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Master of Arts in Political Science

Organiser University of Lausanne - Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Degree awarded Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science
ECTS credits 90
Duration 3 semesters
Final enrolment dates It is possible for students to begin the degree course in either the autumn or the spring semester.
Autumn semester: 30 April
Spring semester: 30 November
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland must apply for enrolment at least two months prior to the deadlines indicated above.
Teaching language French. Recommended level : C1.
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General presentation

The Master of Arts in Political Science degree is designed as a cycle of training and specialisation through research. It allows the student to develop, deepen and complete the knowledge acquired during the Bachelor's degree course.

The programme offers three optional specific orientations covering the main sub-disciplines of political science:

  • Public Policies
  • International Relations
  • Political Sociology

The aim is to allow the student to define his/her own degree course to reflect his/her own interests and professional objectives.

The training benefits from the resources of the Institute of Political and International Studies (IEPI) and its various research groups. IEPI is currently, for the number of its teachers/researchers, one of Switzerland’s foremost centres of research and teaching in Political Science. It is characterised by its open-minded interdisciplinary approach based on collaboration within the UNIL (sociology, history, gender studies, etc.), as well as with other institutions in Switzerland (IDHEAP, UNIFR) and abroad.

Timetables and course descriptions Link to Unidoc


Subject to changes.
The French version prevails.
Last update: 18 August 2014

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