The MA degree in Labour Studies is a 2 years (4 semesters) graduate program at the Department of Political Science, the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration – SNSPA, Bucharest, recognized by ARACIS (The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education). The program aims to provide top notch researchers and practitioners with expertise in the field of labour relations / industrial relations. The courses are held in English and Romanian, and in the first semester students will benefit from a special English language course.

The MA Program in Labour Studies has joined in 2016 the European Master in Labour Studies Network, a joint-MA program allowing the students to take part in Erasmus+ exchange programs and spend one semester at one of the other 13 members of the MEST/EMLS consortium:

London School of Economics (UK)
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)
ISCTE Lisabona - Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (Portugal)
Universität Bremen (Germany)
University College Dublin (Ireland)
Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia)
Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Universität Trier (Germany)
Warwick University (UK)
Université Toulouse 1 (France)
Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands).

This program is designed for:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students interested in analyzing labour relations, labour market policies, relations between unions, firms and government, models of social and economic institutions, interest groups, social concertation, recruiting and training of employees, producing predictive analyses and strategies.
  • Employees in trade unions, employers’ associations, private companies (human resources and strategic analysis departments), governmental agencies, local institutions, chambers of commerce. They will gain theoretical and practical knowledge about topics like social, fiscal and labour market policies, workforce recruitment, collective bargaining, predictive strategies and analysis, relationship between state institutions, unions, employers’ associations and private companies, drafting and negotiating collective agreements, producing predictive analyses and strategies.

The program is based on an intra- and trans-disciplinary approach, combining empirical, theoretical, critical and analytical skills and knowledge from Political Science, Sociology, Economy, Anthropology, Legal Studies, International Relations, Education Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Administration, Journalism and Communications Studies.

Graduate students will acquire new skills in contextualizing knowledge, identifying the best explanations and suggesting solutions for practical issues regarding the functioning of the economy and of social institutions. As well, they will gain advanced skills in using instruments of critical argumentation, data collection, data analysis using qualitative and quantitative methods, and in formulating scientific-based predictions based on empirical research.

The program combines practical training (two mandatory internships in organizations like firms, chambers of commerce, consulting companies, research institutes, union federations and confederations, employers’ associations, field research under the coordination of a professor in the master’s program) with comparative methodological, theoretical and empirical training throughout the courses mentioned in the Program Structure section.

Coordinator of the MA Program in Labour Studies
Assistant Professor Aurelian Muntean