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About the programme
Language: Danish  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February


This programme is only offered in Danish.

In social science, you study politics in a broad sense – the structure of society, the political system and how citizens, organisations and political leaders work together and influence each other.

A Master’s degree programme with social science as the main subject leads to an MSc (Social Science) degree.

The main subject in social science can be combined with a subsidiary subject such as mathematics, physical education and sport, languages, history, pictorial art, business administration or the study of religion.

The department emphasises that the teachers in the Master’s degree programme must be permanent academic staff and the teaching of a high academic standard based on current research.

Students with a completed Bachelor’s degree in social science and the first part of a subsidiary subject qualify for admission to the Master’s degree programme with social science as the main subject.

Another option is a special single-subject line of the Master’s degree programme, in which you can enrol if you have completed a Bachelor’s degree and the first part of the subsidiary subject in social science.

A Master’s degree programme (120 ECTS credits) with social science as the main subject consists of:

  • a subsidiary subject corresponding to 45 ECTS credits
  • politology seminars corresponding to 45 ECTS credits
  • a thesis corresponding to 30 ECTS credits

The politology seminars are subject to a requirement for diversification to ensure that the following three main areas are covered:

  • comparative politics
  • international politics
  • sociology

The single-subject line includes the second part of the subsidiary subject in social science instead.

The single-subject line has the same structure, but with the difference that the 45 ECTS credits for the subsidiary subject are used for the second part of the subsidiary subject in social science. Overall, you therefore get a Master’s degree with an amount of social science subjects that is somewhere between that of a subsidiary subject and a main subject.

Admission requirements

For information on admission requirements and procedures click here.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

Student life

Department of Political Science and Government places great emphasis on social activities. The department offers a range of activities in different associations. You can choose to become a member of the editorial staff of the department’s newsletter or join a number of social and academic associations. The Graduate Association was set up by students, and it organises a number of social and academic events. The Graduate Association also founded the IFSK Conexus, a network database that offers inspiration and specific knowledge sharing about topics such as jobs, study periods abroad, student jobs, work experience and future workplaces.

Department of Political Science and Government is located in the middle of the “social lake” complex, together with Department of Business Administration and Department of Law. The students meet in the Social Sciences canteen, and the department’s location in the middle of campus also ensures easy access to other facilities at the university, such as the State and University Library, the lakeside lecture theatres, etc.

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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

The MSc (Social Science) degree especially targets the teaching sector and most graduates find work as teachers at upper secondary schools, folk high schools and training colleges. Experience also shows that graduates with social science as their main subject have excellent opportunities for getting the same jobs as political science graduates, e.g. as heads of departments or managers in Danish organisations and government institutions. The EU and the embassies also take their share of graduates with an MSc (Political Science). 

Competence profile

The Master’s degree programme builds on the competences acquired during the Bachelor’s degree programme. It should be noted that students can shape their own degree to a certain extent and, as a result, end up with different academic profiles.

A social science graduate has the following academic competences: 

  • Insight into a defined and selected number of specialised and advanced issues and results within key political science and associated disciplines.
  • Ability to independently acquire relevant academically based knowledge within key political science and associated disciplines.

A social science graduate has the following intellectual competences: 

  • The ability to reason independently, analytically, reflectively and critically at an advanced academic level.
  • The ability to independently present relevant social science issues and investigate issues in a manner that meets current research standards.

A social science graduate has the following practical competences: 

  • The ability to communicate the result of their own and other researchers’ findings confidently and clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to maintain and further develop their own academic and intellectual competences.
  • The ability to use and express their own competences in a foreign language context.