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Political Science Analysis

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Through this course, you will get a broad overview of the various political science sub disciplines and learn to write qualified literature reviews. The course introduces classical works as well as current research, and clarifies the common analytical and methodological foundations of the subject.

The course is the first compulsory course in the Master's Programme in Political Science and also given as a single subject course.


In this course you learn about various political science research areas. You study these different research areas by reading both classical text and current research. Furthermore, you learn how to apply different theoretical and analytical perspectives as well as different research strategies and research methods. You will also train to write and present critically reflective problem-based research overview assignments.

The course begins with an introduction to political theory and rational choice. The course is then organized around four areas of research: political behavior, comparative politics, public administration and international politics.

Prerequisites and selection


A minimum of 60 credits in first cycle Political Science (or equivalent) of which at least 30 credits from in depth courses in the first cycle (or equivalent). 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 is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

The course can be combined with in-depth courses in political science as well as method and thesis courses on the advanced level.


The course combines lectures and seminars around five different research areas.