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This is one of the central research questions addressed in the Master program in Political Science at the University of Bern.

This program in the Institute of Political Science also addresses issues related to democratic systems and the characteristics and effects of direct democracy.

Another area of focus is political sociology for example, the study of changes in political and social attitudes and analyses of the voting behavior of citizens in democracies. Additional topics addressed in the widely diverse program include political parties, interest groups, economic, social and environmental policies,
political communication, international relations and the fundamentals of political theory.

The Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern is one of the leading political science institutes in Switzerland. Along with an outstanding advisor system, the program also provides for a very inspiring atmosphere with internationally renowned and respected political scientists and Researchers.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April 30; August 31
Tuition fee
  • EUR 770 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 770 Semester (EEA)
Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester
Start date , January 2017
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Master students are required to attend courses in seven subject fields (political theory, political system of Switzerland, political system of the EU, international relations, comparative political science, policy analysis and political sociology). Subjects covered by students during their Bachelor studies do not have to be repeated in the Master program. A semester of study at a university with a teaching language other than English is required. A maximum of 30 credits must be attained during this semester. When combined with a suitable minor, the Master program in Political Science enables students to further pursue their interests and gain additional knowledge in all different fields of political science.

Program Structure

The Master program consists of a major with 90 ECTS credits and a minor with 30 ECTS credits. The program should be completed in four semesters. Further information is available at www.ipw.unibe.ch.

Major (90 ECTS-Punkte)Minor (30 ECTS-Punkte) Electives
(seven subject fields)
- Political theory
- Political system of Switzerland
- Political system of the EU
- International relations
- Comparative political science
- Policy analysis
- Political sociology Basically, any subject can be taken for which the University of Bern offers a minor as part of a Master course of study. A semester of study at a university with a teaching language other than English (max. 30 ECTS credits)

Master thesis, including Master Colloquium (30 ECTS credits)

Note regarding electives

A subject can be covered by attending a lecture or seminar in that subject area. Subjects covered by students during their Bachelor studies do not necessarily have to be repeated in the Master program.
Select your degree program.

Major (90 ECTS)

Degree

The Master program for Political Science leads to the title of "Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Bern." This academic title is awarded when a total of 120 credits are attained with the major (90 ECTS credits) and the minor (30 ECTS credits).

Subject focus

Master students are required to attend courses in seven subject fields (political theory, political system of Switzerland, political system of the EU, international relations, comparative political science, policy analysis and political sociology). Subjects covered by students during their Bachelor studies do not have to be repeated in the Master program. A semester of study at a university with an official language other than English is required. A maximum of 30 credits must be attained during this semester. When combined with a suitable minor, the Master program in Political Science enables students to further pursue their interests and gain additional knowledge in all different fields of political science.

Minor (30 ECTS)

The admission requirements for the MA program in Political Science (minor) are: Admission requirements for the Department of Social Sciences.

Minor Public Administration (30 ECTS)

Students enrolled at the University of Bern with a major in Political Science can study Administrative Science as a minor in the Center of Competence for Public Management (KPM). You will find the study plan for a minor in Administrative Science here.

Combination possibilities

The Master's degree program in Political Science consists of a major with 90 ECTS credits and a minor with 30 ECTS credits.

Any subject taught in a sufficient scope at the University of Bern can be chosen as a minor. However, students are not permitted to have a major and minor in the same branch of study.

You will find a list of the minors offered at the University of Bern here: http://www.unibe.ch/content/studies/degree_programs/bachelor/degree_programs/index_eng.html.

Since the fall semester 2012, students have had the option of combining an MA major in Political Science (90 ECTS) with a minor in Administration Science (30 ECTS) at the Center of Competence for Public Management (KPM) at the University of Bern (www.kpm.unibe.ch).

Master Thesis

The Master program is completed when the master thesis is submitted. Students must agree on the content requirements for the master thesis with their advisor.

The following individuals are currently authorized to advise students with their master Thesis:

Any political science professor (or lecturer) can advise students who have officially registered for the Master Colloquium.

There may also be additional requirements for thesis advisement. Generally, the student must have attended at least one seminar taught by the professor in question.

Guidelines for Master Theses and Academic Writing:Colloquium

An initial concept for the thesis is presented and discussed in one of the three specialized Master Colloquia. Master Colloquia are held every semester. A total of 30 ECTS credits are awarded for the master thesis (including the Colloquium). The following Doctoral and Master Colloquia are offered:

  • Policy Analysis and Regulation (Prof. Ingold/Prof. Elsig/Prof. Sager; organization: Alexander Widmer)
  • Swiss Politics and Political Sociology (Prof. Freitag/Prof. Vatter; organization: Julian Bernauer)
  • Comparative Politics and the Political System of the EU (Prof. Armingeon/Prof. Stadelmann; organization: Beatrice Romann)

Participation in an MA Colloquium requires prior consultation with, and the agreement of, the advisor as regards the specific research topic of the master thesis (consultation and agreement no later than six weeks before classes begin in the coming semester).
Students register with the person responsible for the organization of the colloquium via e-mail prior to the beginning of the semester.

Degree completion

The application for the completion of a Bachelor or Master's degree must be submitted to the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences. You will find further information about the application process at the website of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences.

Additional information

You will find additional information on the colloquia and participation requirements in the Core Teaching System (CTS) and the ILIAS.

Requirements

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for a

Major in Political Science (90 ECTS credits):

Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major or minor in Political Science or Social Sciences (at least 60 ECTS credits with courses in basic methodology)

  • Lecture and accompanying seminar in "Social Science Statistics" (6 ECTS credits)
  • Lecture in "Introduction to Empirical Social Research" (3 ECTS credits)
  • Lecture in "Qualitative Methods in Social Science" (3 ECTS credits)
  • Empirical research internship (8 ECTS credits)
Depending on the type of degree, other requirements for the Master may apply.Minor in Political Science (30 ECTS credits):Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minor in Political Science or Social Sciences (minimum of 30 ECTS credits).Minor in Administrative Science (30 ECTS credits):Admission to the Master program in Political Science (major) at the University of Bern

Recognition of the Bachelor's degree will be individually decided upon if the degree is more than six years old. Certain requirements may apply for admission to the Master program.

Language requirements

Sufficient passive knowledge of German is required in order for students to be able to understand source texts, lectures or examination questions.

Several written or oral examinations can be taken in German, French or English.

Application and admission

Applicants with Swiss qualifications and applicants with international qualifications are subject to different admission requirements.

http://www.unibe.ch/content/studies/degree_programs/master_s_degree_programs/application/index_eng.html

You have questions regarding admissions and enrollment? The Admissions Office (ZIB) can help you with These.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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