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Programmes and courses

Bachelor programmes - Master programmes - PhD studies - Freestanding courses
Are you interested in political science, peace and conflict studies or intelligence analysis? Then the programmes on this page are something for you!

Our programmes and courses

We offer programmes from first level, to second level, and to research level. Below you can find more information about our programmes and the different levels:

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Bachelor programmes

A bachelor programme is a three-year education on the first-cycle level, which means that you study 180 credits.

Our bachelor programme:

About bachelor programmes

A bachelor programme is a coherent course of study for six terms leading to a degree in political science or peace and conflict studies, the two the main subjects of choice for a bachelor's degree at the Department of Political Science.

Bachelor programmes are based on a combination of subjects where you study at least three terms in your main subject. During the other three terms you study other subjects that in an intelligent way broaden and complement your education profile.

Some of the courses are specific to the programme and can not be studied as a separate courses. When you are a registered student in a bachelor programme, you have priority access to those courses that can be part of your degree.

Eligibility requirements vary between bachelor programmes, but the selection-group is upper secondary school grades and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (högskoleprovet).

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Master programmes

To qualify for a master programme you must have a bachelor's degree in political science or peace and conflict studies.
A master programme lasts 2 years (120 credits) and leads to a degree of Master of Science (MSc).

Our master programmes: 

About master programmes

Some master programmes are thematic which means that you specialize in a particular field. Others contain more choice and make it possible for yourself to steer the focus of the programme.

All master programmes contain some courses that are restricted to students who are admitted to the programme and some courses that are open for students outside of the programme.

The Master programmes always begin in the autumn and two of the department's three master programmes are taught in English.

To be eligible for a master programme at the Department of Political Science you must have a bachelor's degree in political science or peace and conflict studies.

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    PhD studies

    The education leading to a PhD degree covers a total of 240 credits, which means four years of full time studies.

    Doctoral Studies or PhD studies are an important part of the university's mission and responsibility.

    As a doctoral student (also called PhD candidate or doctoral candidate) you are an important part of the research environment at Lund University.

    Around 30 doctoral students work at the Political Science Department at any given time, and we normally accept new doctoral candidates once a year

    If you are admitted as a doctoral student you have an exciting and varied time ahead of you. As a doctoral candidate you are expected to teach on the first-cycle level and/or take on administrative duties alongside your doctoral studies.

    To qualify for doctoral studies you need:

    • A degree at advanced level
    • Completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or
    • Otherwise within the country or abroad acquired substantially equivalent knowledge.

    More information about doctoral studies

    Freestanding courses

    Many courses at the Department of Political Science are linked to a specific research project that specific teachers are involved in, and are therefore not given each term.

    For the latest information on which courses that are running "your" term please see below.

    Autumn 2018

    Master courses:

    Spring 2017

    Master courses:

    See all of our freestanding courses

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