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Political Science

The programme:

The PhD programme in political science covers the following sub-disciplines: comparative politics, international relations, public administration and management, public policy, political sociology, political theory, and methods.

The programme is hosted by one of the largest political science departments in Europe with 700 Bachelor students, 500 Master students and approximately 50 PhD students. The department has around 100 faculty members including the PhD students.

Affiliated centers/departments:

The department’s faculty members have a wide variety of contacts to other political science departments around the world, which are frequently used to connect PhD students with other scholars in their field of expertise.

Geographic location:

The programme is located at Campus Aarhus. PhD students are part of the department’s faculty and are as all other faculty members required to be present at least three days a week. PhD students present their project to the department twice; once at the beginning of the project and once shortly before completion. Participation in these representations, of which there are around 12 per semester, is mandatory for the other PhD students.


The programme offers courses in research design, quantitative methodology, and qualitative methodology. Most of the courses are designed and taught in cooperation with the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark.

Approx. number of PhD students: