Political Science & Public Affairs

Septembre 2023
Rythme alterné / Formation en 2 ans
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What is an MSc 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 is a professionalization program, and the student is required to complete several months of internship (between 4 and 6 months).

The MSc Political Science & Public Affairs program

First year

The courses are given in French.

Major course topics:

  • Constitutional law
  • Electoral law
  • Organization of public authorities
  • Comparative political and administrative systems
  • Parliamentary Life
  • Analysis of the political news
  • Major contemporary issues
  • History of French political life
  • Contemporary political theory
  • Fight against corruption
  • Security and public order
  • Political communication
  • Research paper
  • LV1 English
  • LV2 – LV3 (German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese)

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

The course of the MSc Political Science & Public Affairs

The year consists of:

  • lectures
  • TD (Tutored Work) courses in small groups
  • group work
  • e-learning
  • seminars
  • face-to-face courses

Throughout the year, students are evaluated through continuous assessment. At the end of each semester, mid-term exams, case studies or oral exams are the methods used to evaluate the students.

Each fundamental course (lectures) is associated with tutorials in small groups and specialized conferences.

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.

Each semester, in addition to lectures, seminars and tutorials, in French and English, students are accompanied in :

  • Their preparation for the professional world and the search for an internship (between 4 and 6 months)
  • In the realization of individual or collective projects
  • In the organization of a series of conferences around public figures.

Prerequisites for the MSc Political Science & Public Affairs

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.

Access requirements for the MSc Political Science & Public Affairs

To enter the MSc 1, the student must put together an application file and pass an oral exam. All the details are explained in the MSc Admission page.

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-enrollment platform is open from May 1 to July 16, 2022.

Tuition fees for the MSc Political Science & Public Affairs for the academic year 2022-2023

By YearSchool Fees
Year 170 € 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

Practical information about the MSc Political Science & Public Affairs

Success rate

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


All our speakers are lecturers or experts in their field.


The courses take place in Paris or Lyon:

Campus Paris Cœur Défense 2

82 Esplanade du Général de Gaulle

92934 Paris La Défense

Lyon Campus

25 rue de l’Université
69007 Lyon


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.

Referent for disability in Paris and Bordeaux:

Farida Cherkaoui


Referent for disability Lyon :

Karolina Paume


Updated 12 March 2024