Masters "Comparative political science and sociology" of the Institute of Political Studies

In brief

  • Speciality: Professional
  • Major: Politics, society and communication



The "Comparative Political Science and Sociology" Masters course is interdisciplinary. It is common to Sciences Po Bordeaux and the University of Bordeaux and is structured around the research and activities of the Centre Émile Durkheim (Joint Research Unit CNRS - Sciences Po Bordeaux - University of Bordeaux).

The course enables students to acquire solid and up-to-date knowledge in the social sciences. The classes provide advanced training in quantitative and qualitative research methods. All are designed to support students in the production of a research paper.


The course prepares students for the production of a research paper. This individual project is conducted over the course’s four semesters, during which students receive support in the form of diverse classes, method workshops, and tutoring sessions.

Additional information

The course provides general social science training and enables students to develop solid methodological skills (qualitative and quantitative methods). The fact that it is conducted in association with the Centre Émile Durkheim - one of the most important political science and sociology laboratories in France - guarantees that students are supervised by recognized researchers and fully participate in collective dynamics.



Training content

This information is for guidance purposes.


Access condition

Sciences Po Bordeaux Diploma  : First year 

Find out more about the requirements for admission to fourth year


Job opportunities

Students in this Masters course are eligible for undertaking a doctoral thesis. This thesis may be undertaken within an academic framework and be based on a doctoral contract granted by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education (funding granted for a period of three years). It may also be conducted in the framework of a CIFRE contract (Industrial Agreement for Training through Research): in this case, the student alternates between periods of research in a laboratory and periods of research in an administration, an association, or a company. Students who do not wish to undertake a doctoral thesis can immediately use and apply the skills acquired through the course by joining a consulting firm or by obtaining a position as a task manager for a local authority, association, etc. Their organizational skills, their ability to write synthetic documents, and their methodological skills are then assets.



Roger Antoine

Email : a.roger @

Caron Karine

Email : k.caron @

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Type of education

  • Initial education

Internship Possible