Programme HDMFA

Master programme in Democracy, Citizenship and Change

Taught entirely online, this programme will advance your understanding of how state, nation, citizenship and political culture are influenced by today’s contradicting developments in terms of globalisation, transnational integration and national fragmentation processes.
60 Credits Second Cycle

Understand an Increasingly Complex World

How do globalisation processes, including European integration processes, affect the control that states have over their borders or policies?

How do tendencies in polarisation, division and separatism within states challenge the legitimacy and authority of the traditional nation state?

If these questions interest you, then the Master's Programme in Democracy, Citizenship and Change will provide you with an excellent chance both to learn more about these complex topics and to explore a research question as part of your thesis project that encompasses these complex and exciting areas of political and social science.

The programme includes courses in how concepts such as state, citizenship, democracy and political culture can be understood in an increasingly complex world. You will gain a theoretical and historical understanding of these complex developments by studying concepts such as democracy, state, nation, citizenship and political culture.

How To Apply

Applying to this programme is quick and easy. Just complete these two steps:

  1. (From October 16) Click on the blue "Apply" button to create a user account and add the programme to your account in the online application portal.
  2. Submit the required documents to verify that you fulfill the entry requirements listed below. You can usually upload the required documents to your user account.

Entry Requirements (August 2020)

Specific Entry Requirements

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree including the equivalant of at least 90 Swedish university credits in Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Human Rights or Peace and Conflict Studies, and at least 7.5 credits in scientific method within the field of Social Science.
    If you are currently completing the final year of your studies leading to such a degree, then you are welcome to apply.
  2. An approved statement of purpose.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency.

English Language Proficiency

The most common tests and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Please check the University Admissions information on English Language Proficiency to see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS result.

Tuition Fees

87 000 SEK (total)
*EU/EEA citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

Tuition fees are paid in one-semester installments, and the first payment (43 500 SEK) must be paid no later than June 1. This allows for reasonable processing time for a residence permit application.

If you have any questions about tuition fee payments, please e-mail

Programme Overview

The first semester consists of four 7.5 credit courses, all of which have themes relating to the concepts of state, nation, citizenship, democracy and political culture. The historical developments surrounding these concepts, including current challenges, form a common theme in these four courses. The second semester consists of a 15 credit course in methods within social science, with a specific focus on political science, which is followed by a 15 credit master’s degree thesis in Political Science.

Degree Awarded

Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Political Science (60 credits)

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