This program 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 analyze complex processes and decision-making.
The Master's program in Politics and War is a two-year program 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 program after one year, which will result in a one-year Master's degree (60 credits).
About the program
If you choose the Political Science track, you will explore different perspectives on security, defense, 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 analyze 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 defense. 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.
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 training where you and your classmates assume the role of leaders and senior decision-makers and are 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.
Application code: FHS-P2001, FHS-P2002
Level: Advanced level
Starts: Autumn 2020
Start week: Week 36
End week: Week 23
Political science with specialization in security studies Bachelor's degree consisting of 180 credits, of which 90 credits in Political Science with specialization in security studies, crisis management or international collaboration, or the equivalent. A written, documented, and graded independent work/thesis, or the equivalent for applicants with foreign qualifications, shall be part of the main area of study. In addition, English proficiency equivalent to English B/English 6 (a Swedish bachelor’s degree meets this requirement). Specialization in war studies An Officer’s degree or Bachelor's degree consisting of 180 credits, of which 90 credits in war studies or the equivalent. A written, documented, and graded independent work/thesis, or the equivalent for applicants with foreign qualifications, shall be part of the main area of study. In addition, English proficiency equivalent to English B/English 6 (a Swedish bachelor’s degree meets this requirement).
Place of study: Normal
Study pace: 100%
Alternative 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.
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 papers (s) shall be written in, or translated to, Swedish, English, Danish or Norwegian. Submitted work that has not been graded will not be taken into account.
Department: Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership