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International Master's Programme in Political Science with Specialization in Global Asian Studies

  • 120 credits

Would you like to know more about economy, culture and politics in Asia? Are you interested in Asia and it’s global role? This program aims to provide a broad overview of contemporary economic, social, political and cultural conditions in Asia and to put them in a historical and global context.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Photo: Viktor Gårdsäter.

It also aims to provide practical skills and experiences in Asia through field work, internship or exchange studies. The program provides a two-year master's degree in Asian Studies and is given in collaboration with the Department of Social Anthropology and the Department of Economic History and International Relations.

  • Programme overview

    The studies begin in semester one with a broad course on politics and economics. This is then followed by four thematic courses of 7.5 credits with a more specialized  focus. Together, the five introductory courses will provide both a broad but advanced introduction, as well as specialized knowledge in certain areas. Semester two ends with a method course of 15 credits where students choose between qualitative and quantitative methods. The purpose is to prepare them for the upcoming independent  work, but the course also teaches generic skills. During semester three, time is provided for collection of material and field work linked to the thesis, alternatively vocational preparation practice, studies in other social science subjects or  exchange studies. The program ends with course Independent research work. All teaching are in English.

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Globalization, Economy and Politics in Asia (SV9001)

    Migration, Labor and Culture in Asia, 7.5 credits (Subject: Social Anthropology)

    Law, Culture and Society in Asia, 7.5 credits (Subject: Social Anthropology)

    Semester 2

    International Relations in East Asia, 7.5 credits (Subject: International relations)

    Development goals in Asia, 7.5 credits

    Political Science Methods, 15 credits

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    Choices between the courses Field work (15 credits), Vocational preparation (15, 22.5 or 30 credits), courses in other social science subjects or exchange studies.

    Semester 4

    Independent Research Project , 30 credits

  • How to apply

    Admission to the International Master's Programme in Political Science is done once a year, for the autumn semester. All applications are to be submitted electronically through (English) or (Swedish).

    Please note that all parts of the application must be submitted directly to or No documentation should be sent to the department.

  • Meet us

    Meet our teachers

    Our teachers includes experts on a wide range of topics within the subject and are constantly keeping themselves updated within their fields of specialisation in order to be able to pass on their expertise to you as a student. Learn more

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