The programme combines professional preparation with state of the art courses in political science, and includes both compulsory and elective courses. All courses are advanced level courses, and are taught in English.

Programme structure

The first year of the programme consists of compulsory core courses and elective thematic specialisation courses. Each elective period offers the student a set selection of courses taught at the department. The number of seats for each course is limited. Programme students are allocated places according to admissions merit value.

The independent research project (the Master’s Thesis) is written during the third semester. The topic is developed in consultation with a supervisor. During the final semester students undertake a workplace internship, study abroad as an exchange student, or take courses selected in consultation with the Director of Studies.

The education plan states the eligibility requirements, the composition of the programme, as well as the goals and expected study results of the programme. You will find it here.


    Course Schedule Literature
Semester 1    
Period A & B  

Analytical Perspectives and the Study of Power in Social Science
Course responsible teacher: Magnus Reitberger

Schedule Literature list Analytical Perspectives and the Study of Power in the Social Sciences, autumn 2019 (645 Kb)
Period C  

Politics of Equality
Course responsible teacher: Jouni Reinikainen


Literature list The Politics of Equality, autumn 2019 (75 Kb)

Unipolarity Without Hegemony - Pax Americana in the 21st Century
Course responsible teacher: Kjell Engelbrekt
Schedule Literature list Unipolarity Without Hegemony - Pax Americana in the 21st Century (641 Kb)

Globalization, Economy and Politics in Asia
Course responsible teacher: Henrik Berglund

Schedule Literature list Globalization, Economy and Politics in Asia (13 Kb)
Period D  

Global and Regional Governance
Course responsible teacher: Jonas Tallberg


Literature list Global and regional Governance, autumn 2019 (20 Kb)

National and Global Equality Policies: Goals and instruments
Course responsible teacher: Lenita Freidenvall


Literature list National and Global Equality Policies, autumn 2019 (32 Kb)
Environmental Politics - Governing the Anthropocene from Local to Global
Course responsible teacher: Andreas Duit
Schedule Literature list Environmental Politics - Governing the Athropocence from Local to Global (18 Kb)
Semester 2    
Period A   Analysis of Democracy
Course responsible teacher: Magnus Reitberger
Period B  

International Security Politics
Course responsible teacher: Joakim Kreutz




Towards Emancipation: Feminist Theories and Strategies During 200 Years
Course responsible teacher: Maria Jansson and Maria Wendt

International Political Theory
Course responsible teacher: Hans Agné
Global Climate and Environmental Politics
Course responsible teacher: Naghmeh Nasiritousi
Period C & D   Methods in Political Science
Course responsible teachers: Ludvig Norman (Qualitative methods) and Kåre Vernby (Quantitaive methods)

Schedule - Qualitative methods

Schedule - Quantitative methods

Literature list Methods in Political Science (308 Kb)
Semester 3    
Period A-D   Independent research project in Political Science (for programme students on semester 3 only) Schedule  
Semester 4    
Period A-D   Internship    


Careers and employment

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