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

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.

Två studenter står och tittar på ett papper.
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

    The courses below are also open for registration for students in the department's other master's programs.

    Period A-B

    Globalization, Economy and Politics in Asia (SV9001)
    Course responsible teacher: Helena Berglund, Younghwan Byun, Eva Hansson and Johan Lagerkvist.

    Period C

    Migration and Labor in Asia, 7.5 credits (Subject: Social Anthropology)
    Course responsible teacher: Johan Lindquist.

    Period D

    Law, Culture and Society in Asia, 7.5 credits (Subject: Social Anthropology)
    Course responsible teacher: Kristina Simion.

    Semester 2

    Period A

    Development goals in Asia, 7.5 credits
    Course responsible teacher: Helena Berglund.

    Period B

    International Relations in East Asia, 7.5 credits (Subject: International relations)
    Course responsible teacher: Karl Gustafsson.

    Period C-D

    Political Science Methods, 15 credits
    Course responsible teachers: Ludvig Norman (Qualitative methods) and Kåre Vernby (Quantitaive methods)

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    Internship, Exchange studies, Field work or Elective courses

    See below for more information about internship within the programme:

    Internship within the Master's Programme in Global Asian 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.

    The Master's programmes in English are only open for admission in the international admission's round.

    Admission Requirements – General and Specific Eligibility

    The general requirement to study a Master's programme in Sweden is a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System.

    The specific requirement for the International Master's Programme in Political Science with specialization in Global Asian Studies is a Bachelor's degree in a social science subject along with Swedish upper secondary school course
    English B, or equivalent.


    We make a selection among the eligable applicants. The selection of students is based on grades of academic courses.


    If you have questions about the admissions process or the general eligability, please contact University Admissions, or the Admissions Office at Stockholm University (

    If you have questions about the specific requirements, the selection process or the programme, please contact

  • 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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