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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.

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

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Political science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in political science

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    Social Work: Political Science and International Relations - BSW (Hons) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,675 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,000 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Interdisciplinary Arts & Science: Political Science - BSc (Hons) University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,484 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,530 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Political Science and History - BA (Hons) Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,931 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,500 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Political Science - BA Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    History & Political Science - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,580 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,580 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in political science

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    Political Science - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Political Science - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,889 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Political Science - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    January, April, June, September
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    Political Science - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Political Science - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Diploma in political science

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    Advancing University Studies: Political Science and International Relations - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,702 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,038 NZD

    Start date
    January, 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
    22,486 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Political Science - MA Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,618 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,618 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Political Science - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,318 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Political Science - MA Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,930 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,670 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Political Science - MA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,988 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

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

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    Arts: Political Science and International Relations - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,113 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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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.