Politics and Governance in the Digital Age

University of Tartu

M.A. On Campus
24 months
3800 EUR/year
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The programme integrates empirical and theoretical understanding of democracy and governance, the two essential parameters of political development in the contemporary world.


The objective of this study programme is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become professionals in modern democratic government, civil society, politics and international organizations. It provides in-depth knowledge about:

  • the global, historical context of democracy
  • modern democratic institutions
  • public policy and governance- political theory and ethics
  • elections and political behavior
  • comparative ethnopolitics
Students graduating from this programme:
  • will have comprehensive knowledge of modern democratic institutions and their political processes;
  • will be able to identify and analyze key problems and processes of democratic governance, involving both government institutions and civil society;
  • will have the proper research skills to perform policy analysis and contribute to policy formation;
  • will obtain an international perspective that will enrich their qualifications both in their home country and globally.
Why study Politics and Governance in the Digital Age at the University of Tartu?
  • UT is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world in politics and international studies (QS Rankings 2020) 
  • Special emphasis on big data and digital method analysis. 
  • Estonia is one of the most dynamic reformers in Europe while maintaining a stable democracy and social environment. It is a leader in e-government, e-voting and other governance fields. 
  • Acquire all essential skills and knowledge to have a successful career in modern government, civil society, politics and international organisations. 


Programme Structure

The curriculum of the study programme is based on five parts:
  • Methods module (18 ECTS) - in this module, students will be trained in the essentials of social science methodology and academic skills; both quantitative and qualitative methods will be addressed; innovative teaching methods (such as a ‘flipped classroom’) will also be used;
  • Core Competencies module (36 ECTS) - this module will lay out for students fundamental concepts and theories for understanding democratic development and modern governance. 
  • Specialization module (30 ECTS) - within this module students will be able to choose courses that deepen their knowledge of specific topics in the field such as identity-based phenomena, regional specificities or third-sector issues;
  • Electives module (6 ECTS) - students may choose additional electives either from within or completely outside the existing curriculum;
  • MA thesis (30 ECTS)


Programme Director is Professor of Comparative Politics Vello Pettai.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


Tuition waivers are available for the best candidates.

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