International relations – Master’s Degree Programs
Master's Degree Programs
2 years (4 semesters)
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DESCRIPTION OF THE MAJOR
If you’ve only kept up-to-date with the international policy so far, but you would now like to have a real influence on shaping such a policy, then the International Relations (Master’s programme) is for you. During four semesters, you will learn how to design a strategy in international policy, and carefully manage global problems, making at the same time, ethical decisions.
The Master’s programme in International Relations is also an opportunity to broaden knowledge and skills, which are required in world diplomacy. This means that the studies will present you with global opportunities. After finishing the studies, you will be able to fulfil yourself in the region of the world, which most interests you.
In the Perspektywy University Rankings 2021, the field of International Relations conducted by Vistula University, received the highest rating, when compared to all non-public universities, responsible for such studies in Poland.
At Vistula University, you can earn your MA degree in International Relations online.
If you want to expand your knowledge in the field of international politics and the world economy, and at the same time you work intensively, take care of children or live abroad, then the online International Relations studies are just for you. You will do 50 percent of your classes online, 50 percent – at the University. You will study in Polish and receive a diploma from a Polish university.
The International Relations programme was created on the basis of international standards. It takes into account the latest trends and changes in politics and the world economy. The studies balance the theoretical knowledge with practical skills. The classes are conducted by experts, such as the former ministers, ambassadors, and the employees of “think-tanks”. This makes the International Relations (Master’s programme) a guarantee of solid knowledge.
International Relations Programme at Vistula has been appreciated by Polish Accreditation Committee and has been recognized as best International Relations Programme available at Polish private universities according to prestigious Polish “Perspektywy” Ranking.
In the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula, we focus on passing on knowledge practically, as in the case of International Relations. The studies represent the perfect opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and valuable experience, as well as to make first acquaintances, which are very important in the work of a diplomat. Therefore, during the Master’s programme, each student will undertake an internship within partner organisations of our Academy.
See the facilities in which you can undertake an internship:
- Centre for International Relations
- German Marshall Fund of the United States
- THINKTANK magazine
- The Open Dialog Foundation
- The Polish Institute for International Affairs,
- The Robert Schuman Foundation,
- The Pulaski Foundation,
- Center for European Policy Analysis
- WiseEuropa Institute
- Institute of Public Affairs
- The Heinrich Böll Foundation,
- Atlantic Council
- Community of Democracies
Studies in the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula provide you with inclusive knowledge, which will help to make you a specialist in the field of International Relations.
Check the obligatory subjects
- The theory and methods of the research on international relations
- Development economics
- International political economics
- The basis of public policy
- Academic skills and social competences in the Internet age
- Players within international political relations
- International Law: advanced course
- Macroeconomics – intermediate course
- Ethics and human rights in international relations
- Globalisation and regionalisation
- International forecasts and simulations
- The methodology of writing the Master’s thesis
- MA Seminar
While studying the International Relations (Master’s programme), you can choose one of three specialisms: International Business Relations II, Transatlantic Studies, or International Security, Migrations and Terrorism.
SPECIALISM: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELATIONS II
This specialism will enable you to learn how to conduct serious international projects on your own. You will deepen your knowledge related to the activities within the international business environment, as well as foreign investments. You will acquire skills in global marketing, and see the value of political risk in business relations. You will learn the role of modern technologies in politics and the global economy.
Check the subjects realised within the specialism - international business relations II
- Varieties of Capitalism
- Contemporary International Business
- Modeling in International Politics
- Processes of political, social and economic transformation in Europe and in the world
SPECIALISM: TRANSATLANTIC STUDIES
This is a completely new specialization, aimed at deepening the knowledge of American-European relations, increasing the political and economic aspirations of some Latin American and African countries, and the interests of Asian powers. Graduates of this specialization will be prepared for analytical work for non-governmental organizations, public institutions, and international corporations.
Check the subjects realised within the specialism - transatlantic studies
- Traditions of Transatlantic Relations
- Contemporary issues of USA, Canada, and UE in Transatlantic Area
- Africa and Latin America in Transatlantic Area
- Russian and Asian activity in Transatlantic Area
SPECIALISM: INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, MIGRATIONS, AND TERRORISM
This new specialization is a response to the growing migration problems and the activity of terrorist organizations that threaten both the security of individual countries and the international community. Graduates have the competencies necessary to work in organizations and companies dealing with national and international security and risk assessment, as well as in intelligence services.
Check the subjects realised within the specialism - international security, migrations and terrorism
- International Aliances
- Migrations in International Relations
- Energetic Security
- Terrorism and cyberterrorism
Małgorzata Bonikowska, PhD
Since 2013, she has been a president of the Centre for International Relations – one of the oldest Polish think tanks specializing in foreign affairs; a co-founder and a president of the THINKTANK centre; she attended universities in Poland and in France (Sorbonne) and is a graduate of doctoral studies in two fields, as well as a graduate of specialist studies of the Columbia University in New York (political sciences, Fulbright scholarship); in years 1995-1998, she worked for the Polish Television as an opinion journalist for domestic and foreign affairs; in 1998, she became a director of the European Information Centre of the Committee for European Integration, where, among other tasks, she developed a network of regional centres and the governmental programme for informing the society about the EU; in years 2001-2007, she was an expert, and later a head of the Programme for Information and Communication of the European Union – first in Poland and then in Bulgaria, preparing these countries for their accession to the EU; she worked for the governmental Centre for Development of Human Resources as an advisor for EU affairs; an author of more than 150 works and a promoter of almost a hundred diploma theses; she has managed international projects (including in the Visegrád Group, the Eastern Partnership and EU – India cooperation); she has participated in scientific conferences and think-tank debates and she has commented on international affairs in the domestic and foreign media.
Przemysław Piotr Damski, PhD
Head of the Education Program International Relations. Historian of diplomacy and international relations, holder of a PhD degree in humanities, member of the Polish Historical Society and the British International History Group; holder of two scholarships of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg in the Netherlands; he conducted research in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany; author of a book Najbliższe narody. Stosunki brytyjsko-amerykańskie w dobie prezydentury Theodore’a Roosevelta (Closest nations. British-American relations during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt) (1901-1909) and many articles on the history of international relations of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prof. Marek Artur Grela, PhD
Ombudsman at Vistula University. A diplomat, an economist and a former Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs; in years 2002-2012 an ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the European Union and later a director for trans-Atlantic affairs in the Council of the European Union and a chief advisor in the European External Action Service (EEAS); at present, he cooperates with Polish and foreign institutions for international studies; a diplomatic advisor to the Polish Chamber of Commerce, member of the Council of the Amicus Europeae Foundation and a member of the Euro-Atlantic Association; ambassador ad personam.
Anna Grzywacz, PhD
Graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the Warsaw University; she received the scholarships at the Nottingham University, England 2012/2013 and Xiamen University, China 2015/2016; an author of: Transitional Justice in East Timor: Timorese political pragmatism and its effectiveness, in: The Legacy of Crimes and Crises. Transitional Justice, Domestic Change and the Role of the International Community, Bachmann K., Heidrich D.(eds), Peter Lang 2016, pp. 81-92; Tożsamość narodowa i polityka zagraniczna Indonezji.
Tomoyuki Hashimoto, MA, LL.M., FHEA
He specializes in the post-communist period, and his current research focuses on Warsaw as an international securities trading centre (compared to Prague, Budapest and Vienna); he conducts research based on financial geography as well as on economic analysis of law; recently he was the editor of the “Reviewing the European Union Accession” magazine (Brill, Leiden / Boston); currently he is preparing a doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford on Warsaw as a financial centre.
Prof. Wawrzyniec Konarski, PhD
Associate professor at Vistula University in Warsaw, formerly at the Jagiellonian University, SWPS University and Warsaw University; researcher of ethno-cultural and political-system issues in democratic and authoritarian systems as well as selected issues within the modern political history, as well as ethno-politics, including nationalisms and regionalisms against the background of the modern historical perspective; participant of over 200 national and international conferences, seminars and panels as well as guest lecturer at several dozen universities and educational institutions in Poland and in Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine , Great Britain and Hungary, as well as Chile, DPRK and the USA; member of scientific associations, including: the “Poland in the 21st century” Forecasting Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences (in 2003-2012), the Polish Political Science Association (in 2007-2010 – vice-president of the Main Board), the Polish Association for the Club of Rome (from 30 January 2012 – vice-chairman of the Main Board), the International Political Science Association; political media commentator in Poland, in the Americas and Asia; author of over 200 publications in the field of political science, cultural studies, media studies and international relations (published in Polish, English, Croatian, Finnish, Japanese, German, Russian, Slovak and Ukrainian), including: A Legacy of Hatred. On the Conflict in Northern Ireland (1991), Nieprzejednani. Rzecz o Irlandzkiej Armii Republikańskiej (Irreconcilables: the Irish Republican army) (1991), A Predominant Party System. The Case of Ireland (1994), Pragmatycy i idealiści. Rodowód, typologia i ewolucja ugrupowań politycznych nacjonalizmu irlandzkiego w XX wieku (Pragmatists and idealists: origins, typology, and evolution of political parties in the twentieth century Irish nationalism) (2001), System konstytucyjny Irlandii (The constitutional system of Ireland) (2001), Bałkany. Etnokulturowe podłoże konfliktów (The Balkans. Ethno-cultural background of conflicts) (co-author and co-editor, 2006), Niemcy-Polska: Coraz bliżej: Perspektywa polskich i niemieckich studentów (Germany-Poland: coming closer: the perspective of Polish and German students), (co-author and editor, 2007), Kryzys przywództwa we współczesnej polityce (Leadership crisis in contemporary politics) (co-author and co-editor, 2011), Politolog o polityce. Wywiady, komentarze, opinie i ekspertyzy (Political scientist on politics. Interviews, comments, opinions, and expert evaluation) (2008-2014) (2014), Partyzanci doktrynerzy terroryści. Chronologiczne studium fenomenu Irlandzkiej Armii Republikańskiej (Partisans, doctrinarians, terrorists. Chronological study of the Irish Republican Army phenomenon) (2019).
Prof. Wojciech Kostecki, PhD
Research Coordinator. A political scientist, specialist in International Relations, graduate of Warsaw University; an author of many scientific works on the contemporary international issues, the problems of security, media, conflicts and theory of politics; in years 2007-2011 he was a chairman of the Team for threats to security of the society and state of the Committee for Research of Threats of the Polish Academy of Sciences; a member of domestic (NCN) and international research programs (including at the Cambridge University, the University of Copenhagen and Berghof Research Centre); a member of the European International Studies Association and a participant of the Global Security Fellows Initiative; since 2018 a member of the Managing Committee of the COST program entitled “EU Foreign Policy Facing New Realities: Perceptions, Contestation, Communication and Relations”.
Prof. Agnieszka Legucka, PhD
Analyst of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), where she is the chief specialist for foreign policy with regard to the Russian Federation; she was involved in such projects as development of the state national security of the Republic of Poland; she was a prorector for student affairs at the National Defence University, and she has trained public officers in the SENSE program, aimed at countries, which have been involved in armed conflicts.
Juliusz Maliszewski, PhD
Director of the Journalism and Social Communication Education Program. Doctor of Humanities in the field of political sciences, MBA holder, journalist, diplomat, commentator, radio and television manager, TVP correspondent, art historian, expert in German studies; Maliszewski held many managerial positions in the public media – Polish Television and Polish Radio, among others as the director-editor-in-chief of Radio Poland and member of the Supervisory Board of TVP SA; he was a member of the TVP Ethics Committee, director of the Polish Institute in Leipzig; specialist in German and European issues; author of a monograph “Deutsche Welle w systemie medialnym Republiki Federalnej Niemiec” (Deutsche Welle in the media system of the Federal Republic of Germany) and author of numerous publications on international relations and the media.
Janusz Mrowiec, PhD
A diplomat, ambassador ad personam, PhD in humanistic sciences, a specialist in international relations, Polish representative at international conferences, i.a. of the Organisation of African Unity, African Union, Arab League Councils, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Economic Community of West African States; former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Gambia and Algiers; for many years he has been a lecturer for the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH); an author of numerous publications on international relations, Arab world, Islam, terrorism and cultural differences.
Bartłomiej E. Nowak, PhD
President of the Vistula Group of Universities, and a political scientist, he holds a PhD in Economics. Formerly, he was Chair of International Relations at Vistula University (2014-2017), and Executive Director of the Centre for International Relations (2010-2013). He was a fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2018), Transatlantic Academy in Washington (2013-2014), and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (non-resident 2014-2017). He also performed executive and advisory functions in the European Parliament (Brussels-Strasbourg, 2004-2009), and at the Convention on the Future of Europe (Brussels, 2002-2003). Prior to Poland’s accession to the EU, Dr. Nowak was a co-founder and member of the Programme Board of the Initiative – “YES in the Referendum” (2002–2003), and the National Council for European Integration (2002–2004).
Krzysztof Nowakowski, PhD
Graduate of sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology at Warsaw University (1995); scholarship holder from the International Research & Exchanges Board in 1996, an American organization supporting democratic changes in Central European countries; he completed internships and broadened his didactic experience during stays at Cornell University (School of Industrial and Labour Relations – USA), at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium – 1997) and Rutgers University (Human Resource Department, USA – 1999), which provided grounds for the dissertation in the field of human resource management and the subsequent defence of the doctoral thesis in 2002 (Warsaw University).
THE BEST IN PRACTICE
The Master’s programme in International Relations offers a well-thought-out programme, which meets the expectations of the contemporary labour market. The classes are conducted by experienced experts – former ministers and ambassadors who have solid knowledge. The classes will help you to gain professional knowledge, which will strengthen your competences. During your studies, you will be able to enrich your experience via an internship in Poland, or abroad, thanks to the Erasmus Plus programme.
See for yourself that Vistula is the best University in practice. Find out the multiple benefits of studying International Relations.
BENEFITS OF STUDYING INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
You will find out more about relations between the most important participants of global policy and world business, as well as the processes which shape them. You will be able to test yourself during the Erasmus Plus internship abroad. You will make many international acquaintances. This will make the road to a global career wide open for you.
During the Master’s programme, you will have a chance to meet many international figures of note. The classes are conducted by former ministers, senior employees of international organisations, and ambassadors. These experts will pass onto you, the knowledge and skills used on an everyday basis in the world of business relations.
In the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula, we focus on the usefulness of the knowledge we pass onto students. Therefore, we not only teach the theory, but we also offer narrow specialisms and interactive classes, which develop our students to the maximum.
International Relations (Master’s programme) will give you the opportunity to work in diplomacy and global business. The graduates of this major can apply for work in:
- international corporations,
- the representations of foreign organisations and institutions,
- foreign trade offices and export departments,
- the mass media, which deal with international affairs and public administration,
- international organisations with a registered office in Poland (OSCE, OdiHR, the Community of
- Democracies, UNDP, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, as well as the UN, ILO, and the WHO).
Tuition fee for full-time and part-time studies in Polish – students from outside the EU
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time studies 120 € 1 450 € 775 €
Tuition fee for full-time studies in English – EU and other countries citizens*
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time studies 120 € 2 500 € 1 350 €
*The group of citizens of other countries paying the same fees as EU citizens includes: Citizens of North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia).
Tuition fee for full-time studies in English – citizens from the remaining countries*
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester)** Full-time studies 200 € 3 800 € 2 000 €
*This does not apply to students from the countries of North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia).
**The semester fee payment is available only for students with a valid visa or a residence permit in Poland.
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