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Full-time graduate English Studies (S2-FLA)

(in Polish: Filologia angielska, stacjonarne, drugiego stopnia)
second cycle programme
full-time, 2-year studies
Language: English

Two new programmes of the second cycle full-time studies are currently pending approval by the UW Senate: "English Studies - Linguistics" and "English Studies - Literature and Culture". When approved by the Senate, they will replace the existing English Studies major as of the 2022/2023 recruitment process. The rules of recruitment will not change.

About the Studies

These studies are intended for candidates who have successfully completed their undergraduate studies having attained a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent thereof. The duration of the studies is four semesters.

The English Studies major is considered part of the humanities. It encompasses courses in the fields of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics as well as those relating to the Literature and Culture of the nations of the Anglosphere, among them Great Britain, the United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia, the Republic of South Africa, and others. Emphasis is put on the practical application of the knowledge acquired.

The central theme of the program is the customization of study. Students choose their thesis seminars according to their interests and preferences. The choice of seminar determines course modules, including specialization courses.

Highly personalized course requirements encourage students to build their own study program under the guidance of a qualified thesis advisor. This study program not only gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of either Linguistics or British and American Literature and Culture but also promotes cross-discipline research.

The Institute presents students with a variety of thesis seminars, taught by distinguished professors. The concept of building one’s study and research experience around a thesis seminar in which teachers collaborate with students is as innovative and unique as our course system.

The central theme of the program is the customization of study. Though students are obligated to attend compulsory courses, the majority of their study experience consists of elective courses tailored to individual interests and needs. Providing students with the opportunity to influence their academic experience is what makes our Institute one of a kind.

The level of study personalization offered at our Institute cannot be matched by research facilities that have not adopted a course system.

All primary courses and electives associated with a student’s major are taught in English. In addition, we offer courses that incorporate the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) method of teaching.

Instead of limiting our courses to specific professional training, our study program focuses on the development of useful transferrable skills that are highly sought after by many employers, among them self-training, teamwork, decision-making, composition, or public speaking. This is one of the reasons why our students can look forward to prospective careers in various fields. Through the application of our unique teaching methods students develop critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving skills.

Our graduates possess a C2 Level knowledge of English (according to the EQF) and are trained extensively in linguistics as well as the culture, literature, art, and sociology of English-speaking countries. In addition, their knowledge of the humanities makes them well-suited for both academic and professional careers.

Upon the completion of a teacher training module, students are qualified to teach English at all levels. The Institute of English offers a teacher training program as a module which can be selected by a student in the general academic course of study. In other words, the teacher training is an additional option, which students in their first and/or second cycle may choose on top of their first and second specialisations. Under current Polish regulations full teaching qualifications can be conferred upon holders of M.A. diplomas.

Compulsory courses

In order to grant students greater freedom in regards to their choice of seminar and electives, compulsory courses have been limited to the absolute minimum needed to obtain expertise in the field of Modern Languages.

The List of Compulsory Courses is as follows:

  1. Monographic Lecture: Theoretical Linguistics
  2. Monographic Lecture: Applied Linguistics
  3. Monographic Lecture: American Literature and Culture
  4. Monographic Lecture: British Literature and Culture
  5. Practical English Courses (CLIL)


Elective courses are classes created and taught by faculty members specializing in particular fields of research, ensuring excellence both in terms of content and teaching. The name, contents, and ECTS point value of each course is certified by the Institute’s Teaching Board upon recommendation of Academic Board. This unique course system is made possible owing to the efforts of a dedicated staff of experts. Most members of our faculty are not only teachers, but also accomplished scientist and scholars. As much as over 60% among them are distinguished professors. Our faculty are renowned experts in their respective fields.

The list of currently available courses is available on the Institute’s website.

Each student tailors his or her own academic experience by selecting courses according to individual interests, preferences, and corresponding to his or her choice of seminar. Students may choose from a variety of courses in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, American Studies, or British Studies.

Majors and minors

The second cycle students are not required to choose a major. Their major is determined by the M.A. seminar.

Type and Form of Study

The Institute of English offers a full-time course of study with no tuition fees. Teaching days are Monday through Friday.

The seat of the Institute is in Warsaw at 69 Hoża Street, in the heart of the city, with an excellent public transportation system.

Traditional in-class or on-line modes of teaching depend on current regulations by the University Rector.

More information is available at Institute of English Studies.

ECTS Coordinators:

Qualification awarded:

Second cycle degree - magister - English philology

Access to further studies:

doctoral school, non-degree postgraduate education

Learning outcomes

The graduate achieved the learning outcomes as defined for the progamme of study, including the learning outcomes as defined for English philology
1. profound understanding of the role of the English Studies and of their place in the Humanities, and the ability to apply this knowledge towards achieving professional success
2. advanced knowledge of the terminology used in Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Literary Studies, and Cultural Studies
3. advanced knowledge of the research methods and their application in Linguistics, Literary Studies, and Cultural Studies, in particular in the context of the English-speaking countries
4. advanced knowledge about the English Language, its grammar (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) and its use (pragmatics)
5. advanced knowledge about and of the mechanisms of the communication process in English, both in writing and speaking
6. more profound understanding of the process of the Second Language Acquisition; in particular, a firm grasp of the current trends in the SLA that are relevant to English Linguistics, as well as the ability to apply this knowledge towards achieving professional success
7. considerable knowledge in the fields of history, literature, literary history, and fine arts of the English-speaking countries
8. deeper understanding of the British and U.S. social structure and government institutions, as well as of the relationships between them
9. actual awareness of the significance of cultural symbols and their role in interpreting culture-specific content, such as literature, popular culture, and fine arts
10. ability to accurately recognize cultural symbols and skilfully apply appropriate culture codes when communicating with others from the English-speaking countries, as well as an increased skill in interpersonal and cross-cultural communication.

ECTS requirements and number of semesters : 120 ECTS, 4 semesters

ECTS point allocation:
Classes in the field of study : 116 ECTS
Practical classes : 4 ECTS (CLIL)
Classes to choose from the curriculum : 112 ECTS

Admission procedures:

Visit the following page for details on admission procedures: https://irk.oferta.uw.edu.pl/