Politics and Security Studies

In a world where problems go beyond borders and disciplines, where threats, that were previously thought to be independent, are found to be interconnected, where distinctions between what is domestic policy and what is foreign policy are becoming more and more tenuous, students need training and perspective to break down disciplinary silos. This is a perfect study programme for those who aspire to become policy research specialists. This programme provides deep knowledge of social research implementation, reveals possibilities to analyse public policy and security problems by combining various scientific approaches.

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Code 6121JX032
Location Kaunas
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Cycle First cycle
Field Political Sciences
Language Lithuanian, English
Study mode and duration Full-time studies - 4 y.
Degree awarded Bachelor of Social Sciences
 

Values

Knowledge

Excellent knowledge of politics and international processes

Graduates of the programme will have knowledge of national and international politics and various security policy areas. They will be able to analyse policy cases of Lithuania and of foreign countries by applying qualitative and quantitative methods of social research; independently identify policy and security problems, and provide solutions to them.

Career

Opportunity to work in the public sector

Graduates will be able to work in consultative, managerial, and research areas in municipalities, ministries, other public sector organisations, embassies, institutions and organisations of the European Union, public and business organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Our political science graduates tend to pursue political careers, for example, being elected to Lithuanian parliament, working in political parties.

Infrastructure

The study process uses data from the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, Lithuanian HSM Data Archive "LiDA", open data from public services, public procurement and other public institutions.

Students have unique access to the Lithuanian HSM data archives, and contribute to the implementation of research projects using data from international research programmes: issp.org, europeansocialsurvey.org.

Colleagues

Socially active, ambitious students

This study programme is usually chosen by socially active, ambitious students, capable of generating political ideas. Good motivation determines a creative and learning-oriented environment that helps master the knowledge and the skills that students need.

A student who chooses BA+ competence, acquires the knowledge and skills in an additional study field, and discovers new career prospects.

 

BA+ competence blocks offered in KTU Bachelor’s study programmes can be an alternative study plan for:

  • the specialisations;
  • individual set of modules;
  • the subjects providing deeper knowledge of the study field.

Acquisition of the competence is certified by the issue of KTU certificate and entry in the diploma supplement.

Testimonials

Career

Student’s competences
Knowledge of national and international policy, and various areas of safety policies; Knowledge and analysis of cases of Lithuanian and foreign policies using qualitative and quantitative social research methods.

Student’s skills
– Able to perform analysis of policy and safety problems using qualitative and quantitative social research methods;
– Able to provide evidence-based recommendations;
– Able to perform analytical activities in Lithuanian and international public sector organisations;
– Able to individually identify policy and safety problems and provide their solutions.

 

 

You may become

Specialist of administration and executive areas

Maintenance of communication of the organisational division, implementation and maintenance of document preparation and coordination of internal management;
Cooperation and maintenance of communication regarding various issues related to the organisation’s operations;
Guarantee of compliance with respective legislations, regulating documents and standards.

Policy and administration specialist

Assessment of impact, financial consequences, synergies with other programmes, political and administrative viability policy;
Review of the applied policy and legislations aiming to identify discrepancies and obsolete provisions;
Provision and analysis of possibilities of political choices, preparation of information documents and recommendations for changes of policies.

Public service specialist

Review of the applied policy and legislations aiming to identify discrepancies and obsolete provisions;
Performance of  threat and risk assessment and their management;
Writing of official or technical letters and preparation of replies to them.

Management and organisation analyst

Review of operational processes and consultations on deviations from procedures and standards;
Assistance in establishment of objectives, strategies and plans aiming for increased customer satisfaction;
Performance of work research and review while analysing the applied and proposed methods and such procedures.

Philosopher, historian, political scientist

Preparation of research, scientific papers and reports;
Monitoring of modern political institutions and opinions, collection of related data;
Creation of theories, models and methods for explanation and description of the nature of human experience, historical and political events, behaviour.

 

Minimum requirements

Proficiency in English
Language requirements

IELTS ≥5.5, TOEFL ≥75, CEFR ≥B1, or equivalent

Eligibility CGPA
High school certificate

Maximum 3 years after high school graduation is eligible.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Russian.

The documents must be legalised (Apostille) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued. This requirement does not apply for the documents issued in the EU and Belarus, Ukraine.

Minimum average grade (CGPA) > 60 % in each entry subject.

 

Score structure

Subject Coefficient Type
First subject

History or Mathematics

0,4

Final exam

Second subject

English language

0,4

IELTS, TOEFL, CEFR or equivalent

Third subject

Motivation

0,2

Online interview

 

Tuition fee

Full-time studies 2900 €
Price per credit 48,33 €
 
Foreign nationals with Lithuanian origins and EU citizens
Full-time studies 1466 €
Price per credit 24,43 €
 
NOTE
Prices are being reviewed for the upcoming intake and are due to confirmation until 1st of April 2019

 

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