Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Postgraduate - Second Cycle Studies

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. With the completion of a teacher training course, they are qualified to teach English at all levels.

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

Electives

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 semester-long courses are offered by the Institute’s individual Departments. The name, description, and ECTS point value of each course is certified by the Institute’s Science Council. The list of currently available courses is available on the Institute’s website, as well as on announcement boards.

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

Unlike first-cycle (undergraduate) students, second cycle students are not required to choose a major, seeing as their major is determined by their thesis seminar.

Thesis submission

According to the [link] Rules of Study at the Institute of English Studies [/link] A student is required to submit two hard copies of Master’s Thesis signed by both the student signed and the thesis supervisor. One copy should be printed single-sided, while the other one should be printed double-sided. The MA Thesis must be submitted at the latest fourteen days before the planned date of the Master’s Examination, i.e. the completion of studies.

Types od Study

Full-time – Studies without tuition (i.e.: government-funded tuition).

Full-time payable – Studies with tuition.

Students of both study types have equal access to all courses.

Extramural/Part-Time – Part-time tuition-based studies.