Research Master in Political Sciences

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Program Description
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Research Master in Political Sciences

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Research Master in Political Sciences

This master's programme is intended for people seeking to enter the field of political science research, whether with a view to subsequently pursuing doctoral studies or to deepening their knowledge in order to work in the public or private sector.


The programme aims to produce political science analysts and researchers with the necessary capacity for independent work to apply current analytical techniques and methods productively and the necessary capacity for group work to make valuable contributions to research teams, research centres, and analysis departments and offices.

Who is it for?

Candidates must hold an official university degree in the political and social sciences, legal sciences, humanities or health sciences issued by a higher education institution in the European Higher Education Area.

Candidates must likewise have an excellent academic transcript, be prepared to enrol on an exclusive and full-time basis, and have a command of English equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


The master's programme is made up of four modules. All students must complete Modules 1 and 2 and choose three subjects from Module 3. Module 4 consists of a master's degree final project, worth 20 credits, to be supervised by a permanent member of the programme's faculty (i.e., not a visiting lecturer).

All subjects are worth 5 credits.


Module 1. Research methodology and techniques (15 compulsory credits)

  • Statistical Analysis Techniques I
  • Fundamentals of Political and Social Research
  • Statistical Analysis Techniques II

Module 2. Fundamentals of political science (10 compulsory credits)

  • Introduction to Political Research
  • Idioms of Analysis in Political Science

Module 3. In-depth exploration of certain areas of political science (15 optional credits)

  • Federalism and Federations: Political Theory and Comparative Politics
  • The Current Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on the Social Welfare of Populations
  • The Construction of the EU and Its Consequences for the European People
  • Migrations and Society
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Research Seminar and Data Analysis
  • Democracy and Political Liberalism: Theoretical and Institutional Aspects
  • Actors and Institutions in Public Policy Analysis
  • Electoral Systems
  • Citizenship and Democracy in the European Union
  • Causal Modelling
  • Political Competition in Multilevel Contexts: Parties, Citizens and Elections
  • Comparative Political Economy: Systems, Conflict and Development

Module 4. Master's degree final project (20 compulsory credits)

Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

  • Development of the necessary research skills to successfully pursue a PhD in political science.
  • High-level training in research and analysis in the field of political science.
  • Specialized training in the research areas of the UPF's Department of Political and Social Sciences.
  • Ability to development innovative research lines in the research areas of the UPF's Department of Political and Social Sciences.
  • Development of general skills to enhance future job prospects.

Career prospects

  • Teaching and research at universities and higher education institutions.
  • Professional practice in political institutions and public authorities at the local, regional, national and European Union levels.
  • Consulting for private sector companies that work with public organizations or on matters related to the public sector.
  • Study offices of political organizations, trade unions and interest groups.
  • Advising and management of non-governmental organizations.


Remember that in order to be successfully enrolled, the presentation of an official English certificate is an essential admission requirement. Only applicants whose mother tongue is English do not need to pre¬sent an English certificate. Official results must be sent directly by the examining institution to the school’s Admissions Department and must comply with the required minimum scores:

  • TOEFL CBT: > 235
  • TOEFL PBT: > 575
  • TOEFL IBT: > 100
  • CAE: C1
  • IELTS: > 6.5

Applicants who, at the time of the application, still do not possess an official English certificate or who are in the process of obtaining it must include this information in their admission applications. Applicants who have completed their full Bachelor’s Degree at an English-speaking university must submit written evidence that the language of instruction of their studies was English.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
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3,079 EUR
Spain - Barcelona
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