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MSc in Political Science

Aarhus University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Aarhus
Fall

Aarhus
Winter
MSc in Political Science

Program description

MSc in Political Science

A Broad, Research-oriented Degree Programme

Does diversity jeopardise the welfare state? How is political radicalisation prevented? Why are Scandinavians more trustful than other people? At the Department of Political Science our objective is to choose the right research strategies, methods, and theoretical concepts that will enable us to answer such questions. This may involve conducting surveys, statistical modelling, or interviews, spending hours at the library, or going on field trips to the Middle East.

The MSc in Political Science is the flagship degree of our top European political science department, whose high ratings and research attract academics from around the globe to its vibrant community of scholars. This is a high-quality, two-year programme for those who seek a comprehensive political science master’s focusing on research design and methodology. The programme gives students the possibility to specialise in the subfields of comparative politics, political theory, political sociology, international relations, public policy, or public administration.

Admission requirements

In general, admission to a Master's degree programme at Aarhus University requires a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor's degree in level and length (180 ECTS).

You must also meet any specific requirements for the programme you are applying for.

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants must provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

You apply for a study programme at Aarhus University through our online portal.

Learn more about the general and more specific admission requirements at Aarhus University and find information on how to apply for a Master's Degree on our website.


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Program content

The MSc in Political Science is dedicated to the highest-quality teaching in an informal and egalitarian learning environment. Students are always welcome to approach the teaching staff, whose doors are open to anybody wishing to propose a supervised reading course, for example. Students are expected to engage actively in classroom debates. They also collaborate in small-scale comparative projects that make the most of the international study environment.

The MSc in Political Science is flexible, giving students the opportunity to design their own course programme. Talented students may even be offered a chance to work as research assistants on ongoing projects.

Some students will spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions or do an internship in a company or organisation.

Scholarships & funding

Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.

The scholarship is usually a full or a partial tuition fee waiver, and in some cases, it also includes a monthly grant towards living expenses. Typically the scholarship is for the whole duration of your Master’s degree program.

You can find more information about Danish State Scholarships on the Aarhus University website.

Tuition fees

  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
  • Others: €10,000

Continuing studies

Independence, commitment and hard work are required to join this programme, and students will need to demonstrate excellence and dedication in their bachelor’s degree. Those who excel in their master’s may go on to apply for a place in one of our first-rate PhD programmes. This could be the first step in an international academic career.

Career opportunities

MSc students pursue careers in which independent analytical skills are crucial. They find challenging jobs in academia and in key policy organisations, or as consultants, analysts, or strategists in firms, NGOs,

and the public sector. For half a century the department has produced a flow of illustrious alumni, from government ministers to the present Secretary-General of the EU’s Council of Ministers

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About this institute

Welcome to Aarhus University in Denmark!

Established in 1928, Aarhus University has grown to be a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 educational institutions, and recently ranked 69th in...


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Why study at Aarhus University

An international and diverse university

Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.

Informal environment with focus on critical thinking

Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.

A comprehensive university

Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.

Contact info

Aarhus University

Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

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