The Master’s Programme in Political Science gives you the ability to critically examine, assess and analyse politics, international relations and development policy. The programme prepares you for a professional career as an investigator or analyst in public or private organisations at home or abroad.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
The Master’s Programme in Politics is designed to develop your ability to critically assess conceptual and empirical problems, conduct independent problem-solving, research, and collect and process complex material. You will acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience of examining, assessing and analysing problems in politics, international relations and development policy. You will leave with a systematic understanding of the fundamental questions of political science.
During the programme you can expect to:
- gain practical experience of examining, assessing and analysing problems in politics, international relations and development policy
- develop your methodological skills and understanding of political science
- choose beween a large selection of subject-specific courses
- take part in an extensive internship programme with placements in Sweden and abroad
The programme has a strong research focus building on the internationally advanced research carried out within the department. You will benefit from a research-driven course content, a large choice of subject-specific courses and varied methods of teaching with focus on developing your theoretical and analytical skills.
The department actively encourages you to seek internships as professional experience positively enhance the profile of your Master’s degree. As a student of the two-year programme you have the opportunity to complete an internship during one semester as an integral part of the programme.
The programme leads to a Master of Science in Political Sciences (120 credits) with Political Science or Development Studies as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Science in Political Sciences (60 credits).
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:
- 90 credits in political science or corresponding knowledge; and
- a Bachelor’s thesis or similar independent academic work with at least 8000 words within political science or a corresponding area. (“Corresponding” includes studies in social sciences with extensive and distinct elements of political science. One or more essays can be included in the concept “independent academic work”. The essays should be written in either English, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish or translated to one of these languages.)
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies with emphasis on the quality of the Bachelor’s thesis (or submitted independent work) and relevance of previous studies.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
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