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Study programmes > All studies > Graduate Programme in International Relations > International Relations, full-time studies, second cycle

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 at Faculty of Political Science and International Studies.

ECTS Coordinators:

Qualification awarded:

Second cycle degree - magister - in international relations

Access to further studies:

doctoral school, non-degree postgraduate education

Learning outcomes

Knowledge: The graduate knows and understands:

- international relations at an advanced level as part of political and administrative science;
- the relation between studies in international relations and security science;
- the terminology used in international relations, theoretical explanations of processes in that field at an advanced level, along with methods and techniques for studying international relations;
- the threats and challenges that are typical for modern-day international relations and international security;
- the basic norms governing intellectual property protection.

Skills: The graduate is able to:

- apply various techniques, including information and communication techniques, in order to put forward advanced research problems, questions, and hypotheses, searching for innovative solutions;
- communicate and moderate debates on topics covered by the degree programme, including in a foreign language at level B2+ on the scales of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
- create teams devoted to solving complex research problems, plan and organise the workflow of such teams and actively cooperate with others;
- plan their own education, as well as update and improve their knowledge and skills in a premeditated manner, motivating others, too, to pursue lifelong learning.

Social competences: The graduate is ready to:

- prepare scientific and practical social projects related to international relations, using the knowledge gained during studies and being able to update it, as well as effectively collaborating with others and gaining knowledge from experts;
- take an active attitude towards the modern-day world, including towards local communities, by, among other things, initiating action in the public interest and creating complex projects to explain international dependencies to a larger audience;
- think and act in an entrepreneurial way;
- correctly identify and solve dilemmas related to work in public administration, international business, as well as international institutions (intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations) in observance of professional ethics.

Admission procedures:

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