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Political Science degrees abroad

A degree in political science aims to give you an understanding in the fundamentals of political thought, government, international relations, and political systems. It should provide you with all the tools you’ll need to understand political institutions and processes, and prepare you for a career working in government or a related field.

As constant political change and upheaval dominate our headlines and lives today, studying political science will help you understand the structures and ideas that shape global politics. If you have an inquisitive mind and passion for understanding how governments work, a degree in political science could be right for you.

Political science programs are available all over the world, however they are most common in the US. In many countries, including the UK, a similar program will be offered as a politics degree, which will cover many of the same areas.

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Political Science program structure

Political science degrees are offered at all levels, including bachelor’s and master’s. At undergraduate level, you can study political science as a BA, and you will often study it as part of a liberal arts model over four years. This means you can either major or minor in political science along with other academic subjects.

Political science is more common as a taught master’s program in some countries, and can be studied as an MA or MSc over one or two years. Some universities also offer research led master’s programs and doctorate level degrees.

The learning and assessment methods of each program will be slightly different, but you can expect to be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. Assessment of your progress will usually be essays, written exams, and a research based dissertation.

The program structure and content of each course will differ based on things like the country and university you choose to study in and the level of degree you take. Some of the most common subjects and modules political science programs can cover include:

  • Public administration and policy
  • Political theory
  • International relations
  • Social justice
  • Comparative politics
  • Diplomatic history
  • Political economy
  • International politics

Types of political science degrees

Political Science study abroad programs

Political science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in political science

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    Political Science: International Politics and Law - BA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Political Science and International Relations - BA Bay Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,050 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,050 USD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Political Science - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,248 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,248 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    History and Political Science - BA (with foundation and placement) Brenau University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,000 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Political Science - BA University of Colorado Denver, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,641 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,641 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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Associate in political science

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    Political Science - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,247 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,415 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Political Science - AAS-T Big Bend Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,789 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,789 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Liberal Studies: Political Sciences - AA CIS - The College For International Studies, Spain

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,702 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,440 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Political Science - AA Columbia College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,721 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,550 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Political Science - ADT Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,440 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,440 USD

    Start date
    June, August, February
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Political science graduate programs

Master's in political science

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    Arts (Thesis): Political Science and International Relations - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,841 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May
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    Political Science - MA University of Alberta, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,270 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,410 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Master of Arts in Political Science (MA) - MA The University of British Columbia, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,886 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Political Science - MA University of Ottawa, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,091 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Political Science - MA Carleton University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,631 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,945 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in political science

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    Political Science and International Relations - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,179 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May
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Diploma in political science

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    Political science - GDip Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,631 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,390 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future political science careers

Many political science graduates are eager to pursue a career in politics or government, however you’ll also gain a number of transferable skills that most employers value. Some of the most popular careers for political science graduates include:

  • Policy analyst
  • Political journalist
  • Political risk analyst
  • Politician’s assistant
  • Government researcher
  • Public relations executive
  • Political consultant

You will develop strong writing, research and communication skills, which are applicable to a wide range of sectors, so don’t restrict your job search to politics roles.