Master's programme in Politics and War

The Master's Programme in Politics and War is a two-year international master's programme, leading to a Master's degree in either War Studies or Political Science with a focus on Security Studies.

As a student you are admitted to the two-year programme, but you'll have the choice to finish your studies after one year with a one-year master's degree.

About the programme

The Master's programme in Politics and War is an international Master's programme consisting of two tracks: (1) Political Science with a focus on Security Studies and (2) War Studies. Students are admitted to either track.

War Studies or Political Science

You apply to, follow, and graduate in either one of two tracks: War Studies or Political Science with a focus on Security Studies. The first year consists of a track specific course, a jointly taught methods course and two or more elective courses, where you are provided with an opportunity to develop a more individualized profile of your studies as well as to work with students from the other track.

Important notice

The start of the two-years master's programme is dependent on that the Swedish Defence University (SEDU) is granted degree-awarding powers for master's degrees as recommended to the government by theSwedish Higher Education Authority. This decision is expected spring 2018.

In case that SEDU isn't granted degree-awarding powers for master's degrees, SEDU will continue to offer the one-year master's programme in politics and war.

The second year consists of one semester of Master's thesis course, and the programme ends with either one semester of internship in Sweden or abroad, or a number of elective courses. Upon completion of the programme, you will have acquired a thorough understanding of complex issues related to security, war and crisis management. English is the working language throughout the programme.

Teaching anchored in research

In the programme, the teaching staff has gone to great lengths to anchor their teaching in current research. In doing so, the education provided maintains high academic quality, whilst keeping its traditionally strong focus on contemporary practices in the field of security, war and crisis management. The substantive knowledge in the courses is imparted and assimilated through lectures, extensive readings, seminar discussions, tutorials, and individual oral and written work. Throughout the programme considerable emphasis is placed on developing skills for both written and oral presentations. The programme also contains a number of scenario exercises in which students are trained to perform under time-pressure. A small number of students may also be selected to participate in joint Civil-Military exercises conducted by the Swedish Armed Forces.

Future careers

By focusing to a great extent on developing generic skills such as the ability to independently and critically examine, evaluate and analyse complex processes and decision-making related to war, security and crisis, the programme prepares you for professional careers as analysts or researchers in both the private and the public sector – both nationally and internationally. Alumni with master's degrees in War Studies or Political Science from the Swedish Defence University are currently pursuing careers in media, government ministries, government agencies, international and non-governmental organisations.

The programme also prepares students for careers in research and teaching and qualifies students to apply for doctoral studies in Political Science and War Studies. Former students from the Swedish Defence University have completed their PhD studies at New York University, King's College in London, as well as various other universities in Sweden.



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