University Master's Degree in Political Science

Advanced training in political analysis for future political analysts, consultants and advisors, in English and in an international and multidisciplinary environment

Content Official Master's Degree in Political Science

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Ideal student profile

The Master's degree offers you two different yet complementary profiles:

1. For students with degrees in Political Science or similar fields (Sociology, History, Law, Economy, Journalism), interested in delving deeper into conceptual and methodological tools needed to analyse the political scene, and with the objective of continuing onto a doctoral programme or working in different public administration departments, or in private firms.

2. For students with degrees in other fields (Medicine, Engineering, Fine Arts, etc.) interested in expanding their education to include useful tools in the analysis of political processes and policies applied in different sectors.
In this case, you may need to enrol on additional courses that meet your academic needs. In general terms, you would need courses in the subjects of Political Science and Public Management and in quantitative data analysis methodologies.

Your level of English must  be equivalent to Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Basic skills

  • Students should be able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of making judgements based on information that may be incomplete or limited and includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities associated with the application of their knowledge and judgements 
  • Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity for originality in the development and/or application of ideas, often in a research context
  • Student should possess the learning skills that enable them to continue studying in a way that is largely student led or independent
  • Students should know how to apply the knowledge they have acquired and their capacity for problem solving in new or little known fields within wider (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the area of study
  • Students should know how to communicate their conclusions, knowledge and final reasoning that they hold in front of specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously

Specific skills

  • Recognise the complexity of politics today, its diversity and the tensions to which it is exposed, with special emphasis on the Spanish and European contexts.
  • Analyse the main economic, social and political challenges facing contemporary democracies.
  • Understand the design, operation and consequences of the political institutions and their relation to processes of governance.
  • Analyse the behaviour and political attitudes of the public and the political communication processes in which they are immersed.
  • Design a research project that satisfies the criteria of rigour and academic excellence.
  • Apply the qualitative and quantitative techniques necessary for the systematic and rigorous analysis of specific aspects of politics today.
  • Applied theoretical knowledge acquired from the analysis of real situation and using political analysis generate useful orientations for decision-making.
  • Identify the main methodological difficulties that arise in political analysis and know how to deal with them using the existing tools.
  • Manage a set of political science data and specific sources, such as statistics, surveys or other documents.
  • Analyse public policies in different sectors.

Cross-curricular skills

  • Design and write projects and technical and academic reports autonomously using the appropriate terminology, arguments and analytical tools in each case.
  • Work in international and interdisciplinary teams whose members have different origins and backgrounds.
  • Demonstration reading comprehension for specialist texts in English.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Generate innovative ideas.
  • Using the appropriate criteria make an individual evaluation of reports, documents and research carried out by third parties.