International MA programme 'Politics and Governance in the Digital Age'

Programme Manager: Prof. Dr. Dr. Robert Krimmer 

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Liisa Talving 

Is digital transformation taking over the society? How are governments tackling secure data exchange and cybersecurity? How is and how should data analytics be employed in politics and governance? Are governments and public institutions allowed to profile citizens? Could digital transformation lead to greater discontent with politics and renewed authoritarian tendencies? How can democratic political leaders govern with higher efficiency whilst respecting citizens’ data privacy?

These are important challenges to tackle, especially in the digital era. The MA programme in Politics and Governance in the Digital Age offers you the knowledge and skills for this enquiry.

This MA programme integrates key fundamentals of governance, digital transformation and data analysis as essential aspects of political developments in the contemporary world. Understanding digital governance is key for building a successful career in modern government, digital civil society, politics or international organisations. Read more here

The programme provides in-depth knowledge about core topics of political science such as modern political institutions, elections, political behaviour and ethics, combined with data-driven governance, e-democracy and critical thinking in the digital society. This is reinforced by training in data analytics, research methods and quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques.

The master programme will be fully taught in English. No knowledge of Estonian is required to gain the master's degree.

Application deadlines for 2023: 

  • March 15 - application deadline

  • May 15 - admission results

Why come and study Politics and Governance in the Digital Age at University of Tartu?

  1. To learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of politics and public policy: how to analyse and shape political processes
  2. To gain insight into the effects that digital transformation has on politics and modern governance
  3. To experience first-hand how e-democracy and e-governance can affect different aspects of life, as the City of Tartu and the country of Estonia are at the forefront of digital democracy
  4. For the opportunity to meet the policy makers, developers and technology companies that are leading the public sector digital transformation.
  5. Overall, you will learn how the digital transformation affects society and how to make use of it for a better future.