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Master in Political Sciences : General

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Master in Political Sciences : General

This formation is taught in french and in english.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Political Sciences : General
  • Programme mnemonic
    MA-POLI
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Political and social sciences
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french / english
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences
  • Jury Presidents
    Pascal DELWIT and Corinne GOBIN
  • Jury Secretary
    Véronique DIMIER

Details

General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

french / english

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
Infor-études

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

More generally, the programme also gives students key skills for their future careers: coherent and well-structured oral and written expression, the ability to retrieve and manage information, and language skills—which are a key aspect to finding a job. Students are regularly encouraged to read English documents, and a number of courses are taught in English.

With skills tailored to the business world, graduates have great opportunities on the job market and can quickly find interesting work where they will make the most of their education.

There is a great tradition of student exchanges in political science, involving numerous universities in the European Union and Central European countries, as well as with North American universities (Canada, Quebec, USA). Students can spend a term or a whole year abroad.

Our aim is to provide high-level academic training while preparing students for their professional career. ULB’s political science programme also benefits from the pooling of a significant number of courses with the Institute of European Studies, one of the best in Europe.

  • A very wide offering of courses in political science, and many more in related areas of human sciences (law, economics, history, sociology, psychology, statistics). Recent results from a student survey as part of our evaluation process are very encouraging, with 84% of courses given positive marks.

  • An excellent academic programme with teachers of international renown: For the fourth year running, SciencePo-ULB was among the top 100 political science departments worldwide; it is the highest ranking in Belgium, and in the top 5 worldwide for French-speaking political science departments (QS World university Ranking by subject, 2017).

  • Strong emphasis on linguistic and methodological skills.

  • Preparation for the professional world.

  • Immersion in an international environment.

Access conditions

Programme

Graduates of the Master in Political Science have the opportunity to become first-rate political scientists working in the field of their choice. Students develop skills and knowledge related to power and political action at the national, subnational, European, and international levels, with courses that deal with citizens, political players (parties, unions, lobbies), and institutions.

What's next ?

Prospects

Graduates are well equipped to work in a variety of sectors:

  • political and social life (political parties, trade unions, employer organisations, lobbies), political cabinets, parliaments, etc.;

  • civil service at the local, regional, national, and European levels;

  • international careers (diplomatic service, international organisations such as the UN, the OECD, or the Council of Europe);

  • political consulting and counselling;

  • executive positions in the non-market sector (e.g. non-profits, NGOs, humanitarian organisations, local missions, etc.);

  • analysis in the private sector (e.g. banking);

  • communication and journalism (press and audio-visual): spokesperson, reporter, communications officer;

  • teaching;

  • research, whether fundamental academic research, applied research, or research for think tanks, organisations, political parties, etc.