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International Relations, full-time studies, second cycle (S2-SM-ANG)

(in Polish: Graduate Programme in International Relations)
second cycle programme
full-time, 2-year studies
Language: English


The 2-year second-cycle degree full-time programme consists of four semesters (terms) and offers 20 courses including master seminar aimed at thesis preparation and individual focus. All courses are taught in English by experienced academic teachers. The unique format of the Graduate Programme in International Relations not only introduces students to the details of International Relations, but also makes them responsive to interdisciplinary concerns such as law, business, history and culture in their international dimensions. In the fourth semester students choose between two study tracks: economic or social.

The programme is addressed to students who have obtained Bachelor, Master of Arts or equivalent degree in international relations or related areas, and prepares to work in institutions and companies active in a wide-ranging repertoire of international issues. The studies offer an array of options to specialize in: security and strategic studies, modern diplomacy, foreign policy, European integration and international trade policy. The classes are run on weekdays from 8:00 till 20:00.

The professional skills of a graduate of international relations are defined as:

  • ability to act and cooperate in conditions of interdependence and anticipate its effects on national political, economic and cultural development;
  • deep awareness of the complexity and multicultural nature of the contemporary world and proper perception of states and nations in a spirit of tolerance and respect for cultural, religious and ethnic dissimilarities;
  • comprehension of the causes, essence, effects and requirements of international relations for state business enterprises and social organizations;
  • ability to analyze and critically evaluate programmes and doctrines motivating states' foreign policy strategies;
  • comprehending the essence of decision-taking processes in domestic and international institutions committed to international cooperation; rudimentary knowledge of negotiation techniques;
  • acquaintance with comparative analysis methods, techniques of collecting information about international facts and processes;
  • knowledge of rules of scientific study of international relations and ability to conduct it by developing habits of description and interpretation of the activity of members of the international community and international phenomena.

More information:https://wnpism.uw.edu.pl/

ECTS Coordinators:

Qualification awarded:

Second cycle degree - magister - in international relations

Access to further studies:

doctoral school, non-degree postgraduate education

Learning outcomes


• has advanced and broad knowledge of the place of international studies in the system of social and human sciences and of its substantive and methodological connections with other scientific disciplines at the level that allows him/her to comfortably use an interdisciplinary perspective
• knows the terminology and methods applied in the study of international relations and the related disciplines at an advanced level, has thorough knowledge of their substantive and methodological specificity,
• has advanced knowledge of man as an entity constituting political, military and economic and religious structures and institutions in the international dimension and knows the principles governing them
• has advanced knowledge of the operational processes and changes in political, military, economic and social structures and institutions in the international dimension; has thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of political and economic decision-making in these entities at the level of nation states and on the international scale


• knows how to use the theoretical and factual knowledge in the field of international relations and related disciplines to make a deep analysis of the genesis, course and consequences of certain political, economic, cultural, military and legal processes and phenomena in the international and domestic dimension, in particular in the sphere of security and development of states; can formulate rational and apt opinions on these subjects
• has the ability to formulate independent views, support them with elaborate arguments, using a broad range of approaches and theoretical perspectives, formulate coherent conclusions and make a synthetic summary of these conclusions, using a specialized language of international studies and of a broad range of related disciplines, for the purpose of communication with specialists in this field and the general public
• has a highly developed ability to formulate and solve research problems in the field of international relations and related disciplines, aptly chooses the methods and constructs adequate research tools, interprets, compiles and presents in an accessible manner the results of this research, proposes original solutions to problems presented to him/her and identifies potential directions of further research
• can precisely, clearly and coherently express himself/herself in speech and writing; writes elaborate papers on detailed problems of political science and international studies and related disciplines, fulfilling the basic criteria of scientific dissertations; is able to comprehensively defend his/her views orally

Social Competences:

• knows how to prepare, develop and conduct various social projects, with particular focus on the political, economic and legal determinants of these actions and their social consequences
• has deep awareness of the existence of the ethical dimension of scientific research

Admission procedures:

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