Political Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 770
    Tuition (Semester)
    770
    Tuition (Semester)
  • German
    Language
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What challenges do governments and societies face in modern democracies? 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.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

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.

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.

Programme Structure

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.

Structure

Electives

  • Political theory
  • Political system of Switzerland
  • Political system of the EU
  • International relations
  • Comparative political science
  • Policy analysis
  • Political sociology

A semester of study at a university with a teaching language other than English

Master thesis, including Master Colloquium

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.

The minor in Administrative Science (30 ECTS) can only be taken by master students majoring in Political Science at the University of Bern.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    120 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Academic Requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program:

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 admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program may apply.

Bachelor's degree in Social Work from a Swiss university of applied sciences:additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits will be required.

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’s degree 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. Additional attainments may be required

Language Requirements

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

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.

www.unibe.ch/studies/degree_programs/masters/application/index_eng.html

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB).

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 770 International
  • EUR 770 EEA

Tuition fee, Semester fee and Student Union Membership: 805.- CHF / per semester

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