International Economic and Political Studies (IEPS)

International Economic and Political Studies (IEPS)

This two year Master degree programme investigates contemporary political, economic and social issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. It is modelled on the principles of Oxford style PPE programmes that are among the most favoured educational concepts in social sciences. Although the emphasis in IEPS is placed on economics and political science, students will also be expected to explore their historical, legal and sociological aspects. The programme is taught by members of all five institutes of the faculty, including the Institute of Political Studies (IPS) and Institute of Economic Studies (IES).

IEPS offers a unique study both in its contents and methods of interactive learning, where students and instructors are partners to master the professional skills-building. It is based neither on an overview of facts about the social organisation, nor on crunching of abstract mathematical models – it aims to enhance the ways of critical thinking and understanding of social, economic and political phenomena in globalised societies.

Students deal with the nature of economic objectives of agents, social organisation, institutions of power, emergence of conflicts and efforts for cooperation. They are expected to master the principles of modern non-conventional economic thinking and be able to apply it in political decision-making at the level of supra-national institutions, states, regional governments, corporations, firms, political parties and groups of citizens.

Through their studies, students will appreciate the highly flexible nature of the programme, which allows for specialisation in economics, politics, or humanities, according to the selection of available courses from three categories of modules.

If you are interested in our Bachelor's programme based on similar PPE principles, please see Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

See also the video where M.A. students of IEPS describe their experiences promoting our new B.A. sister's programme "PPE" based on similar principles, on which we built the IEPS.

Detailed Information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor: Doc. Ing. Vladimír J. Benáček, CSc. (

Programme Coordinator: Mgr. Martin Riegl, Ph.D. (

Admission Administration:



8 required classes

53 credits

Elective classes in Module #0 minimally 6 credits

Elective classes in Module #1

minimally 10 credits

Elective classes in Module #2

minimally 10 credits

Elective classes in Module #3

minimally 15 credits

Required credits from all four modules

55 credits


Remaining optional courses (II)

12 credits

Master's thesis defense + Final State Examination



120 credits

More detailed information about the contents of this programme can be found in Karolinka.


Study prerequisites

Applicants to IEPS come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. It is not necessary to have previously studied politics or economics, though it is an advantage for IEPS applicants to have a high aptitude for mathematics and statistics, especially for those students who wish to specialise in economics and finance. Admission may also be granted to students whose previous studies were in the humanities, commerce, law, or even technical, or the natural sciences. All students must have a good command of the English language in order to complete all of the course requirements.

Such abilities are best demonstrated by standardized tests such as:

  • IELTS Academic - minimum required overall band score of 6.5;
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) - minimum required overall score of 80;
  • Cambridge ESOL /CAE, FCE, CPE/ - minimum Cambridge English Scale Score of 173;
  • CFA exams of financial English - reaching level II.

We do not require a standardized English test score from applicants who are native speakers of English.

When in your country you cannot obtain any of the above English-language tests, you should provide an alternative proof of high credibility certifying such English proficiency, which will guarantee your skills to write intelligibly, absorb academic texts, create presentations and participate in a detailed discussion of specialized topics.

For example, it can be in such cases when:

  • You have studied at secondary school exclusively in English or at the university for at least two years;
  • You have worked for at least one year at a company where the only language of communication was English.

Applicants without credible proof of their English proficiency cannot be admitted.


Application process

IEPS programme is a two years' inter-disciplinary study in English. The application is open for the whole year, but the recommended timing is between December and March. The admission requires the submission of the following:

Mandatory documents:

  • Certified diploma of the concluded studies (at least at the bachelor level). In case the diploma is not in English, Czech or Slovak, then its certified transcript into English is required,
  • Transcript of grades from those studies in English, Czech or Slovak,
  • Structured CV on one page (personal information, education, training, employment, extracurricular experiences such as internships, international mobility, community service, competences and other evidence of intellectual curiosity and capacities for leadership)
  • Proof of English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE or similar - essential for the non-native English speakers only). 

Recommended additional documents:

  • Motivation letter (up to 300 words),
  • Letter of recommendation (optimally from a person acquainted with the applicant´s academic skills and creativity).


Tuition fees

  • 6000 EUR per year (i.e. 3000 EUR per semester)

Please note that this fee covers only the cost of instruction and examinations and that students are responsible for paying their living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).

The programme operates three internal fee relief (discount) schemes valid for the full academic year:

  • For those with excellent study results at the admission procedure;
  • For excellent study results during the first year;
  • And on the extent of coursework or research to be taken exceptionally in the third year.

The fee of 6000 EUR per year can be thus slashed to 2000 EUR in the first two years and to 600 EUR if the student wants to continue in the third year. At least 20 % of our students are beneficiaries of relief schemes. 


Reducing or Waiving the Fee

Charles University and the Faculty of Social Sciences want to support 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.


Further details, requirements and conditions