POLITICAL SCIENCE

At the heart of the Bachelor’s degree programme in political science is politology, the science of politics. As a political science student, you learn about the workings of society, the political system and the ways in which politicians, organisations, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders and citizens interact.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Studying political science you gain both universal and profound insights into the workings of society. You acquire the methodological and analytical tools needed to grasp and analyse complex, organisational and political problems. 

Studying political science at Aarhus University

The teaching of political science is based on lectures, on students working in study groups and on classes during which you make presentations, participate in discussions and complete assignments. You will be studying subjects such as political theory, sociology, law, economics, international politics, public administration and method. You will be taught by some of the foremost political scientists in Denmark based on the most up-to-date knowledge about politics and social conditions. 

Drawing out the essence

As a student of political science, you learn to identify key issues and problems in large volumes of text and data. You acquire the tools needed to investigate and analyse the problems, and you learn to draw out and present the essence of the matter both orally and in writing. You also learn about mathematical methods and statistical analysis. 

Career opportunities

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in political science go on to do a Master’s degree in political science, the advanced studies programme which builds on the Bachelor’s degree programme. With a Master's degree, you can pursue a career, for example, as a consultant, as an administrative officer or in managerial positions with Danish government agencies and institutions and organisations. You can work for EU institutions and at embassies.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22425

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University’s quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The Bachelor’s degree programme in political science is a three-year programme consisting of core subjects within the field of political science, including political theory, administrative law and international politics. The subjects will provide you with insights into the workings of society and the political system in general. In addition, you will be taught ancillary subjects such as economics and method. The programme structure is aimed at providing students with universal insights into the workings of society as well as a theoretical understanding.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in political science, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of examinations and the exam requirements.

NB: with regard to the study progress reform the academic regulations are currently being reviewed. Changes may occur in the structure of the study programme that is outlined below. As soon as the revised academic regulations are finalized, it will be made available at this webpage. The academic skills and qualifications description will not be changed.

Degree programme diagram

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in political science. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in political science

Studying political science at Aarhus University, you will be taught by some of the foremost political scientists in Denmark based on the most up-to-date knowledge about politics and social conditions. As a student of political science, you will be part of a class of approximately 30 students. 

Upon admission to the programme in political science, you will become part of a study group. Together, you will prepare and do presentations in class, do various assignments together, discuss course materials and possibly prepare for exams together. 

Political science is a full-time degree programme even though you may not have to attend lectures and classes every day. Below is an example of a typical week on the first semester of the programme. As you can see, you will be spending much of your time preparing for classes and lectures, and meeting with your study group. 

Monday

08:00–10:00 Lecture: Introduction to Political Science

10:00–12:00 Classroom instruction: Methods I

12:00–16:00 Preparation 

Tuesday

08:00–12:00 Preparation

12:00–14:00 Lecture: Theory of Science

14:00–16:00 Classroom instruction: Introduction to Political Science 

Wednesday

08:00–10:00 Preparation

10:00–12:00 Lecture: Methods I

12:00–16:00 Work in study group 

Thursday

08:00–10:00 Lecture: Introduction to Political Science

10:00–12:00 Classroom instruction: Theory of Science

12:00–15:00 Preparation

16:00–18:00 Classroom instruction: Methods I

Friday

08:00–10:00 Preparation

10:00–12:00 Classroom instruction: Introduction to Political Science

12:00–14:00 Lecture: Methods I 

Social life on the political science programme

As a student of political science, you will not only be part of a strong academic environment. The study environment is also greatly enhanced by a lot of attractive facilities and the many active clubs and associations which you can join,  including: 

Politologisk Forening (Politological Society)

The Politological Society is for students at the Department of Political Science. The society organises talks, café evenings and similar events as well as one annual study trip. In addition, the society also organises four large parties each semester. 

‘Foreningen Kandestøberen’

‘Kandestøberen’ is a magazine for students and staff at the Department of Political Science. The magazine has an editorial team of 15-20 students and is published four times a semester.

StatsRådet

If you would like to help ensure the best possible conditions for students of political science, then you might like to join StatsRådet, the Political Science Council. The main purpose of the council is to represent the students on the various university bodies. 

Department of Political Science’s sports club

As a student of political science, you can also join the department’s proud football club, which trains and plays matches each week. The club also organises a number of social events in the course of the season  to encourage students to form social networks across the different year groups.

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Career

As a graduate from the Bachelor’s degree programme in political science, you will first and foremost be able to analyse and understand complex political, organisational and social science issues. You will gain a broad understanding of the workings of society and politics, becoming in short a specialised generalist within the field of political science. 

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in political science go on to do a Master’s degree in political science. Many graduates from the Master’s degree programme in political science go on to pursue careers in government ministries and with the local and regional authorities. Here, they are often involved in case handling, analyses and planning or in providing administrative services. Increasing numbers of graduates are also employed by private companies, with consultancy firms or political parties and organisations. 

With a Bachelor’s degree in political science, you can also choose to go on to study social science as your main subject. If you then combine social science with a subject taught at upper-secondary school, you will also be qualified to teach at upper-secondary school. 

Master’s degree programmes

With a Bachelor’s degree in political science you are eligible for admission to a number of Master’s degree programmes. Here are some examples of programmes students have chosen in the past:

  • The Master’s degree programme in political science, which gives you a chance to specialise in the particular fields you may find most interesting.
  • The Master’s degree programme in European studies, which provides you with general knowledge of European affairs and conditions, political as well as historical and cultural.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which adds a far more international perspective to your social science studies.