Frequently asked questions about the Master's Programme in Political Science
I want to apply for a Master Programme in Political Science at your university. What are the admission requirements?
To be eligible you have to have a Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:
- 90 credits in political science or corresponding knowledge; and
- a Bachelor's thesis or similar independent academic work with at least 8000 words within political science or a corresponding area. ("Corresponding" includes studies in social sciences with extensive and distinct elements of political science. One or more essays can be included in the concept "independent academic work". The essays should be written in either English, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish or translated to one of these languages.)
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Further information about English language requirements
Students are selected based on a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies with emphasis on the quality of the Bachelor's thesis (or submitted independent work) and relevance of previous studies.
Please note! To be eligible for the programme you must send us a hard copy of your Bachelor's thesis/essay. Please find relevant dates and addresses under Master's Programme in Political Science application and admission.
I don’t have a background in Political Science. Am I eligible for the programme?
If a majority of the courses within your BA as well as the thesis/dissertation/essays have extensive and distinct elements of political science the Admissions Committee will most likely find you eligible.
Where can I find information about the application process?
You can read more about the application process here.
Should I provide letters of recommendation and/or a letter of intent when I apply?
You don’t have to provide any letters of recommendation or intent when you apply for the Master Programme in Political Science.
How many students do you admit each year?
We admit between 55 and 60 students each autumn.
I'm applying for the Master Programme in Political Science next year, but I have not written a thesis. What can I do?
You don’t have to send a thesis. One or more essays can be included in the concept "independent academic work". The essays should be written in English, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish or translated to one of these languages. The independent academic work has to be at least 8000 words.
I'm applying for the Master Programme in Political Science next year, but my thesis will not be finished by 1 February. What can I do?
You have two options depending on your citizenship:
1. Regardless if you are a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country or not:
You don’t have to send a thesis. One or more essays can be included in the concept "independent academic work". The essays should be written in either English, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish or translated to one of these languages. Perhaps you have written essays as part of your coursework? In that case you can send the essay/essays (at least 8000 words altogether). Please send us the hard copy so that we have it on or before 1 February. Mark your envelope "Master Programme in Political Science" and send it to:
Department of Government
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala
Please note, if the written work is sent by courier service, the department’s street address must be used:
Department of Government
Gamla Torget 6
SE-753 20 Uppsala
2. If you are a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country you also have the option to apply in the national admission round at www.antagning.se (application deadline in mid-April). The admission process is the same, but the website is in Swedish. Deadline for the thesis to arrive at the department is a date in June. Please look carefully for the exact date on Politices masterprogram ansökan och antagning.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
- Application Fee: SEK 900
- Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
- Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
I would like to know if Uppsala University offers any scholarships?
Uppsala University awards a number of scholarships to fee-paying international students each year. Please find further information on Uppsala University scholarships here.
Is it possible to work while studying?
Although it is possible to work while studying it is a strong recommendation not to depend on working to support yourself during your time as a student in Sweden. Due to the large number of students in Uppsala, it is very difficult to find available part-time jobs. Many employers require Swedish language skills, and depending on your university workload, it may be difficult for you to commit to work outside of studies. Some international students find employment at the pubs, clubs and restaurants at the student nations. However, while working at the nations is enjoyable and a great way to make new friends, the amount of money you earn will not be enough for you to live on.