University of Warsaw / Faculty of Political Science and International Studies / Institute of Political Science

Political Science, spec. Graduate Programme in Political Science

Level of study: second-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: academic Duration: 2 years

Table of contents:

Fields of studies and specializations

Conducting units


from 2999-01-01 to 2999-01-01

Limit of students







The minimum number of persons admitted (within all paths of qualifications) to being the subject of study start: 15

Graduate Programme in Political Science is addressed to persons with a first cycle degree, e.g. Bachelor's degree awarded upon completion of a licencjat degree program (first cycle studies) in Poland or equivalent elsewhere as well as to persons with a second cycle degree, e.g. Master’s degree awarded upon completion of a magister degree program in Poland or equivalent elsewhere.

A candidate to the Studies should:

  • 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;
  • know the historical determinants and contemporary mechanisms of working of political systems;
  • 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; 
  • have the English knowledge that enables him/her to study in this language.

A candidate who does not fulfill these knowledge, skills and social competences criteria can be obliged to complete the compensatory courses.  

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.

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).

The graduates will be fully qualified to take up the posts of analysts and specialists in public administration, think-tanks, media, universities, national or international institutions and organizations, and companies operating across Europe and worldwide.

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:

Admission rules

Candidates will be admitted on the basis of the documents submitted until all places have been filled (see the list below).

When the number of applications exceeds the limit of students, the additional procedure will start.

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 issues:

  • English knowledge – 0-10 points;
  • Correctness of argumentation, hypotheses formulation and conclusion drawing – 0-10 points;
  • Scientific skills – 0-10 points.

The ranking list will be prepared on the basis of points obtained by candidates. The list determines the order of candidates admission to the studies within the limit of students.

Required documents:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma (copy certified by the University of Warsaw) in any area of studies;

      and, in case of foreign diplomas:

  1. 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;
  2. sworn translation into Polish of the diplomas and the aforementioned document (if it was issued in the foreign language);
  3. document of recognition of Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma in Poland – so called nostryfikacja (if needed)
  • Application form – printout  from the Internet Registration of Candidates – IRK;
  • Application for the Electronic Student ID (ELS) - printout  from the Internet Registration of Candidates – IRK, together with the application form (after photo uploading);
  • Application form of the Institute of Political Science;
  • Copy of ID that was the basis for the IRK registration;
  • One colour ID photograph of the candidate;
  • Written commitment to regular payment of tuition fees;
  • Receipt of the administration fee in case of payment abroad (foreign candidates);
  • 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);
  • Photocopy of the document confirming legalization of a candidate's residence in the territory of Poland (foreign candidates);
  • Document confirming knowledge of English language at B2 level (list of accepted documents).

Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

Candidates are qualified on the same rules as applicable to candidates with Polish diplomas.

Place of results' announcement

Announcement of results: April 27th 2018.

Tuition fee

The studies are payable - tuition fees

Additional information

Reception of documents: February 15th - May 11th 2018.

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