and domestic public, prominent for their extraordinary expertise in theory and practical experience in dealing with international affairs. The head of the study programme is Prof. Ivo Visković. Besides him, the teaching staff includes the following prominent experts: Profs. Branko Vasiljević, Sanja Danković Stepanović, Dejan Jović, Vesna Knežević Predić, Radmila Nakarada, Dragan Simić, Slobodan Samardžić, Jelica Stefanović Štambuk, Siniša Tatalović, Maja Kovačević, Tanja Miščević, Assistant Professors Filip Ejdus, Bojan Kovačević, Nemanja Džuverović…

Experience of an alumnus

“My modest opinion is that this is one of the most prestigious master study programmes, which is proven by high number of interested candidates. The advantage of this programme is that it offers a lot of space for the students to shape their syllabus themselves, choosing from a large number of offered elective courses: from contemporary theories of international relations and security, to the courses tackling the fields of European politics, international economy and international law. In addition to the broad choice of courses, the most recent national and foreign literature, students can obtain comprehensive knowledge and interdisciplinary understanding of international politics. This programme indeed gave me a significant academic foundation when I later continued my studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). I was also able to implement the knowledge from this programme in my subsequent work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and in private sector, as political consultant. Therefore, I think that to a committed student this programme can provide knowledge which can be applied in any career, regardless it is in academic, public or private sector.”

Vuk Vuksanović

Year of studies: 2010-2011

Current position: Political and Geopolitical Risk Consultant

Entrance examination

The entrance examination consists of written and oral part:

–          Written part of the examination is a test on the bases of indicated mandatory literature for preparation of entrance examination. The test will consist of open and closed questions, to be answered within 60 minutes.

–          Oral part of the examination is an interview with the commission, both about the mandatory literature and about the current topics of international politics and other important issues relevant for this master programme.

The ranking list of the candidates will be formed according to the general conditions of the Call, on the basis of results at written and oral part of the examination. The evaluation scale for different criteria based on which the ranking list will be composed is the following:

Criterion                                                          Points

Average grade at undergraduate studies                                35*

Written test result                                                           35

Interview results                                                              30

Total:                                                                                    100

* the number of points is obtained when total average grade at the undergraduate studies is multiplied by 3.5

Mandatory literature for the test and for the interview:

Čarls Kegli, Judžin Vitkof, Svetska politika: trend i transformacija, Centar za studije Jugoistočne Evrope, Fakultet političkih nauka, Diplomatska akademija, Beograd, 2004, pp. 19-287, 575-752. The CDs with mandatory literature can be collected at the Faculty of Political Sciences reception desk

Contact persons for literature:

Dragan Živojinović, MA, dragan.zivojinovic@fpn.bg.ac.rs or zivojinovic75@yahoo.com;

Assistant Milan Krstić, milan.krstic@fpn.bg.ac.rs).

This study programme was accredited in 2015.


1st semester

Course Semester Status Workload

(lectures + seminars)

Diplomatic and Consular Law 1 compulsory 2+1 6
Master seminar 1 compulsory 6
Contemporary Theories of Security 1 elective 2+1 6
International Business Transactions 1 elective 2+1 6
Justice and Home Affairs in the EU 1 elective 2+1 6
Reform of Security Sector 1 elective 2+1 6
Serbia and the European Union 1 2+1 6
Complex State Governance Systems 1 elective 2+1 6
Theories and Typologies of Conflicts 1 elective 2+1 6
Contemporary International Organizations 1 elective 2+1 6
Foreign Political Analysis 1 elective 2+1 6
Serbia and its Neighbors 1 elective 2+1 6
Rights of Foreigners 1 elective 2+1 6
Contemporary Theories of Security 1 elective 2+1 6

Elective bloc 1 (18 ECTS to be chosen)

Semester 2

Course Semester Status Workload

(lectures + seminars)

Multilateral Diplomacy 2 compulsory 2+1 6
Final paper 2 compulsory 12
Euro-Atlantic Security 2 elective 2+1 6
International Economy – Theory and Policy 2 elective 2+1 6
International Regionalism and Inter-regionalism 2 elective 3 6
Political Regulation of Ethnic Conflicts 2 elective 2+1 6
The EU Institutional Law 2 elective 2+1 6
The UN system 2 elective 2+1 6
Regional Security 2 elective 2+1 6

Elective bloc 2 (12 ECTS to be chosen)