University of Iceland

Welcome to the Faculty of Political Science

We offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies in Political Science and Gender Studies

Political Science

About the Faculty

About the Faculty

ImagePolitical science has been taught at the University of Iceland since 1970, first as a programme in sociology and later (since 1976) at the Department of Social Sciences. On 1st July 2008 the Faculty of Political Science became an independent faculty within the School of Social Sciences.

The introduction of new academic programmes at the master’s level has led to a significant increase in student numbers, currently a little over 600. In 1997 the Public Administration MPA programme was introduced, the master’s programme in International Relations was first offered in 2005 and the MA programme in European Studies was introduced in 2010. Two other programmes on the MA level followed in 2015, Media and Communcation Studies and West Nordic Studies.

Lecturers at the faculty all hold doctorates from the most respected universities in the world. Their research covers a broad area, the results of which are routinely published domestically and internationally.

Head of Faculty:  Baldur Þórhallsson, professor (
Deputy Head of Faculty: Þorgerður Einarsdóttir, professor (

Administrative Officer: Elva Ellertsdóttir, (, tel: +354 525-4573. Gimli 111

The faculty office is open Mon - Fri from 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:30.


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