Joint Master's Programme Political Science – Integration & Governance

Curriculum of the Joint Master’s Programme Political Science – Integration & Governance (PoSIG)

PoSIG – Curriculum 2023-04-25 (PDF)

Most important information from the curriculum

PoSIG represents a collective academic endeavor and partnership among a consortium of nine distinguished higher education institutions. These institutions collaborate to offer a unique and comprehensive educational experience.

  • University of Salzburg (PLUS)
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (UKIM)
  • European University of Tirana (UET)
  • University of Tirana (UTIR)
  • University of Business and Technology (UBT) – Pristina
  • University of Sarajevo (UNSA)
  • Sarajevo School of Science Technology (SSST)
  • University of Trieste
  • University of Prishtina

The collaboration within PoSIG is governed by an institutional agreement.

The PoSIG partners contribute with their specific academic profiles to the offered modules as listed below. In addition, the Western Balkan partners provide specific academic expertise on the region’s political developments.

  1. Political Theor
  2. Comparative Politics
  3. Public Policy and Administration
  4. International Relations
  5. European Integration

PoSIG students must select two out of these five modules to specialize in their chosen field.

Advanced methodological and applied courses will complement the substantive orientation of the programme’s modules. This will enable students to independently conduct thorough social science research and to develop innovative research strategies as well as solutions for problems of societal importance.

Structure of the curriculum : 

The programme consists of 10 obligatory courses, 1 internship, 24 ECTS of additional courses, and a Master’s thesis, with a total of 120 ECTS credits. The planned workload for Master’s thesis is 30 ECTS credits, including the preparation for the Master’s thesis defence (6 ECTS credits):

Obligatory Elective Modules (2 of 5) 36
Political Theory (18)
Comparative Politics (18)
Public Administration (18)
International Relations (18)
European Integration (18)
Obligatory Courses 24
Internship (6)
Course Methods I (6)
Course Methods II (6)
Master’s Thesis Seminar (6)
Obligatory Elective Courses (1 of 2) 6
Advanced Methods in Political Science (6)
Applied Course (6)
Additional Courses 24
Master’s Thesis incl. Master’s Thesis Defence 30
Total 120

The available modules and courses are published on a
webpage of the University of Salzburg.

International mobility is a very important element of this programme. Students therefore have to undertake their studies at least at two PoSIG partner universities and may attend up to four different universities (one per term).