Political Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The aim of the Master Programme in Political Science from Uppsala University is to provide you with a systematic understanding of the fundamental questions of political science and give you the ability to critically examine, assess and analyse politics, international relations and development policy. 


The Political Science programme from Uppsala University is designed to develop your ability to critically assess conceptual and empirical problems, conduct independent problem-solving, research, and collect and process complex material. Upon completion of the programme, you will have acquired theoretical knowledge and the practical experience of examining, assessing and analysing problems in politics, international relations and development policy. The programme prepares you for more advanced studies in various specific areas within the discipline of political science such as comparative politics, political theory, public administration, international relations and development studies.

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. 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 final degree project provides you with the opportunity to apply advanced political science methodology and make an independent research contribution.

The Master's thesis written for the two-year degree (30 credits) requires deeper theoretical knowledge and methodological skills than the thesis written for the one-year degree (15 credits). Therefore, the Master’s Thesis course (30 credits) requires prior knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodology on an advanced level.

For those of you taking the two-year programme there is the opportunity to complete an internship during one semester as an integral part of the programme. The department has an extensive internship programme with placements in Sweden and abroad. The department actively encourages you to seek internships as professional experience to positively enhance the profile of your Master’s degree.


The programme prepares graduates for a professional career as an investigator and analyst in the private and the public sectors, both at home and abroad. The programme also prepares you for research and is a qualification when applying for doctoral studies.

The programme gives you an advanced education that leads to a broad investigative competence with specialist knowledge in politics, society and political science research.

Programme Structure

Year 1, autumn semester

In the first semester the student chooses one of three courses (15 credits): International Politics, Governance and The State and The Politics of Development. In the second half of the semester, students take the compulsory proficiency course Methods, 15 credits.

Year 1, spring semester

In the second semester students may choose to deepen and broaden their 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 students who wish to finish their studies with a one-year master’s degree must write an essay during the second part of the semester, 15 credits.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 credits; alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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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.)
  • All applicants need to verify English language proficiency.

Technological Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10422 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20844 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Living costs for Uppsala

6573 - 6670 SEK/month
Living Costs

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