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Political Science

The Department of Political Science and Public Management was established in 1996 and today also includes the Centre for Journalism, the Centre for Welfare State Research and the Center for War Studies.

The department’s core political science research areas include Comparative Politics, Public Administration, Comparative Public Policy, Political Theory and International Relations.

The programme offers a broad range of PhD courses. Some of the courses are taught jointly with the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. The department’s membership of a variety of international organizations and scholarly communities also gives access to highly recognized PhD courses. Over the years, PhD students from the department have, for example, attended the University of Michigan ICPSR summer programme in quantitative methods and the courses in qualitative research methods offered by the CQRM – Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Students in the PhD programme in Political Science are encouraged to engage in international cooperation, and all PhD students are expected to spend 3-6 months at a university abroad.

During the past couple of years, PhD students have visited Stanford University, Oxford University, University of Minnesota, University of California – San Diego and the University of Amsterdam. The department’s academic staff cooperates with scholars at highly recognized universities worldwide and will be of assistance in establishing contact to relevant universities.

We put a premium on educating PhDs with a future. Our PhD candidates have continued their careers at universities in Denmark and abroad, at research institutions, in consultancy companies or in public administration.

For further information on the Department of Political Science and Public Management please click here.

For further information please contact director of the PhD programme, Professor WSR Arjen van Dalen, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, via e-mail:, or by telephone on +45 6550 4417.

For further information about vacant PhD positions, application procedures, admission requirements, etc. please consult the PhD School’s website: or the PhD School Secretariat.

Sidst opdateret: 11.05.2021