New international master programme

8 April 2015

The Master's programme in Politics and War is an international one-year master programme and the first master programme to be taught in English at the Swedish Defence University.

As a student you apply to, and choose, between (1) political science: security studies and (2) war studies. Regardless of preferred track, all students at the Swedish Defence University are taught generic analytical skills that will serve them well in their future careers.

Speaking of careers, what are the future prospects for your students?

We expect students to pursue internationally oriented careers as analysts and decision-makers in either civil or military positions. Since it is a one-year programme, we also hope to attract mid-career professionals including active-duty officers to apply to the programme as part of their professional development.

Previous students presently pursue careers in the armed forces, the ministries of foreign affairs and defence, civil contingencies agencies, the media or non-governmental organizations.

Furthermore, former students from the Defence University are completing research degrees at, for example, Uppsala University, Gothenburg University, Stockholm University, Royal Institute of Technology, King's College (London), and University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Since the programme is taught in English, students are also able to train their English skills.

What is unique about the programme?

The programme is unique in the Swedish academic context since it prepares students to embark on – or further already existing – careers in security, defence and crisis management.

Teaching staff are readily accessible to students due to the relatively small number of students admitted yearly. Furthermore, we expect that the programme will develop into yet another meeting place of civil and military that already are ripe and a defining characteristic of the Defence University. Staff at the programme are research active to a high degree and students can expect to engage with on-going research projects in class.

Gradually and as the programme becomes more well-known, we are confident that the number of international applicants will increase further and thus strengthen the international dimension to the programme.