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Political Science deals with structures of power and authority, the behavior of political actors at different political levels including local, regional, and national, the relationships between states, the functioning of international organizations, and many other aspects of modern governance and collective decision-making. Important complimentary and neighboring fields include economics, sociology, history, philosophy, and constitutional law.
The Department of Political Science (IPZ) at the University of Zurich offers a wide range of study programs at the Bachelor and Master levels.
The Bachelor programs are characterized by a broad thematic diversity and intensive methodological training. Current research projects of the institute are directly integrated into teaching, and connections to later professional fields are ensured through internships and external lecturers from business, administration, and international organizations. Additionally, with UZH’s largest international student exchange program, the bachelor’s program offers numerous opportunities to gain international experience.
The IPZ's master's programs offer a wide range of opportunities for specialization. They are strong in methods, research-oriented, and establish direct contact with potential future employers through special course formats such as Capstone Courses. The IPZ actively encourages internships and seamlessly integrates international exchange opportunities into the program.
Both Bachelor and Master programs can be combined with a minor from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (PhF) or other faculties. This enables students to establish an additional academic focus beyond their major. Moreover, the master’s program in Political Science is also offered as a mono-study program (120 ECTS).
The IPZ is one of the most prestigious departments of Political Science in Switzerland and globally, consistently achieving top placements in various rankings, such as the Shanghai Ranking.
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|BA Political Science Major
|STO BA Major
|Matura / Abitur
|BA Minor Political Science
|STO BA Minor
|Matura / Abitur
|MA Mono / Major Political Science
|Political Data Journalism
|Political Economy and Philosophy
|Democracy, Development and International Relations
|Master Comparative and International Studies
|Comparative and International Studies
|MA Minor Political Studies
|MA Minor Social Sciences
|STO Minor SoWi
|none (but: Admission to UZH for MA Major)
|MA Minor Social Sciences
|Methods - Data - Society
Which career opportunities are available after completing your studies? Despite what many might assume, a degree in Political Science rarely leads directly to a career in politics. Instead, it opens up numerous career options in academia, public administration, business, NGOs, media, and more.
Key skills that will distinguish you after your studies are the ability to critically observe media, understanding and analyzing complex societal and political processes on various levels from local to global, strong methodological skills, especially in the field of statistics, the ability to think interconnected and work independently, and initial experience in project management.
The career you ultimately pursue should be based on your preferences and strengths. Many of our former students are now successful in fields such as journalism and media, political education, public administration, or areas of business, such as consulting or banking. Additionally, after the successful completion of a master’s degree, all doors are open for a career in academic research!
Here is what our alumni have to say: Graduate Brochure IPZ (PDF, 3 MB)
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