Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science

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General content

The course 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 three parts: the common trunk, the specific orientations, and the Master's thesis. Three specific orientations are offered :

  • Globalisation
  • Professions in Politics
  • Politics and International History
Practical information

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.

Admission requirements
The candidate must hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science awarded by a Swiss university.
The holders of Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science awarded by other universities as well as the holders of Bachelor’s degrees in other social science disciplines may be admitted on the basis of their personal case file.
Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a minor in Political Science awarded by the UNIL are admitted unconditionally to the Master of Arts in Political Science.
Another degree or academic title may be judged equivalent and give access to the Master’s degree in Political Science, with or without conditions.

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

Career prospects

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, and so on.

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
  • Non governmental and international organisations, diplomacy
  • 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.

Alumni move into a wide variety of roles, for example as a head of the press and media service at the Paléo Festival, information officer at the Fédération vaudoise de coopération or trade union secretary.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 25 July 2018

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