M.A. Political Science

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR686 per Semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR686 per Semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • German ( Find a course )
| Bern, Switzerland
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.

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.

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Tuition fee
  • EUR686 per semester ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR686 per semester ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • Tuition fees are CHF 750 per semester.
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the German language. Find German courses on Language Learning Portal.


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)
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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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University of Bern

Bern, Switzerland

Switzerland The University of Bern offers top quality across the board: it enjoys special recognition in leading-edge disciplines, is reputed for the excellent quality of its teaching, offers a delightful setting, and a campus environment intimately linked to the social, economic and political life of the city.