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Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica


The Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica was founded in 1992, when the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Economics merged into one university. The town of Banská Bystrica has a long tradition of education and culture.
The Matej Bel University is making an important contribution to the European area of education and research, providing both high-quality university education, as well as a wide spectrum of further education adequate to the needs of practical life. The University is developing new knowledge through productive scientific and artistic research in order to form intelligent, moral, authentic, well-rounded individuals and in this way creating a society of learning.

List of study programmes offered in English or other foreign languages:

  • Bachelor level

    Programme: International Relations

    Degree: Bachelor

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations

    About the programme: Programme graduates gain a comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in the field of international relations, which cover political and international economic relations, international and European law, history and development of integration processes, international organisations, foreign policy and diplomacy, diplomatic and consular law and socio‑economic development of particular macro‑regions. They are provided not only withtheoretical knowledge, but also with enhanced communication skills in foreign languages in relation to the respective field of study. The programme bolsters the capacity of analytical thinking in relation to internal and foreign‑policy development in particular states andtransformation of specific players on the international scene. Programme graduates acquire competence in analysing the development within the system of international relations, determining the key factors that influence its development, and on this basis to predict and create scenarios of its future evolution. Programme graduates can be employed in social and economic industry including the central state administrative body, local administration, media or private sector.

    Tuition fee: 1,500 €/academic year


    Programme: Political Science

    Degree: Bachelor

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations

    About the programme: Programme graduates gain a deep and complex knowledge and practical skills related to all key topics of the respective field, as well as its related areas. They demonstrate the capacity of impartial analytical and critical thinking, creative approach when dealing with the oretical and practical tasks, and the ability to acquire and apply intelligence, identify and critically reflect problems, and actively contribute to the problem solution. They are prepared to create, analyse and evaluate projects, build strong arguments and counter‑arguments, and present their own opinion in regard to different problems of public policy and critically assess publications related to the political science. In terms of their further professional career, they can be employed at managerial positions on various levels of public administration.

    Tuition fee: 1,500 €/academic year


    Programme: Business Economics and Management

    Degree: Bachelor

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Economics

    About the programme: Programme graduates acquire the knowledge in economics, quantitative
    methods, law, management and marketing. Their knowledge is extended in the field of business
    planning, production management, international trade, financial analysis and entrepreneurship
    in small and medium‑sized enterprises. They possess skills in professional communication
    in English and practical skills in information technology. Programme graduates are also able
    to solve intermediate problems in calculations, budgets, planning and organising of business
    processes. They have the knowledge of basic managerial relations in business functions and
    a solid basis to apply their knowledge in small and medium‑sized businesses.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set


    Programme: Evangelical Theology and Mission

    Degree: Bachelor

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Education

    About the programme: Programme graduates gain the ability to work with facts and concepts, principles and theories of theology, deacony and mission. They are able to identify and apply theological contexts in working and solving human, social and church problems. They acquire practical skills in the field of catechetics, pastoral theology, solving basic theological problems and their application in practice. Programme graduates can continue their studies at the second level of higher education in the field of evangelical theology or related fields.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set

  • Master level

    Programme: European Studies

    Degree: Master

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations

    About the programme: Programme graduates possess a comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in the field of international relations, including political and international economic relations with a special focus on the European context. They acquire specific knowledge in the field of international and European law, history of the European integration, common policies of the EU, EU institutional framework, EU external action and diplomatic
    service, internal and foreign‑policy development of the EU member states, historical, political, socio‑economic and cultural development of particular macro‑regions, as well as communication proficiency in foreign languages in relation to the respective field of study. The programme enhances analytical thinking of students in terms of analysing the development of the European integration, determining factors that influence integration process, and on this basis to predict and create scenarios of its future evolution. Programme graduates are able to analyse internal
    and foreign‑policy development of the EU member states and evaluate the scope of fulfilment of integration priorities. They are prepared for a potential career within the EU institutional structures or other international institutions and their departments focused on the co‑operation with the EU.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set


    Programme: Evangelical Theology

    Degree: Master

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Education

    About the programme: Programme graduates acquire theoretical and methodical‑practical preparation for independent preaching, church‑educational, diaconal and pastoral activities. They acquire theoretical knowledge in the field of historical theology, theoretical theology, applied theology at the professional level. They gain expanded and deepened abilities to work with facts and concepts, principles and theories of theology, deacony and mission. They are able to identify and apply theological contexts in managing work and addressing human, social and church problems. Programme graduates gain new practical skills in the field of mission, deacony, catechetical and pastoral theology. They gain the ability to solve basic theological problems and apply their solutions in practice. They are professionally prepared to manage theological and ecclesiological activities in church and humanitarian organisations, work with children, youth, seniors, socially disadvantaged, ethnic and ecumenical groups. They are ready to teach at church biblical schools of evangelical churches. Programme graduates can continue their studies in the third level of higher education in the field of theology or related fields.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set


    Programme: Finance, Banking and Investment

    Degree: Master

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Economics

    About the programme: Programme graduates can be employed in a wide range of jobs in different industries and other sectors of national and international economies. Even though most of programme graduates are employed by financial institutions, they can be found in other businesses and organisations in private and public sectors, including customs and tax authorities, other government bodies at all levels and in the field of tax advice. Programme graduates are able to find and present their own solutions to problems in theoretical research and to apply their theoretical knowledge creatively to practical solutions. They have a deep knowledge of modern economic theories of money and finance, financial analysis and forecasting, and policy analysis. They have practical skills necessary for working as analysts, financial managers or management advisors in public and private organisations in Slovakia and abroad. They can analyse and explain the development of specific financial and monetary policies, as well as the integration processes in Europe and worldwide.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set


    Programme: International Relations

    Degree: Master

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations

    About the programme: Programme graduates gain a comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in the field of international relations, which cover political and international economic relations, international and European law, history and development of integration processes, international organisations, foreign policy and diplomacy, diplomatic and consular law and socio‑economic development of particular macro‑regions. They are provided not only withtheoretical knowledge, but also with enhanced communication skills in foreign languages in relation to the respective field of study. The programme bolsters the capacity of analytical thinking in relation to internal and foreign‑policy development in particular states andtransformation of specific players on the international scene. Programme graduates acquire competence in analysing the development within the system of international relations, determining the key factors that influence its development, and on this basis to predict and create scenarios of its future evolution. Programme graduates can be employed in social and economic industry including the central state administrative body, local administration, media or private sector.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set


    Degree: Master

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Economics

    About the programme: Programme graduates are familiar with exact analytical methods, and they are able to identify factors determining the development of business and its environment, identify a market opportunity, estimate threats and potential consequences for the business, manage the offer so as to seize the opportunity. They possess a set of problem‑solving skills achieved by incorporating a systematic approach based on competency in decision‑making methods, which requires integrating the knowledge of management, operational management,
    organisation of managerial work, marketing in domestic and world markets, finance, quality management and human resources. At the same time, the programme trains graduates who are able to take a strategic thinking approach, foresee phenomena and, with the use of mathematical‑statistical methods, quantify the effects on the business. It prepares professionals in the middle and top management of small and middle‑sized businesses, in bodies of state and local administration in the field of sole trader business, vocational schools, and project and consultancy organisations.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set


    Programme: Political Science

    Degree: Master

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations

    About the programme: Programme graduates gain a deep and complex knowledge and practical skills related to all key topics of the respective field, as well as its related areas. They demonstrate the capacity of impartial analytical and critical thinking, creative approach when dealing with the oretical and practical tasks, and the ability to acquire and apply intelligence, identify and critically reflect problems, and actively contribute to the problem solution. They are prepared to create, analyse and evaluate projects, build strong arguments and counter‑arguments, and present their own opinion in regard to different problems of public policy and critically assess publications related to the political science. In terms of their further professional career, they can be employed at managerial positions on various levels of public administration.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set


    Programme: Security Studies

    Degree: Master

    Language: English

    Faculty: Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations

    About the programme: Programme graduates are provided with a combination of theoretical approaches and concepts in security, and methodological tools of social sciences with practical policy decisions that are closely related to the security policy of state, as well as the security environment as such. The programme is focused on explaining and analysing the security of the contemporary world, security policy of the Slovak Republic, Visegrad region, European Union and NATO, in particular. Specific courses including security theories, theories of conflicts, military diplomacy, sectoral security, simulations of crisis situations, political radicalism and extremism and secret services deal with different aspects of security and strategic studies. Programme graduates are able to combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills while working in national and/or international institutions dealing with security on national, regional, as well as global level. They are able to work independently and creatively, but they can also benefit from the ability of teamwork acquired during the course assignments, and apply the knowledge and skills provided within the programme.

    In the 2019-2020 year, this specialty does not produce a set