Master in Political Science: Comparative and European Politics
Following the masters’ programme of Political Science
During the one-year masters’ programme Political Science: Comparative and European Politics, you will develop new insights about the European Union and European politics. You will do this by examining the scientific researches about the different developments within the Union. You will also become acquainted with recent research in this field and you will learn the most important research traditions and perspectives on politics. You will research politics in Europe to prepare for your thesis.
The Master’s in Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political research methods within the traditions of positive theory development and critical theory.
Above all, the programme aims to enable our students to critically examine political issues at a high level of conceptual abstraction and to carry out in-depth academic theoretical and empirical research on a political topic in a globalizing context. To this end, the programme familiarizes you with a broad range of theories and approaches that serve both explanatory and critical objectives.
The Master’s in Political Science is a one-year full-time programme, taught entirely in English. It has a workload of 60 ECTS credits and features four specialization streams.
As a graduate of the Master’s programme in Political Science at VU University Amsterdam, you will be capable of working effectively in a multidisciplinary environment: you will be familiar with and have a solid foundation in the approaches used in the wider world of the social sciences. Graduates are well-equipped to undertake roles in organizations where coherent policy papers are produced, based on specialist reports from various disciplinary backgrounds.
You can easily find yourself working as a policy analyst or advisor at a research institute or think-tank. Whether at the local, regional or national level, your knowledge of political processes and structures will enable you to make a contribution to administration and government in various sectors. Knowledge and skills gained from the programme will also be advantageous for a career in journalism. Besides that, a substansive amount of graduate students are working in a commercial environment as advisor or consultant.
The thorough application of research skills offered by the programme also prepares you for successful participation in PhD research in political science at our department or postgraduate institutes around the world. Occasionally, there is room within this research programme for talented individuals to take up a position as a research assistant or a PhD candidate.
Applicants with an international Bachelor’s degree
The Master’s degree programme in Political Science is an international programme. To gain admission, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university in Political Science, International Relations or a closely related discipline. You must have had social sciences research methodology and good grades. You also need an excellent working command of English, and prove it with either the IELTS test (given by the British International English Language Testing Service; minimum score 7.0), or the TOEFL (the American Test of English as a foreign Language; minimum score 600 paper based, 250 computer based, or 100 Internet based). Exemptions from the language test requirement are only made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
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Last updated December 18, 2015