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).
Semester 1 In the first semester you will choose one of three courses: International Politics 15 credits, Governance and The State 15 credits or The Politics of Development 15 credits. In the second half of the semester, you will take the compulsory proficiency course Methods, 15 credits.
Semester 2 In the second semester you may choose to deepen and broaden you studies in the field of political science at the Department of Government. You may also choose among the courses given by the departments affiliated to the Master's programme or other courses at Uppsala University, universities in Sweden or elsewhere. Those of you who wish to finish your studies with a one-year Master's degree must write a thesis during the second part of the semester, 15 credits.
Semester 3 The third semester is devoted to the degree project for which you are required to complete a Master's thesis, 30 credits. Before you can enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed the Methods course.
Semester 4 In the fourth semester you have the opportunity to do an internship in Sweden or abroad in order to gain professional experience. For those of you who choose not to do an internship, the department offers the elective courses of the second semester. It is also possible to complete the Master's thesis this semester.
Courses within the programme
Compulsory courses: One of the three courses: International Politics 15 credits, Governance and The State 15 credits or The Politics of Development 15 credits. Methods, 15 credits Master's thesis, 30 credits
Elective courses (may vary): Comparative Politics, 15 credits European Integration, 15 credits Political Attitudes and Behaviour: Perspectives from Political Psychology and Sociology, 15 credits Reviewing Prior Research, 15 credits The State and Its Challenges: War and Migration, 15 credits Welfare Politics in a Global Perspective, 15 credits
The course content and teaching are research-driven, and firmly anchored in scientific approaches. Knowledge is acquired through in-class teaching, seminar discussions and by means of various forms of individual assignments.
You are expected to assume increasing responsibility for your own learning, and gradually acquire professionally relevant and research-based knowledge and skills. Throughout the programme the focus is put on training your ability to present your work in writing and orally.
In the final semester you have the opportunity to do an internship in Sweden or abroad in order to gain professional experience. We can offer you a variety of internship placements in Sweden and abroad but you may also search for an interesting placement yourself.
During the course of study, you are expected to keep abreast with advances in political science research and contribute to the development of knowledge. The Master's thesis provides you with the opportunity to apply advanced political science methodology and make an independent research contribution.
The programme is offered in Uppsala and all instruction is in English.
The Master's Programme in Political Science prepares you for a professional career as an investigator and analyst in the private and the public sectors, both at home and abroad. The programme gives you an advanced education that leads to a broad investigative competence with specialist knowledge in politics, society and political science research.
Our graduates work at, for example, UNDP, IAEA and World Bank Group. Job titles include Strategic Partnership Specialist, Chief Operations Officer and Researcher.
You will also be prepared for advanced studies in various specific areas within the discipline of political science as comparative politics, political theory, public administration, international relations and development studies.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
Please note! To be eligible for the programme you must send us a hard copy of your Bachelor's thesis/essay so that we have it on or before 1 February 2019. Mark your envelope "Master's Programme in Political Science" and send it to:
Uppsala University Department of Government P.O. Box 514 SE-751 20 Uppsala Sweden
Please also note, if the written work is sent by courier service, the department's street address must be used:
Uppsala University Department of Government Gamla Torget 6 SE-753 20 Uppsala Sweden
Requirements: Academic requirements 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.)
Language requirements 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
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.