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Master's Programme in Political Science

Welcome! You have been admitted to the Master's Programme in Political Science at the Department of Political Science, Umeå University. Here you will find important information about the programme start, registration, student life and more, so please read it carefully. If you have any questions concerning the programme, you can use the contact form below. We wish you a warm welcome and hope that you will enjoy your studies here in Umeå!

How to start

  • 1. Your offer

    You have been admitted. If you want to keep your place (seat), you do not have to reply to your offer.

    If you do not want to keep your place you should decline your offer by logging in to 'My pages' on, and follow the instructions. You should click "I wish to decline this offer" next to the course or programme you want to decline.

    If you see "Reserve" next to your course or programme in the Notification of selection results, this means that you've been placed on a waiting list for that course/programme.

    Support for students with disabilities

    If you are in need of special support due to disability, you should apply for that in good time before you start your studies. Find more information about support for studying with disabilities.

  • 2. Register on the programme

    Online registration in Portalen

    When you have accepted your place, you need to register on the programme. You do this by registering for the first course, Approaches to Political Science, online in the student platform Portalen.

    Online registration is open from August, 30 until September, 3 2018.

    If you are admitted with a condition, contact the Programme Advisor (see below).

    Please note that if you haven't registered online in Portalen by the last day of registration, you risk losing your place at the programme.

    To be able to register you need to activate your user account (Umu-id).

    I want to activate my user account.

    I have an activated user account and want to register for the course.

    I have an activated user account but have forgotten my password.

    Are you not going to take this programme? Please decline your place at as soon as possible.

  • 3. Programme start

    Monday September, 3

    Time: 13-16

    Location: S505


    The programme starts with an introduction to the first course, Approaches to Political Science, and a general introduction to the programme and the Department. We present important information about the course, the programme and the studies. If you have any questions or problems registering, do not hesitate to contact us.


About the programme

  • Programme Information

    The Master's Programme in Political Science gives in-depth competence in central issues in Political Science as well as scientific methods for the social sciences. The Programme can be attended for one or two years and offers the possibility to include electives or internship.

    During the first semester you will study Approaches to Political Science, 15 credits, and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences, 15 credits.

    The Programme Management consists of Program Coordinator Péteris Timofejevs Henriksson and Program Advisor Anna Palmgren Vahlroos. Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Learning Platform Cambro

    We use the learning platform Cambro to pass on information about the programme. You will get access to the Programme's site after the start of the semester.

    To be able to log into Cambro you need an activated user account (Umu-id).

    Log into Cambro


New at Umeå University

  • Checklist for admitted students

    Follow this simple list of things to complete your enrolment at Umeå University. It includes: how to secure housing, getting a residence permit (for citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland), tuition payment (if applicable), travel directions and more.

    To the checklist for newly admitted Students

  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular term, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but not later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme.

    If you will have housing through the International Housing Office you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.

    Don't forget - Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat.

  • Orientation

    Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar language, culture and customs can be a challenge. We would like to help you and ease that challenge so that you can focus on your studies. Therefore, we would like to offer you the possibility to take part in our Orientation, which begins before the start of each term.

    More about the Orientation this term.

  • Activate your user account

    As a new student, you need to activate your user account approximately two weeks prior to the term start in order to, for instance:

    • access the internet in computer labs and the university's wireless network
    • register for courses
    • submit assignments and verify your study results
    • access your student e-mail

    If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the term start.

    I want to activate my user account (Umu-id)

    I want to learn more about user accounts (Umu-id)

    For exchange students
    If you are an exchange student, you will receive information on arrival about how to activate your account.

    Help! It's not working
    If you are having problems activating your account or logging in, please contact our Servicedesk. You will find answers to common questions, and can submit enquiries.

  • Get your UmU card

    When you are on Campus Umeå, Umeå Arts Campus or Campus Örnsköldsvik, you will need a UmU card. The card has the following functions:

    • building access
    • borrowing card for the University Library system
    • copying and printing card, with a cashless payment system

    About one week after you have activated your user account, you will receive an e-mail about how to apply for the UmU card. It will be send to your student e-mail account (, so remember to test logging in to confirm that it works.

    How the UmU card functions

  • Welcome fair

    Save the date!

    Are you starting at Umeå University in autumn 2019? Keep track of what the University and Umeå has to offer you as a new student. Attend our Welcome Fair on September 5th!

    Welcome Fair autumn 2019


  • Join a student union

    There are three student unions at Umeå University:

    • Umeå Student Union
    • Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology
    • Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union.

    They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.

    Become a member of a student union!

  • The website for current students

    The website for current students has all sorts of information about services, support, legal and practical matters at Umeå University. You can sign in to the Cambro and Moodle learning platforms, see your schedule and course overview, register for a course, get a study certificate, apply for a degree or sign up for an examination.

    Student life begins here


Contact us

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