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English Studies, full-time, second cycle

Code S2-FLA
Organizational unit Faculty of Modern Languages
Field of studies English Studies
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 15
Admission limit 133
Duration 2 years
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Phase 1 (01.06.2021 00:00 – 30.06.2021 23:59)

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  • Transfers from other universities for first-cycle, second-cycle and long-cycle Master-level studies 2021/2022
    Phase 1 (01.06.2021 00:00 – 30.06.2021 23:59)

About the Studies

These studies are intended for candidates who have successfully completed their undergraduate studies having attained a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent thereof. The duration of the studies is four semesters.

The English Studies major is considered part of the humanities. It encompasses courses in the fields of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics as well as those relating to the Literature and Culture of the nations of the Anglosphere, among them Great Britain, the United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia, the Republic of South Africa, and others. Emphasis is put on the practical application of the knowledge acquired.

The central theme of the program is the customization of study. Students choose their thesis seminars according to their interests and preferences. The choice of seminar determines course modules, including specialization courses.

Highly personalized course requirements encourage students to build their own study program under the guidance of a qualified thesis advisor. This study program not only gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of either Linguistics or British and American Literature and Culture but also promotes cross-discipline research.

The Institute presents students with a variety of thesis seminars, taught by distinguished professors. The concept of building one’s study and research experience around a thesis seminar in which teachers collaborate with students is as innovative and unique as our course system.

The central theme of the program is the customization of study. Though students are obligated to attend compulsory courses, the majority of their study experience consists of elective courses tailored to individual interests and needs. Providing students with the opportunity to influence their academic experience is what makes our Institute one of a kind.

The level of study personalization offered at our Institute cannot be matched by research facilities that have not adopted a course system.

All primary courses and electives associated with a student’s major are taught in English. In addition, we offer courses that incorporate the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) method of teaching.

Instead of limiting our courses to specific professional training, our study program focuses on the development of useful transferrable skills that are highly sought after by many employers, among them self-training, teamwork, decision-making, composition, or public speaking. This is one of the reasons why our students can look forward to prospective careers in various fields. Through the application of our unique teaching methods students develop critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving skills.

Our graduates possess a C2 Level knowledge of English (according to the EQF) and are trained extensively in linguistics as well as the culture, literature, art, and sociology of English-speaking countries. In addition, their knowledge of the humanities makes them well-suited for both academic and professional careers.

Upon the completion of a teacher training module, students are qualified to teach English at all levels. The Institute of English offers a teacher training program as a module which can be selected by a student in the general academic course of study. In other words, the teacher training is an additional option, which students in their first and/or second cycle may choose on top of their first and second specialisations. Under current Polish regulations full teaching qualifications can be conferred upon holders of M.A. diplomas.

Compulsory courses

In order to grant students greater freedom in regards to their choice of seminar and electives, compulsory courses have been limited to the absolute minimum needed to obtain expertise in the field of Modern Languages.

The List of Compulsory Courses is as follows:

  1. Monographic Lecture: Theoretical Linguistics
  2. Monographic Lecture: Applied Linguistics
  3. Monographic Lecture: American Literature and Culture
  4. Monographic Lecture: British Literature and Culture
  5. Practical English Courses (CLIL)


Elective courses are classes created and taught by faculty members specializing in particular fields of research, ensuring excellence both in terms of content and teaching. The name, contents, and ECTS point value of each course is certified by the Institute’s Teaching Board upon recommendation of Academic Board. This unique course system is made possible owing to the efforts of a dedicated staff of experts. Most members of our faculty are not only teachers, but also accomplished scientist and scholars. As much as over 60% among them are distinguished professors. Our faculty are renowned experts in their respective fields.

The list of currently available courses is available on the Institute’s website.

Each student tailors his or her own academic experience by selecting courses according to individual interests, preferences, and corresponding to his or her choice of seminar. Students may choose from a variety of courses in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, American Studies, or British Studies.

Majors and minors

The second cycle students are not required to choose a major. Their major is determined by the M.A. seminar.

Type and Form of Study

The Institute of English offers a full-time course of study with no tuition fees. Teaching days are Monday through Friday.

The seat of the Institute is in Warsaw at 69 Hoża Street, in the heart of the city, with an excellent public transportation system.

Traditional in-class or on-line modes of teaching depend on current regulations by the University Rector.

More information is available at Institute of English Studies.


Admission rules for candidates with Polish diplomas

The studies are intended for candidates holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree or their equivalent in any field of study.

Qualification to studies is based on an entrance exam for all candidates, checking their preparation for second-cycle studies in English philology.

The test exam is in English and consists of 3 parts: British literature and culture, American literature and culture, and theoretical and applied linguistics.

The maximum amount of points in each part is 100. The candidate chooses one part. The qualification threshold is 60 points (60%).

The scope of the exam:

British literature and culture

Literary periods and their historical background:

  1. Heroic and religious tradition in the early Middle Ages
  2. Knightly romance and medieval allegory
  3. Elizabethan drama
  4. English poetry of the 17th century, metaphysical poets and epic
  5. Romantic poetry
  6. Victorian novel
  7. Modernism
  8. Contemporary novel

British culture:

  1. Geographical and economic regions as well as historical and cultural regions
  2. Basics of British statehood: basic political instruments
  3. History of Great Britain: basic information
  4. Social institutions and phenomena, e.g. school system, ethnic relations, religion
  5. Cultural institutions and phenomena: e.g. press, television, pop culture
  6. Current events

American literature and culture

Literary periods and their historical background:

  1. Literature of the colonial period
  2. Transcendentalism
  3. Romanticism in fiction and poetry
  4. Fiction of realism and naturalism
  5. Modernist poetry and fiction
  6. Postmodernism and literature
  7. Drama in the 20th century
  8. Contemporary literature

American culture

  1. Geographical and economic regions as well as historical and cultural regions
  2. Political institutions
  3. History of the United States: basic information
  4. Social institutions and phenomena, e.g. school system, ethnic relations, religion
  5. Cultural phenomena and media e.g. press, television, pop culture
  6. Current events


  1. Important feature of natural language (e.g. conventionality, two-level structure, creativity, cultural learning)
  2. Phonetics and phonology (classification of sounds, phonemes, allophones, syllable, etc.)
  3. Morphology (types of morphemes, derivation and inflection, word-formation processes, etc.) and syntax (syntactic processes and categories, syntactic analysis, etc.)
  4. Semantics (linguistic meaning, thematic roles, lexical relations, etc.) and pragmatics (context, anaphora, reference/ connotation, etc.), deictic expressions, presupposition, conversational implicatures, speech acts, language politeness)
  5. Discourse analysis
  6. Geographical and social diversity of language
  7. Language acquisition and second/foreign language learning

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Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

The admissions criteria are the same as for candidates with Polish diplomas.


Checking the Candidates' competences to undertake studies conducted in English language

In addition to the test exam in English constituting of 3 parts (British literature and culture, American literature and culture and theoretical and applied linguistics), candidates take the C1 level English exam.

The exam is administered by the Institute of English Studies of the University of Warsaw. The result of the exam is valid for 5 years from the date it was taken. This provision is also applicable to the results of C1 exam received by the graduates of BA programme in English Studies in the Institute of English Studies of the University of Warsaw. The result of a candidate’s exam must be valid on the day on which the admission results are announced. In order for the Recruitment Committee to recognize the result of an exam from previous year, a suitable application must be submitted no later than on the last day of registration of candidates for full-time second-cycle studies.

A candidate who has a valid exam results may retake the C1 exam in the current recruitment process and submit an application to the Recruitment Commission of the Institute of English Studies asking for recognition of the higher result in the recruitment process. The application has to be submitted no later than on the last day of recruitment to full-time second-cycle studies.

Information about the exam:

It is an advanced written exam at the C1 according to CEFR (i.e. the fifth of six levels, with the second highest degree of difficulty). Duration: 3 hours.


  • Listening comprehension (15% of the total score),
  • Reading comprehension (15% of the total score),
  • Use of language structures (40% of the total score),
  • Writing (30% of the total score).


  • Knowledge of English allowing efficient functioning in a social, professional and academic context - for orientation, the level of lexical-grammatical and phraseological competence required to successfully complete undergraduate studies conducted in English can be used as the reference level.
  • In the area of reading and listening, understanding formal and academic discourse with a significant degree of lexical and structural complexity (e.g. lecture, interview, panel discussion, and press, literary and popular-science publication).
  • Ability to create academic text (e.g. an essay), referring to the general knowledge of the candidates and their social, cultural and professional experience.

Candidates who hold a C1 or higher English language certificate issued by the University of Warsaw passed in the last 5 years are exempted from the exam. Candidates with such a certificate should submit an application for its recognition no later than on the last day of admission for full-time second-cycle studies.

Method of determining the final result:

Candidates are required to obtain the minimum result of 60% on the C1 English exam or a C1 or higher level University of Warsaw certificate in English. The score of the C1 English exam is not counted in the final result.



C1 Level English Exam: 7th of July, 2021, 10 a.m. (exam will be held online at the platform Kampus-rekrutacja)

Exam checking Candidates' preparation for second-cycle studies in English philology: 9th of July,2021, 10 a.m. (exam will be held online at the platform Kampus-rekrutacja)

Announcement of results: 19th of July, 2021

Reception of documents: 

  • I round: 20th-22nd of July, 2021
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 23rd, 26th of July, 2021
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 27th-28th of July, 2021
  • IV round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during III round): 29th-30th of July, 2021
  • additional rounds will be announced in case of not fulfilling the limit of available places



Application fee

Student's ID payment (ELS)


Required documents

List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies


Additional information

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