The course leading to a Master’s degree in Political Science differs from the traditional academic approaches to this subject and address politics in its various dimensions - local, national, international, economic, social, and civic - but without losing touch with the reality of the contemporary world. This practical approach helps to highlight the “multi-professional” and innovative dimension of the training offered to students.
The study plan of the Master of Arts in Political Science degree consists of four parts: the common trunk, the specific orientations, an optional module, and the Master's thesis. Three specific orientations are offered :
University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as : oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas.
This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as :
The training benefits from the resources of the Institute of Political and International Studies (IEPI) and its various research groups. IEPI is currently, for the number of its teachers/researchers, one of Switzerland’s foremost centres of research and teaching in Political Science. It is characterised by its open-minded interdisciplinary approach based on collaboration within the UNIL (sociology, history, gender studies, etc.), as well as with other institutions in Switzerland (IDHEAP, UNIFR) and abroad.The study plan of the Master of Arts in Political Science degree consists of three parts:
It includes the teaching of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as of subjects that allow the students to develop their epistemological reflections on their own discipline, and to acquire the rudiments of political philosophy.
The student chooses one of the three orientations that constitutes the main specialisation of his/her degree course.
The subject is a theme related to the chosen orientation. The objective is to give the student an opportunity to complete a sizeable personal work assignment, combining a mastery of the theoretical elements with their application to particular empirical contexts, under the close supervision of one or two teachers.
The evaluation of knowledge takes diverse forms, for example seminar or research work, continuous assessment, oral or written examinations. Each course is validated either by a pass certificate (seminars, research seminar and placements), or by a mark (course work and Master’s dissertation).
There are three exam sessions per year (winter, summer, autumn). Conditions for passing the Master’s degree are described in the regulations of the Master of Arts in Political Science.
The students enrolled in a Master’s degree cycle have the opportunity to complete one semester in a partner institution recognised by the UNIL. If the mobility study programme is approved by the Study Advisor for Political Science and is confirmed by passing the exams, the credits earned will be recognised and validated in the student’s degree course.
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The award recognises studying abroad as a positively life changing experience for many students as well as promoting intercultural understanding and tolerance. Successful candidates will receive up to £10,000 to be applied toward the cost of tuition fees.
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