Profile and Career - MSc in Political Science – University of Copenhagen

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Profile and Career

If you are interested in the society around you and in looking at issues from different angles, Political Science may be the study programme  for you. Politics permeates our society at all levels and is crucial to how society works and develops. In short, the study of politics is about “who gets what, when and why”.

The master's programme is prescribed to two years of full-time study. Graduates are entitled to use the title Master of Political Science (cand.scient.pol).

There are no compulsory courses on the master's degree, so students are comparatively free to construct their own programme, which facilitates individual specialisation and focus. Read more about the structure of the programme under the “Structure” menu.

The programme provides plenty of opportunity to study abroad for a semester or two. Students are able to take up to 60 ECTS credits, corresponding to one year of full-time study, outside the department.

Academic internships are another option, both in Denmark and abroad. Internships are usually pursued in embassies, ministries, local authorities, EU institutions, and governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Political Science has an active social life.  As well as academic work, you may wish to become involved in student politics, help organise debates or work on one of the political science magazines There is also a football team, a revue group and plenty of trips organised by students.

Career opportunities
The master’s programme in Political Science teaches you to analyse and evaluate complex problems. You develop an understanding of how, and especially why, political and social phenomena turn out the way they do. The social science knowledge acquired in the study of political science has potentially broad application.

Many graduates find work in government ministries and local and regional authorities, Not to mention all the ones who forge careers in private companies, consultancy companies, political parties, international organisations, and so on.

Some students choose to take a three-year PhD after the master’s programme, which gives them the title PhD in Political Science.

The Political Science programme is research-based; in other words, the teachers are involved in the latest research in their fields and generate new knowledge via their own research.

The department conducts research in most fields of political science, for example, political theory, comparative politics, public governance, international governance, international politics, comparative political economy and other areas of overlapping interests, such as method and methodology. These themes are covered by the department’s seven research groups.

The department also has four centres: The Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) conducts research into different kinds of threat, hazard and risk. The Centre for Military Studies (CMS) conducts research into strategies for security and defence policy. The Centre for European Politics (CEP) conducts research into developments and conditions that shape the Europe of the present and the future, i.e. the EU’s political system and institutional development, the EU's relations with international politics and Denmark's relations with the EU. The Centre for Voting and Parties (CVAP) conducts research into the key institutions in modern representative democracy (elections, voters, electoral systems, political parties, parliaments, governments, constitutions, etc.) and into the media, political communication and political marketing.

Career counselling

If you have questions about how you can use your degree in sociology, you are most welcome to contact the Student Advisory Service.

You are also always welcome to contact the Project and Career Advisory Service at the Faculty of Social Sciences for individual career counselling. You can read more about the Project and Career Advisory Service at their homepage here.

KUBULUS (Copenhagen University’s Alumni Association) also has interesting material regarding careers and job search on their homepage, and arranges events on the subject.

Read about the programme structure.