In the real world it is important to take responsibility and I really feel empowered to do so now. I am really happy with my master studies and it is going to be really helpful for my future plans.

Jason Holness, alumni

Political Science: Global Politics and Societal Change, Master’s Programme (One-Year)


The master´s programme Global Politics aims towards you who are interested in global political issues. You will learn how an increasing complex world, where the global and the local meet, presents us with new challenges and opportunities. The programme provides you with a solid practical base concerning concepts like justice, peace, security, power, culture and democracy. You will learn how to analyse conflicts, international relations and human rights claims and violations.
This is a multi-disciplinary programme with a core of political science which address aspects of international relations, human rights and peace and conflict studies. Focus lays on the transformation of society, especially concerning the relationship between the state and other actors such as international organisations and companies.
Changes in political control, from reduced central control towards a greater degree of network control will also be addressed. You will analyze the growing importance of international norms, such as human rights. The emergence of other conflict patterns than those related to socio-economic resources (such as culture, ideology and religion) is important parts of the courses.

For general admissions enquiries please contact the admissions office:

Admission requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree within a social science field, e.g., Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Human Rights or a related major field. English B/6


credits 100%


What is Global Politics and Societal Change about?

These are turbulent political times. International power bases are shifting. Political, economic and military threats merge and reform, presenting new political challenges. Examples from China and Russia prompt us to rethink the widely held belief that democratic reform will follow on the heels of economic progress. With notions such as 'the war on terror” it is becoming more and more difficult to know what a war is, who fights it, how it starts and how it can end. In the meantime, global inequality is increasing. Half of the world’s population lives in severe poverty, many of them in conflict-ridden regions and/or under failing governments. Problems of development, such as malnutrition, poverty, and preventable diseases, can be solved by a global effort, so why does it not happen?

The one-year master's programme in Global Politics and Societal Change will help you make sense of these issues. It will give you a solid theoretical base concerning the meaning and role of concepts like justice, peace, security, power, culture and democracy.

What makes the master's programme unique?

The programme is thoroughly interdisciplinary and draws on our different strengths at the Department of Global Political studies, including within the fields of international relations, peace and conflict studies, human rights, public policy, as well as ethnography and philosophy.

The programme focuses specifically on the changing nature of global politics and pays particular attention to how new institutions and patterns of conflict and cooperation affect public policy on different levels, including the local level. In addition to advancing a more nuanced perspective on what ‘globalisation’ means, the programme extends students' understanding of politics as a continuous and often very complex interaction of decision-making, institutions, and advocacy on multiple levels.

What kind of career will I be prepared for?

After graduation you will be prepared for qualified social scientific analysis. You will be well equipped to work with issues like international aid, development, conflict prevention, foreign policy, and human rights fulfillment. You will obatin relevant skills based on the latest research, combined with an ability to manage projects and communicate scientific knowledge to various social actors in the field.

Potential employers could be international agencies, non-governmental organisations, local and national administration agencies and the diplomatic service. You will also be able to go on to do a master's programme or PhD studies after completing your degree.




Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2019

Programme Code:
SAPSM revision 5
Swedish name:
Statsvetenskap: Global politik och samhällsomvandling, magisterprogram
Date of establishment:
19 June 2014
Date of ratification:
17 September 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
12 September 2016

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree within a social science field, e.g., Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Human Rights or a related major field. English B/6


The central focus of the programme is an interest in the various forms that politics takes at the transnational level, including its place within and effects upon particular societal contexts. The aim of the programme is to give students a basis for understanding and critically relating to four central tendencies within our contemporary world:

  1. agental pluralism – that political decisions involve not just the nation-state but numerous actors at multiple levels, including Intergovernmental Organisations, interest- and issue-groups, businesses, epistemic communities, and other emergent forms of actor;
  2. the transnationalisation of governance - a movement away from politics as structured in terms of top-down relations within nation-states towards more complex and networked forms of governance;
  3. the transnationalisation of political contestation – that civil society and other actors seeking to change politics both work across national boundaries and see their political demands as going beyond purely national concerns; and,
  4. the transnationalisation of policy problems – that there has been a shift in how policy problems are understood so that, for example, in the 1960s there was a shift from seeing environmental pollution within the confines of the nation-state towards identifying it as a transboundary phenomenon.



For programme with start Autumn 2019:
Autumn 2019 - Semester 1
Spring 2020 - Semester 2

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the developing tendencies identified in the programme that relate to its overarching themes, including a qualified overview of current research on globalization and of how different processes on the global level relate to and affect societal changes on the local level
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of methodological approaches in the field of Global Politics and of their consequences for research outcomes.
Competence and skills
  • Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • analyze complex phenomena and issues on the basis of different types of material.
  • autonomously identify gaps in knowledge, formulate issues and design research based on relevant theories and methods.
  • communicate research outcomes in speech and writing in a professional way to different audiences and recipients.
  • demonstrate the ability to participate in research dialogue and project work.
Judgement and approach
Following successful completion of the course students should be able to:
  • identify and reflect on ethical aspects on research.
  • evaluate research results on the basis of the parameters of reliability and generalizability for the purpose of estimating the limitations of research.
  • identify their personal needs for further knowledge and learning.


Master's degree (60 credits).

Degree of Master of Arts (60 credits) with a major in Political Science

Other Information

The language of teaching is English.
Each individual syllabus contains the entry requirements for advancing in the programme.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Michael Strange, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657216


Contact the Admission Office via or telephone number +46 40 665 75 00.


02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 80000 SEK

02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 80000 SEK