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Registration information

Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Political Science as the main field of study and English B or equivalent.

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

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Political Science, Master's Programme

Programme 120 credits

This international programme develops skills in Political Science under the guidance of expert teaching staff. In the first semester, students are allocated a personal mentor from the teaching staff to help them orient themselves within the discipline and to establish a contact network.

Programme content

This Master of Science programme imparts systematic, in-depth knowledge and understanding of central theories and analyses in Political Science, thus enhancing skills in political analysis. In addition, the programme offers training in social science methodology. The overall objective is to provide students with the tools to develop their analytical and problem-solving skills and to apply these skills autonomously to studies within the discipline. The programme includes a single platform for advanced studies in Political Science, comprising courses in the theory of science, political theory, analytical approaches in political science, and methodology. The fourth and final semester features the compilation of a substantial dissertation. The dissertation and other assignments in the programme are written with close reference to ongoing research within the School of Social Sciences.


Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in Political Science

After the programme

Political Science graduates are well qualified for work in the private and public sectors, as well as in non-governmental organisations that operate between those sectors. The programme offers valuable training for a career in which the investigation, evaluation and analysis of politically relevant questions are required. The Master of Science also provides a solid foundation for students who intend to continue to doctoral studies.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2015

Semester overview

Year 1Semester 1Semester 2
Theory of Knowledge 7.5 credits, Optional Topic 7.5 credits, Approaches to Political Science 15 creditsComparative Politics 7.5 credits, Quantitative Research Methods 7.5 credits, Independent study 1 7.5 credits, Non-State Actors in International Relations 7.5 credits
Year 2Semester 3Semester 4
Political Analysis 7.5 credits, Independent study 2 7.5 credits, Qualitative Research Methods 7.5 credits, Comparative Research Methods 7.5 creditsDissertation 30 credits

Each semester covers 30 credits. Contents and order are subject to change. The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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