MSc Specialization – University of Copenhagen

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Specialization in Political Theory

The Specialization in Political Theory is designed for students with a special interest in the theoretical, normative, and philosophical aspects of politics.  The specialization is part of the MSc program offered by the Department of Political Science, and it encourages and trains students to theorize and analyze normative issues in close dialogue with the political realities of disagreement, conflict, and power.

Students who participate in the specialization will become part of an internationally renowned research group, and they will be invited to workshops and conferences with speakers from across the world. Former students affiliated with the political theory research group are now working in academia, consulting, local and national government, NGO's, and the Danish National Bank.


The Specialization in Political Theory includes three courses and an 80-page long master’s thesis. The coursework must be concluded during the spring semester, and the thesis will normally be concluded during the following year. Members of the political theory research group teach all courses.

Semester 1 (30 ECTS)

Semester 2 (30 ECTS)


Contemporary political theory (15 ECTS)


Authority, Sovereignty, and Power

(7,5 ECTS)


Democratic Challenges (7,5 ECTS)



MSc thesis in political theory (30 ECTS)


Training in political theory enhances the ability to think analytically and creatively, as well as the ability to write clearly and logically. These competencies are valued and in high demand on the job market.

Special activities

Students who participate in the Specialization in Political Theory will be invited to a number of activities outside the classroom. The aim of these activities is to strengthen the academic and social relations among students and professors. Student who participate in the specialization are also encouraged to attend the events organized by the student group Suveræn.


  • Registration for specialization via self-service during the registration period
  • Registration for specialization compulsory courses through self-service
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