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 development, 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.
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
Examples of courses you may choose include:
- Environment, risk and security: life in the Anthropocene
- European security and crisis management
- Gender, security and war
- Human security and the responsibility to protect
- International law and contemporary conflicts
- Modern peace support operations
- Political influence through strategic narratives in international security (reading course)
- Political psychology and crisis management
- Proxy wars interventions and covert operations
- Public policy analysis (reading course)
- Strategic intelligence (reading course)
- Terrorism studies (reading course)
- The defence policy and military strategy of the Nordic countries
- The rise of China
- The sit room: executing US strategy
- War and society
Reading course means a self-study course with limited amount of teaching.
Master's Thesis (Political Science), 30 credits
Master's Thesis (War Studies), 30 credits
Internship course or additional elective courses from the course catalogue stated under Semester 2, 30 credits.
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.
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
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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Minimum: A Bachelor’s Degree (180 credits equivalent to three years of full-time studies) as well as fulfilling the national English B/English 6 requirement. A graded independent research project (BA thesis) or equivalent is necessary. Find the different ways of fulfilling the English 6 requirement and more on www.universityadmissions.seThe Political Science track: 90 credits of the Bachelor’s Degree 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. The War Studies track: 90 credits must be in War Studies or another relevant subject such as International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Security Studies, or Political Science.Form of teaching
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 or an equivalent academic paper if a Bachelor’s thesis was not an integrated part of the Bachelor curriculum. All supporting documents must be submitted February 1 2020 latest for admission round Oct 16 – Jan 15. The only exception is the submission of the thesis, if graded after February 1. The last date to submit the thesis or equivalent academic paper is due to February 5. Submitted work that has not been graded by 5 February will not be considered.Other things
Supporting documents should be submitted upon application, all through www.universityadmissions.se. All documents issued in other languages than Swedish, English, Danish or Norwegian must be translated by an authorised translator. Please note that the original documents should be uploaded as well.Department
Department of Security, Strategy and LeadershipType