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Master of Arts in Political Science

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The course leading to a Master’s degree in Political Science differs from the traditional academic approaches to this subject and address politics in its various dimensions - local, national, international, economic, social, and civic - but without losing touch with the reality of the contemporary world. This practical approach helps to highlight the “multi-professional” and innovative dimension of the training offered to students.

The Master’s degree in Political Science is a cycle of training and specialisation aimed at the acquisition of analytical and research skills specific to the wide variety of professions that are connected with politics. The student can specialise in the areas of globalisation, professions in politics, or international policy and history.

The study plan of the Master of Arts in Political Science degree consists of four parts: the common trunk, the specific orientations, an optional module, and the Master's thesis. Three specific orientations are offered :

  • Globalisation
  • Professions in Politics
  • Politics and International History

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French. Recommended level : C1.

Final enrolment dates
30 April. The degree course begins in the autumn semester.
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland : 28 February.

More information
Timetables and course descriptions

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as : oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas.

This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as :

  • Public administration entities, international organisations, diplomacy (at the local, cantonal or federal level)
  • Non governmental organisations, sports international organisations
  • Political parties, trade unions, lobbies, national and international think tanks
  • Journalism, media, public relations, communication, advertising
  • Research and teaching at universities or universities of applied sciences
  • Market research and surveys, consulting firms.
  • Banks, insurance companies, industry (human resources, marketing, analysis, etc.)
  • Others : smaller associations, public and private organisations, SMEs, etc.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 5 August 2016

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Version: February 2016


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