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Graduate Programme in Political Science
Institute of Political Science, University of Warsaw


 

Address Nowy Swiat 67, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland
Tel. No. +48 22 826 54 28 (Institute of Political Science); + 48 22 55 22 925 (administration of studies) +48 826 77 70 (Institute of Political Science)
Fax No. +48 826 77 70
E-mail address graduate.politicalscience@uw.edu.pl (administration of studies)
Web address www.inp.uw.edu.pl/mdsie
Head of Programme Adam Szymanski, Associate Professor, Institute of Political Science, University of Warsaw
ad_szym@poczta.onet.pl
Degree programme Graduate Programme in Political Science
Type of programme Second-cycle full-time studies
Length of programme 2 years (4 semesters)
Date of commencement The Winter semester begins on 1 October and extends until the end of January, with the Christmas and New Year break.
The Summer semester begins in mid-February, after the semester break, and extends until the last week of June, with a short break for Easter holidays.
Class size The maximum number of students who can study within the Programme is 25, but the class size is usually about 15-20.
Accommodation The Institute of Political Science has to its disposal about 10-15 rooms in student dormitories for students studying within the Programme. There are in Warsaw also a lot of opportunities to rent a flat.
Fees Tuition fees cover the cost of participation in the program and have been set for the academic year 2017/2018 at 1,500 euros per semester. Students from outside the EU/EFTA area should pay additional single fee which amounts to 200 euros.
Exchange partner schools Institute of Political Science co-operates with many foreign universities. Within the Erasmus Program it has signed agreements with about 50 universities from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom (selected students of the Graduate Programme in Political Science can study one semester at one of these universities). The Institute has also signed the agreement with the University of Konstanz in Germany on the double diploma (there are advanced talks with the leading university in Madrid on the same issue).
Major recruiters of graduates of these programmes Many different job opportunities are available for graduates of the Programme. Political parties and state institutions, local governments and schools of higher education, banks and offices, companies and media, the diplomatic service and international organisations all require employees with Political Science diploma.
Admission requirements See below
Student profile 1. Ratio of National / Overseas students - Candidates are first of all foreign students from outside the EU/EFTA area. However, about 35% of candidates are from the EU/EFTA countries, including Poland.
2. Ratio of Men / Women - The number of male and female candidates are similar (however, it depends on a year of studies).
3. Age - from 23 to 45. Our students are the multicultural group from different countries and continents. We teach also diplomats from foreign embassies - the fact that proves the high quality of our studies.


 



About the Graduate Programme in Political Science


Graduate Programme in Political Science is addressed primarily to the persons with a Bachelor's degree awarded upon completion of a Bachelor's degree program (undergraduate studies) in Poland or elsewhere. The Programme is fee-paying. The language is English.

The courses within the studies are both theoretical and practical (as "Political Communication" based on simulations and games or “Art of Negotiation”). The particular emphasis is placed on issues concerning the European integration as well as Poland and East Europe.

Our 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.

Graduates of Graduate Programme in Political Science will acquire the intellectual qualifications necessary for analysing political problems from an international perspective. Thanks to skill building activities provided during courses, they will be well trained in the art of communication, negotiation and persuasion. In order to receive a Master's degree, the graduates will be required to write a Master’s thesis and pass the examination.


 

first year, first semester

Subject

Type of instruction

Form of completion

Number of hours

ECTS
Credits

Polish and General Contemporary History

lecture

 

exam

30

4

Political Thought

lecture

classes

exam

45

6

International Relations

 

tutorials

exam

30

5

History of Political Institutions

 

tutorials

credit/grade

30

4

Methods in Political Research

 

tutorials

credit/grade

30

4

Optional subject – from the Erasmus offer

lecture

 

exam

30

4

The curriculum provides for 195 hrs of instruction in compulsory subjects, 4 exams and 2 credit/grade. 27 ECTS credits to be obtained.

 

first year, second semester


Subject

Type of instruction

Form of completion

Number of hours

ECTS
Credits

Theory of Politics

lecture

classes

exam

45

6

Art of Negotiation

 

tutorials

exam

30

5

European Political Systems /Political System of the Republic of Poland - optional subject –– general university subjectá

 

tutorials

exam

30

5

Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

 

tutorials

exam

30

5

Social Movements

 

tutorials

credit/grade

30

4

Master's degree proseminar

 

proseminar

credit/grade

30

4

Optional subject – from the Erasmus offer

lecture

 

exam

30

4

The curriculum provides for 225 hrs of instruction in compulsory subjects, 5 exams and 2 credit/grade. 33 ECTS credits to be obtained.

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second year, third semester


Subject

Type of instruction

Form of completion

Number of hours

ECTS
Credits

Sociology and Psychology of Politics

lecture

classes

exam

áááááá á60

7

Political Institutions of the EU

 

tutorials

exam

30

5

Political Communication

 

tutorials

credit/grade

30

4

European Law

 

tutorials

credit/grade

30

4

Politics in Russia/The Central and East European Perspective on Russia – optional subject –– general university subjectá

lecture

 

exam

30

4

Optional subject – from the Erasmus offer

 lecture

 

exam

30

4

Master's degree seminar

 

seminar

credit

30

1

The curriculum provides for 240 hrs of instruction in compulsory subjects, 4 exams, 2 credit/grade and 1 credit course. 29 ECTS credits to be obtained.

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second year, fourth semester


Subject

Type of instruction

Form of completion

Number of hours

ECTS
Credits

Historical Politics in Europe

       

tutorials

exam

30

5

Transnational Processes and Governance

 

tutorials

exam

30

5

Foreign Policy ofá Poland

 

tutorials

credit/grade

30

4

Optional subject –from the Erasmus offer

lecture

 

exam

30

4

Master's degree seminar

 

seminar

credit/grade

30

3

Master thesis

 

 

 

 

10



The curriculum provides for 150 hrs of instruction in compulsory subjects, 3 exams, 2 credit/grade. 31 ECTS credits to be obtained


Entry Requirements


In order to apply for admission apart from fluent English candidates should meet one of the following conditions:

a. hold the Bachelor’s degree in any area of studies in Poland or elsewhere,
b. hold the Master’s degree in any area of studies, in Poland or elsewhere

Documents to be supplied by candidates

General documents (they can be sent by email):

1. One of the two documents (first the copy, original after the admission) certifying:
a. Bachelor’s degree in any area of studies in Poland or elsewhere,
b. Master’s degree in any area of studies, in Poland or elsewhere

Foreign diplomas must be authenticated by appropriate authorities in the country of a candidate (Apostille or legalization), translated into Polish (or, if not possible, into English) by a sworn translator and certified in Poland if needed (it depends on country but the last procedure is exceptional according to the current Polish law; the confirmation from a previous university that the obtained BA diploma enables to study within MA studies in the country of issuing the diploma is required instead).

2. Institute’s application form filled in by the candidate

3. Copy of the passport/identity card page with the photograph, certified by the University of Warsaw

4. Four photographs of the candidate

5. Written commitment to regular payment of tuition fees. It is a short letter addressed to the Director of the Institute, Prof. Ewa Maria Marciniak with only one sentence, e.g. "I hereby confirm that I will pay the tuition fee regularly".

6. Certificate confirming the English language skills at least at the B2 level or the equivalent in accordance with the regulation from 12 October 2006 of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, with further amendments – i.e. certificate, diploma or other document confirming the graduation from the secondary school, in which the courses were held in English or the graduation from the studies (BA, MA, etc.) in English.

7. Printout of the application from the Internet Registration of Candidates – IRK (after the central on-line registration)

8. Receipt of the administration fee (after the central on-line registration)

9. Application for the electronic student card (after the central on-line registration)

10. Health certificate (stating that there are no objections to undertake studies by a candidate; required from students from non-EU countries)

11. Photocopy of entry visa or any other document confirming candidate's residence in the territory of Poland (after candidate's arrival to Poland)

Internet Registration of Candidates - IRK

Candidates should register on-line (https://irk.uw.edu.pl/osoby.php?op=insert&lang=en), fill in an application form and pay a non-refundable application fee (80 zlotys).

Application process

Candidates will be qualified on the basis on the documents submitted until all places have been filled. The decision made by the Institute of Political Science must be accepted by the Rector of the University of Warsaw in case of students outside the EU/EFTA.

When the number of students exceeds the limit (i.e. 25 persons), the additional procedure will be conducted. The candidates will have to prove then their English skills, the general knowledge of subjects included in the program of studies as well as scientific skills, writing an essay on the political science issues.

More information about the recruitment: http://www.inp.uw.edu.pl/mdsie/recruit.html




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