Master of Political Science

Welcome to Aarhus BSS
Political Science

Welcome to
Aarhus BSS

Political Science

Welcome to your Master's degree programme in Political Science

On this introduction site you will find all relevant information about getting started at your degree programme at Aarhus BSS.

We furthermore encourage you to participate in the welcome event at Aarhus University!

We look forward to welcoming you!

Welcome to Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

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We look forward to welcoming you to Aarhus BSS (School of Business and Social Sciences).

Aarhus BSS is one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. The school unites the core research areas of business and social sciences, encompassing disciplines such as economics, business administration, business technology, law, political science and psychology.

Our degree programmes are among the absolute best according to the most recognised international ranking lists. This position requires that we set our standards high when it comes to our research and teaching, and that we provide our highly-skilled graduates with strong competencies that allow them to carry out a broad range of job functions on the labour market – in Denmark as well as internationally. We are keen to ensure a vibrant and inspiring study environment as the framework for our degree programmes, both in terms of social life and academic outcome.

We are happy to be able to welcome our students on campus and will do our best to give you a great start to your new life as a student, at the same time taking into consideration the conditions we are all currently operating under. Your life as a student is not just about the academic content of your degree programme, but about all the human and social experiences that come with being a student. We do not yet know the framework for the autumn semester, but there is cause for optimism due to the vaccination programme and similar initiatives.

As a student at Aarhus BSS, you will benefit from all the possibilities that come with being part of a large international business school with many academic fields of research.

You will become part of an international environment and will be taught by lecturers that are among the world’s leading researchers within their specific academic fields. Another of our core tasks is to nurture our relations with the world around us – particularly with local companies and organisations in order to create good opportunities for you as a student. You can benefit from these close relations whether you want to become an intern or want to establish contact with a future employer in other ways.

I wish you the best of luck in the future. I am very pleased that you have chosen to be a student at Aarhus BSS, and I am convinced that it will prepare you well for the future.

Best regards

Thomas Pallesen
Dean, Aarhus BSS

Getting started at Aarhus BSS

How to stay informed as a student is your single point of access to study information and self-service systems, providing you with a personalised overview of your courses, timetable, announcements and events. It also gives you direct access to other platforms such as the Student Self-Service and Brightspace. You can use on your phone or tablet as well, and you only need to log on once to gain access to everything.


Brightspace is a learning management system, providing teaching staff and students with one shared online platform. The platform supports easy access to group work and lets you send and receive messages. This is where your lecturer will inform you about changes to the timetable and upload teaching materials. Therefore, it is important that you check Brightspace often. (Brightspace is new at Aarhus University and replaces the former learning management system Blackboard)


The study portal
The study portal is the website where you are currently reading this. You can find all official information and procedures via the menu on the left, e.g. academic regulations, student counselling, exam schedules and rules, everything related to your study environment, as well as news and events for you as a student. We encourage you to check the study portal if you need information about your degree programme.


Your AU email
All students at Aarhus University will receive an AU email address ( It is important that you use this email address when you write to the Student Counsellors' Office or similar recipients. It is also important that you check your AU email, as Aarhus University might send you important information.

Get help and guidance during your studies

Student Counsellors' Office
You are always welcome at the Student Counsellors' Office with questions regarding your life as a student. We are happy to answer any questions about exams, rules and requirements, leave of absence, parental leave, study planning, dispensations, social well-being, challenges etc. At the Student Counsellors' Office, we have a duty of confidentiality. This means that everything you tell us will remain confidential.

Aarhus BSS Student Services
At Aarhus BSS Student Services, you can get help and guidance on any practical and administrative questions  in relation to your degree programme. We can help you with print transcripts of your grades, verify that you are actively enrolled, register for courses and exams, and apply for exemption, etc.

Other forms of guidance and counselling

  • The university chaplain offers free, confidential conversations to all students about everything from performance and exam anxiety to grief, loneliness and melancholy or anything else that you need to talk to someone about.
  • Special Educational Support (SPS) is an offer for students with a disability or a special need for support, e.g. due to reading/writing difficulties or physical, mental or neurological disorders.

IT, bookstore and the library

IT support

IT will inevitably become an integrated part of your new life as a student at Aarhus BSS, and you are always welcome to contact the IT support. The IT department can help you with a broad range of services, including usernames and passwords, your student email and accessing the wireless network via eduroam. They also offer a number of IT-related courses. Read more about those at

You will find the IT support at both Fuglesangs Allé (building 2628) and Bartholins Allé (building 1322). 

  • Learn more about Aarhus BSS IT


You can buy your books at the campus bookstore for Political Science: Politologisk Bogformidlings hjemmeside

AU Library

We offer you:

  • Online as well as physical access to a vast amount of academic information and literature
  • Areas for studying independently as well as rooms for working in groups
  • Teaching and guidance to help strengthen your information literacy skills
  • Assistance in searching for, finding, assessing and organising academic information and literature.


There are two libraries in Aarhus affiliated with Aarhus BSS:

  • Bartholins Allé 9
    At Bartholins Allé, you will mainly find books and journals within the subjects of psychology and behavioural sciences, political science, and law.
  • Fuglesangs Allé 4
    At Fuglesangs Allé, you will mainly find books and journals within the subjects of corporate law, economics, and management.

Schedule and course desriptions

You can always find your timetables (schedule) here at your study portal under Teaching > Timetables. Changes may occur and therefore it is important to check your timetables on a regular basis.

Course catalogue
You can find course descriptions in the course catalogue under Teaching > Course Catalogue. Here you can also find the syllabus for each course.

About Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

Aarhus BSS is one of the five faculties at Aarhus University and home to the academic disciplines within business and social sciences. The official name is ‘Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences’, commonly referred to as Aarhus BSS.

Aarhus BSS has six departments: Department of Economics and Business Economics, Department of Political Science, Department of Management, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Department of Law, and Department of Business Development and Technology.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for students at Aarhus BSS aims to describe the school’s core values and expectations to student behaviour when on campus and/or when representing Aarhus BSS and Aarhus University. 

All students are expected to adhere to the values represented in this Code of Conduct.