MA Program in Labour Studies - Masteratul de studii de munca SNSPA

Form: onsite campus learning

Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)

Coordinator: Aurelian Muntean


Contact: Bd. Expoziției 30A, Bucharest 012104, Romania. Tel/fax: 0372.249.776; 021.310.1042
E-mail: labourstudies [at] politice {.} ro



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 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).

The curriculum of the MA Program in Labour Studies includes the following courses:

  • MSMSP01: Comparative labour relations (Assist. Prof. Aurelian Muntean)
  • MSMSP02: Stratification and social mobility (Assoc. Prof. Cătălin Augustin Stoica)
  • MSMSP03: Labour market and collective bargaining in Europe (Assist. Prof. Todor Arpad)
  • MSMSP04: Varieties of capitalism (Assist. Prof. Aurelian Muntean)
  • MSMSP05: Comparative European and international labour law (Assoc. Prof. Radu Popescu)
  • MSMSP06: Migration and labour (Assoc. Prof. Monica Șerban)
  • MSMSP07: Management of human resources (Assoc. Prof. Mihai Păunescu)
  • MSMSP08: Sociology of interest groups (Assist. Prof. Aurelian Muntean)
  • MSMSP09: Civic dialogue and social representation (Assoc. Prof. Cristian Pîrvulescu / PhD. Andrada Nimu)
  • MSMSP10: Recruitment, selection and evaluation of human resources (Assist. Prof. Cătălina Roșca)
  • MSMSP11: Methods of data analysis (Assist. Prof. Aurelian Muntean / George Matu)
  • MSMSP12: Anthropology of labour relations (Assist. Prof. Bogdan Iancu / PhD. Elena Trifan)


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, thus being a unique program in Romania.

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 (internship 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.

You will acquire solid competences, skills and knowledge that will make you attractive candidates for employers in the job market such as ministries and governmental institutions, international organizations, parliamentary committees, human resources and consultancy firms, NGOs, trade unions, employers’ associations. You will be guided and referred by our professors from the Political Science department and from the Sociology Department, having a vast expertise in teaching and research.

The graduates of the MA Program in Labour Studies work in private companies, public and private universities, trade unions, employers’ associations, local and central public administration, or continue their educational program at PhD level.

The quality and relevance of the MA Program in Labour Studies are certified by The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS) starting with the academic year of 2013-2014. This is the list of programs accredited in the ARACIS board of directors meeting from 27.06.2013. The full ARACIS report can be downloaded from here.