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Politics, Security and War – two-year Master's Programme

This programme will give you a deeper understanding of issues pertaining to Politics, Security and War. You will increase your ability to independently and critically review, evaluate and analyse complex processes and decision-making.

The Master's programme in Politics, Security and War is a two-year programme held entirely in English. When successfully completed it will result in a Master's degree (120 credits) in either War Studies or Political Science with a specialization in crisis management and security, depending on which track you pursue. You can, if you wish, finish the programme after one year, which will result in a one-year Master's degree (60 credits).

Future career opportunities

The Master's programme in Politics, Security and War gives you a unique knowledge profile and can lead to a civilian career as for instance an analyst in a public agency, a ministry or a private company. You can, for example, work with international security issues or with societal security and crisis preparedness issues at the state level, in a municipality or at an EU agency. Other possible positions can be found at non-governmental organisations working with international developent, including UN agencies and other international organisations.

If you rather pursue an academic career, this programme will also prepare and enable you to apply for doctoral studies in subjects such as Security Studies, War Studies, International Relations and Political Science, in Sweden or abroad.

About the programme

If you choose the Political Science track, you will explore different perspectives on security, defence and crisis management. You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the construction of security and the emergence of different forms of insecurity, and how to analyse the links between national, international and global security issues. Within the War Studies track, emphasis will be on the key perspectives and issues related to military strategies and the organization of a country's military defence. Within both tracks you will have the opportunity to do a full semester’s internship, giving you real life working experience and a first step into the job market.

Outline of the programme

During the first semester you will attend an introductory course in either War Studies or Political Science as well as a joint methods course. In the second semester, you will choose from a broad range of elective courses (see list of examples below). Semester three is dedicated to working on your Master’s thesis. In the forth semester you can either take an internship course, or additional elective courses. During the second and fourth semester you may also study abroad at one of our partner universities.

Semester 1

Political Science Track

Politics, Security and Crisis, 15 credits
Methods, 15 credits

War Studies Track

The Study of War and Conflict, 15 credits
Methods, 15 credits

Semester 2

Examples of courses you may choose include:

Reading course means a self-study course with limited amount of teaching.

Semester 3

Master's Thesis (Political Science), 30 credits
Master's Thesis (War Studies), 30 credits

Semester 4

Internship course or additional elective courses from the course catalogue stated under Semester 2, 30 credits.

Internship

During your internship, you will get an insider´s perspective of the daily activities of an agency, organization, or company, and gain meaningful experience of some of the real-life tasks related to security, crisis management and defence. This experience will help you make connections between theories and reality, and in the process strengthen the prospects of getting a relevant job after your degree.

Weaving theory with practice

The courses are taught by leading scholars in their fields who will draw on the outcomes of their latest research, and share other valuable insights. Several courses include practical exercises and scenario-based exercises where you and your classmates assume the role of leaders and senior decision-makers and be tasked to deal with crisis situations under extreme time pressure. You might also be given the opportunity to participate in some of the joint civil-military exercises conducted by the Swedish Armed Forces.

Entry Requirements

Track I: Political Science with a focus on Crisis Management and Security

Academic qualifications required: a Bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 credits, of which 90 credits must be in Political Science with a focus on Crisis Management and Security or another relevant subject such as Public Administration, International Relations, or Peace and Conflict Studies. A graded, independent research project (BA thesis) or the equivalent (for applicants with
foreign academic qualifications).

In addition, a level of proficiency in the English language, corresponding to English B/English 6 or equivalent (for example, IELTS level 6.5 and above) is required. Students applying with a Swedish Bachelor's degree meet this requirement. Certain elective courses may have additional entry requirements in order to ensure students can properly benefit from the course.

Track II: War Studies

Academic qualifications required: the Officers’ Programme degree or a Bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 credits, of which 90 credits must be in War Studies or another relevant subject such as International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, security Studies, or Political Science. A graded independent research project (BA thesis) or the equivalent (for applicants with foreign
academic qualifications).

In addition, a level of proficiency in the English language, corresponding to English B/English 6 (students with a Swedish Bachelor's degree meet this requirement) is required. Certain elective courses may have additional entry requirements in order to ensure students can properly benefit from the course.

Tuition fees and scholarships for non-EU applicants

Applicants who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland need to pay application and tuition fees.

  • Application fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee: SEK 105 000 per year (60 credits)

 If you have applied for a course at the university, which requires the payment of fees, you may apply to the university for a scholarship.

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Level

Advanced level

Credits

120

Starts

HT-21

Start week

Week 35

End week

Week 22

Requirements

Track I: Political Science with a focus on Crisis Management and Security, a Bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 credits, of which 90 credits must be in Political Science with a focus on Crisis Management and Security or another relevant subject such as Public Administration, International Relations, or Peace and Conflict Studies. Track II: War Studies, the Officers’ Programme degree or a Bachelor's degree corresponding to 180 credits, of which 90 credits must be in War Studies or another relevant subject such as International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Security Studies, or Political Science. Both tracks: In addition, a level of proficiency in the English language, corresponding to English B/English 6 or equivalent (for example, IELTS level 6.5 and above) is required. Students applying with a Swedish Bachelor's degree meet this requirement. For applicants with foreign academic qualifications, a graded independent research project (BA thesis) or equivalent is necessary.

Place of study

Normal

Location

Stockholm

Language

English

Study pace

100%

Selection

Selection is based on a comprehensive assessment of previous studies and the relevance of previous studies, and particular importance is given to the quality of the Bachelor’s thesis.

Other things

Upon application, you should electronically upload a graded, written independent academic work (Bachelor's thesis) at www.universityadmissions.se. With a written academic work is meant one or several independently authored thesis/theses. If your degree does not include a Bachelor's thesis, you may instead submit one or several relevant course papers. The submitted thesis/course paper(s) shall be written in, or translated to, Swedish, English, Danish or Norwegian. Please note that the thesis must be received no later than April 15 2021. If you graduate June 2021 you are allowed to upload your thesis no later than June 14 2021. This extended deadline applies only to students writing their Bachelor's thesis during the spring semester 2021. Submitted work that has not been graded will not be taken into account.

Department

Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership

Type

Program

Application fee: SEK900. Tuition fee: SEK105 000.

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Published 2018-02-13 Updated 2020-10-28