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 Master in Political Science

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This course allows students to further advanced studies of political phenomena. It has been designed for Political Science and other social sciences graduates willing to excel and consolidate skills spanning from the elaboration, monitoring and evaluation of public policies to holding positions such as electoral marketing agents, political coa​ching consultants, political and electoral behaviour analysts, polls, among other highly specialised functions before entry into the labour market. It is also intended to all graduates, who however in the labour market, wish to enrich their scientific profile in a context of growing labour competitiveness.​​​

Specialization Diploma: Completing the academic part of the course guarantees you the opportunity to apply for your Specialization Diploma in Political Science.

Note
Language of instruction: Portuguese​

Applications and Vacancies

Tuition fees

Timetable

Admission Criteria​​​​


Note: ​

The UC "Data Analysis and Transferable Skills" requires the attendance of modules credited to the course in the EEG DataPro programme and the EEGenerating Skills programme, which may run outside of the Scheduled Class.


2024/2025

General


Academic degree:
  • Master's degree
ECTS:
90
Duration:
3 curricular semesters
Regime:
Mixed
Place:
Gualtar Campus, Braga (UM)
Main Scientific area:
  • Political Science and International Relations

Contacts


    School of Economics and Management
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: +351 253604510 Fax: +351 253601380
    E-Mail: pedagogico@eeg.uminho.pt
    URL: http://www.eeg.uminho.pt

Description


The Master in Political Sicence allows students to further advanced studies of political phenomena. It has been designed for Political Science and other social sciences graduates willing to excel and consolidate skills spanning from the elaboration, monitoring and evaluation of public policies to holding positions such as electoral marketing agents, political coaching consultants, political and electoral behaviour analysts, polls, among other highly specialised functions before entry into the labour market. It is also intended to all graduates, who however in the labour market, wish to enrich their scientific profile in a context of growing labour competitiveness. This Master aims to:
- understand in depth the problems and dilemmas in contemporary political world;
- understand fully the internal and external challenges that confront the nation state as well as the international system;
- evaluate and interpret the dynamics of the (political and economic) integration process in Europe and its present crisis;
- analyse and reflect critically the rapport between the media and the exercise of political power;
- develop research projects autonomously, guided by methodological rules specific to the field of Political Science.

Key learning outcomes


The Master in Political Science is based on the acquisition and development of competences, moving away from the mere transmission of the knowledge taught, as advocated by the Bologna Process. The Master programme is expected to demonstrate upon completion of the degree a whole set of general, knowledge and understanding as well as intellectual skills.
1. In the field of general skills, it is expected to demonstrate the capacity for research, analysis and critical reflection based on scientific knowledge.
2. In the domain of knowledge and understanding, advanced knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts and ongoing debates in the area of Political Science is expected; the research methods used in the area; and searching the sources, in different media (printed, oral, electronic).
3. In the field of intellectual skills, the development of independent research, autonomous thinking, comparison and evaluation of concepts and paradigms, critical thinking of political events, ideas, institutions and practices is expected, applying the concepts, theories and methods used in the study of Political Science; formulating and defending positions, coherently and concisely, based on scientific literature and empirical evidence;
4. In the field of the transferable skills, it is expected to demonstrate the capacity for initiative and innovation, to work autonomously and as a team, the ability to organise, plan and manage time according to the defined timetables.

Access to higher education


The Master in Political Science offers advanced training that allows the access to doctoral programmes in the field of Political Science.

Careers


The Master degree in Political Science enables the professionals to carry out highly speciliased functions in different organisational contexts, namely:
- Public Administration (central, regional and local);
- International Organisations;
- Non-Governmental Orgnisations;
- Consulting Companies;
- Private Companies;
- Centres for Public Opinion Research;
- Mass Media;
- Research Centres and Think-Tanks.

Access


30

Vacancies

12

Minimum

Access forms


The access to this Cycle of Study can be done at the Students Portal of the University of Minho
https://alunos.uminho.pt/EN/candidates/MastersDegrees/Pages/default.aspx 

This information does not replace consultation of the Academic Regulations of the University of Minho and other official documents.

Formal requirements


Applicants to the Masters Dregree Course in Political Science must be graduated or possess a legal equivalent, in any area of social sciences, whether from a national or an international superior university. The Scientific Council of the EEG may admit the application, under proposal of the Directive Commission of the Masters Course, of applicants who are not graduated but whose academic, professional or scientific curriculum vitae attests the applicant's capacity to concretise the objectives of this course of studies.

Application deadlines


Information on Application Deadlines can be found at:
https://www.eeg.uminho.pt/en/study/mestrados/Pages/admission.aspx

Registration deadlines


Information on Registration Deadlines can be found at:
https://www.eeg.uminho.pt/en/study/mestrados/Pages/admission.aspx

Aditional Information


Study Plan


Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 60
S1 Comparative Politics CPRI 6
S1 Public Management and Administration CA 6
S1 Research Seminar in Political Science and International Relations CPRI 6
S1 State and Democracy CPRI 6
S1 Opção I 6
China in the International Relations CPRI 6
Government and Local Administration CA 6
Innovation and Change Management G 6
Nationalisms and Regionalisms CPRI 6
Political Economics and Public Choice E 6
Political Marketing CPRI 6
Public Opinion and Polling Methods CPRI 6
Public Policies CA 6
Quality Management G 6
Regulation and Competition Policy E 6
Service Delivery Systems CA 6
The EU in the World CPRI 6
S2 Data Analysis and Transferable Skills CPRI; G; E; CA 6
S2 Multilevel Governance CPRI 6
S2 Political Participation and Culture CPRI 6
S2 Research Methodology and Proposal in Political Science CPRI; CA 6
S2 Opção II 6
Contemporary Russia CPRI 6
Digital Marketing and e-Business G 6
Environmental Policies CA 6
Evaluation of Public Policies CA 6
Government and Local Administration CA 6
Innovation and Change in Public Administration CA 6
Innovation and Change Management G 6
Nationalisms and Regionalisms CPRI 6
Nonprofit Organzations Governance CA 6
Political Economics and Public Choice E 6
Political Marketing CPRI 6
Public Opinion and Polling Methods CPRI 6
Public Policies CA 6
Quality Management G 6
Regulation and Competition Policy E 6
The EU in the World CPRI 6
Year 2 30
S1 Opção III 30
Dissertation CPRI 30
Internship CPRI 30
Project Work CPRI 30

Assessment/Accreditation


A3ES Accreditation status:
Accredited
Resolution publication date:
18-06-2021
A3ES submited report:
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Ef 2452/2011/AL01
Registry Date:
21-11-2021
Accreditation validity:
30-07-2025