Stockholm university logo, link to start page
Gå till denna sida på svenska webben

Political Science in English III

The course provides an orientation of different political science perspectives and knowledge of political science research problems and methods.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

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Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from your department

On this page you will shortly find information on registration, learning platform, etc.

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. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

Find your way on campus

Read more

New student

During your studies

Student unions

For new international students

Pre-departure information

New in Sweden

Student sitter och läser.
Photo: Viktor Gårdsäter.

You will also conduct an independent research project in the form of a research paper, which is planned to take approximately two months of full-time studies. The subject for the research paper is chosen in consultation with the supervisor.

  • Course structure

    The course comprises two course modules.



    Methods in Political Science, 15 credits

    The course module aims at providing knowledge of political science research methodology. The course provides knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methods, methods for gathering empirical material, research design and theory of science. Roughly half of the course is devoted to quantitative methods and half to qualitative methods. Methods studied include process-tracing, case studies, comparative studies, and mixed methods. The course also provides tools for evaluating political science research and applications of various methods. The course also covers exercises with statistical software.

    Independent Research Project, 15 credits

    The Independent Research Project within Political Science III consists of an investigation of a political science problem. The independent research project takes the form of a research paper, which is planned to take approximately two months of full-time studies. The subject for the research paper is chosen in consultation with the supervisor.

    Teaching format

    The course is based on lectures and seminars.


    The types of examination vary depending on the course module.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • 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

  • Contact