MSc in Political Science


Program Description

A broad, research-oriented degree program

Does diversity jeopardize the welfare state? How is political radicalization 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 modeling, 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 program for those who seek a comprehensive political science master’s focusing on research design and methodology. The program gives students the possibility to specialize in the subfields of comparative politics, political theory, political sociology, international relations, public policy, or public administration.

In the rankings

Political science at Aarhus University is ranked forty-seventh in the world in the QS world university rankings by subject 2017. Social sciences at Aarhus are ranked 79 in the 2016 Times Higher Education world university rankings, and 48 in the 2016 Shanghai ranking.

Quality teaching in an informal learning environment

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.

Variety and opportunities

The MSc in Political Science is flexible, giving students the opportunity to design their own course program. 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 organization.


MSc students pursue careers in which independent analytical skills are crucial. They find challenging jobs in academia and in key policy organizations, 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.

“I was drawn to the new Political Science program because of its flexibility, which was perfect for me as it allowed me to explore different topics. However, the real heart of this program is the emphasis on research, and that serves as an excellent and universal foundation. In general, I believe that this program is world-class. The methodology courses are exceptional, and the opportunity to learn in an international context makes it a learning experience inside and outside of the classroom. On top of that, Aarhus is an ideal city to study in, because of its size, cultural offerings, and the feeling that the university is an integral part of the city. I really could not ask for more.”
William Lescas
Student, MSc in Political Science, from the US.

Place of study


Annual tuition fee

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: Free

Others: EUR 9,000

A selective program with Ph.D. openings

Independence, commitment and hard work are required to join this program, 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 Ph.D. programs. This could be the first step in an international academic career.

Scholarships for overseas students

The MSc is free for EU/EEA and Swiss students. Highly qualified international students may apply for a limited number of scholarships/tuition fee waivers.

Aarhus BSS

Aarhus BSS (School of Business and Social Sciences) is one of Aarhus University’s four faculties. With approximately 13,000 full-time students, several thousand part-time students, more than 230 Ph.D. students, and more than 590 faculty members, Aarhus BSS ranks among the largest business schools in Europe and is Denmark’s biggest business and social sciences unit at a university level. Building on its broad academic base, it encompasses both traditional business and social science disciplines.

Learning in an international context

At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research and teach­ing at the highest academic level. We are dedicated to imparting to our students exactly the knowledge, skills, and experience that are in demand – the skills that are essential for engaging in professional business activities in a global marketplace.

Our broad scope enables us to attract researchers, lecturers, and stu­dents from all over the world. With their help, we have built an international environment in which academic and cultural views are exchanged, expe­riences gathered, and friendships formed.

Our students are encouraged to take a semester abroad at one of Aarhus BSS’s approximately 300 partner universities around the world. Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity for you to expand your horizon academically, culturally and personally, and for you to acquire valuable international experience and qualifications that are in high demand in companies and organizations everywhere.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and strongly research-oriented institution that creates and shares knowledge. The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world class resea ... Read More

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and strongly research-oriented institution that creates and shares knowledge. The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world class research fields. Read less
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