Political Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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    Tuition (Full programme)
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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 programme prepares you for a professional career as an investigator or analyst in public or private organisations at home or abroad.
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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.


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).

Programme Structure

Courses Within The Programme
First semester

The first semester provides a common ground in methodological skills and a deeper knowledge of political science, international relations and development studies through the subject courses offered by the department.

Second semester

In the second semester you choose among the elective courses, while those of you wishing to conclude your studies with a one-year Master's degree choose to write an essay during the second half of the second semester.

Third and fourth semesters

In the third and fourth semesters, you complete your Master's thesis, and either opt for an internship or take courses of your own choosing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 21084 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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