Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES)

Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES)

Two-year English-language Master's degree programme focuses on modern history, politics and diplomacy, as well as fundamental social, cultural and economic problems. It addresses the English-speaking audience with a deep and versatile exploration of “the East”, understood as a territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, and the Post- Soviet area, including the Caucasus and Central Asia. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of some of the Czech language.

The programme is taught by members of the Institute of International Studies (IIS). It is deliberately structured to take advantage of the multidisciplinary nature of the Faculty, and students will be encouraged to make connections between different fields of study, learning to combine a global perspective with attention to detail and local interests.

After completion of BECES, the students will acquire an advanced level of graduate education including a good command of one or two languages of the area as well as a broad and, at the same time, deep knowledge of the region studied. They will be capable of open but critical understanding and of conceptual thinking, and of appreciating cultural diversity. This intellectual equipment will provide them with an opportunity to continue their self-education and find positions related to the problems of the studied area in both public and private spheres.

Detailed information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor and Coordinator: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (

Admission Administration:


The end of the Cold War and the Eastern enlargements of NATO and the EU have represented turning points in the history of Eastern, East-Central and South-Eastern Europe. Although once called “the East”, this area has in recent years moved to “the West”, raising many questions as to its identity and prospects. Will “the East” change and meld into the globalising world, or relapse into obscurity and its typical old diseases? Straddled between “the East” and “the West”, Prague is an ideal place to ask these questions and to seek answers to them.

The core courses provide an overview of crucial segments of the area from an analytical and multidisciplinary perspective, while the elective classes allow students to create their own specialisation. The aim of the programme is to help students write a Master’s thesis of sufficient quality to merit publication. Through the university’s network of exchange programmes, talented students may also be offered the opportunity to make a brief research visit to another country in the area. By developing the student’s knowledge of the Czech milieu and language, the programme may also serve as an access-point to some of our Ph.D. programmes.

The BECES programme is an excellent stepping stone in developing an academic career in any of the Faculty’s academic disciplines, as well as a valuable source of analytical skills and practical background knowledge that can be applied in professional life.


Study prerequisites

The BECES programme is open only to students who have already completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a related programme of study (area studies, history, political science), or at least combinations of these programmes with other study tracks (languages, geography, economics, social sciences).



Compulsory courses


Czech language


Choice (optional & electives)

12 ECTS & 12 ECTS

Defence of Master's Thesis


Find the course structure of full-time study programme in Karolinka (information e-brochure about programmes).


Tuition fees

  • 3 000 EUR per year for EU and EEA students / 6 000 EUR for non-EU and non-EEA students

Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).


Reducing or Waiving the Fee

The Faculty of Social Sciences wants to support the future students and their studies. Therefore we offer a set of scholarships and fee reductions!

Conditions for reducing or waiving the fee for study in a foreign language at FSV UK can be found here.