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Classical university education with a digital research twist

Mikołaj Cześnik, Associate Professor, Director of the Institute of Social Sciences

2-year program

  • Level: Graduate (Master's Degree)
  • Mode: Full-time
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Applications closed


Our unique sociology program is based on pairing students with academic supervisors (tutors). It focuses on social responsibility in the global digital era and is delivered primarily via lectures (including lectures by guest scholars from universities around the world), seminars, workshops and skill-labs. The program includes over twenty modules on research methods, techniques and tools, including emerging social research methods, as well as digital skills. Students work in small groups and are required to participate in empirical research projects, under the guidance of peer-mentors (doctoral students), at SWPS University’s research centers and labs. Study visits provide another opportunity for further development of practical skills.


Our program provides a strategic study choice for future scholars, academics, researchers, and analysts. It is designed for candidates, who already hold bachelor degrees, ideally in sociology or a related social sciences discipline, such as anthropology, psychology, economics or political science. Candidates with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines will also be considered, pending a successful selection process.

Language Requirements:

English proficiency at CEFR B2 level or higher or IELTS 6.0 or higher.

Career Prospects

Graduates can pursue successful careers in academia and act as top-level advisors and liaisons between the university/research environment and a broader social/business world. They can work in many sectors of the economy, including public administration, NGOs, and data sciences. They will also be ready for further education at the doctoral level, in Poland or abroad. Additionally, they will be able to take on advisory roles across various sectors of industry and public administration and will have the skills and knowledge necessary to foster social change not only in the workplace and their local communities, but also on a larger scale at national and international levels.

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Innovative Focus of Study

Unlike many sociology programs, which are focused either on classic scholarship or on marketable skills, our graduate program equips candidates not only with sound sociological knowledge, but also with practical competencies. Students have an opportunity to learn from internationally renowned specialists and to gain knowledge in various sub-disciplines of sociology and social sciences. Lectures are complimented by workshops, led by experts specializing in cutting-edge methodological expertise and digital research skills.

Excellent Research Environment

SWPS University is one of the most active research centers in Poland, especially in social sciences. The quality of teaching and research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been confirmed by top scores awarded to the Facutly by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in the annual comprehensive assessment. While the University’s research excellence is also related to numerous international research projects, the multicultural environment at SWPS University contributes to the development of students’ interpersonal skills and cross-cultural competencies.

Classic Student-Mentor Model

The boutique nature of our graduate Sociology program is firmly grounded in the classic academic tradition of a student-mentor teaching model, which provides a one-on-one collaboration and thesis supervision. In practice, each student becomes a part of a Student –  Doctoral Student – Faculty Member triad, which ensures that the student has access to an ongoing personalized guidance and inspiration. Furthermore, the program is conducive to designing tailor-made curriculums as it offers a limited number of obligatory modules, coupled with a range of electives, which offer learning in small-groups, during practical workshops.

Skills For the Digital Era

Nowadays, digital skills are a pre-requisite for careers of the future, therefore our program ensures that graduates acquire these relevant capabilities. Our methodology courses provide a mixed-method focus with a strong orientation on foresight and forecasting, as well as practical competencies in data visualization. Students can select preferred skill labs that range from the digitally-rooted big data analysis, software-assisted tools (e.g. R environment) to the cutting-edge approaches to ‘small data’ (e.g. visual methods and qualitative longitudinal research).


Track 1: State, Society and Public Policy

This specialization prepares students primarily for decision-making as well as advisory and research careers in politics, administration and various policy-making bodies. Students learn about democratic governance, the principles of policy development and evaluation, as well as the economy, public policy and social change. Additionally, students gain confidence in applying theoretical and practical social tools to better understand the process of policy-making in the modern world. Students also learn about the interface between governments and public stakeholders at different levels of social structure.

Skills and Methods: policy design, evaluation research, action research, community development, big data for policy, conflict and negotiation.

Track 2: Labor Market. Structures and People

Contemporary labor market is busy, crowded and saturated with complex tasks. This study track offers sociological insights into this multifaceted environment, its structures and people who (co-)create them. It focuses on the “Work 2.0” approach to labor and the new geographies of jobs. Students will analyze the consequences, challenges, opportunities and threats resulting from the automation of work, new forms of work, and digitalization. They will also understand the impact of the digital divide on social structures and individuals.

Skills and Methods: big data, statistics and survey methods, demographic analyses, social informatics, data visualizations, foresight, online research, evaluation research, social sequence analysis, and biographies.

Track 3: Focus on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Challenges to Social Theory

This track sees the location of the Program in Poland as the key vantage point, which gives students the benefit of observing social change in the making and the opportunity to examine how and why certain predictions are invalidated in a particular context. The observation of theories “in action” in the CEE region will allow students to look at different dimensions of social life, such as populism, erosion of rights, gender issues, etc., in transitional societies.

Skills and Methods: connecting big and small data, foresight and forecasting, visual research methods, action research, mixed-methods research, conflicts and negotiation, and public opinion.

Track 4: Implications of Social Inequalities for Communities and Personal Lives

This track focuses on the relationships between global changes and the actually lived individual experiences of people and communities. It zooms in on social inequalities, reflected in biographies across generations. Students will learn how to conduct research while working with families, local communities, biographies, and social networks. They will also learn to situate their findings in the broader context of social inequalities related to regional and international development, intersectionality (i.e. the matrix of gender, ethnicity/race, class, etc.), and demography (i.e. aging and migration).

Skills and Methods: ethnographic research, biographical methods, demography, visual research methods, data visualizations and infographics, public engagement, social network analysis, and ethics.


Application Step By Step

  1. Fill in the application form and upload required documents
  2. Pay the Application Fee (PLN 85.00) via PayU - you will be asked to do so in the application form
  3. Wait for the date of your interview
  4. Pay the Tuition Fee
  5. Wait for the Acceptance Letter
  6. Upon your arrival in Poland, submit original documents to the Admissions Office
  7. During the first semester, submit the Nostrificaiton of your diploma (if applicable)

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2019-2020 Tuition Fee
Full-Time Studies
10 installments 420 EUR
2 installments 2055 EUR
1 installment 3950 EUR

Admissions Office

  • admissions@swps.edu.pl
  • +48 22 517 99 61
  • Office Hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8.00-17.00
  • SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815, Warsaw, Poland
    room 004, main hall on the ground floor

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