M.Sc. Political Science

University of Gothenburg | Gothenburg, Sweden
Political Science is the study of politics - the art of the possible. Political scientists study power, democracy, political ideas and institutions, at the national level as well as the international level.



Political Science is the study of politics - the art of the possible. Political scientists study power, democracy, political ideas and institutions, at the national, local, regional and the international level.

The Master's Programme in Political Science is a state of the art education preparing you for a career in the field of advanced social analysis. Political scientists typically find employment within the fields of advanced research and investigation, power monitoring (journalism, research) or public opinion formation within the public or private sector. For those aiming for an international professional career, a Master s degree is normally a precondition.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15 Jan
Tuition fee
  • Application fee 900 SEK
  • Full programme cost 204 000 SEK
  • First payment 51 000 SEK
Not specified
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master's Programme in Political Science is a two year education organized in four semesters leading to a Master of Science (120 hec) with a major in Political Science. Course work in the first semester explores the major analytical perspectives in contemporary political science, and offers general and in-depth knowledge of the main research areas of the dicipline.

The second semester includes courses closely tied to the department's research profiles, such as electoral studies and public opinion, and political institutions and corruption (2 x 15 hec). The third semester offers the choice between electives, studies abroad or doing an internship (15 hec), and equips students with advanced knowledge of research methods (15 hec).

The Programme ends with students' opportunity to apply and develop the theoretical and methodological skills gained, through the research project of their Master's thesis (30 hec).


A Bachelor's degree and at least 60 higher education credits (hec) in political science or equivalent skills. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credit points from previous university studies, maximum 225 hec.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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