Political Science Msc VU University

Discover your Political Science programmeThe Political Science programme at VU Amsterdam is interactive, international and inspirational. You will be introduced to new ideas and concepts, build expertise in knowledge, research methods and writing. You will debate with students from different cultural backgrounds on international political issues and conflicts. You will learn, for example, how to construct a persuasive argument, conduct thorough research, present your ideas effectively and write a blog. The option to specialise while also having a solid basis as political scientist is unique and will give you an edge in the job market. You will be prepared for a career in policymaking, research, politics, journalism, consultancy or international business. The field is wide!

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  • MSc
  • English
  • Full time

Find solutions to social and political problems

Never before have political decisions been so interconnected across the world. A global pandemic, climate change, shifts in economic power, the rise of AI and big data. They all impact global politics. But how? And who are the main actors?

The Political Science Master’s programme at VU Amsterdam teaches you to analyse the exercise of political power in its social and international context. It enables you to formulate solutions to social and political problems by providing you with different theoretical perspectives and rigorous research skills.

In the first period, you study core debates and issues in political science. You then select one of three specialisations:

  • Democracy, Power and Inequality
  • Global Environmental Governance, Sustainability and Climate Change
  • International Relations, Security and Global Order


Entering the job market

Well-equipped to work in complex environments, where understanding the different interests behind societal problems is key, and with sharp research skills, a range of career paths will be open to you. You could become a politician, work for local government, a human rights organisation or a multinational company – perhaps in an advisory or policy-making role. You could go into journalism or continue in academia as a researcher.

Positions you will be qualified for include foreign correspondents, policy analysts, public relations specialists, and, in a world where public opinion is increasingly shaped by online networks, you could become a social media manager. Political consultancy, decision-making roles in NGOs and multinationals are also popular career choices.

The Master's programme

The one-year Master’s programme has six different periods: 

In Period 1, approximately two months, you will engage with the core debates in political science with fellow students. You will familiarise yourself with the key debates, theories, and big questions in the (sub)fields of Political Science and learn how to apply them to contemporary cases. 

Period 2 is when you select one of three different specialist subjects and discover the key elements of each, exploring them in different settings:
• Democracy, Power and Inequality
• Global Environmental Governance, Sustainability and Climate Change
• International Relations, Security and Global Order

In Period 3, you follow a short course on the philosophy, design and practice of political research, which will give you the (meta)theoretical tools and insights to prepare for your thesis work. 

Period 4 involves practicing how to conduct research within your specialization in the respective Workshop courses, as well as refreshing and advancing your knowledge on qualitative and quantitative methods in Political Science and learn how to apply them to your chosen topic. 

The last two periods are entirely devoted to working on your Master’s thesis, supervised by a lecturer from one of our research groups in Political Science or Democracy, Power and Inequality.

Copy of your valid passport or ID - only for EU residents

Curriculum Vitae
A cv that includes your personal details and lists your previous education and relevant work experience.

2 Letters of recommendation        
Letters written by members of the academic staff at the educational institute where you studied

Letter of Motivation
A 1-2 page letter stating your reasons for applying to the programme

A copy of the original Bachelor's degree or certificate

Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor
  • Equivalent qualification
Tuition fees refer to students of EU/EEA countries. Fees for Non-EU/EEA students are different, please visit website.A number of scholarship programmes exist for international Master’s students:VU Fellowship, Fulbright,Direct Loan, Netherlands Fellowship, Orange Tulip ,STUNED
Cost of the master: Not declared
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