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Master's Programme in Political Science

The Master's Programme in Political Science (MaPS) offers advanced academic training closely tied to the internationally acknowledged research carried out at our  department. Diplomat, political advisor, project manager and analyst are examples of professions among the members of our alumni network. The degree also gives qualification to apply for doctoral studies in political science.

The programme provides expertise

The education provides expertise of great relevance for those inclined to compete for a career within global- and domestic politics, public administration and civil society. This expertise includes the quality of government and corruption, public opinion and democracy, the process of democratization, social dilemmas, political institutions and environmental politics.

We offer highly qualified studies in research method. The opportunity to specialize in research method through a selection of four different courses on two occasions (one mandatory and one optional) accounts for an additional preparation of our students for the job market. Exceptional skills in research method is as relevant for careers within public policy, as to the monitoring of political power. Of course, the programme also comes with the opportunity to internship, for either a half or a full semester.

Coursework the first semester

The first semester begins with a core course (15 credits) that provides advanced knowledge of main research areas within contemporary political science, such as political behavior, comparative politics, public administration, political theory and international politics. The second part of the first semester is dedicated to studies in research method (15 credits). There is an opportunity to choose between different courses in either quantitative or qualitative methods. If you have studied methods before you may choose between four different courses. If you have not studied methods before you can choose between two courses, SF2323 Applied Qualitative Research Methods, problems and design and SF2324 Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists. Students will gain from the long-time held emphasis on the importance of research design and method to empirical investigation that is a distinctive feature of the research carried out at the department.

Coursework the second semester

The second semester consists of in-depth courses, including electoral studies and public opinion, the quality of political institutions and corruption, social dilemmas and environmental politics, and democracy and democratization (2 x 15 credits). Our in-depth courses rely on strong research-profiles at the department, which means that students develop their academic skills by the help of dedicated professors who are prominent researchers within their fields.

Coursework the third semester

The third semester offers a number of different alternatives. One option is to do an internship in a private or public organization, for either a half or a full semester. Another option is to take further in-depth courses in political science, and to proceed with additional studies in research method in either statistical analysis or qualitative techniques. You can choose to study the courses abroad.

Coursework the fourth semester

The fourth semester, and the completion of the programme, is for the research project of the Master’s thesis to be carried out. The work with a master’s thesis involves further development, and independent application, of the theoretical and methodological skills gained throughout the programme (30 credits). Researchers with an international reputation in their field or academic expertise, and with solid experience of guiding research-projects, are at students’ disposal as advisors.

Ambition, academic integrity and equal treatment

Students at the Master’s Programme in Political Science are part of an ambitious group of individuals from many different countries. Students meet with teachers dedicated to an academically solid and career preparatory education. We value ambition and expect the highest level of academic integrity. Students also benefit from our expectations on their capacity to obtain knowledge and to develop their analytic skills. To work and study at our department means to belong to an environment characterized with a high level of consciousness with regard to equality, not the least between women and men. We value and maintain a professional, respectful and kind treatment among staff and students.

Double degree option

The education offers one double degree option in co-operation with University of Konstanz (separate application code). For more information see Double degree options.

Noah met some of his closest friends at the University of Gothenburg

23 year old Noah Bell from Sydney in Australia is a student at the Master’s Programme in Political Science (MaPS). He has always been interested in politics and government, and thinks the programme provides him with valuable research skills. After graduating he is hoping to find work in Sweden. Take part of the interview here.

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