Vytautas Magnus University

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1.       Introduction

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) is a public university that was established in 1922. Ranked in QS World University Rankings 2018 as a leader in the country by its internationality, VMU is the only public higher education institution in Lithuania and one of the few in the region where a wide liberal arts education is imparted. This means that students can change and organize their schedule freely, minor in one field and major in another, travel abroad on international exchange and get ready for those trips by taking some of the available 30 foreign language courses. As a reflection of global academic trends, more and more lectures (separate courses and even whole study programmes) are taught in English, many of them by professors from abroad.

VMU works with many universities and scientists around the globe, implementing projects, student and employee exchanges, and improving our study and research system. It is an international and multilingual institution that continuously develops international networks and intercultural dialogues, participates in international scientific, academic and social projects, encourages lecturer and student mobility, and promotes dialogue and tolerance.

On January 1, 2019 the Parliament of Lithuania ruled that Aleksandras Stulginskis University (ASU) and the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (LUES) were integrated into Vytautas Magnus University. The university conduct scientific research and studies in the humanities, social, physical, biomedical, technological and agricultural sciences. The integration has expanded the capabilities of each of the three university communities.

 

2.      Facts & Figures

 

12 subdivisions

Economics & Management | Political Science & Diplomacy | Arts | Humanities | Social Sciences | Natural Sciences | Informatics | Law | Catholic Theology | Music Academy | Education Academy| Agricultural Academy

>11 000 students

10% international students from over 60 countries

>30

bachelor & master’s degree study programmes taught in English

>500 partnerships

student and staff exchange possibilities with scholarships in over 60 countries all around the world

30 foreign languages

ranging from Ancient, New Testament and Modern Greek to Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, old and modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish

18 joint and double degree study programmes

organized together with partner universities in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Kazakhstan and other countries

 

3.      Useful information for students

  • Various scholarships: covering tuition fee, for academic achievements, etc.
  • Guaranteed accommodation in university’s dormitory for the first study year
  • Monthly expenses (living, transportation, food, etc.) ~ 350 EUR
  • Mentor support system, variety of students’ clubs & organizations
  • Free movers studies
  • Baltic Summer University (BSU) – variety of summer schools to choose from

 

4.      Addmision

Application for the autumn semester of 2018 will start on March 1st, application deadline is July 15th.

 

 

 

5.      Programs

5.1.            Bachelor's studies

5.1.1.      Pedagogy of Primary Education and Early Foreign Language Teaching

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2595

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2950

 

Objectives

To prepare a teacher of primary education who is able to work at institutions of primary education and to apply methods and technologies based on the newest findings in pedagogical science and research and who is creative and capable of planning and organising high quality education of primary school pupils with a special focus on early foreign language teaching.

 

Learning Outcomes

1.      Will be able to integrate theoretical and didactic knowledge of various sciences (moral education, languages, mathematics, social and natural sciences, physical education, technologies and arts) and to design the curriculum of primary (self-) education on the basis of this knowledge.

 

2.      Will be able to analyse, systematise and critically assess information as well as legal and political documents related with the preparation of pre-school, pre-primary and primary school teaching curricula.

3.      Will be able to explain the features of personality development of pupils of an early school age emerging due to the influence of different environmental factors, and to understand the fundamentals of pupils’ (self)development as the basis for their professional activity.

4.      Will be able to plan, organise, implement and summarise professional action research and scientific research and to use the research results in their teaching practice as well as to reflect on the perspectives of their professional development.

5.      Will be able to create and ensure a safe learning environment that is oriented to learners’ needs and stimulates the learning process; will be able to design favourable conditions for the formation of pupils’ values and social skills as well as for their comprehensive personal development and self-expression through the use of various teaching tools, digital technologies and equipment, enhancing the variety of learning activities, learning accessibility to every learner, their engagement in group work and their development of independent learning skills.

6.      Will be able to plan and monitor the teaching process purposefully and to select suitable teaching methods, materials and tools for effective achievement of aims and their evaluation.

7.      Will be able to assess individual differences of development and growth, personal peculiarities, based on social environment, gender, nationality, culture, etc., and will be able to personalize the teaching process trying to improve and form personal pupils’ motivation, self-directed and independent learning.

8.      Will be able to apply various innovative educational tools, technologies and methodologies in their teaching activities, to educate primary school pupils in line with these methodologies as well as to correctly use their native tongue and communicate in a foreign language in professional activities.

9.      Will be able to work individually and in a team, to adapt easily to a changing environment and to cooperate productively.

10.  Will be able to assume responsibility and leadership in educating pupils, fostering their innovativeness and developing critically thinking personalities.

11.  Will be able to be open, flexible and critical in various pedagogy-related situations and plan their career by reflecting on the teaching process and results, assessing the activity, undertaking individual learning, affecting community with responsibility and assuming responsibility for their actions.

 

5.1.2.      Administration of Rural Development

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

1466

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

1700

 

The outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

 

1.      analyse and evaluate activities of public administration institutions and organizations of rural development;

2.      evaluate resources of rural areas and people’s needs of identifying competitive advantages of the area;

3.      select the appropriate instruments and models for monitoring of rural development policy implementation and development with the aim of achieving social and territorial cohesion and sustainable development of rural areas and regions;

4.      prepare and implement frameworks and projects on development of rural areas.

 

                     

5.1.3.      Logistics and Commerce

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

1466 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

1700

 

The outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

 

1.      plan, forecast and evaluate the development results of those businesses;

2.      apply basic theoretical assertions or theories in justifying decisions in logistic or trading business;

3.      plan, forecast and evaluate the development and results in logistics and trading business;

4.      implement business development projects and to apply legislation governing the operations and business activities.

 

5.1.4.      Water Resources Engineering

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2595 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2950

 

The outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

 

1.      analyse the phenomena occurring in living environment,

2.      evaluate interactions between water surrounding environment and water quality,

3.      select the appropriate modern methods and technologies that allow to achieve sustainable development of water resources and solve environmental problems,

4.      practically realize technological solutions in various fields of water resources management,

5.      apply knowledge about the behaviour of living organisms in water environment, wastewater treatment, sustainability concepts of economic development, international and national water laws.

 

5.1.5.      Agricultural Mechanical Engineering

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2595 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2950

 

The outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

 

1.      analyse functioning principles of machines and mechanisms, the process quality parameters;

2.      select of production technology and its measures, its proper operation, optimization of expenditure, planning demand and exploitation of the machines;

3.      design elements of agricultural machinery and technologies using modern computer programs,

4.      control agricultural technologies, technical measures and to optimize their work by evaluation of economy, human safety and environmental impact;

5.      diagnose and eliminate of agricultural machines malfunction and it‘s service;

6.      foresee and implement effective engineering solutions.

 

5.1.6.      Economics and Finance

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

3 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

1466 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

1700

 

The aim of the Program Economics and Finance is to educate students for the requirements of professional world in economics, in the context of globalization and economic integration; open minded when focusing on economics and financial topics and creatively applying tools of mathematical and statistical analysis, processing critical thinking, strengthening ability to analyze and assess the changes in economic environment.

 

Program learning outcomes

1.      Ability to apply theories and knowledge of economics and finance that is sufficient for critical thinking during construction of research design and discussions with professional audience.

2.      Ability to apply theories of management, and marketing together with recent economic knowledge in interdisciplinary studies of economic and finance issues and discussions with various audiences.

3.      Ability to assess and forecast changes of economic and financial indicators of organizations, countries and multi-national regions using mathematical, statistical analysis, econometrics knowledge and methods creatively.

4.      Ability to plan and conduct research, to interpret and conclude the findings in the context of everyday life of organizations and entire economy by using sense thinking.

5.      Ability to collect and summarize primary, secondary and tertiary data relevant to solve economic, financial, social, ethical problems of organizations and countries.

6.      Ability to communicate in economic analysis context using English language, produce and deliver economic, financial and business information to various audiences, give their own views, participate in negotiations and work efficiently in cross-cultural environment.

7.      Ability to take responsibility for continuous learning and formal and informal professional development that is necessary to continue their studies and manage the career.

 

5.1.7. Society, Culture and Communication

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

1466 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

1700


The goal of the programme Society, Culture and Communication is to train highly-qualified B. A. graduates in sociology and communication who would be able to identify and analyse social problems and cultural processes, to expertly conduct sociological and communication research, to explain, compare and evaluate social processes and to apply creatively their research skills in the fields of communication and information science.

Graduates of Society, Culture and Communication study program will be eligible to continue studies in the Master study programs of sociology, social anthropology, and other social sciences and humanities in Lithuania and foreign study institutions.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“Contemporary world needs thoughtful, innovative and creative individuals who would contribute to its betterment. “Society, Culture and Communication” study programme will enable its students to combine theoretical and empirical knowledge about society and culture with practical tools of cognition and communication.”

Prof. Artūras Tereškinas, head of the Programme, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University

 

Competencies acquired

The covered study areas include:

  • Cultural diversity and intercultural communication
  • Qualitative and quantitative social research methods
  • Classical and contemporary sociological thinking
  • Applied statistics
  • Deviance, crime and social control
  • Social psychology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Globalization and International communication
  • Risk communication and sustainable development
  • Theory and practice of public relations and strategic communication
  • Audiovisual communication and scriptwriting
  • Principles of marketing
  • Technologies and innovations in knowledge professions.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of programme:

  • will work as analysts and communication specialists in government (ministries and other state institutions), and non-governmental (human rights organizations, etc.) and private (insurance, marketing, public relations companies, etc.) sectors.
  • will use acquired skills in sociology and communication in analyzing and communicating knowledge to both target and wider audiences on the issues of social exclusion, poverty, structural inequality, public health, civic (dis)empowerment and social policy.
  • will employ innovative contemporary social research methods in order to identify, forecast and solve fundamental social problems in national and international companies, organizations and institutions.

 

5.1.8. World Politics and Economy

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

1466 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

1700

 

Study Programme World Politics and Economy incorporates two main disciplines: political science and economy. Graduates of the programme achieve diploma of Social sciences with Major in Political Science and Minor in Economics.

Students will be able to compare various countries, their political and economic processes, to initiate, develop and implement a variety of political, social, economic, informational development projects. Graduates will have the knowledge, abilities and skills to develop and implement international projects, actively participate in the EU Neighborhood region (the Eastern Partnership and the Black Sea Synergy, the Mediterranean Partnership) NGO forums dealing with political and economic issues in Eastern Europe and the rest of the world, to project potential actions and scenarios for the future and at the same time represent Lithuania and other countries.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“Contemporary world is a global one, so this programme aims to analyse processes and tendencies all over the world, such as globalization, terrorism, migration, economic crisis, sustainable development and others.” Dr. Gintarė Žukaitė

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates will be able to:

  • to explain the political and economic processes in various countries, regions and globally;
  • to assess the links between political actors and economic structures in the political systems of various countries;
  • to conduct a comparative analysis of political and economic processes, conduct phenomena analysis and predict the future trend of these processes;
  • to do a research of political and economic entities‘ singularities and the relationship between them;
  • to identify and assess the main political and economic trends in the world;
  • to select and identify the optimal direction of economic and political practice;
  • to assess newly acquired skills, constantly collect information and critically assess it, and be guided by continual learning provisions.
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Career opportunities

Graduates of the World Politics and Economy Studies program will be able to pursue their studies in more specialized Master’s programmes in political science, economics and other social sciences and humanities at VMU and other Lithuanian or foreign universities. Graduates will be capable to engage in practical activities: work as political advisors, reviewers, managers and economists in Lithuanian and foreign public institutions, national embassies, consular offices, non-governmental organizations, the European Union and other international organizations, institutions and offices. Graduates will also be ready to work in: private sector, media or initiate their own companies. Specialists will be able to compare various countries, their political and economic processes, to initiate, develop and implement a variety of political, social, economic, informational development projects. Graduates will have the knowledge, abilities and skills to develop and implement international projects, actively participate in the EU Neighborhood region (the Eastern Partnership and the Black Sea Synergy, the Mediterranean Partnership) NGO forums dealing with political and economic issues in Eastern Europe and the rest of the world, to project potential actions and scenarios for the future and at the same time represent Lithuania and other countries.


5.1.9. International Politics and Development studies



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

1466 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

1700

 

With the global demand for development specialists, the International Politics and Development Studies program, being one of the rare BA level programs of its kind in Europe (and practically sole in Eastern Europe) is unique in that it, in addition to providing classical Political Science education, lays fundamentals of development and international relations theories and practice, all this with a focus on one of the developing regions Currently, the Program covers the Middle East and former Soviet Union but is foreseen to expand to include East Asia and Latin America. In connection with this, students are given the opportunity to study one of the area languages (such as Arabic, French, Turkish and Russian) for four semesters. During their studies, students are required to do internship at relevant institutions, something that enhances their practical skills and ability to put theory into practice.

As the program is physically set in Lithuania, through its teaching staff as well as students it ingeniously combines the Western European expertise and Eastern European experiences.

 

Competencies acquired

Upon the completion of the International Politics and Development Studies program, graduates shall be able to:

  • explain the historical and international contexts of developing countries and regions and predict their development prospects;
  • critically assess mutual relations between political actors, economic and business structures and the media in the political systems of developing countries;
  • compare socio-political processes in developing countries and regions;
  • analyze legal and programmatic aspects of the EU and other international system participants in providing assistance to countries and regions in the developing world;
  • consider the practical tasks and problems of developing countries and regional policies, suggesting ways they may be resolved in local and international contexts;
  • initiate, prepare and execute various political, social, economic and information projects;
  • apply methodological tools and theoretical approaches in policy analysis and in practice

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of the International Politics and Development Studies program will be able to work as either analysts, political advisors, or project managers in:

  • EU, UN and other international organizations and institutions;
  • national public sector institutions;
  • national and international non-governmental organizations;
  • media and other public information agencies,
  • Research centers, think tanks, public opinion and political research institutions.

Alternatively, they may further pursue their studies in more specialized Master’s programs in political science and other social sciences or humanities.

 

5.1.10. Environmental Science

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2595 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2950 €

 

The general aims of Environmental Science undergraduate programme are to educate the competent specialists and researches in the chosen research and study area. To empower them to develop intellectual competencies in order to be capable to participate in research advancements, to take responsibilities in research and practice developments as well as to disseminate knowledge. The more specifically aim of Environmental Science programme is to acquire knowledge and develop practical skills required to perform environmental monitoring and assessment, analyse natural and anthropogenic environmental and climate changes, their impact on living organisms and human health, and to ground environmental impact mitigation measures according to the principles of sustainable development.

 

Competencies acquired

After completion of this study programme students will be able:

  • Define the main natural and anthropogenic components of the environment, their interaction and anthropogenic impact on the environment.
  • Explain local, regional and global environmental problems caused by human activity;
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative methods to environmental monitoring and assessment of the state of the environment and its anthropogenic changes.
  • Analyse short-term and long-term environmental and climate changes, the main trends and their reasons from the point of view of sustainability.
  • Summarise the key environmental problems, factors determining them and potential threats to the natural environment and human health.

Ground sustainability-based political, administrative, economic, and technical environmental impact mitigation measures.

 

Career opportunities

The programme provides graduates with several general areas:

  • Research science positions in laboratories working in environmental quality evaluation and assessment.
  • Laboratory and production technician positions in biotechnology, pharmaceutic, food, cosmetic, agriculture and biochemical industries.
  • Companies related to environmental agencies, environmental control and food industry and safety, biotechnology, biopharmaceutics, health services.

 

Management positions in the industry and related government institutions.

 

5.1.11. Biotechnology

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2595 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2950 €

 

The programme applies scientific and engineering principles to living organisms in order to produce products and services of value to society. The programme of innovative combination of theory and application will provide graduates with a knowledge base and a set of skills that will make them very competitive in biotechnology, biopharmaceutics and environment protection employment fields also for laboratory jobs in the academic or industrial sectors.

The programme is specifically designed to integrate the laboratory and lecture components through the use of an experimental approach to learning in biotechnological, genetics and molecular biology laboratories. Hands-on research experience is deepening through an extended independent research projects.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“Biotechnology programme gives very broad choice for career opportunities in variety of science and industry fields.” Prof. Gintautas Saulis

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates of the programme will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental knowledge of biology, biological processes, and the scientific method to solve problems in biotechnology;
  • Integrate biological knowledge and concepts with the legal, ethical, and business perspectives of the biotechnology/life sciences industry;
  • Work in groups or individually to develop written and oral presentations that effectively communicate scientific concepts and opinions using language appropriate to the discipline;
  • Apply major quantitative and computational skills and tools to solve problems in the biotechnology/life sciences industry;
  • Work in biotechnological industry laboratories;
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratories, field studies or industry-focused projects, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools;
  • Naturally manipulate processes in the development of new medicine, food and organic substances;
  • Apply scientific methods and good experimental designs in scientific experiments;

 

Empower themselves for lifelong learning and career in biotechnology.

 

Career opportunities

The programme provides graduates with several general areas:

  • Research science positions in laboratories applying biotechnology to problems in medicine, industry, and agriculture;
  • Laboratory and production technician positions in biotechnology, pharmaceutic, food, cosmetic, agriculture and biochemical industries;
  • Companies related to biotechnology, biopharmaceutics, health services, environmental agencies, cosmetic, environmental control and food industry;
  • Management positions in the biotechnology industry and related government institutions;
  • Positions at companies that are investing in biotechnology.

 

Following study opportunities at Master’s Degree level: Biology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, and other master programmes related to physical, technological and biomedical sciences.

 

5.1.12. Informatics Systems

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2595 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2950 €


The aim of the programme is to prepare IT professionals capable to perform analysis of real-world problems, design and implement IT solutions for the identified problems, understand the reciprocal interactions between IT, society, and business. Through its three specializations – Applied Informatics, Business Informatics, and Software Systems – the programme aims to prepare broad-minded specialists having fundamental and state-of-the-art knowledge of modern information technologies.

 

Competencies acquired

The Data Engineering Specialization of the programme aims at preparing specialists, having strong knowledge foundation and adequate skills to apply data and system analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning methods and in business, medical, open data and other systems.

The Business Informatics Specialization of the programme aims at preparing specialists, having strong knowledge foundation and adequate skills for applying key business management tools and e-service projects of different scale in business environment.

The Software Systems Specialization of the programme aims at preparing specialists, having strong knowledge foundation on and adequate skills for management of software development cycle, application of software testing, quality assurance techniques, and management of complex multi-platform software development projects.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be able to work as software developers, software testers, software architects, analysts, project managers, system administrators in different organizations, state institutions and business units. Graduates of Informatics may continue with Master studies in Informatics (Computer Science) or Computer Engineering.

 

5.1.13. English Philology



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2595 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2950 €

 

The Programme aims at preparing English philology specialists with a broad range of knowledge and competencies, who know English and another foreign language well, who have grasped the fundamentals of linguistics, literary and translation studies, and teaching English as a foreign language; who are familiar with political, social, and cultural specificities of English-speaking countries and are capable of contextualizing them and discussing them in relation to global developments; who are able to successfully apply their knowledge in practice, from work-related to scholarly contexts. This programme prepares specialists who, once they have gained their Bachelor degree, can continue their studies in this field at the Master’s level or move to studies in other fields: that is, they can choose Master’s studies in English philology, translation, computer linguistics, literary and cultural studies, education, journalism, political science and other fields.

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates will be able:

  • to use fluent English in communicating orally and in writing in a variety of spheres of activity, as well as to apply their specialized knowledge working in international institutions;
  • to understand and produce different kinds of texts (for example, journalistic, literary), to recognize the works of major authors from different cultural periods and texts from different genres with their characteristic styles;
  • to explain cultural features of English-speaking countries and relate these to historical contexts;
  • to understand the principal ideas expressed in some major current linguistic and literary theories, and apply them in practice;
  • to analyze major strategies used in translation and apply them in practice;
  • to use the most recent methods in teaching and studying foreign languages;
  • to select and use the possibilities offered by information technology in teaching foreign languages;
  • to apply in other spheres of activity the competences gained in carrying out scholarly research work and the correct presentation of research results.

 

Career opportunities

The graduates of English Philology will become specialists, capable of working in a variety of fields. They will satisfy the educational, academic, cultural, economic and other needs of the workplace and will be capable of carrying out intellectual and cultural work independently.

 

The graduates of the Programme can expect to continue their career by:

  • working as translators and/or interpreters;
  • teaching English in schools;
  • taking employment in public institutions such as banks, business companies and various organizations which need staff members with good knowledge of English;
  • working as administrators in large international companies and EU organizations, combining their English skills with more specific business skills;
  • entering Master studies;
  • continuing their studies in the way they decide.

 

5.1.14. Business Administration



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

4 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

1466 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

1700 €

 

The aim of the Programme of Business Administration is to prepare specialists of broad erudition and wide profile able to take up professional activity of a business administrator, a lower level manager etc., to work in any business organization’s administration unit, also in small and medium business companies. Graduates of the programme are able creatively to apply theoretical innovations and practical achievements in professional activity of the main areas of business administration (marketing, finance, human resource, operations management), to provide the independent analysis of various business administration problems, decision making and implementation, as well as project management, as well as to react to the changing business environment and different business contexts of the modern organizations.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

„VMU Faculty of Economics and Management provides opportunities for self-realization such as international exchanges and internships with Erasmus+ program, volunteering experiences inside the university and faculty. Also, flexible schedule of lectures makes it possible to combine studies with work” – 4th year Business Administration student Šarūnė Kasperavičiūtė

 

Competencies acquired

  • Study Programme of Business Administration are composed so that a student having successfully accomplished the programme would be able:
  • To demonstrate the knowledge of the fundamental theoretical provisions and concepts of business administration and related areas.
  • To apply knowledge when assessing the main areas of business administration – marketing, finance, human resource, operations management.
  • To apply theoretical innovations and practical achievements, tendencies and peculiarities of modern business environment, as well as different business contexts to the analysis of business administration situations.
  • To investigate business administration problems of different nature applying scientific research methods and methods for determination of research results validity.
  • To assess business administration issues and substantiate their relevance when analysing the impact of the changing business environment factors.
  • To demonstrate skills for the independent analysis of various business administration problems/situations, decision making and implementation, as well as project management.
  • To demonstrate skills of oral and written communication, using professional business (including English) language.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of Business Administration programme will be able:

  • to further study in business administration and management, as well as in economics master study programmes;
  • to work in the marketing, finance, operations, human resource or any other business organization administration units;
  • to take up professional activity of a business administrator, a lower level manager etc. in any state or private manufacturing or service providing business enterprise, especially in small and middle business sector;
  • to start personal business establishing an individual company.

 

5.1.15. Music Production



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

3.5 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

6139 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

6150 €

 

The bachelor programme in Music production is unique in the region. It aims at giving all necessary creative training to contemporary music producers, including everything they need in their successful professional career. Everything you learn is designed to help starting and managing a successful music career. You will create real life projects accommodated and fitted to the on-going possibilities at the university (performing at live events, media compositions, music concerts) and built around student’s needs. The programme is mainly based on practice, thus you will study a wide range of topics – including music composition and musical structure for music production, practical music harmony and melodies, enhancing recording skills in studio and live situations, mixing and mastering techniques, marketing skills – with the ultimate aim to create a successful music portfolio of your own innovative, professional compositions.

On the BA (Hons) Music Production programme, you will have the opportunity to produce your music in 3 professional sound studios equipped up to the industry standard. You will receive training on Logic Studio software, and use Avid Pro Tools, Ableton and Final Cut Pro. Our lecturers have professionally worked in media industry and gained experience abroad. Most of the staff is involved in various activities of creative industries (composers, sound designers, researches, technicians, video artists, producers), so their latest practice can be quickly incorporated into the course.

 

Feedback of lecturers

“World standard music production studies in Lithuania, many years of experience and new opportunities“

Assoc. prof. dr. Tomas Pabedinskas, the head of Contemporary Art Department, faculty of Arts, Vytautas Magnus University

“I believe and hope, that the academic experience will help me to realize and will let me to create the works, which I have been dreaming about for a long time”

Professional singer, the graduate of Music Production programme Martynas Kavaliauskas

 

Competencies acquired

The covered study areas include:

  • Compositional and technical skills
  • Research skills
  • Exploration of the creative uses of sound manipulation
  • Developing knowledge of critical and contextual language in relation to specific areas of music production, DJ practice and live performance
  • Developing and understanding of recording skills
  • Methodology in mixing and mastering
  • Examination of industry marketing strategies and their successful application in your business model
  • Creating your music promotion and marketing strategies
  • Creating a functioning website with an end user in mind

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of Music Production programme will be able:

  • to pursue studies in Master’s programs within VMU or other universities;
  • to become a freelance composer or music producer, sound designer
  • to work as an arranger, orchestrator.
  • to become a recording engineer and work in TV, Radio or Freelance
  • to become a teacher in music production in the academic/ education system
  • to work on other positions in audiovisual media industry with emphasis on sound and music

 

5.2.            Master’s Studies

5.2.1.      Sustainable Energy

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3737 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

4150

 

Learning outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

 

1.      understand technologies of energy conversation and their impact on the environment;

2.      conduct the analysis of energy sources and implementation of renewable energy projects;

3.      analyse and assess renewable energy sources and technologies as well as possibilities of their application in energetics;

4.      investigate the processes of energy exchange, assess their energetic effectiveness and sustainability factors;

5.      analyse and assess the processes of energy conversion using common and renewable energy sources, as well as the reliability of energy production, supply and distribution;

6.      create and improve technologies and processes of energy conversion with the aim to increase energetic effectiveness and reduce negative influence on the environment.

 

5.2.2.      Transport Machinery Engineering

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3737 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

4150

 

 

Learning outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

 

1.      Understand and use the latest technologies in the transport sector,

2.      Identify the transport engineering challenges, make decisions, introduce innovations, supervise other employees,

3.      Analyze performance results, conduct the applied research in the transport engineering field independently and adopt the research-based innovative solutions,

4.      Evaluate alternative solutions and predict social and ethical consequences,

5.      Design and simulate transport machinery systems and assemblies,

6.      Create and improve diagnostic methods and technical maintenance systems of transport means,

7.      Evaluate reliability of the machines.

 

5.2.3. Agricultural Mechanical Engineering

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3737 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

4150

 

The outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

·         Think professionally as they will possess deep theoretical knowledge in fundamentals of mechanical engineering and technology;

·         Plan and conduct experimental research, to analyze and interpret research results, to argue conclusions;

·         analyze and formulate scientific and professional problems, develop new tools (technical, methodological, informational) for the research, studies and innovation in the mechanical engineering sector;

·         Solve specialized complex problems used to base scientific research results, plan, perform and evaluate its results in one of selected fields: mechanical engineering, engineering of transport and power machinery, engineering of agricultural machinery, engineering of stationery production and maintenance technologies.

 

5.2.4. Business Logistics

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

1.5 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

The outcomes of study program

Upon the completion of the study program, graduates will be able to:

  • analyze and critically evaluate business logistic ideas, formulate business management arguments and assumptions, apply them to logistic management;
  • apply existing knowledge of logistics technology management and logistics business development and based on them to develop, adopt and implement innovative business logistics solutions necessary for economic, social and environmental efficiency in changing environment;
  • apply logistics system modelling and design knowledge and based on them to develop business logistic management models, material asset and bio-substance movement in logistics chain, necessary for coordination and improvement of the activities of logistics service sectors;
  • clearly and reasonably convey information about logistics process management and improvement ideas by presenting to stakeholders;
  • take responsibility for the quality and evaluation of the business logistics activities of its own and subordinate employees, in accordance with professional ethics and citizenship;
  • independently initiate and manage business logistics activities, choose the direction of development and train independently;
  • Demonstrate critical, systemic and strategic thinking skills by adopting innovative solutions based on assessment of opportunities and consequences, perceiving moral and social responsibility for their activities and their ethical consequences.

 

5.2.5. Administration of Rural Development

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

The outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

  • apply knowledge in the field of agricultural and rural development policy, concepts and measures of effective public governance;
  • understand links between the strategies, frameworks and implementation plans of public policy;
  • Use comprehensive knowledge of methodology for assessment of agricultural and rural development frameworks and projects, selection the appropriate instruments and models for monitoring rural development policy implementation, preparation and implementation frameworks and projects on development of rural areas.

 

5.2.6. Agri-Food Business Management (Joint study programme)

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2500 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2500

The outcomes of study programme

Upon the completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

  • apply knowledge in the field of economics and business administration;
  • evaluate investments into formation of corporate financial policy;
  • understand the role of innovation and manage and enhance innovation process within their organization;
  • design strategies for improvement of competitive position of their organization on the global marketplace;
  • will be able to demonstrate effective communication and networking skills in modern society;
  • effectively represent organization in business negotiations;
  • demonstrate ethical and socially responsible leadership and management skills in the context of global marketplace, complex organizations and multinational teams;
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills in their career development;
  • Demonstrate initiative and responsibility in planning and decision making process.

 

Study semesters

  • 1 Semester – Tartu (Estonian University of Life Sciences)
  • 2 Semester – Kaunas (Agriculture Academy of Vytautas Magnus University)
  • 3 Semester – Jelgava (Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies)

 

5.2.7. Organizational Psychology

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3737 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

4150

 

The study programme Organizational Psychology is designed to prepare a psychologist capable of applying current knowledge and methods in psychology, research, consultation and counselling skills based on sound scientific and ethical principles that will promote psychosocial well-being and organizational effectiveness within the context of economic and social change.

Upon completion of the programme a student is qualified a Master in Social Sciences, specialising in Organizational Psychology.

 

Competencies acquired

Upon completion of the programme the graduates will have acquired the following competencies:

1.      Describe, critically evaluate and apply modern psychological theories explaining behaviour of an organization, person or group.

2.      Evaluate and analyse psychological aspects and problems of functioning of organizations.

3.      Carry out research on the basis of modern scientific methodology, to interpret the results properly, be able to resent them appropriately, and give recommendations.

4.      Consult organizations on leadership, personnel management, organisation of work, career counselling and promotion of psychological well-being of employees.

5.      Elaborate and improve psychological intervention programmes (personnel education, health maintenance and promotion, team formation, employees’ adaptation and socialization, etc.), provide help in their implementation and be able to evaluate their effectiveness.

6.      Work following Labour Law regulations and principles of professional ethics;

7.      Work individually and in teams, exchange information and professional experience.

 

Career opportunities

Organizational Psychologists will be able to work in diverse organizations, career consultation centres, job centres, and personnel training centres. Also, masters in Psychology degree gives opportunity to pursue Doctoral studies in Psychology or other fields of Social sciences.

 

5.2.8. Diplomacy

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

Objective(s) of the study programme

To prepare professionals with extensive knowledge of international politics, with developed analytical, critical and creative thinking, posessing diplomatic skills necessary for foreign policy making and implementation, including strategic planning, program and project management, communication, negotiation, information gathering and critical analysis, reporting, creative writing, and capacity to evaluate global tendencies and adapt to changing circumstances.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

-          Are you in Vilnius?

-          Do you fancy deep diplomatic knowledge and activities?

-          Wanna hold MA diploma in 3 semesters?

-          Classes provided by university professors and professionals of diplomacy and media

-          Enrollment wouldn’t come amiss

 

Prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas, Head of MA Diplomacy programme

„Masters of Diplomacy (Vilnius) of Vytautas Magnus University is not just an excellent education program providing with opportunities to broaden knowledge and skills much needed in modern days international relations, it does also create a unique opportunity to interact with students from various countries, regions and even continents. It eventually could become a key instrument for your success in building up your future careers“

 

Ambassador Darius Degutis

Diplomacy is art, thus studies in the milieu of liberal arts enables students to properly prepare for diplomacy. Vytautas Magnus University cherishes artes liberales traditions and provides good grounds for studies in the aforementioned field. A small state at the crossroads of European powers is a great place for the start of diplomatic activities. Truly, representation of interests of small states perfects diplomacy into art. “

 

Lecturer Rytis Zemkauskas

„The field of diplomacy goes through unprecedented changes but remains as important as ever in the interconnected and interdependent modern world.

Vytautas Magnus University created a new Diplomacy (Vilnius) programme where experienced lecturers share both their theoretical and practical expertise in the complex field of modern diplomacy. I was happy to be part of the course and I would recommend it to anyone who strives to deepen their understanding of the processes that impact international relations and diplomacy today“

 

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, 2nd year student, member of the Seimas

 

Competencies acquired

Upon completion of the programme, graduates will:

·         Have understanding of the basic processes of World politics, economy, history and law.

·         Understand the principles of organization of the diplomatic service.

·         Be able to apply theories of communication, negotiation, organizational and communication psychology in diplomatic activities.

·         Be able to analyze Global order, and to apply the most effective models of diplomatic practices on the organizational, societal, national or international levels.

·         Be able to analyze diplomacy as an institution of international relations and an essential social practice.

·         Be able to plan political strategy and manage public programs and projects.

·         Be able to communicate in groups of different competences and cultures, to work in a team within or outside organizations.

·         Be able to adapt one’s experience in the changing social circumstances and in different cultural environments.

·         Obtain interdisciplinary thinking and high professional culture, ability to learn independently.

 

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Programme, graduates will have an opportunity to take up professional positions in diplomatic and civil service, secretariats, delegations and missions of International organizations and NGO’s, companies of private sector where competencies, related to communication, strategic and policy planning, project management are needed. They will also be able to perform analytical work at consultancies and think tanks.

 

5.2.9. Performing Arts

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

7281 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

7300

 

The content of the programme adequately corresponds the most recent advances in science, art and technology. Students are acquainted with the theory and practice of creative activities, improvisation, artistic project management, art marketing, and research methodology. Students are free to choose composers from various eras (including the latest) and nationalities for their final examinations and the final project. Graduate students are encouraged to pursue the most modern forms of performance, which helps them integrate into and position themselves within the context of the contemporary art scene.

It must be also noted that master classes are led by the most regarded virtuosos in their fields and numerous visiting professors. It truly improves the students’ familiarity with the latest and the most unique artistic developments.

The lecturing pedagogues are active and acknowledged artists with national and international acclaim. They are members of various associations and bring a high level of competence. The professional competence is an important factor in fulfilling the purpose of the programme. Some of the lecturers belong to international organizations which are related to their professional or organizational activities.

Specializations: Accordion, Jazz-Singing, Piano, Piano – Accompaniment, Scenic Genres Singing, String Instruments (Violin, Guitar), Chamber – String Instrument (Violin, Guitar), Chamber – Winds Instrument (Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet), Wind Instrument (Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet).

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University is a full-fledged member of the European Association of conservatoires, is active in other international organizations. Music Academy degree programmes are accredited by international experts. Our students are employed in Lithuania and the European Union concert organizations”.

 

Doc. Dr. Saulius Gerulis, dean of Music Academy

 

Competencies acquired

  • Analyze and evaluate artistic and creative processes and the developing areas of music (creation, comprehension, usage and spread) as a part of culture.
  • Prepare an artistic performance by making use of a provided repertoire.
  • Perform different styles, genres and forms of music while displaying one’s own individuality along with the composer’s.
  • Perform in various cultural and social environments and projects.
  • Compare performances of different artists and compositions, recognize, analyse and compare elements of music from different eras and genres.
  • Be able to present the relevant details of a composition’s historical context to the listeners and other performers.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in the following professional fields of work:

  • Play; sing in ensembles, musical collectives.
  • Perform roles, play in an orchestra or sing in a choir at various theatres.
  • Establish their own ensembles, musical collectives.
  • Pursue personal pedagogical practice of preparing.
  • Pursue personal pedagogical practice of teaching adults who want to learn an instrument or improve their vocal skills.
  • Pursue a solo career.
  • Take part in musical projects.
  • Continue studying at the doctoral level.
  • Write educational or professional papers for websites and musical journals.

 

5.2.10. Social Work

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

Programme purpose

The purpose of social work master’s study programme is to prepare high qualification social work capable to innovatively and ethically act in various professional and academic fields of social work requiring theories substantiated by international researches evidence and innovative practice methods of social work together with understanding and assessment of interventions in various professional contexts, initiation and implementation of social work researches, and influence of innovative social programmes, creation of services and influencing social policy for promoting greater social justice and meeting human rights. Graduates are awarded with a Master’s degree of Social work.

 

Study outcomes

Upon completion of the programme the students will have acquired the following competencies:

  1. Systemize theoretical approaches about changes and perspectives of social work theories paying a special attention to critical and social constructionism paradigms substantiating application of innovative social work practice methods and interventions in professional contexts and creation of new social services and programmes.
  2. Design and conduct applied and comparative researches of social work practice and its context using quantitative and qualitative research methodologies for substantiating solutions with arguments and making assumptions for installation of innovations and its control in micro, mezzo, and macro levels for an implementation of human rights and social justice.
  3. Establish the suitability / appropriateness and effectiveness of intervention, developing ethical changes enabling social worker and client interactions, using specialized methods of work with individuals, families, and/or groups in unpredictable, complex situations with consideration to resources and opportunities.
  4. Initiate the creation and development of innovative social services projects, programmes and/or organizations integrating enabling innovative principles and methods of organizations control and interdisciplinary collaboration, foreseeing/using local, national and international financial, human and structural resources.
  5. Summarize analysis outcomes of policy, resource and social structure links preparing recommendations for social policy improvement, social services and sustainable social development in the aspect of comparative social policy.
  6. Substantiate human rights standards and importance of social work values for development empowering social services innovations.
  7. Associate and convincingly convey professional information communicating and collaborating with social work specialists, recipients and other professions representatives ethically influencing and responsibly presenting relevant questions of social work professional and academic fields.
  8. Critically assess one’s and others further individual learning and application of innovative social work professional knowledge together with practical and research methods, reflecting professional and learning experience and its impact to social welfare.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of Social work Master’s programme organize and manage social work activity, do social work researches, implement prevention programmes, administrate, prepare and are working on national and international projects and programmes, initiate new social services, participate in preparation and qualification programmes of social workers, design, implement and assess intervention processes, working with individuals, families, groups or society in these fields:

  • Social Security and Work Department and its subdivisions; in social assistance departments of municipalities, stationary and non-stationary institutions of social services (centres of social services, foster homes, specialized foster institutions, day and society centres, etc.);
  • Educational institutions: universities, non-university higher education institutions, vocational education and other institutions;
  • Healthcare system institutions: individual’s primary, secondary and tertiary level (including mental health) healthcare in ambulatory and stationary institutions, Centres for Addictive Disorders and public healthcare institutions;
  • Judiciary institutions: institutions controlled by prison department;
  • National and international non-governmental organizations.

 

Graduates of Social work Master’s continue their doctoral studies of social work, sociology, education and other social science programmes of doctoral studies in Lithuania and foreign universities.

 

Final evaluation

In the end of the studies students have to prepare and to defend their MA Thesis.

 

Complementary studies

Complementary studies programme consists of the subjects from Bachelor social work study programme. Volume of the complementary programme is individualized and depends on the volume and structure of graduated programme by the candidate and his/her practical experience.

 

5.2.11. Journalism and Media Industries

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

The graduate program in Journalism and Media Industries aims at training and educating experienced and knowledgeable media professionals open to societal changes, professional challenges and innovations, possessing journalistic knowledge and expertise not only to adequately respond to various societal needs, but also to critically analyze the impact of media in the country’s public life, and to initiate new and innovative communications services, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and multi-media projects.

Study subjects taught in the program cover a variety of issues in the field of journalism and media studies, predominantly those related to social and media changes, globally and contextually focused innovations. The study program also includes compulsory Internship course (organized during Summer semester), which is aimed to provide students with an opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice and gain on-the-job training in the field of journalism.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“I will never get tired to say how great was my study experience at VMU. Besides giving me a lot in terms of knowledge, it also allowed me to live in an extremely cozy environment, meeting new international friends and having the chance to get valuable feedback and personal suggestions from a greatly skilled teachers and professors. Undoubtedly my study period at VMU enriched me a lot and gave me additional international experience that will always be useful for any kind of future choice. “

 

Alessandro Poroli graduated in 2014, now enrolled in PhD studies in Honkong

 

Competencies acquired

Program graduates will acquire qualifications and a great diversity of skills and detailed professional competences ranging from the most general related to the comprehension of societal process to the most specific and subject (journalism and media) focused. Program alumni will be qualified to work in media and communications organizations, research and training institutions, media monitoring bureaus and market research companies. The Master’s Program in Journalism and Media Industries qualifies for further studies, including PhD programs.

 

Career opportunities

Program alumni will be qualified to work in media and communications organizations, research and training institutions, media monitoring bureaus and market research companies. The Master’s Program in Journalism and Media Industries qualifies for further studies, including PhD programs.

 

5.2.12. Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism (Joint study programme)

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3317 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2500

 

“Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism” (SoMu) is an international joint-degree study programme offered by Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Kaunas, Johannes-Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz, Germany, Stockholm University (SU), Sweden, and the University of Tartu (UT), Estonia. During their four-semester studies, students study in three different universities: the first semester is taught in Kaunas, the second in Mainz; for the third semester students choose between Stockholm and Tartu; and the fourth semester students stay at the university of the main supervisor of their MA thesis.

The programme is meant for students, who are interested in the role of language in society. With its geographical focus on the entire Baltic-Sea region, the programme is unique amongst all sociolinguistic MA programmes in Europe in the width of languages and societies covered in it. The language of instruction is English.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“SoMu has been for me a physical and intellectual journey made of inspiring encounters and stimulating academic growth, all in an enriching intercultural atmosphere. It is a life-changing experience that I would definitely recommend to those students interested in embarking this challenging, but wonderful journey.” Arianna Grasso, 2nd year student

 

“SoMu was a great experience I wouldn’t want to miss because I learnt a lot: not only about language policies, the history of the Baltic states, linguistic minorities, Lithuanian as a foreign language, and lots of other academic things, but also many things for life.”Frederik Bissinger, SoMu graduate (currently a PhD student at Stockholm University and JGU-Mainz)

 

“This international programme can be best described in one word ‘variation’. In SoMu you can both investigate and experience linguistic and cross-cultural variation by studying in a highly diverse international group of students, by learning several new languages, by exploring language use in society, and by moving from university to university in different countries. Worth taking the opportunity!” Prof. Jūratė Ruzaitė, coordinator of SoMu at VMU

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates of the programme obtain the following skills:

  • Critical and self-critical thinking;
  • Cooperation, interpersonal, as well as cross-cultural communication skills;
  • General and specific sociolinguistic knowledge, especially regarding multilingualism;
  • Knowledge of the general (socio-)historical context and the ability to locate sociolinguistic research and debate in general and European and Baltic-Sea region research;
  • Awareness of present societal, cultural and linguistic settings;
  • Professional working competence in English; knowledge of lesser-used and taught languages;
  • Interdisciplinary methodological skills.

 

 

Career opportunities

The graduates of the programme can expect to find employment in the following fields:

  • Academic sphere, e.g., research tasks and/or doctoral studies in sociolinguistics, cross-cultural communication, identity, multilingualism, regionalism, etc.;
  • Counselling on multilingualism issues at political and cultural institutions, including the EU institutions;
  • Counselling and teaching on multilingualism issues in educational institutions of all levels;
  • Counselling business and finance organizations in issues involving multilingualism and regional and economic cooperation;
  • Various international, national and regional public and private sector institutions and projects concerned with multilingualism, language planning and policy;
  • Mass media (with additional qualifications), e.g. in fields such as political journalism.

 

5.2.12. East Asia Region Studies

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

The postgraduate programme of East Asia Region Studies (EARS) is the first and only graduate programme in Lithuania and Baltic States that offers English courses in the field of East Asian contemporary politics and society. The programme is mainly concentrated on modern political, economic, social and cultural issues of East Asian countries, i.e. Korea, Japan and China, but also provides possibility for students to study region’s history, traditions and religions. The best and most motivated students will be encouraged to study at least one semester abroad at one of VMU’s partner universities in East Asia.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“This programme is especially good for people who come from various backgrounds. You have the freedom within the programme to study various topics about East Asia by using a kaleidoscope of approaches that engage students in a rigorous way. Also, the programme provides plenty of opportunities for exchanges – not only to study in countries of the region but also meet guests and speakers who come our way“.


Assoc. Prof. J. D. Mininger

 

Competencies acquired

  • Knowledge of contemporary politics, economics and society of China, Japan and Korea.
  • Ability to critically analyse East Asian and international political and economic processes.
  • Understanding of changes and development trends of East Asian countries.
  • Effective communication skills across East Asian cultures and audiences at a personal and professional level.
  • Ability to use research, communication and evaluation methods and tools in educational, informational, consultation and other activities.

 

Career opportunities

Master’s degree program in East Asia Region Studies is aimed at preparing qualified specialists to work in diplomatic structures, governmental and non-governmental institutions, business organizations, academic institutions, as well as European and East Asian diplomatic institutions that have demand for East Asian region experts. Graduates of the program possess adequate knowledge of East Asian region’s political, economic, cultural processes in the context of globalization, are able to recognize specific characteristics of the region, to analyse global events and apply this experience to Lithuania, as well as have knowledge of communicational characteristics of the region.

Graduates of East Asia Region Studies program have a possibility to continue their studies at PhD level in the field of political science, as well as in other PhD programs within the area of social science in national and international institutions.

                            

5.2.13. Sports Business MBA

 

Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

1.5 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

6000 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

6000

 

Would you like to be a stakeholder in the sports world? Would you like to enrich your knowledge? Would you like to change your career? Sports Business MBA by EB Institute equips students with advanced professional knowledge and skills in the field of sports business management.

Taught jointly by Euroleague Basketball Institute and Vytautas Magnus University, it is truly international educational project, benefiting from an extensive global network of academicians, industry leaders, experts and social partners for contemporary sports business and world-class online learning opportunities.

During three 20 week semesters spread over 15 months students will complete 90 ECTS credits.

Students will obtain both a systemic understanding and working knowledge of all major areas of sports business and management: Marketing, Finance, Media and Communication, Law, Strategy and Economics. Students will complete an Internship and Term paper where they will apply the knowledge obtained in a sports business context.

Students will bring their studies to an end by preparing an MBA Thesis adopting modern research methods to solve practical problems in the sports business.

Provision of information will be given using visual aids, case-based lectures, explanation of practical examples and issues, explanation of video examples, formulation and explanation of practical tasks, moderation of discussion, consulting independent work: search for and analysis of information presented in educational literature, periodicals, etc., case analysis preparation and performance of practical tasks.

The first session is being held at the Euroleague Basketball Headquarters in Barcelona. The second session is being held in Vytautas Magnus University and plus on-site visit at Žalgiris Kaunas. The third session is being held in the host city of Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four. The fourth session is being held again in Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

 

 

“VMU has always been a globally focused university and we are very glad that this has been recognised and appreciated by Euroleague Basketball, Europe’s top-level basketball competition organiser“

 

Prof. dr. Juozas Augutis, the rector of Vytautas Magnus University

 

Competencies acquired

Upon completion of the programme, graduates will:

  • understand the principles and structures of different sports business systems and can make effective decisions in diverse organizational contexts
  • Understand the specifics of sports marketing and communication and be able to adopt adequate strategies and instruments both in traditional and digital media environments.
  • Understand the diversity of legal entities, contracts, tax provisions, dispute settlement, and instruments for legal protection available to sports organizations.
  • Understand the economic rationale behind the functioning of diverse sports business systems, analyse financial data and streams, and make financially informed business decisions.
  • Have a systemic understanding of different management aspects of sports organizations.
  • Formulate and implement business development strategies of sports organizations by adopting innovative business models and mobilising the important stakeholder groups.
  • Professionally debate and work in team, co-operate in project teams, to manage them, to make decisions and to take responsibility for results.
  • To provide systemic, creative and critical solutions to complex management problems based on the norms of ethics and social responsibility.

 

Career opportunities

The study programme qualifies students for a wide scope of positions in the sports organizations, ranging from management of professional clubs, businesses in sports-related industries to managing professional sports associations and other system-level bodies (e.g. federations, sports leagues and competitions in private, governmental, and NGOs sectors: manage business companies in middle and higher level; take positions of management in sports federations and associations, in professional and nonprofessional sports clubs, in advertising and other project management; work as sporting goods and service sales manager; as business analyst in certain sports sectors; as business process analyst; as sports services manager / agent; as sports organizations representative of public relations; as sports journalist; as sports sponsorship; as ERP consultant.

 

5.2.14. Marketing and International Commerce



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

The goal of the Programme is to prepare marketing and international commerce specialists of high qualification who, having mastered the most recent marketing theories and methods, are able to analyze tendencies and changes in the market independently, follow and evaluate scientific innovations, as well as apply the knowledge for the development of organization marketing management.

Masters in Marketing degree can help students develop and update the advanced knowledge, skills and strategic and industry awareness they need to take the next step towards a future marketing career.

Exceptional feature of Marketing and International Commerce programme is that Faculty of Economics and Management gives an opportunity for master students to get two independent diplomas in this study programme. There was an agreement signed for Joint Master programme (double diploma) between Vytautas Magnus University and Catholic University of Louvain. Students will follow a defined programme, which fulfils the academic requirements for the Master degree.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“Double diploma studies allow to get better perception about other countries’ problems. It becomes a great opportunity to see team work between different country students. After master’s double diploma studies, students are able to adapt knowledge much easier to the constantly changing environmental, work between multinational companies and see how cultural differences might affect organization’s atmosphere”.

 

Džiugas Patruškevičius, the graduate of the programme.

 

From a student’s perspective

 

Alla Tytarenko (1st year student, Ukraine)

I have chosen Marketing and International Commerce program, because it has a good combination of subjects that are necessary to become a marketing professional. Besides, obtaining systematic knowledge for my future career, it also gives me great amount of cross-cultural communication in international environment

 

Competencies acquired

Student having successfully accomplished the programme would be able:

  • Apply the modern / current scientific theories of marketing and international commerce, methods and technologies.
  • Evaluate and adapt the current knowledge of marketing and other areas close to it.
  • Independently perform marketing research using modern analytical methods, evaluate the results of the impact of marketing and commercial decisions, and discover new facts.
  • Solve the problems of marketing and commerce in new, constantly changing marketing environment and in the broader contexts.
  • Create and realise marketing strategies and individual processes and to provide consultations on issues relating to those activities.

 

Career opportunities

With a Masters in Marketing you will be able to pursue many different career options, from academia to business. The specialisation is aimed at students that want to lead and make decisions in the marketing department of a firm or organisation, including positions such as product manager, brand manager, marketing analytic or head of marketing department. The profile will also fit those who would like to work in consultancy firms, larger organizations, governmental and non-governmental departments and authorities.

 

5.2.15. International Economics



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

Graduates of this programme are qualified experts of international economics who would be knowledgeable in the field and able to conduct scientific research at micro or macro levels, considering it in international and global contexts. Graduates of the programme will possess the necessary skills for assessing and formulating international economic policies, conducting scientific economic analysis, employing appropriate methods and techniques for prediction and implementation of economic strategies at organizational and national levels, etc.

Students admitted to the programme have a possibility to study for the Double Diploma with the leading Business Schools from CEEMS network: University of Trento in Italy and University of Aveiro in Portugal.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

From a student’s perspective

 

Tamta Kakauridze (1st year student, Azerbaijan)

In International Economics programme I get knowledge – qualified and motivated teachers are always ready to help students and provide them information. Also, there is many opportunities – visiting companies, guest lectures, various projects. And of course I make many friends here – I meet many international students in VMU and that is just awesome.

 

 

Competencies acquired

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of international economics theory and processes; to analyze and critically evaluate economic theory, new findings and the impact of global environment on economic systems; develop and apply original ideas for research.
  • Apply knowledge of international economy, solve problems in an uncertain environment.
  • Apply methods of modern economic analysis, employ techniques of quantitative, statistical and experimental analysis for policy evaluation in international context.
  • Integrate knowledge for solving multifaceted problems on national and international level undertaking socially responsible decisions.
  • Present summarized data, findings, and conclusions of the research to professional and nonprofessional audience.
  • Be continuously engaged in the study process.

 

Career opportunities

With this degree on résumé, graduates will be able to work as professional economists in international companies, agencies, governmental institutions and the private sector. They can work in international organizations and other structures. They may also choose to pursue a PhD in Economics, to work as the teachers of the Economics in schools and universities.

 

5.2.16. Finance



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

Master degree study programme of Finance was introduced in September 1993. The developed study programme was based on curriculum benchmarking through networking with foreign universities (e.g. from USA, Denmark) and the best practices. The peculiarities of the Finance  programme at VMU are built on broad theoretical foundation in economics and finance, and specializing study subjects by different knowledge areas; rich menu of elective study subjects offered from Programmes in economics, management and business administration, as well as other social sciences offered at VMU; strong international context of contents of study subjects, reflecting integration of financial intermediaries and markets into international organizations; continuing curriculum development, taking into account dynamics of business and financial environment, and demand for new knowledge and competencies in finance.  Since 2013 – 2014 academic year the programme is taught entirely in English.

The purpose of the programme is to train qualified specialists in finance, who have assimilated modern theories and methods in financial management, have systematic approach to macroeconomic processes and financial management at micro level, are able to analyze and to evaluate critically the processes on-going in the financial system and in business structures, to keep abreast of scientific and practical innovations in the finance field and to apply them in the professional activities.

Students admitted to the programme have a possibility to study for the Double Diploma with the leading Business Schools from CEEMS network: Louvain School of Management at Louvain Catholic University, Belgium and Norway School of Economics in Bergen.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

 

From a student’s perspective

Agnė Galinskaitė (1st year student, Lithuania)

I study Finance, because it is very interesting, useful and perspective studies. Lecturers in Faculty of Economics and Management are real professionals with many experience in their field.

At the moment I prepare my second scientific article and preparing for Double diploma studies in NHH (Norway).

 

 

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates of the programme obtain the following competencies:

  • Have assimilated modern financial theories and methods,
  • Have systematic understanding and critical approach towards both national and global macroeconomic and business processes;
  • Have skills to identify and to apply analytical financial tools and methods for complex decision making for the financial and real business structures;
  • Are able to keep abreast of scientific and practical innovations in the finance field and to perform independent research applying different research methods for the analysis of real world financial problems under growing uncertainty;
  • Are capable to apply the acquired competences and skills in the professional activity at the intersection of financial system and businesses;
  • Have skills to work and to communicate efficiently in the team and in the cross-cultural environment;
  • Have skills of critical, creative, socially responsible, ethical thinking and activity.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Finance programme will be able to work as financial specialists in the firms with different business profile, in banks and other financial institutions; financial consultants in audit, business consultancy firms; financial specialists, advisors, experts in government and municipality institutions; instructors, lecturers in finance in education institutions. Graduates of Finance programme may continue studies in PhD studies in economics or management.

 

5.2.17. Social Anthropology



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

This Programme offers an intensive introduction to contemporary anthropology. As societies around the world vary enormously in their social, cultural and political forms, the Master of Social Anthropology Programme is designed to study these variations and the common humanity contained therein. Such topics as transnational mobility, debated cultural practices of inclusion and exclusion as well as the transformation of the state are especially articulated in the Programme. It also provides the students with a thorough theoretical and methodological grounding, essential for attaining non-judgmental understanding and appreciation of the diversity of other cultures, significance of cross-cultural perspectives and intercultural understanding. The Programme combines classroom and experiential field-based learning activities as appropriate for each student’s career plans. It teaches students how to carry out independent scientific research and conduct ethnographic fieldwork.

Due to international cooperation between Vytautas Magbnus University and Southern Illinois University (USA) Social Anthropology students have the opportunity to receive Southern Illinois University’s Certificate in Intercultural Understanding. For that the successful completion of 18 ECTS three courses held by visiting anthropology professors from Southern Illinois University and other universities is required.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“The Social Anthropology Master’s program at Vytautas Magnus University is a very supportive atmosphere for academic inquiry and research. Because of its high student to faculty ratio and wide array of course offerings, the programme allows you to work closely with your professors to carefully craft the course of study that you wish to follow within the discipline. International guest lecturers and researchers also gave the programme a truly international flair. My professors were available to meet one on one, and were always ready to give extra support and insight into projects and research. As an international student, the study programme itself gave a wonderful framework for understanding my daily life in Lithuania. I chose to pursue my Masters’ Degree abroad in order to be in the field both in an out of the classroom. I believe that I made the right choice attending VMU, and am happy for the tools it gave me to help pursue my professional career”.


Will Gordon, Graduate of Social Anthropology programme from USA

 

Competencies acquired

MA in Social Anthropology provides students with these skills:

  • Cultural understanding and tolerance;
  • Creative and analytical thinking which leads to design a research project, write a grant proposal, conduct an independent field research based research;
  • Be able to analyze and interpret fieldwork data in order to solve problems which emerge out of global contemporary socio-cultural processes;
  • To act as mediator for socio-culturally different and / or conflicting interest groups in order to enhance the solving of existing cultural conflicts.

 

Career opportunities

Social Anthropology programme is primarily geared towards the students who plan to continue their studies after, those who seek career advancement in either private or public sectors in human resource development, international business, cultural resource management or work within various organizations as well as international, state and local governmental agencies etc.

 

Career opportunities for graduates include, but are not limited to:

  • Anthropological consultant to international (cultural, educational, public health, defence) organizations and nongovernmental agencies;
  • Migration, refugee and ethnic minority analyst;
  • Cultural sustainability analyst;
  • Urban and rural development advisor;
  • Cultural and human resource development analyst;
  • Trainer in intercultural communication;
  • Project planner and manager;
  • Public policy researcher;
  • Public opinion poll and market researcher.

 

5.2.18. Educational Management



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3737 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

4150

 

The study programme Educational Management responds to the demands of the contemporary educational systems and therefore is popular among the applicants. The study programme aims to prepare educational managers for different types of organisations involved in learning and teaching activities. The complexity of the programme learning outcomes leads our future graduates to the career of an educator, an educational manager, a human resources developer.

Students will have a great opportunity to experience a blended learning method, which will develop their competence in technology enhanced and self-directed learning.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

I’m proud to be graduate of study programme Educational Management. I have worked as a consultant in NGO. Now I am a career consultant in Kaunas Jesuit Gymnasium.

 

Aiste Bertasiene, the graduate

 

The programme is for students who see themselves as the future leaders of educational organisations.

Assoc. Prof. Lina Kaminskiene

 

Why do I advice this program for other students?

– The ME program provides a comprehensive image of educational management from economical, sociological, psychological and philosophical points of view.

– You can see broader picture getting both special and universal knowledge and apply it within different working fields – education or business.

– Democratic mode of teaching and development of creative, pragmatic thinking, even on the exams.

– Friendly atmosphere and freedom of choice.

Tetiana Ponomarenko, the graduate

 

Competencies acquired

Upon graduation of the study programme Educational Management you will be able to work in:

  • Public educational institutions and private organisations providing education services;
  • Education governance institutions;
  • Human resource departments of enterprises and business organisations;
  • Non-governmental organisations working in the field of education;
  • To continue with the doctoral studies.

 

Career opportunities

Upon graduation from the study program Educational Management graduates will be able to work and study in:

  • Public educational institutions and private organisations providing education services;
  • Education governance institutions;
  • Human resource departments of enterprises and business organisations;
  • Non-governmental organisations working in the field of education;
  • To continue with the doctoral studies.

 

5.2.19. Applied Sociology



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

The programme of Applied Sociology is designed to prepare specialists capable of originally and independently analysing peculiarities and problems of the functioning of society at its various levels. Graduates will also be able to prepare and complete research projects on social problems, to define solutions for social problems and to implement them by applying contemporary sociological theories and methods. After completion of the programme of Applied Sociology, the master degree in sociology is granted.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

Our main potential is based on the premise that research should serve community needs using the effective combination of sociological insight and methodological grounding. Our wish students would become effective practitioners in the field which requires complex understanding of social problems”.

Dr. Jurga Bučaitė-Vilkė, head of the programme

 

Our students are encouraged to thoroughly examine and evaluate social processes and changes. This is a very challenging but promising task crucial for the betterment of our society”.

Prof. Artūras Tereškinas, teacher of the program, winner of National Science Award in 2015.

 

Our students learn how individuals’ behave and interact in different size groups, starting from small tiny family groups and finishing with large groups like religious communities or organizations. My focus is to analyze how one’s position in the larger society shapes his or her life chances and daily practices”.

Dr. Milda Ališauskienė, teacher of the program, President of Lithuanian Sociological Association and a member of Executive Board of International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR).

 

Competencies acquired

  • Competence to apply sociological theoretical models for the analysis of peculiarities of the functioning and development of society;
  • Competence to identify social problems within various social institutions – economics, politics, family, law, education, religion, medicine (i.e. macro level) and at the level of individual relations (i.e. micro level);
  • Competence to analyse social problems from the perspective of local and global processes;
  • Competence to prepare and implement research projects on social problems;
  • Competence to conduct empirical research by applying quantitative and qualitative methods of social research;
  • Competence to process research data with the data analysis software;
  • Competence to analyse and interpret the data of sociological research and prepare research reports;
  • Competence to define solutions for social problems and possibilities to implement these solutions;
  • Competence to consult governmental, non-governmental and private organizations about the development of human resources, organizational culture, communication and interest coordination between various minority groups and to evaluate the intellectual and social resources of these organisations;
  • Competence to clearly and non-ambiguously provide logical and knowledgeable conclusions for the audiences of specialists and non-specialists.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of Applied Sociology programme will be able to work:

  • in social research centres, public opinion and market research institutions, and public administration;
  • organisational work in private and public institutions and non-governmental organizations;
  • in science and education institutions;
  • in advertising and public relations agencies;
  • in various spheres of media;
  • in cultural institutions;
  • in international organizations and foundations for development, public health, tourism and recreation, and humanitarian aid;

 

Graduates of Applied Sociology may continue studies in PhD studies in sociology.

 

5.2.20. Environmental Management



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3737 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

4150

 

The aim of this Programme is to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge and skills necessary for a qualified environmental professional to carry out a modern scientific research on anthropogenic environmental and climate changes and their impact on the wildlife and human health, analyse and summarise results about the state and changes in the natural environment, and make decisions, solving complex environmental problems according to the sustainability principle.

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates of the programme will be able:

  • Analyse complex environmental problems by determining their causal factors, interactions and integrating interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Assess the complex impact of environmental and climatic factors on wildlife and human health by means of formulating scientific hypotheses, research aims and objectives, and selecting efficient research methods.
  • Formulate scientific conclusions based on systematised environmental research findings and comprehensive statistical analysis of parametric and spatial data.
  • Assess environmental and human health risk, suggesting preventive risk mitigation measures.
  • Make knowledge and best practices based and optimal from the point of sustainability and Green economy environmental management decisions

 

Career opportunities

The programme provides graduates with several general areas:

  • Work as senior specialists at the Departments and Agencies of Environmental Ministry,
  • Work as senior environmental specialists at the Environmental divisions of Municipalities, Service of Protected areas, Consulting companies, Agencies for management of the EU Environmental support and private Environmental firms
  • Can continue their studies in the environment related PhD programmes.

 

5.2.21. Applied Biotechnology



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3737 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

4150

 

The aim of the Applied Biotechnology study program is to – prepare specialists with high quality and up-to-date training in a highly interdisciplinary field of Applied biotechnology with a focus (specializations) on Plant (Horticulture, Agriculture and Forest) Biotechnology and Innovative Bioelectrotechnologies, who would be able developing new products and technologies, work in positions with high levels of responsibility in research and educational institutions and industry, related to biotechnology, biomedicine, and food industry, as well as pursue their studies at the doctoral level.

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates of the programme will be able:

  • Demonstrate ability to work as an individual and as a member of a team in the laboratory or the company and the ability to lead the team.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively on biotechnology projects involving typical business timelines.
  • Demonstrate ability to use innovative approaches in solving biotechnological problems and the implementation of solutions.
  • Apply molecular, celular, biotechnological methods needed to carry out projects in plant and forest biotechnology or innovative bioelectrotechnologies.
  • Demonstrate ability and skills of experimental work with biologically active and labile substances – proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, safe handling of chemicals and instruments, skills of standard laboratory procedures.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan and conduct analytical, simulation and experimental research on analyzing or solving a particular biotechnology problem.
  • Demonstrate and categorize molecular, cellular and biotechnological knowledge to design biotechnological systems, processes, and their elements.
  • Demonstrate and operate of the core principles, methods and methodologies underlying current biotechnological research.
  • Distinguish and analyze principles and problems of plant, forest, agriculture or bioelectrotechnologies and be able to use this knowledge in research and development work.

 

Career opportunities

The programme provides graduates with several general areas :

  • Biomedical Equipment Technician
  • Biomedical Instrumentation Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Forensic Technician
  • Laboratory Aide
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Appliance Technician
  • Manufacturing Representative
  • Medical Technologist
  • Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Pharmacy Aide
  • Product Promoter
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Radiological Technician
  • Research Manager

 

5.2.22. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

3737 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

4150

 

The Molecular Biology and Biotechnology programme connects fundamental research with its applications and integrates genetics, gene technology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, systems biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics.

The programme focuses to provide all necessary knowledge needed to promote broad range expertise, erudition, and intellectual sense of satisfaction during studies, practice and work. During this program, you acquire in-depth knowledge and skills via theoretical and practical training.

You become highly competent in the field of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, with excellent perspectives for an independent career in an academic or industrial research environment.

 

Feedback of lecturer and students

“Molecular biology and biotechnology open for students doors to most recent inventions of modern bioscience”.

Prof. Algimantas Paulauskas, Head of the programme

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates of the programme will be able:

  • To analyze molecular diversity, structure, composition, to characterize biological systems, their functioning and interaction: genomics, proteomics, metabolomics;
  • To understand principles of immune and other systems, their structures, integration with other vital systems of biological objects;
  • To work with living cells, organisms, populations. To evaluate processes taking place inside of the cell, work with cell cultures under laboratory conditions, to apply obtained results for modeling of biological systems, to evaluate intercellular interconnections, relations between single individuals and populations;
  • To comprehend evolution of biological objects, lows in heredity and variability, features and molecular principles of congenital diseases, and to know how to apply them for investigation of biological diversity, structure of living organisms, functioning and evolution;
  • According to collected data and molecular analysis to evaluate population’s structures, environmental impact on populations, interrelations between populations and individual species;
  • To apply modern investigation methods, to work according principles of good laboratory practice, rules of bioethics, to collect, process, preserve and prepare research material under laboratory and field conditions;
  • To apply acquired knowledge to solve emerging problems, to recognize, analyze biological problems, to plan strategies to solve these problems, to plan and carry out various measurements, process and interpret biological data, to classify and present these data;
  • To solve qualitative and quantitative problems by using acquired mathematical and computational skills and special computer software, DNA gene base;
  • To use creatively bio-information technologies for analysis, digital description and simulation of biological objects, to use biological databases, to systematize the collected information.

 

Career opportunities

The programme  provides graduates with several general areas :

  • Companies related to molecular biology, biotechnology, biopharmaceutics and food industry;
  • Regulatory and monitoring agencies in the different departments of the national government.
  • R&D (research and development) and quality control departments of companies operating in the sectors of medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, cosmetics, agriculture, food and biotechnology as well as hospitals, private laboratories and in vitro fertilization (test tube baby) centers.
  • Research and study organizations dealing with various activities related to molecular biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, biopharmaceutics, and environment preservation.
  • International companies dealing with the design and production of equipments used in the field of molecular biology and genetics or medicine.
  • Study opportunities at PhD Degree level:
  • Biology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Biochemistry, and other PhD programmes related to biotechnological and biomedical sciences.

 

5.2.23. Diplomacy and International Relations



Application deadline

1 July

Start date

1 Sep

Study duration full-time

2 years

Tuition fee for EU citizens

2608 €

Tuition fee for Non-EU citizens

2900

 

The goal of the graduate programme of Diplomacy and International Relations is to prepare highly qualified specialists and analysts who will possess the skills to analyse and to evaluate the evolution of international relations, including the major changes and events in this field and the reasons for these changes. Graduates of this programme will be able to identify and reconcile ever-changing norms, roles and the types of practical diplomacy used in international relations. The programme of Diplomacy and International Relations will develop students’ skills to gather, update and to apply the newest scientific knowledge.  Upon completion of the programme, a Master’s degree in Social Sciences is granted.

 

Feedback of lecturers and students

“I couldn’t expect my experience at VMU to be any better: the learning environment is welcoming and challenging; professors are prepared, willing to help and always available for students; the staff is really helpful for any issue (as a foreign student, I’d like to mention in particular the International Office, they are always there for any need).

 

I would definitely suggest anyone who is considering to start or to further his/her studies to go on with VMU“.

DavideCalzoni, 2nd year student from Italy

 

“Being a master student of “Diplomacy and International Relations”, I was given comprehensively competitive education. I can state that programme methodology and outcomes are directly proportional. The programme gives opportunity to gain theoretical and practical experience, as well as analytical skills to quantify the main challenges in international relations. What is more, precisely, I have enjoyed all courses through the whole curriculum”.

Daviti Mtchedlishvili, alumni from Georgia, PhD researcher in New Zealand

 

“I have studied Diplomacy and International Relations programme at Vytautas Magnus University in the year 2013-2015 and can attest to the fact that it helped to broaden my mind in various ways. First of all, a good quality of studies was noticeable. Lectures were interesting, intensive and professors together with administrative staff motivated us to seek great academic achievements. A fact that we had a chance to learn French (a working language of diplomats) as part of our programme is worth mentioning. I especially appreciate the opportunities provided by the university for student mobility – both for studies abroad and for gaining practical skills. I spent one semester in the University of Glasgow for Erasmus+ exchange and last semester did internship in the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Holy See and Maltese Order. The faculty was flexible and allowed me to write Master’s thesis while being abroad. It definitely has been a great and enriching experience for me. So for all those, who are willing to develop themselves particularly in the field of international relations, I highly recommend this study programme, faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy and Vytautas Magnus University”.

Gediminas Laskauskas, alumni from Lithuania

 

Competencies acquired

Graduates of the programme obtain the following skills:

  • To conduct theoretical analyses of significant problems in the field of international relations and diplomacy;
  • To be prepared to perform practical work in the field of international relations and diplomacy using gained theoretical background;
  • The ability to independently identify and analyse the main challenges in the practical sphere of international relations and diplomacy;
  • To be prepared to conduct theoretical analyses of significant problems in the field of international relations and diplomacy;
  • To be able to evaluate fast-changing social practices and to flexibly apply it in the Lithuanian and international labour-market;
  • To obtain familiarity with the high culture of professional thinking.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Diplomacy and International Relations master’s programme will have the possibility to work in various state, non-governmental and private institutions, Lithuanian government institutions (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs), diplomatic missions (embassies, business, tourism), EU institutions, and educational institutions, (e.g. Institutions of higher education, Institutes of Scientific Research). Graduates of the programme are also offered the possibility to continue their studies in a post-graduate programme in the field of Social Sciences.

 

 

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