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

Field of study:Journalism and Communication Studies
Type of studies:Graduate
System of studies:full-time (day) studies
Limit of students:30

Programme description:

Year IECTS pointsType of the courseType of the final examTeaching hours for the course in semesterThe module status
Semester I (winter)
History of Mass Media6LectureExamination30obligatory
Communication Theories and Effects4LectureGraded credit30obligatory
Public Opinion4LectureGraded credit30obligatory
Media Economics6LectureExamination30obligatory
Introduction to Management and Marketing4LectureGraded credit30obligatory
Press Journalistic Workshop6TrainingGraded credit60limited choice
Semester II (spring)
Interpersonal Communication4Graded credit30obligatory
Social Psychology4Graded credit30obligatory
Advertising and Media Planning3Graded credit30obligatory
Radio Workshop6Graded credit60limited choice
TV Workshop6Graded credit60limited choice
Lecture from UW’s general offer or from Erasmus offer3Graded credit30free of choice
Pre M.A. Seminar4Credit30limited choice
Stage requirements – To pass Year I students have to:
  1. Obtain 35 ECTS credits for obligatory modules
  2. Obtain 25 ECTS credits for modules at choice including:
    • Free choice modules – 3 ECTS
    • Limited choice modules – 22 ECTS for Master Pre-Seminar and Workshops
Year IIECTS pointsType of the courseType of the final examTeaching hours for the course in semesterThe module status
Semster III (winter)
International Communication6LectureExamination30obligatory
Mass Media Research Methods6LectureExamination30obligatory
Journalism and Advertising Photography Workshop6TrainingGraded credit60limited choice
Information Technologies of the Media4TrainingGraded credit60obligatory
Lecture from UW’s general offer or from Erasmus offer3LectureGraded credit30free of choice
Master Seminar pt. I5TrainingCredit30limited choice
Semester IV (spring)
PR Theory and Techniques6LectureExamination30obligatory
PR Training4ConversatoryGraded credit30obligatory
Mass Media Systems in Europe6LectureGraded credit30obligatory
Lecture from UW’s general offer or from Erasmus offer3LectureGraded credit30free of chocie
Master Seminar pt. II8TrainingCredit30limited chocie
Master Exam-Examination-limited chocie
Stage requirements – To pass Year II students have to:
  1. Obtain 38 ECTS credits for obligatory modules
  2. Obtain 32 ECTS credits for modules at choice including:
    • Free choice modules – 9 ECTS
    • Limited choice modules – 19 ECTS for Master Seminar and Workshops

Graduate profile and potential career opportunities:


After graduating, a student shall demonstrate the following knowledge:

  1. He has in-depth knowledge of the various groups, trends and cultural institutions, functioning in a democratic society
  2. He has an extended knowledge about the specifics of working as a photojournalist, photo editor, graphic designer and working in the studio and in the open air
  3. He has an in-depth knowledge of the processes and phenomena occurring within the constantly interacting social groups in the psychological and communication dimension
  4. He has a firm knowledge of the scope and impact of mass media effects on particular groups of customers within broad (national and international) audiences, social, political, economic and cultural structures
  5. He has an extended knowledge of the principles of creating and editing video and audio
  6. He has an in-depth knowledge of the various dimensions of interdisciplinary aspects of intercultural communication
  7. He has a knowledge of basic journalistic types used in the radio, television and in the press

The student has the following skills:

  1. He is able to independently prepare various current affairs programs (discussion, interview, roles and responsibilities distribution, recording, editing) and prepare various elements of television news, as well as to appear live
  2. He can independently apply all kinds of journalism in the radio, he can operate studio and mobile support equipment used in radio and operate appropriate computer programs used on the radio
  3. He is able to independently analyze any journalism material, demonstrating its advantages and disadvantages
  4. He is able to identify the most important problems of social, political, economic, and cultural structures and explain relationships occurring between identified subsystems of a social community


  1. He can lead the work in a team of journalists
  2. He understands the specific role and importance of television journalist, online radio reporter and photojournalist in a society
  3. He can independently detect manipulation of information, and he has extended knowledge to avoid the practice of violations of the press law and other regulations related to the work of a journalist
  4. He is able to play a leadership role in task groups dedicated to various projects of media nature
  5. He can put together the conflicting opinions, expose the advantages and disadvantages of multi-vectored arguments and the right, thus he is able to take adequate rational position

Application and admission procedure:

The admission can be granted only to persons who have obtained a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, or an engineer’s one or equivalent one in any faculty.

Form of examination: interview conducted in English. The following items will be assessed:

  • expert knowledge (based on a given issue)
  • English command (based on the presented certificate – TOEFL, AC, IELTS and the interview)

A maximum of 10 points can be obtained for each item.

The admission will be determined by the ranking list drawn up on the basis of the results of an interview.

The candidate should have knowledge of the following issues:

  • characteristics of commercial, political and social advertising
  • newspapers and magazines of opinion and their situation in the world, leaders, major trends and changes in the offer, the ways of promotion, new forms of advertising
  • media – definitions, classifications, functions, forms of ownership
  • mass media in the political system – media doctrines
  • politics mediatisation – an analysis of the concept
  • the types of interpretation of media messages
  • schemes of providing content in the media
  • the effects of the media – main concepts
  • and should speak English in order to be able to learn in this language.

The minimum number of persons admitted being necessary to initiate the studies: 25


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.