University of Warsaw, Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences, Institute of Political Science

Field of study:Political Science
Type of studies:Graduate
System of studies:full-time (day) studies
Speciality:Master’s Degree Studies in Political Science

Official website of the Programme is available at:

Programme description:

The program of studies consists of theoretical and practical subjects that enable obtaining the extensive knowledge as well as skills and social competences in political sciences. It focuses on Europe (first of all the European Union as well as Central and Eastern Europe – because of this the Program has a strong profile of both European and regional studies).

The subjects within the program are among others:

  • Polish and General Contemporary History, History of Political Institutions
  • European Political Systems, Political Institutions of the EU, European Law
  • Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Politics
  • Historical Politics in Europe
  • International Relations, Foreign Policy of Poland
  • Theory of Politics, Methods in Political Research, Political Thought
  • Sociology and Psychology of Politics, Social Movements
  • Political Decision-Making, Political Communication and Art of Negotiation. 75% of courses are tutorials, classes and seminars

Selected students can complete a part of the studies abroad thanks to the Erasmus exchange and double diploma program (with the University in Konstanz, Germany, very soon also with Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain). Students apart from regular courses take part actively in the academic life, participating in different political science associations; conferences, debates and lectures of distinguished guests from all over the world invited often by our university as well as social events. Thanks to knowledge and skills developed during our studies they win scholarships and awards within different competitions, e.g. for the best foreign students in Poland. In order to receive a magister, i.e. a second cycle degree, the graduates will be required to write a Master’s thesis and pass the examination. The studies are fee-paying. The language of tuition is English.

For more information see the official website of the Institute of Political Science:

Graduate profile and potential career opportunities:

A graduate from the second-cycle studies has the comprehensive and advanced knowledge, skills and competences to fulfil tasks individually and take leading positions in organizations as well as in institutions participating in the public life. He/she is ready to work as: political advisor and expert in think-tanks, animator of public life, head of teams working in the public sphere, public administration staff, organizer of political campaigns, employee of the EU institutions and international organizations and commentator of public life – knowing determinants of the political processes, attitudes and behaviour of their participants as well as rules of effective managing and decision-making. A second cycle graduate understands the need for continuous learning as a condition of career development and is also prepared to commence the 3rd cycle studies or research work.

Application and admission procedure:

People, who hold the Bachelor’s degree or the Master’s degree after the graduation from studies in Poland or elsewhere, can apply for the studies.

A candidate should:

  1. have a general knowledge that enables him/her to understand the political phenomena and processes on the global, regional, national and local level as well as to analyze the relationship between the political institutions, societies and individuals
  2. know the historical determinants and contemporary mechanisms of working of political systems
  3. have the skill to solve simple professional problems, participate in the team work, manage teams, communicate with the environment as well as to hierarchize, convert and distribute information
  4. have the English knowledge that enables him/her to study in this language
Candidate who do not fulfill these knowledge, skills and social competences criteria can be obliged to complete the compensatory courses. Candidates will be admitted on the basis of the required documents:
  1. High school diploma or IB (copy certified by the University of Warsaw)
  2. BA or MA diploma (copy certified by the University of Warsaw) in any area of studies; and, in case of foreign diplomas:
    • document in form of legalization or so called Apostille if a diploma was issued by the institution operating in the educational system of the state being side of the Hague convention from 5 October 1961
    • sworn translation into Polish of the diplomas and the aforementioned document (if it was issued in the foreign language)
    • document of recognition of BA or MA diploma in Poland – so called nostryfikacja (if needed)
  3. Application form – printout from the Internet Registration of Candidates – IRK
  4. Application for the Electronic Student ID (ELS) – printout from the Internet Registration of Candidates – IRK, together with the application form (after photo uploading)
  5. Application form of the Institute of Political Science
  6. Copy of ID that was the basis for the IRK registration
  7. Four ID photographs of the candidate, fulfilling the particular requirements, i.e. left half-profile with the exposed ear
  8. Written commitment to regular payment of tuition fees
  9. Receipt of the administration fee in case of payment abroad (foreign candidates)
  10. Health certificate that confirms the ability of a candidate to study within the program, with translation if it was not issued in Polish (foreign candidates)
  11. Photocopy of the document confirming legalization of a candidate’s residence in the territory of Poland (foreign candidates)
  12. Certificate confirming the knowledge of English (TOEFL, AC or IELTS) – a candidate who does not have possibility to present any certificate of English language proficiency is required to submit an essay written in English on the European Union issues (between 1,000 and 1,500 words, Word Document, font 12, line spacing – 1,5). A candidate does not need to submit language certificates, if he/she is a native speaker or he/she obtained education in English.
When the number of applications exceeds the limit of students, the additional procedure will start. Outline of the Additional Admission Procedure with the Point Scheme

Candidates will prepare the essay in English on political science issues which are sent by email (formal requirements: 5-7 pages, Word Document, font 12, line spacing – 1,5). The essay will test the English knowledge, argumentation correctness (the general knowledge of subjects included in the program of studies) as well as scientific skills.

A candidate can obtain 30 points maximum as a result of assessment of the following skills:

  1. English knowledge – 0-10 points
  2. Correctness of argumentation, hypotheses formulation and conclusion drawing – 0-10 points
  3. Scientific skills – 0-10 points
The ranking list will be prepared in on the basis of points obtained by candidates. The list determines the order of candidates admission to the studies within the limit of students.

For more information see the official website of the Institute of Political Science:


Tuition fees cover the cost of participation in the program and have been set for the academic year 2013/2014 at 1,500 euros per semester for the first year students.

Students from outside the EU/EFTA area should pay additional single fee which amounts to 200 euros.