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Department of Political Science

Capstone Courses - applied research & project management

The IPZ offers a new, innovative teaching format exclusively for advanced MA students: A Capstone Course directly qualifies you for applied research and project management. It builds a bridge to professional practice after your studies.

You will work independently in a small group of 4 to 5 selected students on a specific project of a client from industry or the public sector.

You will be supported by one of our professors, but you will be responsible for your project.

This is an opportunity for future employers to obtain visibly outstanding qualifications and to establish appropriate relationships in the world of work.

Capstone Courses will be offered every semester on various topics.

Participation in a Capstone Course replaces two MA seminars (12 ECTS), depending on the topic, a track can be selected.

We highly recommend the Capstone Courses to you and look forward to your applications, any suggestions or comments on our new course format.

If you have any questions, please contact our student advisory service, Dr. Hanno Degner, at

Current Capstone Courses

StatGuide Capstone

Duration: Februar 2024 - Januar 2025

Client: Institut für Politikwissenschaft, UZH

Lead: Dr. Benjamin Schlegel, Florian Attinger, Yves Bruchez

Flyer (PDF, 624 KB) (PDF, 330 KB)

UZH Course Catalogue

Archive Capstone Courses

Examining China Competence in Switzerland

Duration: September 19, 2022 - July 31, 2023

Client: Asia Society Switzerland

Lead: Prof. Dr. Daniel Kübler, Dr. Su Yun Woo

Flyer (PDF, 624 KB)

More information (PDF, 81 KB)

UZH Course Catalogue


Capstone: Nationale, dominante Narrative in der Schweiz und ihr Einfluss auf den politischen Diskurs

Duration: October 1, 2022 - July 31, 2023

Client: Schweizerische Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft (SGG)/ Pro Futuris

Person in charge: Prof. Karsten Donnay

More information (PDF, 110 KB)

UZH Course Catalogue

Weiterführende Informationen

Website Capstone Course "Analyzing human rights violations in Kenya"

More about Website Capstone Course "Analyzing human rights violations in Kenya"

Within the framework of the Capstone Course "Analyzing human rights violations in Kenya", MA students of the IPZ have analyzed extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances by security agencies in Kenya, on behalf of Amnesty International. Read more about their results on the following website.

Website Capstone Course "Mapping globaler Flüchtlingsbewegungen"

More about Website Capstone Course "Mapping globaler Flüchtlingsbewegungen"

Im Rahmen des Capstone Course "Mapping globaler Flüchtlingsbewegungen" haben MA-Studierende des IPZ im Auftrag der DEZA eine interaktive Landkarte der Flüchtlingsbewegungen erarbeitet. Auf der folgenden Website können Sie sich das Resultat anschauen.

Ergebnisse Capstone Courses

Alle gesammelten Ergebnisse der Capstone Courses finden Sie (im Rahmen des rechtlich möglichen Umfangs) hier: Ergebnisse Capstone

Capstone Brochure Online

Click here for the online version: Capstone


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