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Bachelor Programme in Public Administration

The bachelor programme consist of three years of full-time studies, in total 180 ECTS credits. We admit students both during autumn and during the spring semester. Please note that the programme is in Swedish. The bachelor programme in public administration leads to a BA in Public Administration.

The public sector at European, state, regional and municipal level works on behalf of the citizens to deliver welfare, education, security, a good environment, conditions for economic growth and an equitable distribution of society’s resources. A complex and changing world requires that the people who control public organisations have a broad and advanced education. The multi-disciplinary subject of Public Administration includes political, economic, and legal perspectives, and a BA in public administration is an attractive degree for public sector employers.

Fields of work

A BA in public administration means that you are an expert in the public sector and have a profound insight into topics such as leadership, law and order, strategic planning and democracy. You obtain a qualification that is both academic and professional and are prepared for advanced assignments such as analyst, economist, manager, human resources manager, auditor, etc. Students from the School of Public Administration are currently working in public authorities in Sweden and abroad, in municipal and regional administration, in private companies and in non-profit organisations. Find out more about what employment you can obtain here.

About the programme

During the programme’s first term you receive an introduction to public administration within the principal areas of politics and economics, as well as organisation and management. During term two the teaching is concentrated on politics and law with courses in democracy and welfare as well as law in public administration. In term three you learn about social economics; economic policy and microeconomics. During term four you study public management, which includes external and internal accounting and leadership in public organisations. During term five you prepare for the final degree project with theory of science and method, as well as evaluation, politics and administration. During the programme’s sixth and final term you personalise the programme in relation to one of three advance topics that are on offer; policy analysis, organisation and management or public finance. A degree project in the form of an essay is part of the advanced courses.

The programme is delivered with modern and varied teaching methods, lectures are interspersed with seminars, group exercises and practical cases. There are various forms of examination including written work in groups and individually, smaller assignments to be handed in, as well as exams sat in halls and at home.

During the programme you have the option of studying abroad for a term within the Erasmus programme at one of our partner universities in Europe, with the courses counting towards your degree.

Year 1 – During the programme’s first year you receive an introduction to the subject of public administration with courses focused on politics, organisation, economics and law, as well as democracy and welfare. You learn how the public administration is organised and governed, which ideological principles are behind its form and which laws regulate it.

Year 2 – The year’s courses deal with fundamental theoretical concepts relating to economics. During the year you also study courses in internal and external accounting, specialising in organisations that are politically controlled and budget-linked, including models for financial and organisational control, as well as calculations as data for making decisions.

Year 3 – During the final year of the programme you learn methods for implementing advanced analyses and evaluations. You also choose a specialisation from one of our three advanced subjects: policy analysis, public finance or organisation and management. The year and the programme conclude with a degree project in public administration.


Contact information

Kristina Ahlström
Study Counsellor/International coordinator
Phone: +46 (0) 31078602908


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