About the Department of Political Science

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.
On a yearly basis, this is the place of study for more than 2.100 students and around 200 exchange students. At Department of Political Science, we are a group of more than 60 researchers, 31 PhD students, and 29 people working as support staff. We are committed to providing a first-class learning environment for students and an excellent working environment for staff and academic visitors.

Situated within the old municipal hospital buildings constructed in 1863, the beautiful architecture exudes history and past times. There are a number of inner courtyards where students can enjoy a break on sunny days. Located in the centre of Copenhagen, the Department is within biking distance from most other parts of the city – including the Botanical Garden and the Royal Library.

Within these historical surroundings, we strive to explore the present and shape the future by educating students in problem-solving fit for a complex world. This we do by creating a pluralistic and engaging research environment that brings together students, researchers and the surrounding society in innovative ways. Daily life at the Department reflects the easy-going nature of life in Copenhagen. Faculties interact with students and each other in a relaxed atmosphere that invites deliberation. Here researchers can share experience and insights, and experiment with combining approaches and bridging gaps on an interdisciplinary level.

In the course of their studies, our students gain new insight and experience. We focus on creating a broad foundation of knowledge for the bachelor’s degree and an option of choosing between a wide range of courses and specialization programmes for the master’s degree. The students are also encouraged to get involved in various student associations, where they can meet fellow students from different academic and social environments. Life in these societies is rich and diverse and aims to enhance the experience and perspectives of students through activities such as debates with well-known politicians, lectures by researchers, film nights, book clubs, theatre clubs, revues, choirs, social parties and get-togethers, and much more. In other words, this rich and numerous student association environment is an important foundation on which to create new opportunities in which students can engage socially and academically in new ways.

In order to provide first-class teaching, learning, and faculty spaces on campus, researchers and students have a number of facilities at their disposal:

Students have access to the Department’s own library from 8 to 20 on weekdays. Furthermore they also have access to the nearby Faculty of Social Sciences library every day of the week until late in the evening. Facilities here include individual reading spots, rooms for group work, recreational areas, and classrooms. The libraries are newly renovated and modern. Group rooms give students the option of working together on assignments and presentations and the quiet and individual reading spots create a space of immersion for students. In and around the Department, there are more than 300 reading spots for students at the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences to use – and there are many more close by.

Within the old buildings, there are three different canteens used on a daily basis by students and staff alike. Here, salads, warm dishes, and healthy sandwiches are prepared by qualified chefs. The canteens function as gathering places during coffee and lunch breaks, but also for Friday afternoon get-togethers.

The Department of Political Science was established in 1960 as the Department of Contemporary History and Political Science. From 1965, the first social studies students were admitted. Since 1991, the Institute's graduates have obtained an MSc in Political Science. Today the Department offers a bachelor's degree (BSc) in Political Science and several master’s degrees: MSc in Political Science as well as MA programmes. In 2015, the Department also offered an MSc programme in Security Risk Management. In collaboration with CBS (Copenhagen Business School), we train public managers via the Master’s in Public Governance programme.