About the Master / A propos

About the Master / A propos2017-11-28T10:12:43+00:00

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Program Description

This one-year taught Master’s program (60 ECTS) includes reading and research seminars culminating in an independent research project leading to the production of a Master’s thesis. Aimed at an international body of students, it is intended as a preparation either for academic research and teaching (possibly through a PhD in political science from the University of Montpellier) or for careers in political consulting, advising, and risk assessment.

Instruction is divided equally between French and English; all written work including the thesis may be presented in one or the other of these languages at the student’s discretion.

The Master’s program is co-sponsored by the political science department of Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Montpellier and the CEPEL (South European Centre for Political Studies), a joint research unit of the CNRS and the University of Montpellier. Researchers and faculty from the public health program of the University of Montpellier’s School of Medicine (SHS Med), and from the CIRAD contribute regularly to the program as teachers and research mentors. Our areas of focus are closely linked to the research activities of the CEPEL, structured around two general axes:
•    Transformations of democratic governance
•    New trends in political behavior

International and comparative in outlook, the program is aimed at students wishing to broaden their conceptual and professional horizons through contact with a diverse faculty and student body. Resident and visiting faculty from France, the United States and Europe provide a variety of approaches and points of view. High proportion of faculty to students ensures personalized attention and mentoring, as well as practical assistance in organizing and undertaking field research.

Program Summary (60 ECTS)

  • Methodology seminar: 6 ECTS
  • Reading Seminars (3 x 6): 18 ECTS
  • Collective Research Colloquium  2 ECTS
  • External Seminar: 2 ECTS
  • Academic Writing and Translation 2 ECTS
  • Thesis: 30 ECTS


This degree program receives financial support from the French ministry of education and the University of Montpellier, making it possible to limit fees for students currently enrolled in a BA or MA program  to approximately 350 €. All other candidates should contact the program administrator for further information.

Mobility Scholarship

Students may be eligible to apply for mobility scholarships such as Eurocampus grants both in the case of international students coming to France and French students carrying out research abroad.

Academic Calendar

  • Opening of the on-line call for applications: Spring
  • Application deadline: Mid-June
  • Seminar meetings: September  to January (Fall term)
  • Thesis research and writing: February to June (Spring term)
  • Master’s thesis due: Mid-June