Political Science & Public Affairs

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MSc Cycle1st year – Political Studies

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Political Science & Public Affairs

This first year allows students, beyond a classical approach to the political and institutional world, to understand and master the major political balances and issues, the very specific processes of political decision making, and the fundamental drivers of public opinion in this area.

Upon graduating from the MSc Political Science & Public Affairs program, our students go on to become heads of state and government, leaders of international organizations, territorial attachés, magistrates, etc.

This first year of the MSc Political Studies program has the dual objective of specializing and professionalizing students.

At the end of this year, the student is required to complete several months of internship. HEIP accompanies and encourages its students to carry out their professional experience in an NGO, a company or a public institution in order to further their career plans. In the second year, they will have a real goal of professional integration. Each field of expertise continues into the second year of the MSc program in one of the specializations offered or as part of a double degree with one of our partners.


First year

The courses are given in French.

Applications for the first year of the MSc program are open to holders of or in the process of obtaining a BAC+3 (180 ECTS) or an equivalent foreign degree.

Major course topics:

Historical & Cultural Politic

  • Contemporary political theory
  • Major issues and structuring ideologies

Organization & Administration

  • Organization of public authorities

Public Politics

  • Security and public order

Political Law

  • European law and politics
  • Political law
  • Lobby groups and interest representation
  • Fight against corruption

Political voice & writings

  • Media training
  • English
  • Research Methodology

At the end of the first year of the MSc cycle, students have a research project to complete, for which they are accompanied by a thesis director, a specialist in the field. They are prepared for this in a research methodology seminar.


Applications for the first year of the MSc program are open to holders of or in the process of obtaining a BAC+3 (180 ECTS) or an equivalent foreign degree in humanities, law, social sciences, politics or economics.


The courses are lectures and tutorials in small groups. There is also group work and e-learning with assessments at the end of each semester.

The evaluation methods of the training are as follows: continuous assessment throughout the year and mid-term exams at the end of the semester. For the first year of the MSc program, there will be a thesis to be handed in at the end of the program and an oral presentation before a jury.


All our speakers are lecturers or experts in their field.


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If a new student: the candidate obtains the results of the competition 4 weeks after presenting his/her file to a jury

If you are a former HEIP student: the re-enrolment platform is open from May 1 to July 16, 2022


The HEIP admission process is accessible to people with physical disabilities since the competition is 100% online.

For people with invisible or mental disabilities, the admission teams may adapt the tests.

All HEIP campuses (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and London) are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Professionnal Experience

Semester 2: 4 to 6 month internship.


For the MSc, the rate of integration into employment is within 6 months after graduation, i.e. 83% (year 2020).

Tuition Fees

1st year “Political Science & Public Affairs:

70 € of file fees

8 800 € with a reservation deposit of 1 100 €.

92 € CVEC tax to be paid before the start of the school year following registration

Rates updated on April 22, 2022

Updated 12 March 2024