Work integrated learning meets political studies
University West is the leading university for Work Integrated Learning (WIL). The university was tasked with the development of WIL by the Swedish government 15+ years ago and continues to lead the field today. WIL is the practice of moving from academic and theoretical learning to real-world applications within the duration of your programme.
No other international, interdisciplinary programme offers a master's degree in WIL with a specialisation in political studies. On graduation, you are prepared for professional work across cultural and national borders to develop, implement and lead projects handling politically and economically oriented issues for societal change.
One semester work placement
In the second year of your programme, you will through a research placement in Sweden or abroad work together with NGO’s, institutions, organisations or companies facing real-life challenges. The networks, skills and experiences you gain will be key in your future working life.
The research internship project will also be the foundation of your master's thesis, all conducted under the continuous supervision given by the programme staff and internship hosts.
International yet intimate
In this fully English-taught programme, students and staff come from a wealth of different cultures and regions around the world, creating a rich learning environment and student life.
Delivered in close collaboration with the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, your programme gives you the opportunity to work on research projects at organisations and institutions in Sweden, South Africa and at other locations around the world.
Additionally, University West offers an intimate campus environment without barriers between academic staff and students. Here, your professors are easily accessible to answer questions, hold discussions and provide individual feedback. This, together with our close connections to organisations, institutions and companies in surrounding society, puts a wealth of experts at your fingertips.