University of Amsterdam

Introduction

The University of Amsterdam

A modern university with a city-centre campus, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a rich history and traces its roots back to 1632, when the Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy.

The UvA is an internationally oriented research university and consistently ranks among the best universities in Europe. The UvA seeks to provide an inspiring international academic environment in which both staff and students can develop their talents optimally. In addition to a broad range of English-taught Master’s programmes, the University offers a number of English-taught Bachelor’s programmes and more than 15 Summer School courses.

Heart of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the financial, cultural and creative centre of the Netherlands. It is home to many international and local businesses, organisations and institutes. English is widely spoken and understood in Amsterdam and the city centre is easy for international residents to access and navigate. Amsterdam is also ranked as one of the safest cities worldwide and the second safest city in Europe.

Rather than a secluded campus, the UvA has a four integrated city campuses throughout Amsterdam. Classes are held in quaint, old buildings throughout the city centre or at the state-of-the-art facilities at Amsterdam Science Park.

Studying in an international environment

The UvA’s strong international orientation is reflected in the curricula of its various degree programmes. The large selection of English-taught programmes makes the UvA more accessible to international students than most other European universities. The UvA also has an extensive network of foreign partner universities, facilitating student and staff exchanges.

Research

The University of Amsterdam has an outstanding reputation for research and is ranked among the world’s best in many fields. Its diverse application-oriented research programmes are often multidisciplinary and focused on societal issues. The UvA community consists of independent thinkers who dare to question dogmas and openly challenge each other’s opinions.

Scholarships for international talent

The UvA has established several scholarship programmes specifically designed to offer talented and motivated non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to attend a Master’s programme at our institution: the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship, the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship, the Holland Scholarship and the Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship.

Further contact information:

The Student Service Desk is located at the Roeterseiland Campus, in the central hall on the ground floor of Building E, Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB Amsterdam.

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Master

Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics: Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

<strong>Gravitation Astroparticle Physics (GRAPPA)</strong> is a selective excellence 'track' or specialisation within the UvA <strong>Master's programmes Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics</strong>. It stands at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. [+]

What does Gravitation Astroparticle Physics at the UvA have to offer me? Gravitation Astroparticle Physics (GRAPPA) is a selective excellence 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics. It stands at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. Current GRAPPA research topics include: - gravitational waves - dark matter detection - multi-messenger techniques (i.e. neutrinos, radio through gamma-ray signatures) - particle acceleration in astrophysical sources - cosmology - beyond the Standard Model physics. GRAPPA staff members are involved with several international research projects, such as: - the ANTARES and KM3NeT neutrino telescopes - the KamLAND reactor neutrino experiment - the XENON dark matter experiment - astroparticle-related experiments in the CERN-based ATLAS detector - the Cherenkov Telescope Array - existing and upcoming astrophysical facilities from the radio waves (e.g. LOFAR) through the X-rays (e.g. Chandra, XMM, LOFT). Is Gravitation Astroparticle Physics at the UvA for me? It is, if you: - are ambitious - are interested in cosmology and astroparticle physics - are interested in fundamental research - have thorough knowledge of quantum mechanics, calculus and electrodynamics - are intrigued by both the subatomic scale (e.g. the Standard Model, particle interactions) and the largest scales (e.g. astrophysical objects, the universe), and are particularly interested in combining the two to address some of the biggest puzzles in science - have a theoretical or experimental background - take pleasure in an international collaborative research environment. GRAPPA/astro and GRAPPA/particle In effect, there are two GRAPPA tracks: - GRAPPA/astro track (for MSc Astronomy and Astrophysics students) - GRAPPA/particle track (for MSc Physics students) These tracks contain all the same compulsory and elective courses. The difference lies in the general focus. MSc A&A students will generally choose more astronomy-related electives and a more astronomy-related thesis topic, whereas MSc Physics students will generally opt for more physics-related electives and a more physics-related thesis topic. In addition, the GRAPPA/particle track consists of two subtracks, which students choose between after the first semester: - GRAPPA subtrack - Particle subtrack However, all GRAPPA students - regardless of the (sub)track they follow - belong to the same group. Courses Together with the programme manager, you will tailor an individual course load with a focus on either astrophysics, theoretical physics or particle physics. GRAPPA has the following compulsory courses, to give you a solid foundation: - High Energy Astrophysics: Accretion onto Compact Objects OR Radiative Processes and Relativistic Flows (6 EC) - Particle Physics I (6 EC) - General Relativity (6 EC) - Particle Cosmology (6 EC) - Academic Skills courses (6 EC in total) Besides these core courses, 24 EC is reserved for elective courses, to allow you to develop your skills for your research project in the second programme year. The remaining 12 EC you can freely devote to any other courses that interest you (even outside of physics or astronomy), or to make up for deficiencies. Master's thesis The second year of the GRAPPA programme focuses on your chosen research project. You will work with one of the academic staff members on a timely and relevant topic, and apply the skills you developed during your courses to work on original research. Topics can range from fairly theoretical (such as cosmology) to experimental (such as building astroparticle physics detectors). Your total thesis work is worth 60 EC. International experience Within GRAPPA you can gain international experience in an educational setting, by: - attending the CERN summer-school - doing a project at the La Palma observatory - attending an international school - arranging your own astroparticle physics related international activity. [-]

Master in Chemistry: Science for Energy and Sustainability

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is an interdisciplinary 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics. It combines ‘hard’ scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. The programme covers a broad area of hot topics, such as: [+]

What does Science for Energy and Sustainability at the UvA have to offer me? Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is an interdisciplinary 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics. It combines ‘hard’ scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. The programme covers a broad area of hot topics, such as: - bio-based economy - green chemistry - photophysical and photochemical energy conversion - biosolar cells and catalysis for sustainable synthesis and energy conversion. SES is an outward-looking programme, geared towards the cutting edge of energy and sustainability research. It gives you the skills and knowledge to move from understanding the state-of-the-art, to actually developing new sustainable technologies that can be implemented in society. Is Science for Energy and Sustainability at the UvA for me? It is , if you: - are interested in both physics and chemistry - want to become (more) aware of the scientific, technological and societal challenges for our future - want to learn how to advance renewable energy resources, promote sustainable development, and use resources more efficiently - want to study the development of technological solutions to global energy and sustainability problems, as well as the societal context of global developments in this field - want to pursue a career that focuses on developing sustainable solutions to our current pressing global situation with regard to energy, climate and sustainability. Courses The programme has a course load of 60 EC, all of which take place in the first year. Your courses will be carefully chosen in consultation with the programme manager. The following courses are compulsory: - Current Sustainable Energy Technologies (6 EC) - Project Sustainable Future (6 EC) - Academic Skills courses (6 EC in total) Besides these core courses, four restricted choice courses (24 EC) are required. For example: - Green Chemistry (6 EC) - Biosolar Cells (6 EC) - Environmental Chemistry (6 EC) - Heterogeneous Catalysis (6 EC) - Catalysis for Sustainable Energy (6 EC) - Homogeneous Catalysis (6 EC) - more physics-related courses (such as Photovoltaics, Nuclear Fusion/Fission, Photosynthesis for Energy) - more society-related courses (such as Bio-based Economy, Management of Sustainable Innovation) In addition, 18 EC of free choice can be used to fulfil specific requirements, e.g. for advanced courses or deficiencies. Thesis and research project The second year of the programme consists of: - a literature thesis (12 EC) - a research project (48 EC) You conduct your research project within one of the track's participating research groups, at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad), or in industry. It is concluded with a Master's thesis, which you present during a colloquium. [-]

Master in Linguistics: Language and Society

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Language and Society has been set up for language students of various languages and language groups (English, German, French, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic, Spanish), who envisage a career in an international environment. In the programme students are prepared for such a career. [+]

Knowledge of language and analytic skills In a world of globalisation a profound knowledge of European languages is required for intercultural business communication. Although global English may serve as the lingua franca in international contacts, in many situations a thorough knowledge of the use of the mother tongue of the business partner can be very fruitful. Besides a good knowledge of languages and their use in society, for many jobs well developed analytical and presentation skills are required. A Master’s study of Linguistics helps students to develop both types of skills. Students are trained in analysing corpora containing data of the language of their specialisation and in organizing and interpreting their data. Furthermore, students develop their oral and writing skills by reporting their research results in the form of presentations, papers, a research project (term paper) and a Master’s thesis. The Master's programme Language and Society has been set up for language students of various languages and language groups (English, German, French, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic, Spanish), who envisage a career in an international environment. In the programme students are prepared for such a career. Since parts of the courses are offered in English, all students of Language and Society will develop their receptive and productive knowledge of English next to the target language of their specialisation. Language and Society at the UvA The Master's programme Language and Society offers students the opportunity to study language use and foreign language teaching and learning within institutional educational frameworks. Students specialise in one of the European languages or language families. The language (groups) that you can choose from for your specialisation are: English French German Italian Scandinavian Slavonic Spanish The programme focuses on the analysis of language, language use and variation, and language policy. It comprises courses on linguistics of the language of your specialisation (English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic, Spanish). In order to prepare students for a future in an enterprise or a non-profit organisation in an international context, they may combine courses in linguistics with an elective course from the European Studies programme and/or an internship. Degree certificate Language and Society is an accredited degree programme of Linguistics. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Linguistics and the title Master of Arts (MA). The Master's in Language and Society does not give access to a post-Master teacher training programme. Career prospects Graduates will be able to pursue a career in translation, education, publishing, journalism, media, communications, the civil service, consultancy, insurance companies, or the information technology sector. Graduates can also go on to a PhD programme at the UvA, another Dutch university or a university abroad. When pursuing an academic career, it is advisable to discuss the possibility of joining the two-year Research Master's in Linguistics at the UvA. [-]

Master in Science Business and Innovation

Campus Full time September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Science, Business & Innovation (SBI) group at VU University is all about innovation and the successful valorization of scientific knowledge. SBI explores both the science behind innovations and the business and social aspects of innovations. [+]

Commercializing Scientific Knowledge in Business and Society The Science, Business & Innovation (SBI) group at VU University is all about innovation and the successful valorization of scientific knowledge. SBI explores both the science behind innovations and the business and social aspects of innovations. Scientific themes The central scientific themes are Life & Health and Energy & Sustainability. Both themes are of the utmost importance for government organizations, business and society. We live in an era where ecological, social and sustainable energy usage and health become increasingly important. Energy & Sustainability and Life & Health are the innovation themes of the present and of the future. Educational programmes Together, the VU faculties of Sciences, Economics and Business Administration and Social Sciences offer a bachelor's degree programme and a master’s degree programme in Science Business and Innovation (SBI). Both programmes are rooted in the SBI research effort and aim to train academic professionals in the field of science driven innovation in business, knowledge institutes and government. Research Dynamics of Knowledge Valorisation Our research programme is called Dynamics of Knowledge Valorization. Within this programme we identify three research strands: Valorisation transferring knowledge towards the business community Valorisation embedded in research Valorisation in a triple helix (University-Industry-Government) constellation These strands are intertwined with research at the founding faculties, in the fields of: Life & Health Energy & Sustainability Embedded Entrepreneurship Technology & Innovation. [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in English Language and Culture: English Language

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

English Language is a track of the MA in English Language and Culture. This master’s programme has been legally accredited by the Dutch government. The University of Amsterdam's (UvA) English Department ... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in English Language and Culture, track English Language

In the past, most of the attention within 'English language and linguistics' went to the philological (or diachronic) aspects of language (which are fascinating in a language dating from the early Middle Ages and which has changed so much).However today, the focus has shifted toward synchronic data on linguistic variation and the socio-cultural circumstances under which language is used. Special attention is given to theoretical models explaining how we learn and use language and what causes it to change.

 

 

Studying English Language at the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam's (UvA) English Department maintains a balanced approach to English literature and linguistics. New staff members are appointed with a view to enhancing our range of intellectual capability rather than that of our theoretical conformity. This inevitably results in lively classes (and staff meetings) and a stimulating intellectual environment. Master's level courses explore the space beyond formal and disciplinary boundaries, together with the overlap between not only various methodologies, theories, historical periods and social spaces but also between language and literature.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in French Literature and Linguistics

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

At the University of Amsterdam of Amsterdam you get the opportunity to study the languages of Europe in both a broad and a narrow sense. You specialise in the linguistics of one of the European languages or language families [+]

Master's in French Literature and LinguisticsIf you would like to specialise further in French literature, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

European Literature Literature and Culture Literary Studies (research MA)

 

Linguistics

 

If you would like to specialise further in French linguistics, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

General Linguistics Linguistics of European Languages Linguistics (research MA)

 

 

Classical Languages

 

Starting from September 2012 onwards, the UvA and the VU University will join forces in the academic disciplines Classical Languages and Antiquity Studies.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in German Literature and Linguistics

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

At the University of Amsterdam of Amsterdam you get the opportunity to study the languages of Europe in both a broad and a narrow sense. You specialise in the linguistics of one of the European languages or language families [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in German Literature and Linguistics

 

If you would like to specialise further in German literature, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

European Literature Literature and Culture Literary Studies (research MA)

 

Linguistics

 

If you would like to specialise further in German linguistics, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

General Linguistics Linguistics of European Languages Linguistics (research MA)

 

Classical Languages

 

Starting from September 2012 onwards, the UvA and the VU University will join forces in the academic disciplines Classical Languages and Antiquity Studies.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Italian Literature and Linguistics

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

At the University of Amsterdam of Amsterdam you get the opportunity to study the languages of Europe in both a broad and a narrow sense. You specialise in the linguistics of one of the European languages or language families [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Italian Literature and LinguisticsIf you would like to specialise further in Italian literature, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

European Literature Literature and Culture Literary Studies (research MA)

 

Linguistics

 

If you would like to specialise further in Italian linguistics, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

General Linguistics Linguistics of European Languages Linguistics (research MA)

 

Classical Languages

 

Starting from September 2012 onwards, the UvA and the VU University will join forces in the academic disciplines Classical Languages and Antiquity Studies.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Scandinavian Literature and Linguistics

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

At the University of Amsterdam of Amsterdam you get the opportunity to study the languages of Europe in both a broad and a narrow sense. You specialise in the linguistics of one of the European languages or language families [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Scandinavian Literature and LinguisticsIf you would like to specialise further in Scandinavian literature, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

European Literature Literature and Culture Literary Studies (research MA)

 

Linguistics

 

If you would like to specialise further in Scandinavian linguistics, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

General Linguistics Linguistics of European Languages Linguistics (research MA)

 

Classical Languages

 

Starting from September 2012 onwards, the UvA and the VU University will join forces in the academic disciplines Classical Languages and Antiquity Studies.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Slavonic Languages and Cultures

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The one-year Master's programme in Slavonic Languages and Cultures offers a unique combination of specialised and general courses covering a wide range of topics from four major Slavonic... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Slavonic Languages and Cultures

 

The one-year Master's programme in Slavonic Languages and Cultures offers a unique combination of specialised and general courses covering a wide range of topics from four major Slavonic traditions: the Russian, Czech, Polish and Serbian/Croatian. The professors and lecturers are all well‑known specialists.

 

 

Studying Slavonic Languages and Cultures at the University of Amsterdam

Slavonic Languages and Cultures at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a long-standing tradition in both literary scholarship and linguistics. The programme has also produced a number of well‑known literary translators and lexicographers.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish Literature and Linguistics

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

If you would like to specialise further in Spanish literature, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes: [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish Literature and LinguisticsIf you would like to specialise further in Spanish literature, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

European Literature Literature and Culture Literary Studies (research MA)

 

Linguistics

 

If you would like to specialise further in Spanish linguistics, you can then choose from one of the following master’s programmes:

General Linguistics Linguistics of European Languages Linguistics (research MA)

 

Classical Languages

 

Starting from September 2012 onwards, the UvA and the VU University will join forces in the academic disciplines Classical Languages and Antiquity Studies.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science: Corporate Communication

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Corporate Communication track within the Master's Programme in Communication Science gives a broad understanding of the communication of commercial and non-profit organisations with their environment and society. [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science: Corporate Communication

The Corporate Communication track within the Master's Programme in Communication Science gives a broad understanding of  the communication of commercial and non-profit organisations with their environment and society.An important question within Corporate Communication is:

How are communication strategies being developed, approved, implemented and evaluated?

A vital aspect to note is the public responsibility of organisations, especially in relation to public opinion and the public debate in the media.The track features topics such as:

corporate identity image and reputation management corporate branding theories of organisation culture and commitment theories communication in change processes crisis communication ... [-]

Tinbergen Institute Master of Philosophy in Economics (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master of Philosophy in Economics is an intensive two-year Research Master's programme in economics, econometrics and finance. The programme... [+]

Tinbergen Institute Master of Philosophy in Economics (by Research)

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master of Philosophy in Economics is an intensive two-year Research Master's programme in economics, econometrics and finance. The programme is conducted at the Tinbergen Institute (TI), giving students the opportunity to obtain a thorough grounding in economics and to develop their own projects in an engaged, research-focused environment. The Master of Philosophy in Economics prepares students to pursue a PhD, preferably at one of the faculties cooperating with TI.

 

Tinbergen Institute

The Tinbergen Institute (TI) is a school for research and graduate education run jointly in collaboration with the Economics Faculties of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), VU University Amsterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).The TI is committed to offering excellent Master's programmes in economics, econometrics and finance. Admission to the programme is therefore limited to only the best students. The maximum intake is 30 students a year, with roughly 50% recruited from other countries. The lecturers are leading researchers in the three participating faculties.The TI has independent offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Each student is assigned a desk and a computer. The research atmosphere is active and dynamic.... [-]


MSc

Erasmus Mundus Master in Journalism, Media and Globalisation (MSc)

Campus Full time 24 months August 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year international Erasmus Mundus Master's programme in Journalism, Media and Globalisation explores the practice and performance of journalism and the... [+]

Erasmus Mundus Master in Journalism, Media and Globalisation (MSc)

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The two-year international Erasmus Mundus Master's programme in Journalism, Media and Globalisation explores the practice and performance of journalism and the media in the context of a new environment shaped by globalisation, modernisation, commercialisation and professional developments.The programme offers students a unique experience of studying in two European countries. Students are spending the first year in Aarhus, Denmark, and then transfer to another university to specialise in one of four distinct areas of journalism: media and politics (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands), war and conflict (University of Swansea, UK), business and finance journalism (City University London, UK) or comparative and transcultural approaches (University of Hamburg, Germany). There are additional opportunities for an exchange at Berkeley, Sidney or Santiago de Chile.This Master's programme is not intended to train students to become journalists. Rather, it is aimed at those already working as professional journalists who wish to further develop their analytical skills and learn more about issues related to globalisation and journalism. ability.... [-]


Master in Physics and Astronomy: Advanced Matter and Energy Physics

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The AMEP programme is organised into three study paths: emergent and energy materials, soft matter and atomic quantum physics. Mixing between... [+]

MSc in Physics - Advanced Matter & Energy Physics

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September, february

The AMEP programme is organised into three study paths:

emergent and energy materials soft matter atomic quantum physics

Mixing between study paths is no problem at all. The programme director and other teaching and research staff are happy to act as advisors with regard to course choices.

Courses

The AMEP programme comprises the following obligatory courses:

Big Issues in Emergent Energy Materials (6 EC) Big Issues in Atomic Quantum Physics (3 EC) Big Issues in Soft Matter (3 EC) Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory I (6 EC) or Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter (6 EC) Academic English (3 EC) Academic Skills (6 EC in total) ... [-]

Master in Physics and Astronomy: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The dynamic field of astronomy and astrophysics is currently gaining importance worldwide. New generations of instruments - situated on the earth's surface... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September, februaryThe dynamic field of astronomy and astrophysics is currently gaining importance worldwide. New generations of instruments - situated on the earth's surface and in space - enable us to study the origin, structure and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe in a more profound way than ever before.

 

 

Courses

The programme is designed to be flexible, as only the following courses are compulsory:

Stellar Atmospheres (6 EC) Structure and Evolution of Stars (6 EC) Academic Skills (6 EC in total) English Academic course (3 EC in total) ... [-]

Master in Physics and Astronomy: Theoretical Physics

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Theoretical physics has captured the imagination for many generations. It’s a very challenging and very exciting field, that seeks to answer deeply fundamental questions such as: what is matter made of?, what is the nature of space and time? This requires a high level of conceptual and technical sophistication. [+]

Einstein, Bohr, Feynman, Hawking... Theoretical physics has captured the imagination for many generations. It’s a very challenging and very exciting field, that seeks to answer deeply fundamental questions such as: what is matter made of?, what is the nature of space and time? This requires a high level of conceptual and technical sophistication. Is Theoretical Physics at the UvA the study for me? It is, if you: are fascinated by physics and the laws of science want to understand at a fundamental level why matter is what it is, and how this affects the world around us enjoy exploring and developing mathematical models have a high ability for abstraction are willing to dig deep to find solutions to physics problems have a profound knowledge of the special theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, electrodynamics, calculus and linear algebra (and basic knowledge of condensed matter and particle physics is an advantage). What does Theoretical Physics at the UvA have to offer me? The UvA Institute for Theoretical Physics is one of Europe's leading theoretical physics institutes. It specialises in: quantum matter and complex systems particle physics, cosmology and quantum gravity history of physics. The Master's track Theoretical Physics offers you a broad spectrum of advanced courses on these and other current research topics. Its backbone is formed by training in: quantum field theory statistical physics condensed matter theory. In addition, you can take elective physics and mathematics courses, such as: computational methods quantum optics group theory general relativity nonlinear dynamics and chaos. Further seminars and informal meetings give you a taste of the original creative and imaginative spirit of the field, and teach you the craft of explaining things to other (lay) people. Courses The first year of the programme consists mainly of courses. The following courses are compulsory: Quantum field theory (6 EC, first semester) Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory I (6 EC, first semester) Student seminar Theoretical Physics (6 EC, second semester) Academic skills courses (6 EC in total, first and second semester) In addition, you choose an individually tailored set of elective physics and mathematics courses (24 EC in total), under compulsory guidance. Examples are: String Theory Computational Methods Quantum Optics Classical and Quantum Chaos Group Theory in Physics Particle Cosmology. Master's project and thesis At the end of the first year of the programme, you make a start with your Master's project, which will take most of your second year. This project: provides your research training comprises independent research on a contemporary subject in theoretical physics takes place within one of the participating research groups, or in industry under the supervision of a faculty staff member. During your Master's project you can still take one or two elective courses, and you receive some training in career planning and presenting. Your Master's project culminates in a written Master's thesis, and an oral presentation of your project results completes the programme. Career prospects Graduates of the Master's programme Physics typically pursue careers: as PhD students at physics institutes around the world, progressing from there to careers in academia or industry in research, within industry (e.g. Philips, Shell, Océ, ASML) in research, within research institutes (e.g. Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)) as teachers, within high schools or universities as (technical) policy officers, within (science-oriented) governmental and non-profit organisations in business (e.g. ICT companies, telecommunications companies, investment banks, consultancy firms) as writers, for (science-oriented) media as entrepreneurs. [-]

Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry - Analytical Sciences

Campus Full time Part time 24 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The two-year master's programme consists of compulsory courses, optional courses, literature thesis and a research project. [+]

For the development of new pharmaceuticals, the unravelling of complex biological systems or the design of new sustainable materials and chemical processes, methods and techniques are required to identify and quantify chemical compounds in a variety of materials and environments. In analytical sciences, you will gain insight in modern analytical technologies. You will learn to apply various analytical techniques in this specialization track, including chromatography, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy as well as laser-based approaches. Major topics in the research at VU University Amsterdam include the development of analytical screening and characterization techniques for biologically active compounds. General programme The two-year master's programme consists of compulsory courses, optional courses, literature thesis and a research project. Study programme Period Compulsory courses Optional courses Sept - Oct Separation sciences (6 EC) Bio-analysis & clinical diagnostics(6 EC) Nov - Dec Mass spectrometry (6 EC) High throughput screening(6 EC) Jan Fundamentals of analytical sciences (6 EC) Feb - Mar (Bio) Molecular spectroscopy (6 EC) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (6 EC) Apr - May Omics procedures in molecular diagnostics (6EC) Protein analysis (6 EC) June (Bio) Analytical luminescence spectroscopy (6 EC) Optional courses More optional courses to choose from in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam: Chemical analysis for forensic evidence (6 EC) The analytical chemist in industry (6 EC) Biosystems data analysis (6 EC) Environmental chemistry (6 EC) Part-time study In consultation with the master's coordinator, there are possibilities to study part-time. [-]

Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry - Molecular Sciences

Campus Full time Part time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

This track covers areas in Chemistry that traditionally are associated with Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Catalysis, Physical Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry. [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry - Molecular Sciences

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September, february

Chemistry is globally acknowledged as playing a key role in social and economic progress. It is not an isolated discipline: it forms the bridge between biology at one end of the spectrum (biomolecular chemistry), and physics and mathematics at the other end (physical-theoretical chemistry). The UvA Master's programme Chemistry exposes you to research at the front line of this exciting, multifaceted discipline. It aims to provide you with a highly qualified background of theory and practice in chemistry, and sufficient specialisation in a specific subfield of chemistry.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master in Communication Science is a two-year MSc programme developed for motivated students who are looking for an excellent education... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science (by Research)

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September, february

The Research Master in Communication Science is a two-year MSc programme developed for motivated students who are looking for an excellent education in communication science. The programme combines theoretical courses with a thorough training in conducting research, and concentrates on the production, uses and impact of information and mediated communication in informing, persuading and entertaining audiences.The current multimedia era, in which digital technologies not only provide new means of communication (the Internet, mobile phones) but also transform older ones (print, broadcasting), is shaping today's information and communication processes to an increasing degree. This presents interesting challenges for theory and research. Topics covered include:... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science: Persuasive Communication

Campus Full time 12 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The track Persuasive Communication addresses those communication processes intended to achieve specific persuasive goals, for instance... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science: Persuasive Communication

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September, february

The track Persuasive Communication addresses those communication processes intended to achieve specific persuasive goals, for instance, marketing communication, health education, and public information campaigns.Central in this track are the understanding of the dynamics that shape the uses and effects of mediated persuasive communication and the application of this knowledge in the design of communication campaigns and interventions.As a student in Persuasive Communication you will study a variety of marketing and health communication theories, and how to apply these theories to challenging problems of health behaviour, advertising and branding.We pay attention to media as carriers of persuasive messages, in particular to new media developments, which are characterized by the integration of persuasive messages and entertainment, personalization, and interactive, digital and social media. We also study the role of message appeals and social and personal influence. Theories and studies on determinants of consumer and health behaviour are essential in this track.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science: Political Communication

Campus Full time 12 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science: Political Communication addresses issues at the core of our democracies. It provides an understanding of the role and significance of media... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Science: Political Communication

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: February, september

The track "Political Communication" addresses issues at the core of our democracies. It provides an understanding of the role and significance of media, journalism and information in shaping public opinion.Students of the Political Communication track study the following topics:

How do the interactions between (non-)government actor, politicians, journalists and citizens take shape and what features and effects do they have? How do citizens use media to keep themselves informed and how it that changing? Who tries to influence the news? How does the ‘media's information offering' come into being? What effects are discernable on public opinion and political behaviour? ... [-]

Master of Science (MSc) in Computational Science

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master of Science (MSc) in Grid Computing: Computational Science program is centred at the Science Campus in Amsterdam, where several leading scientific institutes have teamed up with the UvA to create this programme ... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Grid Computing: Computational Science

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Is Computational Science the study for you?

Would you like to confront a tornado in virtual reality and predict its intentions? Or understand the behaviour of financial markets? What if you could simulate the outcome of a surgical procedure before it is put into practice? Or predict how a crowd would move in the event of a disaster?

Computational science is a discipline that has established itself as the third pillar of modern science (alongside theoretical and experimental science), and involves the modelling, simulation and analysis of world phenomena through computation. This has opened up new windows onto the physical and social sciences, earth sciences and life sciences at many levels of scale.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Forensic Science

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme in Forensic Science, offered by the Faculty of Science, is unique in the Netherlands. The programme distinguishes itself... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Forensic Science

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's programme in Forensic Science, offered by the Faculty of Science, is unique in the Netherlands. The programme distinguishes itself from most international Master's programmes in Forensic Science by building on a range of scientific backgrounds and disciplines. The goal of the programme is to train good scientists, armed with forensic knowledge and professional skills.Do you want to make your scientific knowledge socially relevant within the context of law and order? Then you should apply for Forensic Science!

 

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Master of Science (MSc) in International Development Studies

Campus Full time 12 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

International Development Studies focuses on global development issues. In an increasingly interconnected world, several cities and regions have... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in International Development Studies

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September, february

International Development Studies focuses on global development issues. In an increasingly interconnected world, several cities and regions have successfully adjusted to the processes of economic globalisation and show high growth rates; simultaneously, processes of impoverishment and exclusion occur all over the world, both in the North and South.Virtually everyone who wants to deal with international affairs or work internationally is confronted with issues such as poverty, equity, social justice and sustainability. During this programme you will look at these issues at multiple levels in both rural and urban contexts.The Master’s programme in International Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme in terms of content, its staff and the students participating in it. The programme provides you with a strong background in contemporary theories and debates in international development, as well as insights into more specific themes. You will have the opportunity to specialise in, for example,... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in International Development Studies (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master International Development Studies focuses on development processes and transformations and shifting balances of power in the Global... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in International Development Studies (by Research)

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Research Master International Development Studies focuses on development processes and transformations and shifting balances of power in the Global South. During the programme, you will concentrate on current debates on political, social, cultural, environmental and economic issues.The programme curriculum covers these subjects at different and interacting levels of scale, ranging from the micro-level of individuals and households to the macro-level of states. The programme trains you in a variety of research methodologies and techniques to understand these processes from a predominantly Southern and internationally comparative perspective.The Research Master International Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme, both in terms of the outlook of the programme, its staff and the students participating in it. The programme provides you with a thorough background in contemporary theories and debates in international development studies, including key themes such as:... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Life Sciences - Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

This programme combines molecular and cell biology, computer science and mathematical modelling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into fundamental... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Life Sciences - Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Vast amounts of data have been collected through genomics initiatives. They provide a golden opportunity to research the secrets of life, to understand more of its complexities, to improve quality of life and to conquer major diseases. Converting this huge volume of data into real understanding is the basic challenge of Bioinformatics research. High-throughput methods like massively parallel sequencing and mass spectrometry generate more raw data than conventional computer models can handle efficiently. To process and analyse this data, computational techniques from Bioinformatics – such as sequence alignment, sequence assembly, biostatistics and machine learning – are required in order to make predictions about health outcome and to decide on a personalized treatment for the patient. Both Bioinformatics and Systems Biology are strongly interdisciplinary fields. This programme combines molecular and cell biology, computer science and mathematical modelling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into fundamental knowledge. You will develop a strong feel for scientific research and high levels of abstraction, and learn to combine the rapid developments in these fields.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematical Physics

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Interaction between the fields of general relativity and differential geometry, and between quantum mechanics and functional analysis during the... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematical Physics

Interaction between the fields of general relativity and differential geometry, and between quantum mechanics and functional analysis during the first half of the early twentieth century has led us, today, into a new golden age of mathematical physics.The Master's programme in Mathematical Physics examines the intersection of mathematics and physics on the basis of:

non-commutative geometry string theory quantisation theory operator algebras quantum groups critical phenomena conformal field theory integrable systems Lie theory algebraic geometry applied analysis

and other topics.

 

 

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Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics

Campus Full time 24 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

This Master's programme is tailored to each individual student according to his or her field of interest, and is planned out in consultation with the Programme... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September, february

This Master's programme is tailored to each individual student according to his or her field of interest, and is planned out in consultation with the Programme manager. The second year is devoted in large part to advanced mathematics and a major research project, which culminates in a Master's thesis. This project can be conducted within one of the participating research groups, or externally at a company or research facility with an on-location advisor. The results of the research project are presented in a colloquium.

 

 

Is Mathematics at the UvA for me?... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Anthropology and Sociology

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS) trains you to understand health, illness and the body from a social science perspective... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Anthropology and Sociology

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Diseases move across national borders - so do patients, doctors and medicines. Health and healthcare is often a matter of politics, economics and culture too. In the Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology, you will use social science theory and methods to critically analyse health issues in a globalising world.The Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS) trains you to understand health, illness and the body from a social science perspective. During the programme you will look at contemporary global and local health problems, as well as key topics in social science. It enables you to deepen your knowledge of anthropology and sociology, while at the same time acquiring a specialisation in a health-related topic.If you have a medical or psychological sciences background, you will acquire further training in social science and you will learn to critically and reflexively integrate this training with your earlier academic and professional experience.If you have a social science background, you will have the opportunity to further sharpen your analytical tools and acquire a specialisation in the field of health. You will examine a broad range of issues: from the social determinants of disease to sexual subcultures to the politics of pharmaceuticals.The UvA has been a pioneer in this exciting and growing field. Our intensive, one-year programme combines coursework and a thesis project based on your own individual fieldwork. You can choose to do research in the Netherlands or anywhere else in Europe; go to Asia, Africa or the Americas. You will design and organise your own research project, on a medical anthropological or sociological theme of your interest, with the guidance of our international academic staff.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Political Science: International Relations

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The International Relations programme provides you with an insight into global politics and fundamental questions about war and peace, but also about justice... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Political Science: International Relations

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Would you like to know more about the rapidly changing world of global politics? The International Relations programme provides you with an insight into global politics and fundamental questions about war and peace, but also about justice, efficiency and identity throughout the world. It will enhance your knowledge about the rise and fall, conflict and cooperation of sovereign nation-states, as well as those of non-governmental actors and international and regional organisations.International Relations examines global politics through a comprehensive curriculum to provide you with not only a broad foundation of knowledge, but also a deeper and more specialised expertise. You will learn to criticise and develop theoretical insights based on a range of scholarly traditions within political science and other social sciences. You will also learn to analyse those insights through original empirical research using a variety of methodologies. The curriculum covers a very wide palette of courses, allowing you to choose your particular focus and expertise, from war and security studies to the study of international political economy in all corners of the world.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology (Research MSc)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master’s programme is firmly embedded in the experimental approach to psychology that characterizes the psychology programme at... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology (Research MSc)

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Research Master’s programme is firmly embedded in the experimental approach to psychology that characterizes the psychology programme at the University of Amsterdam. Specialised courses are taught in informal, highly interactive small groups settings. In addition to content-related courses covering all areas in psychology, the programme offers a series of advanced courses on research methods and statistics, programming and computer skills, and writing and presentation skills. Central to the Research Master’s programme are two separate research projects (Internship and Thesis). In principle, papers based on these research projects should qualify for publication in international academic journals.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences (Research MSc)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Are you interested in social scientific research, and do you want to pursue a career in academic or (non-academic) research environments? The Research Master Social Sciences (RMSS) is [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences (Research MSc)

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Are you interested in social scientific research, and do you want to pursue a career in academic or (non-academic) research environments? The Research Master Social Sciences (RMSS) is designed for excellent students with an interest in research from multidisciplinary and disciplinary perspectives. Due to an extensive focus on advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills, students who have finished the RMSS will be able to carry out high quality scientific research independently.The Research Master Social Sciences offers you advanced training in contemporary social science research. The programme combines advanced social theory with innovative methodologies in a rigorous and multidisciplinary social science research environment. You will specialise in one of five fields of research:... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Cultural Sociology

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

In Cultural Sociology, you will not only examine culture from a broad perspective (collective mentalities, ideologies, religious orientations, expert and lay... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Cultural Sociology

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Would you like to know if the global exchange of media products – Disney movies, fashion magazines, popular music – poses a threat to local and national cultures? Or if developing art markets in Russia, China, Brazil and India adopt Western models and institutions?In Cultural Sociology, you will not only examine culture from a broad perspective (collective mentalities, ideologies, religious orientations, expert and lay knowledge), but you will also look at the more specific features of culture (art, media, popular culture). You will focus on how symbolic goods like books, artworks and fashion are produced, distributed and received. In addition, the curriculum explores how broader cultural conceptions are embedded in social relations, and how they change over time and vary across social groups.The approach to the study is empirically grounded, utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods. The programme offers you the unique opportunity to study key themes within contemporary cultural sociology. The research and teaching of staff members stimulates a strong engagement with issues of cultural globalisation and cross-national comparative research.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Gender, Sexuality & Society

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

This programme is unique as it is positioned in the social sciences, whereas the majority of gender and/or sexuality studies are located within the... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Gender, Sexuality & Society

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

It is generally accepted that differences between rich and poor, between skin colours, or between Christians and Muslims are undeniable factors in people’s lives. Functioning as a woman or a man, with particular sexual dispositions, holds comparable significance. Gender, Sexuality and Society is devoted to enhance our understanding of the differences among groups of women and groups of men - as well as between women and men - in an era of globalisation. This programme offers a systematic attempt to address structurally embedded prescriptions concerning gender relations and sexual behaviour on a par with other analytical variables such as class, ethnicity, religion, age, or political ideology.Gender, Sexuality and Society aims to integrate the social and cultural imperatives that shape gendered identities and sexual relationships into the normal research repertoire of social scientists. Accordingly, you will learn how to incorporate a multidisciplinary and transnational approach. The historical and comparative dimensions emphasised in the majority of the courses train you to analyse issues in society and culture from various perspectives and to put them in their wide-ranging sociological, political and cultural contexts.This programme is unique as it is positioned in the social sciences, whereas the majority of gender and/or sexuality studies are located within the humanities. The combination of empirical studies with theoretical reflection provides the student with a solid theoretical, conceptual, and methodological foundation to better understand, analyse and cope with the world’s contemporary problems and complexities related to gender and/or sexuality.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Migration and Ethnic Studies

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Migration and Ethnic Studies (MES) explores the dynamics of human mobility in the twofold context of globalisation and the persistence of nation-state... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Migration and Ethnic Studies

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Migration and Ethnic Studies (MES) explores the dynamics of human mobility in the twofold context of globalisation and the persistence of nation-state boundaries. It examines how those dynamics translate into ethnic stratification, economic inequality, and cultural diversity in both countries of departure and countries of destination.The core and elective courses of the MES programme review a wide array of issues, ranging:

from migration policy, networks and movements to migration and asylum law in Europe; and from migrants in labour unions and migrant entrepreneurship to citizenship and migrant (il)legality; and from transnational identities, gender, sexuality and class to cultural and religious diversity. ... [-]

Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Urban Sociology

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Urban Sociology posits that urban areas possess unique attributes (numbers, density, diversity, mobility) that shape all aspects of social life. These... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Urban Sociology

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

For the first time in history, the majority of humanity lives in cities. We live in an urban world. Urban Sociology provides you with the analytical tools to understand how conditions in urban environments affect the feelings, ideas, relations, and opportunities of their inhabitants.Urban Sociology posits that urban areas possess unique attributes (numbers, density, diversity, mobility) that shape all aspects of social life. These ‘urban attributes’ affect the thoughts and feelings of individuals, their relations to strangers, friends, and colleagues. You will also explore the ways in which institutions operate, and the kinds of economic opportunities available to individuals and groups operating in the city which are also affected by urban attributes.During the programme you will examine the contemporary forces that are making cities bigger, more diverse and more fluid than ever; and the effects of these conditions on various aspects of social life. In particular, you will examine:... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme is offered in collaboration with the VU University Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Leiden University. As a result, you profit from the... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Stochastics examines phenomena in which chance plays a central role, such as election results, fluctuations in stock prices or molecular interactions in a living cell. It can be subdivided into statistics, probability theory and stochastic operations research. Financial mathematics is an important field in the application of stochastics which offers fascinating research possibilities.  The Master's programme Stochastics and Financial Mathematics trains you in the full depth and breadth of these fields, in both theory and application.There is a wide range of specialisations available, based on the many areas in which stochastics is applied, their scope and the challenging problems they pose. Both theoretically inclined and more practically oriented students can select specific courses to suit their personal interests.The Master's programme is offered in collaboration with the VU University Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Leiden University. As a result, you profit from the expertise of four universities, as well as the networks and cooperative research projects at these universities.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in Urban and Regional Planning

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Urban and Regional Planning programme offers you a thorough understanding of advanced theories and methodologies of urban and... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Urban and Regional Planning

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

New conditions of the network society and relational geography have  rapidly influenced urban and regional development. The Master’s programme in Urban and Regional Planning offers you a broad training in urban and regional planning, with a focus on strategic planning and mobility in transformative spaces as well as urban development and real estate. During the programme, you will focus on innovative forms of planning aimed at solving problems of collective action in metropolitan areas.The Urban and Regional Planning programme offers you a thorough understanding of advanced theories and methodologies of urban and regional planning, with a focus on urban and metropolitan areas. Core elements are drafting spatial plans, policies and projects (spatial interventions), understanding actor constellations, knowing the institutional conditions of spatial interventions and the international comparison of spatial planning traditions and metropolitan governance.You will also gain knowledge of relevant research methods to undertake planning research and will apply acquired theories, knowledge and research skills in a Master’s thesis. In summary, the programme trains you to analyse (by reflecting on research and by doing research) and act (by critically assessing existing interventions and by drafting new interventions).... [-]


Master of Science in Accountancy & Control: Accountancy

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master of Science in Accountancy & Control is an intensive, selective programme, ensuring a high standard of academic education. It has a strong... [+]

Master of Science in Accountancy & Control: Accountancy

 

Starts in: September

Language of instruction: English

The Master of Science in Accountancy & Control is an intensive, selective programme, ensuring a high standard of academic education. It has a strong international focus with respect to content, academic staff and student population. The programme is designed to prepare students for financial positions, not only in auditing and consultancy, but also in industry, banking or government. The programme consists of an Accountancy track and a Control track.

 

 

Accountancy

The Accountancy track is intended for students of business economics seeking a career in the financial sector. It is designed for students with a general and analytical interest in financial information flows between and within organisations and, more specifically, in providing information services to senior managers and other stakeholders. This track combines academic rigour with practical examples and applications, and provides admission to the post-Master Accountancy (PMA) programme offered by the Amsterdam Business School (in Dutch only), leading to qualification as a chartered accountant.... [-]


Master of Science in Accountancy & Control: Control

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The<strong> Control track of the Accountancy and Control Master’s programme</strong> is concerned with financial information and decision making in the management of organisations. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need as a controller or financial professional in the business world or the public sector. [+]

The Control track of the Accountancy and Control Master’s programme is concerned with financial information and decision making in the management of organisations. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need as a controller or financial professional in the business world or the public sector. Prepare for a career in a financial function; - develop your financial expertise by acquiring both conceptual knowledge of and technical skills in Accountancy and Control; - follow our multidisciplinary programme and qualify for top-level post-master programmes. One Master's, two tracks The Master's in Accountancy & Control offers two top-level academic specialisation tracks: - Accountancy - Control Both tracks offer a common knowledge base in Accountancy and Control, as well as in-depth specialised courses and subject matter. Degree After successful completion of this programme, you will receive an accredited Master’s degree in Accountancy and Control and the title Master of Science (MSc). The programme in brief Fully understanding the field of accountancy requires both technical and conceptual knowledge on relevant topics. This Master’s programme provides a solid interdisciplinary foundation, offering a wide range of courses, such as: Management Control, Sustainability, Accountability and Ethics, Corporate Governance and Risk Management and research seminars in Accountancy & Control. Researchers and lecturers at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) are international experts. Because the ABS has a full research programme dedicated to Finance, your education in accountancy benefits from constant exploration of the field going on around you. By discussing and reflecting on research, and by examining the practice of accounting and control in the form of case studies, you will learn the latest and most advanced techniques, practices and insights. Programme structure The Master of Science in Accountancy and Control is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Starting in period 2 of semester 1, you will follow track-specific courses in addition to the common courses in the programme. The track-specific part covers 15 EC courses and the 15 EC Master’s thesis. First semester The year begins with a common part that provides a knowledge base for both accountants and controllers. You follow a common course on Sustainability, Accountability and Ethics, You will familiarise yourself with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Internal Control and Accounting Information Systems teaches you to design accounting information systems. In period 2, you will follow one track-specific course: Management Control Research. The research seminar Accountancy & Control prepares you for writing your Master’s thesis in the second semester. Second semester During the second semester, you will extend your expertise by following advanced courses in Management Accounting and Corporate Financial Management. [-]

Master of Science in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance is a multidisciplinary programme providing a balanced and rigorous training in the financial... [+]

Master of Science in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance

 

Starts in: September

Language of instruction: English

The Master of Science in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance is a one-year programme for those wishing to work as an actuary (an insurance mathematician). An actuary designs and monitors financial security systems. The actuarial profession is currently in a period of transition and has come to encompass management of financial risks outside the insurance sector. The Master's programme in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance is a multidisciplinary programme providing a balanced and rigorous training in the financial and mathematical analysis of complex insurance issues. It focuses on mathematical model-building in the various specialised fields of insurance: life insurance, non-life insurance and pension funds. Because the programme is aimed at helping students develop a scientific attitude and approach, it places a great deal of emphasis on the theoretical foundations of various methods and techniques.... [-]


Master of Science in Child Development and Education (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The <strong>Research Master Child Development and Education (former name Educational Sciences: Parenting, Education and Child Development)</strong> trains students to conceive, design, conduct and report high-quality research in the field of child development and education. [+]

The Research Master Child Development and Education (former name Educational Sciences: Parenting, Education and Child Development) trains students to conceive, design, conduct and report high-quality research in the field of child development and education. The programme has been developed for excellent students who are motivated to conduct research and who intend to pursue academic research careers in child development and education. Research Master students acquire in-depth disciplinary knowledge, familiarity with relevant research methodology and practical experience in carrying out research. The programme takes two years to complete. In both years students take courses and gain experience in conducting research. Studying Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam has a strong tradition in empirical research and in connecting teaching with the practice of research. In learning to develop their research skills at the Department of Child Development and Education, students will benefit from the department's extensive experimental research facilities, among which video-monitored observation rooms, a baby lab and an ERP research lab equipped with facilities for taking electro-physiological measurements. Students may also participate in observational and interventional research in families or classrooms, in large-scale skills-testing research on children and adults, or in conducting educational surveys using questionnaires for different target groups. Accreditation and degree The quality of this Master's degree has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally recognised Master of Science (MSc) degree in Child Development and Education. Programme outline The programme takes two years to complete. In order to graduate, students must attain 120 ECTS credits. A distinction is made in the curriculum between: - disciplinary courses (choose four from eight elective courses plus 'Bio ecological Models', 30 credits in total) - courses in methods and statistics (four courses, 36 credits in total) - writing and presentation skills (3 credits) - research projects (two projects, 51 credits in total) Thesis Students complete two research projects and write two theses. The topic of the first research project (21 credits) is chosen halfway through the first year of study. Preparations for the more extensive second project (30 credits) may begin as early as the start of the second year. In the first project, students participate in one of the department's research groups, where they contribute to ongoing research. In the second project, students work more autonomously and write a research proposal first. Both projects are concluded with a thesis. [-]

Master of Science in Econometrics: Financial Econometrics

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the Financial Econometrics track of the Econometrics Master’s programme, you'll study the econometric techniques that have been developed for the analysis of financial markets. [+]

In the Financial Econometrics track of the Econometrics Master’s programme, you'll study the econometric techniques that have been developed for the analysis of financial markets. The programme teaches you about (multivariate) modelling of volatility, Value at Risk, and asset pricing. With an excellent teaching staff and a high regard for critical thought, you're sure to find challenging discussions, rewarding research and an overall unforgettable experience. Familiarise yourself with the application of econometric techniques on empirical data; - interpret the results from a financial perspective; - become an expert in the complex mathematics of the financial economy. One Master’s programme, five tracks The Master’s in Econometrics offers you the option to choose one of five top-level academic specialisation tracks: - Econometrics - Financial Econometrics - Mathematical Economics - Big Data Business Analytics - Free Track Each track offers electives as well as fieldwork courses for you to choose from. Degree After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Econometrics and the title Master of Science (MSc). You can combine this programme with a MSc in Mathematics for a double degree. For more information on this option, click on this link. Econometrics: Financial Econometrics The Amsterdam School of Economics' Master’s in Econometrics provides a balanced and rigorous training in the quantitative analysis of problems in economics and finance. You will become fluent in the application of advanced mathematical and statistical methods, supported by modern software packages such as E-Views and Matlab. The multidisciplinary one-year programme consists of advanced courses in both mathematical economics and econometrics. The programme in brief To fully understand the field of Financial Econometrics, you'll need the skills, expertise and techniques that are required to apply robust statistical methods, to be used in exploring all topics, research and issues relevant to the discipline. Dive into(non) linear time series analysis, the Black-Scholes-Merton model and learn everything there is to know about Binomial Option Pricing – the subjects are endless. The multidisciplinary character of the programme is reflected in the wide range of courses you can take, such as: Stochastic Calculus, Micro-Econometrics, Derivatives and Bounded Rationality. All of the acclaimed lecturers in the programme are researchers in one of the ten research programmes of the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). Benefit from a curriculum designed to cover both the knowledge and skills required for financial econometrics careers in the field of business as well as in research. The ASE’s affiliation with a number of internal and external economics-related research institutes enriches the research and career opportunities for students in the Master’s programme. Programme structure The Financial Econometrics track of the master Econometrics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the middle of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Refer to the academic calendar for exact dates. The curriculum for the Master’s in Econometrics is quite demanding, with classes taking up 12-15 hours a week on average. An additional 25 hours are required for class preparation, homework, debates, casework and computer time. First semester In the first semester, you'll be given a solid basis in econometrics with several core courses for students of all tracks. General Equilibrium Theory teaches you to formulate the general equilibrium model and understand its basic properties, and critically evaluate underlying model assumptions and implications. Through Advanced Econometrics 1 and 2, you’ll obtain a deep understanding of econometric theory, practice and inference by using a variety of advanced techniques. The theoretical background and economic applications of Game Theory trains you in the ability to model interactive decision-making situations using game-theoretic techniques, and compute and characterise their equilibrium outcomes. You'll take one track defining course: Caput Derivatives. You’ll learn about the most important types of financial derivatives, their markets and use for financial institutions and other firms, and gain advanced knowledge of models for the pricing and hedging of derivatives. For your elective, you can choose from the wide variety offered for all Econometrics tracks. Second semester During the first part of the second semester, you'll focus on your specialisation track in two track defining courses. Financial Econometrics covers topics such as non-linear time series, volatility models, and the pricing of complex derivatives, while Stochastic Calculus helps you obtain a working knowledge of probability theory, stochastic processes and stochastic calculus. A third course can be chosen from the wide variety offered for all Econometrics tracks. Part two will be spent on completing a thesis in Financial Econometrics. A research staff member from the Department of Quantitative Economics will supervise your work. Where do Econometrics graduates work? Examples of positions currently held by Econometrics graduates include: - Chief economist at major international bank; - managing consultant at major consulting firm; - risk management consultant; - senior advisor at the Dutch Monopoly and Merger committee; - financial controller; - director/CEO/CFO/owner of company. [-]

MSc Brain and Cognitive Sciences: Cognitive Neuroscience

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The focus of the cognitive neuroscience track is on a neuroscientific approach to cognition. It is firmly rooted in psychology and biology and focuses on how the brain processes information to enable complex cognitive functions. [+]

The brain is an immensely powerful and intricate processing device dedicated to the selection, perception, transformation and storage of the indispensable information we use to interact with our ever-changing, dynamic environment. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a broad selection of tracks that investigate all aspects of the field, from the molecule to the mind. The programme is unique in its interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychology, behavioural economics, linguistics, logic, computation and philosophy. Studying Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam Students benefit from the wide-ranging, leading expertise available at the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC), the different research labs at the UvA and from the opportunity to participate in research projects led by internationally renowned ABC researchers. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences forms a challenging, interdisciplinary and international arena in which highly motivated researchers and students endeavour to understand the brain, its development and its disorders. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS), in close collaboration with the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC). Accreditation and degree The Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences has been legally accredited as a research master by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The accreditation has recently been reaffirmed by the NVAO with a highly positive report until May 2017 The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) awarded the programme with an excellent qualification on the achieved learning outcomes. Programme outline The Master's programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by the other subfields. All students complete a core curriculum next to their chosen track within the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The core curriculum of this programme integrates various perspectives from within the discipline and includes a weekly journal club and an annual summer school, both of which focus on cutting-edge topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting. Disciplinairy quality and interdisciplinairy insights The goal is to provide a programme that is equal in disciplinary quality to monodisciplinary programmes but in addition trains you to be aware of and understand the separate contributions and research methods of the large number of disciplines that contribute to the field of cognition and thus not suffer the inadequacies of monodisciplines. This enables you to reflect on, interpret and answer complex questions arising in science nowadays and that arise in our modern society. Interdisciplinary thinking can not be learned from a book, but is a skill which develops from the learning process of combining insights of more than one discipline that can lead to new insights. The focus of the cognitive neuroscience track is on a neuroscientific approach to cognition. It is firmly rooted in psychology and biology and focuses on how the brain processes information to enable complex cognitive functions. Besides fundamental neuroscience disciplines, brain imaging, systems neurophysiology and cognitive behaviour are strongly represented here. A question characteristic for this track is: “how do neural processes such as spikes and synaptic plasticity give rise to memory, conscious perception and behavioural decisions?” The track aims at understanding how the brain implements cognitive processes by studying information processing in the healthy, active brain, but also by computer stimulation and interventional approaches targeting causal functions. In this track, the pathological brain is equally captivating as the healthy brain and will be highlighted by studying neurological and psychiatric disorders. Programme Year 1 2 EC, Milestones, Promises and Pitfalls 5 EC, Brain Organization and Cognition 5 EC, Neurophysiology: Introduction to Electrophysiology & Imaging 6 EC, Specialisation Course 6 EC, Special Topic in Cognitive Sciences 4 EC, Summer School 26 EC, Research project 1 6 EC, Elective Year 2 6-12 EC, Electives 36-42 EC, Research project 2 12 EC, Literature Thesis Specialised courses Next to the track specific courses, the track Cognitive Neuroscience offers four specialised courses of which the students need to at least one, depending on their interest, as an obligatory module in their master programme. [-]

MSc Brain and Cognitive Sciences: Cognitive Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Cognitive Science track is characterized by its strong interdisciplinary focus on cognition and by its emphasis on a broad overview of mind and brain theories and knowledge. [+]

The brain is an immensely powerful and intricate processing device dedicated to the selection, perception, transformation and storage of the indispensable information we use to interact with our ever-changing, dynamic environment. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a broad selection of tracks that investigate all aspects of the field, from the molecule to the mind. The programme is unique in its interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychology, behavioural economics, linguistics, logic, computation and philosophy. Studying Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam Students benefit from the wide-ranging, leading expertise available at the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC), the different research labs at the UvA and from the opportunity to participate in research projects led by internationally renowned ABC researchers. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences forms a challenging, interdisciplinary and international arena in which highly motivated researchers and students endeavour to understand the brain, its development and its disorders. The Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences is offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS), in close collaboration with the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center (ABC). Accreditation and degree The Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences has been legally accredited as a research master by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The accreditation has recently been reaffirmed by the NVAO with a highly positive report until May 2017 The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) awarded the programme with an excellent qualification on the achieved learning outcomes. Programme outline The Master's programme aims to train students to become experts in their specific subfield of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences but with a clear understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by the other subfields. All students complete a core curriculum next to their chosen track within the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The core curriculum of this programme integrates various perspectives from within the discipline and includes a weekly journal club and an annual summer school, both of which focus on cutting-edge topics in an intensively interdisciplinary setting. Disciplinairy quality and interdisciplinairy insights The goal is to provide a programme that is equal in disciplinary quality to monodisciplinary programmes but in addition trains you to be aware of and understand the separate contributions and research methods of the large number of disciplines that contribute to the field of cognition and thus not suffer the inadequacies of monodisciplines. This enables you to reflect on, interpret and answer complex questions arising in science nowadays and that arise in our modern society. Interdisciplinary thinking can not be learned from a book, but is a skill which develops from the learning process of combining insights of more than one discipline that can lead to new insights. The Cognitive Science track is characterized by its strong interdisciplinary focus on cognition and by its emphasis on a broad overview of mind and brain theories and knowledge. Modern cognitive science investigates, with a wide variety of methods, how the human mind deals with acquiring, storing, using, and expressing knowledge of the world that surrounds us, and how these faculties are mediated by the brain. The cognitive science track offers a thorough introduction to this field, with courses and research internships on language and music, learning and memory, thinking and problem-solving, knowledge representation and decision making. In the programme, you learn about a variety of methods, ranging from brain scanning to philosophical inquiry, and from behavioral experiments to computational modelling. The programme offers much freedom to focus on particular methods and topics, including optional study paths on computational modelling, decision making, language cognition and music cognition. Programme Year 1 2 EC, Milestones, Promises and Pitfalls 5 EC, Foundations of Cognitive Science 5 EC, Higher Cognitive Functions 6 EC, Specialization course 6 EC, Special Topic in Cognitive Science 4 EC, Summer School 26-32 EC Research Project 1 6 Elective Year 2 6-12 EC Electives 36-42 EC, Research Project 2 12 EC, Literature Thesis Specialised courses Next to the track specific courses, the track Cognitive Neuroscience offers four specialised courses of which the students need to at least one, depending on their interest, as an obligatory module in their master programme. [-]

MSc Business Economics: Finance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Finance track of the Business Economics Master's programme concentrates on financial markets and the financial decision making of firms and investors. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need in your career. [+]

Please note: Depending on acquiring formal accreditation, the UvA will be offering a new MSc in Finance as of September 2016, including the specialisations Finance and Real Estate Finance. We expect some changes will be made in the curriculum that are not directly related to the change in the programme name. You will be informed about these changes in due time. Managerial Economics and Strategy remains a specialisation in the MSc in Business Economics. The Finance track of the Business Economics Master's programme concentrates on financial markets and the financial decision making of firms and investors. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need in your career. Gain a deep understanding of financial decision making and markets and specialise in either corporate finance, banking or financial markets with this fascinating Master's programme track. Prepare for a career in the financial or business world; benefit from studying in a faculty with major strengths in the world of finance. Degree After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Business Economics and the title Master of Science (MSc). The programme in brief In order to fully grasp the field of finance, you need to gain a deep understanding of financial decision making, management and markets, and the tools necessary to achieve success. Explore every relevant issue in finance in considerable depth, and put your quantitative mind to work. The programme provides the opportunity to further specialise in either corporate finance, banking or financial markets. After a common first period (with a course in Valuation, Financial Markets and Applied Econometrics) students have significant flexibility to fine-tune the electives to create a programme that matches their interest. In specialised modules on commercial banking and corporate finance, investment theory and managing bond portfolio risks, and financial markets at home and abroad, your teachers will share both fascinating insights from research, as well as their ample experience in the field. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Each period is rounded off with an examination. Thesis The master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation. You’ll write the thesis based on your chosen track, and will be supervised by one of the researchers from this specialisation. [-]

MSc Business Economics: Managerial Economics and Strategy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Managerial Economics and Strategy track of the Business Economics Master's programme focuses on the economic performance of organisations. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need in your career. [+]

The Managerial Economics and Strategy track of the Business Economics Master's programme focuses on the economic performance of organisations. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need in your career. You'll acquire the knowledge you need to understand the design of firms and other types of organisations. Prepare for a career in the business world or public sector; benefit from studying in a faculty with major strengths in Business Administration and Economics and Econometrics; follow one of our specialised tracks and become a financial expert, a leading consultant in economic performance, or a specialist in real estate finance. Degree After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Business Economics and the title Master of Science (MSc). The Amsterdam Business School’s Master’s programme in Business Economics: Managerial Economics and Strategy revolves around the economic performance of organisations. It teaches you how to make the right organisational and financial decisions for organisations and fully prepares you for a rewarding career focusing on organisational and financing issues, combining a quantitative and analytical approach. The programme in brief To fully grasp the field of Managerial Economics and Strategy, you'll need to understand and learn how to improve the design of organisations, to make them fully equipped to deal with the challenges of our time. The programme’s mix of quantitative research and practical examples and integrated insights from behavioural economics and psychology gives you a thorough understanding of your discipline, making you a valuable asset to any firm. With the broad range of skills, in-depth knowledge and international expertise this programme provides, you’ll have everything you need to start your career. Your Master’s degree in Business Economics also provides you with an excellent opportunity to go on to doctoral studies in a thriving Ph.D. programme taught by international experts. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Each period is rounded off with an examination. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation. You’ll write the thesis based on your chosen track, and will be supervised by one of the researchers from this specialisation. [-]

MSc Business Economics: Real Estate Finance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Business School’s Master’s programme in Business Economics: Real Estate Finance teaches you how to understand the role of real estate assets for individual and institutional investors. [+]

Please note: Depending on acquiring formal accreditation, the UvA will be offering a new MSc in Finance as of September 2016, including the specialisations Finance and Real Estate Finance. We expect some changes will be made in the curriculum that are not directly related to the change in the programme name. You will be informed about these changes in due time. Managerial Economics and Strategy remains a specialisation in the MSc in Business Economics. The Real Estate Finance track of the Business Economics Master's programme provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need to start off your career in this specialist discipline with a definite advantage. Learn everything there is know about the financial and commercial aspects of commercial real estate, its development, financing and operations. Prepare for a career in the business world or public sector; benefit from studying in a graduate school with major strengths in Business Administration and Economics and Econometrics; follow one of our specialised tracks and become a financial expert, a leading consultant in economic performance, or a specialist in real estate finance. The Amsterdam Business School’s Master’s programme in Business Economics: Real Estate Finance teaches you how to understand the role of real estate assets for individual and institutional investors. The financial and economic aspects of commercial real estate are the core of the track, fully preparing you for a rewarding career focusing on organisational and financing issues of real estate markets, combining a quantitative and analytical approach. The programme in brief To fully grasp the field of Real Estate Finance, you'll cover the development, financing and operation of real estate in a rich and diverse programme. Follow traditional classes, take part in workshops and debates, and attend lectures of guest speakers from all over the world. The content of the programmes directly reflect the Finance Group at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS), one of the top ten research-oriented finance departments in Europe. Benefit from small groups and an emphasis on team work while you study, and be fully trained and prepared for your professional career because of the keen eye for practical relevance of the programme. This track is informed by a strong link between academic scholarship and industrial practice, thanks to the University’s strong ties to and collaboration with industry. With the broad range of skills, in-depth knowledge and international expertise this programme provides, you’ll have everything you need to start your career. Your MSc in Business Economics also provides you with an excellent opportunity to go on to doctoral studies in a thriving Ph.D. programme taught by international experts. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Each period is rounded off with an examination. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation. You’ll write the thesis based on your chosen track, and will be supervised by one of the researchers from this specialisation. [-]

MSc Communication Science: Entertainment Communication

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Entertainment Communication track trains you to meet this growing need for knowledge and advice. [+]

Many organizations in society, including commercial companies, broadcasters, governments, and educational institutions, have a genuine need for knowledge about entertainment media. With the growth of new media, users now engage with entertainment media wherever and whenever. Young people are among the earliest adopters of these new technologies. Whether sharing videos on Vine, posting images on Instagram, or streaming Netflix, young people have integrated entertainment media seamlessly into their daily activities. That is why advertisers, the creative industry, and broadcasters all have a significant interest in understanding young people’s media use. Organizations feel increasingly compelled to tailor their products and are in constant need of up-to-date scientific knowledge about media preferences. The Entertainment Communication track trains you to meet this growing need for knowledge and advice. This track focuses on the experience, role, and impact of entertainment media on a range of different groups and individuals. Media psychology lies at the heart of this track. Within the track, students learn about the role of entertainment media across the lifespan. Specific questions addressed are: How do (media) preferences develop and what consequences do these preferences have for the use of media and its effects? What factors play a role in determining the success or failure of media and technologies (e.g., computer games, advertising, social media) in specific age groups? What are the most important effects of media and why? Studying Entertainment Communication at the University of Amsterdam Amsterdam is a fascinating, media-saturated environment. Studying in a major European centre for media research and development provides students with a network of contacts that helps them find work after graduation. Many of the programme's lecturers are researchers at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCOR) part of the UvA's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. ASCOR is the largest Communication Science research institute in the Netherlands, and is among the largest worldwide. Its international English-taught PhD programme has more than 30 students. Degree certificate Entertainment Communication is a track of the accredited degree programme Communication Science. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master degree in Communication Science and the title Master of Science (MSc). Programme outline The curriculum of the Entertainment Communication track of the Master programme in Communication Science consists of two mandatory specialization seminars: Clashing Views on Media Effects (12 ECTS) and Developing Media Entertainment (12 ECTS). Thesis The Master thesis in Entertainment Communication must reflect a thorough understanding of the theories relevant to the topic and be based on original empirical research. The project is carried out by the student under faculty supervision. The subject of the thesis is to be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. For students studying Entertainment Communication, there are a wide array of potential research topics. For example, students might ask whether using social media such as Twitter during television viewing alters the media entertainment experience, whether entertainment media relate to one’s identify formation, or the potential opportunities of entertainment education. Alternatively, students might investigate the potential effects associated with binge viewing (e.g., Netflix viewing), the motives behind sharing videos online, or the negative and positive consequences associated with using Tinder. These are just some of the many different topics that are possible in this track. [-]

MSc Contemporary Asian Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Contemporary Asian Studies is an innovative programme with a broad, interdisciplinary, social science character. It offers an intensive one year Master in which you explore the inside understandings of Asia through state-of-the-art theories and lectures. [+]

Contemporary Asian Studies is an innovative programme with a broad, interdisciplinary, social science character. It offers an intensive one year Master in which you explore the inside understandings of Asia through state-of-the-art theories and lectures. The Master offers an inter-Asian comparative approach and the explicit inclusion of Asian viewpoints. Social Science research on Asia The academic approach of the Master emphasizes the key drivers of local and global changes in Asian Societies. From this perspective, it’s important to look at interconnections within the Asian region and between Asian societies and other parts of the world. The study programme is closely linked to the Moving Matters (MoMat) research programme which studies the flow of people, goods, power and ideas. Academic research on Asia from a social perspective is becoming increasingly important. Contemporary social science theories and debates on transnationalism, citizenship, culture, religion, development, resource conflicts, economic restructuration, mobility, and other issues, proof to be important to understand contemporary Asia, both in and beyond Asia. The Master offers the insights and knowledge into these theories and debates in order to explain many important issues that dominate today's news, such as: China's and India's economic transformation; political and religious change in countries like Thailand, China, Cambodia and Indonesia; the reach of Asian companies in Africa, Europe and Latin America; consequences of economic growth, such as environmental degradation, growing inequality, deforestation; the rise of new political and social movements, food cultures, commodity chains, and the spread of Asian popular culture, and; high-skilled and low-skilled migration, (inter-) Asian migration flows. How to study and understand these issues? This Master focusses on both the understanding of these kind of issues and their social and political consequences. During lectures, Asia Updates (seminars on trends and hot issues in Asia today), discussions and debates new insights are provided and social science perspectives explored, explained and applied. Regions in Asia The programme focusses on all the main regions of Asia. Through individual literature study, essay writing and field research students specialise and delve deeper in one region or theme of interest. Objectives The main objective of the programme is to meet a growing demand for social scientific knowledge and expertise in different areas concerning Asian societies both in and beyond Asia. Therefore, this programme consists of courses that focus on contemporary themes as well as on specific regions of Asia. Field research The Master's in Contemporary Asian Studies offers the opportunity to design and conduct independent field research in Asia or elsewhere, leading to the Master’s thesis. It is also possible to conduct field research in the context of current research projects by the programme's staff. In 2015, the programme started with a pilot for an academic professional track. Students that follow this track can conduct research during an internship with a (non) governmental organisation, a (government) institution, an agency or a business. Small group size There are limited places available in this Master. The small group size will enable a tailor made study trajectory culminating in individual fieldwork and a thesis. Student profile The Master's programme in Contemporary Asian Studies offers an intensive and comprehensive curriculum. It is important to have a strong academic background, be highly motivated and to be prepared to invest considerable time in your studies. You are expected to develop the ability to work independently as well as in a mixed group of Dutch and international students. This interactive approach will enable you to enrich your learning process and cross­-cultural communication skills. The programme’s approach is personal and all courses are given by excellent and committed lecturers of high academic standing. Competencies The programme is designed to ensure that you advance your knowledge on Asian societies, develop analytical competencies, gain experience in conducting practical research in Asia, and learn to communicate your findings and arguments in a clear, measured and convincing manner. Focus on research The lecturers in the Contemporary Asian Studies are all active researchers, who impart their knowledge on the latest developments in the field of Asian studies to the programme (see Staff page). The core staff in the programme are leading cutting­ edge research projects on different themes in Asia. Insights from these research projects are integrated into the courses in the programme, and students also enjoy the opportunity to conduct their own field­ research in collaboration with these research projects. Ambition in a research career? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two­ year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences focusing on the development of a PhD proposal. [-]

MSc Cultural and Social Anthropology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme consists of three stages: designing your research project, conducting fieldwork and writing your thesis. [+]

Contemporary Cultural and Social Anthropology aims to understand and explain particular ways of living and behaving in societies all over the world, among different groups of people. How do people relate to each other and their social and material environment? Questions of globalisation, identity and authenticity, migration, citizenship, but also of transnational relations, development, and myths of progress are at the heart of the Master’s programme in Cultural and Social Anthropology. Ethnographic fieldwork This programme is designed to transform you into an active participant in the production of anthropological knowledge and the principles and practices of the discipline. As an anthropologist, you will investigate your carefully formulated research question by means of ethnographic fieldwork and relevant comparisons. The UvA programme in Anthropology is a broad, one-year programme in which you design and conduct your own high quality anthropological research. After completing a period of twelve weeks of fieldwork, you are expected to write a well-argued thesis. Programme outline The Master's programme consists of three stages: designing your research project, conducting fieldwork and writing your thesis. In all three stages, you will be supervised individually by a member of the academic teaching staff. You will also receive collective support in group seminars, although your main focus will be on your own research. The Master's programme consists of the following components: Key Debates in Anthropology (6 ECTS) Theory for Ethnographic Practice (9 ECTS) Designing Fieldwork (9 ECTS) Ethnographic Fieldwork (18 ECTS), minimum of 12 weeks full-time research Thesis seminar Writing Ethnography (3 ECTS) Thesis (15 ECTS) Student profile The academic standards of this Master’s programme are rigorous and you are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment, independence and resilience. What do you need in order to complete this Master’s programme successfully? A strong interest in Anthropology, the desire to learn how to write thorough analytical texts, an anthropological orientation, namely the ability to empathise with the perspective, emotions and ideas of other people, flexibility and self-reliance, essential for the successful completion of fieldwork. Competencies In a world of increasing globalisation, the Master’s degree in Anthropology equips you with highly relevant skills, such as: independently devising, implementing, evaluating and reporting on a large-scale project experience in developing networks knowledge of qualitative research methods, including participant observation and interviewing the ability to write well and argue cohesively the ability to present your own work and ideas effectively sensitivity to the complexity and diversity of the anthropological discipline the skills to understand and deal effectively with intercultural problems the ability to obtain in-depth knowledge on a given topic in a short period of time. Focus on research While conducting fieldwork and writing your thesis, you are supervised by a member of the academic staff who is actively involved in anthropological research on an international scale. At UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), research is conducted on themes that include the mobility of people, goods and ideas, and the search for identity in a modern globalised world. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in the Social Sciences. [-]

MSc Cultural and Social Anthropology: Applied Ethnography

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

For students who wish to conduct research that has an applied character, we offer the possibility to specialise in this kind of research. Within our programme we are in the process of a two-year pilot Applied Ethnography. [+]

Contemporary Cultural and Social Anthropology aims to understand and explain particular ways of living and behaving in societies all over the world, among different groups of people. How do people relate to each other and their social and material environment? Questions of globalisation, identity and authenticity, migration, citizenship, but also of transnational relations, development, and myths of progress are at the heart of the Master’s programme in Cultural and Social Anthropology. Ethnographic fieldwork This programme is designed to transform you into an active participant in the production of anthropological knowledge and the principles and practices of the discipline. As an anthropologist, you will investigate your carefully formulated research question by means of ethnographic fieldwork and relevant comparisons. The UvA programme in Anthropology is a broad, one-year programme in which you design and conduct your own high quality anthropological research. After completing a period of twelve weeks of fieldwork, you are expected to write a well-argued thesis. Choosing your own research topic and region A distinctive feature of this programme is the relative freedom in choosing the topic for your Master’s thesis. In terms of regional focus, there are also many options, as there is a wide range of regional specialisations among the Cultural and Social Anthropology staff, who can support and supervise your project. When starting this programme, you will need to have a preliminary idea of the kind of research you would like to conduct. This implies basic knowledge of a specific anthropological research theme as well as a region. It is also possible to join one of the established research projects of one of our staff members. Specialize in Applied Ethnography For students who wish to conduct research that has an applied character, we offer the possibility to specialise in this kind of research. Within our programme we are in the process of a two-year pilot Applied Ethnography. Students who have joined the pilot, conduct research that both serves an organisation as well as their own thesis. We plan to make the pilot a regular track within our programme from 2016-17 onwards. More information on the Applied Ethnography track will provided here soon. Student profile The academic standards of this Master’s programme are rigorous and you are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment, independence and resilience. What do you need in order to complete this Master’s programme successfully? A strong interest in Anthropology, the desire to learn how to write thorough analytical texts, an anthropological orientation, namely the ability to empathise with the perspective, emotions and ideas of other people, flexibility and self-reliance, essential for the successful completion of fieldwork. Competencies In a world of increasing globalisation, the Master’s degree in Anthropology equips you with highly relevant skills, such as: independently devising, implementing, evaluating and reporting on a large-scale project experience in developing networks knowledge of qualitative research methods, including participant observation and interviewing the ability to write well and argue cohesively the ability to present your own work and ideas effectively sensitivity to the complexity and diversity of the anthropological discipline the skills to understand and deal effectively with intercultural problems the ability to obtain in-depth knowledge on a given topic in a short period of time. Focus on research While conducting fieldwork and writing your thesis, you are supervised by a member of the academic staff who is actively involved in anthropological research on an international scale. At UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), research is conducted on themes that include the mobility of people, goods and ideas, and the search for identity in a modern globalised world. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in the Social Sciences. [-]

MSc Earth Sciences: Environmental Management

Campus Full time 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

This Master's track is aimed at combining geo-ecological knowledge with interdisciplinary skills, resulting in a professional and more applied earth scientist able to tackle environmental problems working in a team with other specialists. [+]

Global change, the increasing demand for scarce resources and the degradation and pollution of landscape, soil and water means that we need skilled professionals now more than ever. Professionals who understand the earth as a complex system and are able to direct our world into a more sustainable future. Environmental Management This Master's track is aimed at combining geo-ecological knowledge with interdisciplinary skills, resulting in a professional and more applied earth scientist able to tackle environmental problems working in a team with other specialists. The curriculum combines one year of Earth Science courses and one specialised year concentrating on management aspects in Earth Science, interdisciplinary skills and an internship in a company or (non) governmental organisation. Graduates of this track are well equipped to develop a successful career as an applied earth scientist. Such specialists are highly demanded to tackle the challenges of climate change and to translate scientific process knowledge into management strategies in order to lessen the effects for society. Joint elements Next to the track-specific courses there are some compulsory joint elements in both tracks: The course Vulnerability Assessment of Ecosystems, which includes field work on Tenerife. The course Quantification of Environmental Processes, with an emphasis on measuring and modelling processes in soil and water. Monthly research workshops A research proposal A research project Specific entry requirements Applicants for the MSc in Earth sciences must hold a Dutch BSc degree or an equivalent in Earth Science. Admittance with a BSc Biology, Chemistry or Computer Science is also possible under certain conditions. Additional information for international students International applicants must also fulfil other general entry requirements set by the Faculty of Science regarding academic background, academic average and proficiency in English. [-]

MSc Earth Sciences: Geo-ecological Dynamics

Campus Full time 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

This track deepens the student's knowledge of the different processes which play an important role in the functioning of geo-ecological systems. Students deal with complex relationships between biogeochemical and geomorphological processes in terrestrial and adjacent aquatic ecosystems, and the influences of climate change and direct human impact. [+]

Global change, the increasing demand for scarce resources and the degradation and pollution of landscape, soil and water means that we need skilled professionals now more than ever. Professionals who understand the earth as a complex system and are able to direct our world into a more sustainable future. This track deepens the student's knowledge of the different processes which play an important role in the functioning of geo-ecological systems. Students deal with complex relationships between biogeochemical and geomorphological processes in terrestrial and adjacent aquatic ecosystems, and the influences of climate change and direct human impact. These relationships will be studied at different scales: from a molecular to a global level. Students focus on measurement techniques, combining laboratory experiments with field inventories and monitoring programmes. They can also focus on computer modelling with GIS, remote sensing, spatial statistics or computer simulation models. Joint elements Next to the track-specific courses there are some compulsory joint elements in both tracks: The course Vulnerability Assessment of Ecosystems, which includes field work on Tenerife. The course Quantification of Environmental Processes, with an emphasis on measuring and modelling processes in soil and water. Monthly research workshops A research proposal A research project Specific entry requirements Applicants for the MSc in Earth sciences must hold a Dutch BSc degree or an equivalent in Earth Science. Admittance with a BSc Biology, Chemistry or Computer Science is also possible under certain conditions. Additional information for international students International applicants must also fulfil other general entry requirements set by the Faculty of Science regarding academic background, academic average and proficiency in English. [-]

MSc Econometrics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Econometrics track explores economic complexity, Big Data delves into correlating and interpreting the petabytes of data generated every day by social media and the internet, Financial Econometrics studies the techniques used to analyse financial markets, Mathematical Econometrics looks at the complex calculations governing markets and pricing structures, and finally there is the Free Track for students with an independent approach to their studies who want to choose their own path in econometrics. [+]

Unravel economic complexities in data, theories and markets UvA Econometrics offers five tracks where you can explore different specialisations in Econometrics. The Econometrics track explores economic complexity, Big Data delves into correlating and interpreting the petabytes of data generated every day by social media and the internet, Financial Econometrics studies the techniques used to analyse financial markets, Mathematical Econometrics looks at the complex calculations governing markets and pricing structures, and finally there is the Free Track for students with an independent approach to their studies who want to choose their own path in econometrics. Prepare for a career in one of the most-sought after professions in the world today; become fluent in the application of advanced mathematical and statistical methods; specialise in econometric theory, panel data and micro- and financial econometrics. Econometrics The Amsterdam School of Economics' Master’s in Econometrics provides a balanced and rigorous training in the quantitative analysis of problems in economics and finance. You will become fluent in the application of advanced mathematical and statistical methods, supported by modern software packages such as E-Views and Matlab. The multidisciplinary one-year programme consists of advanced courses in both mathematical economics and econometrics. The programme in brief To fully understand the field of Econometrics, you'll need the skills, expertise and techniques that are required to apply robust statistical methods, to be used in exploring all topics, research and issues relevant to the discipline. Apply in-depth analysis to fascinating data sets such as supermarket scanner data, museum visitor demographics, or high frequency stock market and foreign exchange data. The multidisciplinary character of the programme is reflected in the wide range of courses you can take, such as: General Equilibrium Theory, Micro-Econometrics, Derivatives and Bounded Rationality. All of the acclaimed lecturers in the programme are researchers in one of the ten research programmes of the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). The school is affiliated with a number of internal and external economics-related research institutes, enriching the research and career opportunities for students in the master’s programme. ASE's courses in Non-Linear Economic Dynamics and Bounded Rationality, for instance, are directly connected to the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (CeNDEF), a research facility dedicated to the subjects. Programme structure The Econometrics Master's programme is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the middle of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Refer to the academic calendar for exact dates. The curriculum for the master's in Econometrics is quite demanding, with classes taking up 12-15 hours a week on average. An additional 25 hours are required for class preparation, homework, debates, casework and computer time. Thesis Your Master's thesis is your graduation piece of work and it will be supervised by one of the researchers in Department of Quantitative Economics. Your thesis must add to the existing body of scientific knowledge to an appropriate extent and it may be written during an internship at a firm. [-]

MSc Econometrics: Big Data Business Analytics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Amsterdam School of Economics' Master’s in Econometrics provides a balanced and rigorous training in the quantitative analysis of problems in economics and finance. You will become fluent in the application of advanced mathematical and statistical methods, supported by modern software packages such as E-Views and Matlab. [+]

The Big Data Business Analytics track of the Master’s in Econometrics programme is designed with the help of leading Big Data companies to connect one of the most promising developments in today's business with the econometrics curriculum. Unravel and interpret correlations among the petabytes of complex data generated every day by social media and the internet in general. Prepare for a career as a Big Data specialist in the economics and business environment; acquire a deep insight into developments that are revolutionising today's economy; become an expert in a new field that taps into the surge of consumer data. The Amsterdam School of Economics' Master’s in Econometrics provides a balanced and rigorous training in the quantitative analysis of problems in economics and finance. You will become fluent in the application of advanced mathematical and statistical methods, supported by modern software packages such as E-Views and Matlab. The multidisciplinary one-year programme consists of advanced courses in both mathematical economics and econometrics. The programme in brief To fully grasp the new phenomenon of Big Data, the Big Data Business Analytics track provides you with the skills, expertise and techniques that are required to apply robust statistical methods, to be used in exploring all topics, research and issues relevant to the discipline. Study the correlations between data flows for predictive purposes and apply game theory to social media and the internet. The multidisciplinary character of the programme is reflected in the wide range of courses you can take, such as: General Equilibrium Theory, Micro-Econometrics, Derivatives and Quantitative Marketing. Many of the lecturers in the programme are researchers at the in one of the ten research programmes of the FEB. Benefit from a programme that covers both the knowledge and skills required for practitioners and for a career in research – designed in cooperation with leading specialists in Big Data. The ASE’s affiliation with a number of internal and external economics-related research institutes enriches the research and career opportunities for students in the Master’s programme. Programme structure The Big Data Business Analytics track of the master Econometrics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the middle of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Refer to the academic calendar for exact dates. The curriculum for the Master’s in Econometrics is quite demanding, with classes taking up 12-15 hours a week on average. An additional 25 hours are required for class preparation, homework, debates, casework and computer time. Thesis Your Master’s thesis is your graduation piece of work and it will be supervised by one of the researchers in Department of Quantitative Economics. Your thesis must add to the existing body of scientific knowledge to an appropriate extent and it may be written during an internship at a firm. [-]

MSc Econometrics: Free Track

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the Free track of the Econometrics Master’s programme, you'll choose your own path in econometrics. It caters to students with an independent mindset, leaving you to pick the intellectual challenges you desire from all of the four themed econometrics tracks. [+]

In the Free track of the Econometrics Master’s programme, you'll choose your own path in econometrics. It caters to students with an independent mindset, leaving you to pick the intellectual challenges you desire from all of the four themed econometrics tracks. With an excellent teaching staff and a high regard for critical thought, you're sure to find challenging discussions, rewarding research and an overall unforgettable experience. Build your own programme by combining the intellectual challenges you're looking for; prepare for a career in the field of business, in academic research, or both; become your own kind of econometrician and stand out in the field. The Amsterdam School of Economics' Master’s in Econometrics provides a balanced and rigorous training in the quantitative analysis of problems in economics and finance. You will become fluent in the application of advanced mathematical and statistical methods, supported by modern software packages such as E-Views and Matlab. The multidisciplinary one-year programme consists of advanced courses in both mathematical economics and econometrics. The programme in brief The Free Track is designed to allow you the flexibility you may need to find your way in the field of Econometrics. Study different learning models of bounded rationality, compute and analyse the stability of steady states, and find out about evolutionary finance. The multidisciplinary character of the programme is reflected in the wide range of courses you can take, such as: General Equilibrium Theory, Micro-Econometrics, Derivatives and Bounded Rationality. All of the acclaimed lecturers in the programme are researchers in one of the ten research programmes of the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). The school is affiliated with a number of internal and external economics-related research institutes, enriching the research and career opportunities for students in the Master’s programme. ASE's courses in Non-Linear Economic Dynamics and Bounded Rationality, for instance, are directly connected to the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (CeNDEF), a research facility dedicated to the subjects. Programme structure The master Econometrics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Refer to the academic calendar for exact dates. The curriculum for the Master’s in Econometrics is quite demanding, with classes taking up 12-15 hours a week on average. An additional 25 hours are required for class preparation, homework, debates, casework and computer time. Thesis Your Master’s thesis is your graduation piece of work and it will be supervised by one of the researchers in Department of Quantitative Economics. Your thesis must add to the existing body of scientific knowledge to an appropriate extent and it may be written during an internship at a firm. For the Free track it may cover any area within quantitative economics; it may also combine Economics Theory with Applied Econometrics, for instance. [-]

MSc Econometrics: Mathematical Economics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Mathematical Economics track of the Econometrics Master’s programme is dedicated to Economic Theory and focuses on the complex calculations that govern today's advanced market configurations and pricing structures. With an excellent teaching staff and a high regard for critical thought, you're sure to find challenging discussions, rewarding research and an overall unforgettable experience. [+]

Focus on the complex calculations governing today's markets The Mathematical Economics track of the Econometrics Master’s programme is dedicated to Economic Theory and focuses on the complex calculations that govern today's advanced market configurations and pricing structures. With an excellent teaching staff and a high regard for critical thought, you're sure to find challenging discussions, rewarding research and an overall unforgettable experience. Gain deep insight into the behaviour of companies, governments, financial traders and private consumers in different market circumstances and dynamics; acquire the skills necessary for mathematical and statistical modelling; become an expert in the mechanics that channel contemporary auctioning and model dynamic economic behaviour. The Amsterdam School of Economics' Master’s in Econometrics provides a balanced and rigorous training in the quantitative analysis of problems in economics and finance. You will become fluent in the application of advanced mathematical and statistical methods, supported by modern software packages such as E-Views and Matlab. The multidisciplinary one-year programme consists of advanced courses in both mathematical economics and econometrics. The programme in brief To fully understand the field of Mathematical Economics, you'll need the skills, expertise and techniques that are required to apply robust statistical methods, to be used in exploring all topics, research and issues relevant to the discipline. Study different learning models of bounded rationality, compute and analyse the stability of steady states, and find out about evolutionary finance. The multidisciplinary character of the programme is reflected in the wide range of courses you can take, such as: General Equilibrium Theory, Micro-Econometrics, Derivatives and Bounded Rationality. All of the acclaimed lecturers in the programme are researchers in one of the ten research programmes of the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). The school is affiliated with a number of internal and external economics-related research institutes, enriching the research and career opportunities for students in the Master’s programme. ASE's courses in Non-Linear Economic Dynamics and Bounded Rationality, for instance, are directly connected to the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (CeNDEF), a research facility dedicated to the subjects. Programme structure The Econometrics programme is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the middle of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Refer to the academic calendar for exact dates. The curriculum for the Master’s in Econometrics is quite demanding, with classes taking up 12-15 hours a week on average. An additional 25 hours are required for class preparation, homework, debates, casework and computer time. Thesis Your Master’s thesis is your graduation piece of work and it will be supervised by one of the researchers in Department of Quantitative Economics. Your thesis must add to the existing body of scientific knowledge to an appropriate extent and it may be written during an internship at a firm. [-]

MSc Economics: Behavioural Economics & Game Theory

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Behavioural Economics & Game Theory track in the Economics Master's programme focuses on the psychology of economic behaviour. In reality, most decisions are not based on calculated optimal behaviour but on psychological, social, cognitive and emotional factors that frame the problem before arriving at a decision. [+]

The Behavioural Economics & Game Theory track in the Economics Master's programme focuses on the psychology of economic behaviour. In reality, most decisions are not based on calculated optimal behaviour but on psychological, social, cognitive and emotional factors that frame the problem before arriving at a decision. Delve into these hidden motives in this single-year Master’s track. Distinguished professors at the Amsterdam School of Economics combine eminent teaching skills with an active research agenda, resulting in a programme that is both knowledge-intensive and research-based. You won't regret following the Behavioural Economics & Game Theory track of the Economics Master's programme in Amsterdam. Programme Structure The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It will be supervised by an economics researchers from a relevant field. [-]

MSc Economics: Development Economics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Development Economics track of the Master’s programme in Economics gives you the in-depth knowledge and expertise to help spur growth in developing economies. Learn how to shape emerging markets, formulate your balanced and critical views on matters of policy and discover complex interdependencies. [+]

The Development Economics track of the Master’s programme in Economics gives you the in-depth knowledge and expertise to help spur growth in developing economies. Learn how to shape emerging markets, formulate your balanced and critical views on matters of policy and discover complex interdependencies. Economics: Development Economics Distinguished professors at the Amsterdam School of Economics combine eminent teaching skills with an active research agenda, resulting in a programme that is both knowledge-intensive and research-based. You won't regret choosing the Development Economics track of the Economics Master’s programme in Amsterdam. Programme Structure The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0,5 US credit). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates. Thesis The Master’s thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It will be supervised by one of the economics researchers from the relevant field. Some students will draw upon information found at the AIID as it contains valuable field research data. [-]

MSc Economics: Industrial Organisation, Regulation & Competitive Policy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Distinguished professors at the Amsterdam School of Economics combine eminent teaching skills with an active research agenda, resulting in a programme that is both knowledge-intensive and research-based. [+]

Note: from September 2016 onwards, the Industrial Organisation, Regulation & Competition Police track will be renamed Markets and Regulation. The track Industrial Organisation, Regulation & Competition Policy (IORCP) of the Master’s programme in Economics at the University of Amsterdam focusses on understanding competitive markets, under what conditions they can work, and when they need protection. Economics is applied to controlling big business through government intervention. Develop a thorough understanding of modern oligopoly theory and become fluent in the current issues of market regulation and competition policy. Based upon a common core in micro, macro and econometrics, students take specialisation courses including Advanced Industrial Organisation, Regulation, Empirical Market Analysis and Competition Policy. Original research in the second semester culminates in a master’s thesis that combines applied theory and econometrics to cutting edge market matters. Economics: Industrial Organisation, Regulation & Competition Policy Distinguished professors at the Amsterdam School of Economics combine eminent teaching skills with an active research agenda, resulting in a programme that is both knowledge-intensive and research-based. You won't regret following the IORCP track of the Economics MSc in Amsterdam. Programme Structure The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0,5 US credit). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates. Thesis The Master’s thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It will be supervised by one of the economics researchers from the relevant field. [-]

MSc Economics: International Economics & Globalisation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The track International Economics & Globalisation in the Master’s programme in Economics offers a fascinating analysis of current developments in the global economy. Study the effect of the fast economic growth in India and China on international trade relations as well as the impact of globalisation on income inequality. [+]

The track International Economics & Globalisation in the Master’s programme in Economics offers a fascinating analysis of current developments in the global economy. Study the effect of the fast economic growth in India and China on international trade relations as well as the impact of globalisation on income inequality. Learn all about today’s pressing debates and formulate your own positions, based on literature as well as field research. Distinguished professors at the Amsterdam School of Economics combine eminent teaching skills with an active research agenda, resulting in a programme that is both knowledge-intensive and research-based. You won't regret choosing the International Economics and Globalisation track of the Economics Master’s programme in Amsterdam. Programme Structure The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three blocks. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It will be supervised by one of the economics researchers from the relevant field. [-]

MSc Economics: Monetary Policy, Banking and Regulation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Monetary Policy,Banking & Regulation track in the Master’s programme in Economics at the Amsterdam School of Economics is a single-year programme focusing on how monetary policy attempts to mitigate the risks of the financial economy. Become fluent in the debates that shape continental central banking institutions and learn to share your academic views on the matter. [+]

Note: from September 2016 onwards, the Monetary Policy,Banking & Regulation track will be renamed Monetary Policy and Banking. The Monetary Policy, Banking & Regulation track in the Master’s programme in Economics at the Amsterdam School of Economics is a single-year programme focusing on how monetary policy attempts to mitigate the risks of the financial economy. Become fluent in the debates that shape continental central banking institutions and learn to share your academic views on the matter. Economics: Monetary Policy, Banking & Regulation Distinguished professors at the Amsterdam School of Economics combine eminent teaching skills with an active research agenda, resulting in a programme that is both knowledge-intensive and research-based. You won't regret following the Monetary Policy, Banking & Regulation track of the Economics MSc in Amsterdam. Programme Structure The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates. Thesis The Master’s thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It will be supervised by one of the economics researchers from the relevant field. [-]

MSc Economics: Public Economic Policy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The track Public Economic Policy in the Master’s programme in Economics is a fascinating single-year analysis of how governments intervene in the economy. Evaluate the billion-euro auctions of telecommunications frequencies; analyse the merits of public-private partnership; learn all about the current debates and formulate your own positions, based on literature as well as field research. [+]

Note: from September 2016 onwards, the Public Economic Policy & Regulation track will be renamed Public Policy. The track Public Economic Policy in the Master’s programme in Economics is a fascinating single-year analysis of how governments intervene in the economy. Evaluate the billion-euro auctions of telecommunications frequencies; analyse the merits of public-private partnership; learn all about the current debates and formulate your own positions, based on literature as well as field research. Economics: Public Economic Policy Distinguished professors at the Amsterdam School of Economics combine eminent teaching skills with an active research agenda, resulting in a programme that is both knowledge-intensive and research-based. You won't regret following the Public Economic Policy track of the Economics Master’s programme in Amsterdam. Programme Structure The Master of Science in Economics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0,5 US credit). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three study periods. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates. Thesis The Master’s thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. It will be supervised by one of the economics researchers from the relevant field. [-]

MSc Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

This programme will give you a profound academic grasp of entrepreneurship and will hone your entrepreneurial skill set. This powerful combination of knowledge and skills will appeal to creative and ambitious students. [+]

As two leading Dutch universities, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam jointly deliver a unique Master’s programme in Entrepreneurship in one of Europe’s business hubs - Amsterdam. This programme will give you a profound academic grasp of entrepreneurship and will hone your entrepreneurial skill set. This powerful combination of knowledge and skills will appeal to creative and ambitious students. At the same time these are also competencies that are much in demand with employers who see entrepreneurship as crucial to their ability to create social and economic value. About the programme Entrepreneurship has become a mature academic discipline. The UvA and VU University Amsterdam have combined their expertise in this area to create an internationally relevant Master’s programme. This programme will expose you to two distinct academic cultures, which challenges you to look further and prepares you for the demands of entrepreneurial practice. This one-year programme takes a thorough look at three modes of entrepreneurship: new commercial ventures, entrepreneurial activities within organisations, and initiatives that solve social problems. You will look at the multidisciplinary aspects of entrepreneurship, its collaborative and social nature, and the many practical issues (e.g. finance) that influence it. Specialisation courses allow you to gain in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurship in specific industries. The programme culminates in a thesis. This programme is an ideal incubator for enthusiastic and ambitious students from a diversity of backgrounds. You will acquire a solid foundation in academic research, cutting-edge theory and relevant research methodology. Simultaneously, you will sharpen your entrepreneurial skills and become an effective professional. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the title of Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from both universities. This joint degree is recognised internationally. Top 5 reasons to study here The UvA and VU: have an excellent reputation have a diverse international student body are surrounded by many multinational firms and organisations have low tuition fees for EU students are conveniently located in the multicultural city of Amsterdam Entrepreneurship The MSc in Entrepreneurship provides a solid academic basis for entrepreneurial skills, and knowledge of and insight into entrepreneurship as a science. Its flexible curriculum allows you to shape your programme by choosing specialty courses and electives and write a Master's thesis based on a subject of choice. The curriculum is offered jointly by UvA and VU. Programme structure The joint Master's in Entrepreneurship is a one-year programme that is allocated 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit equals 0,5 US credit). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three blocks. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. The thesis is supervised by one of the research staff members of either the UvA or VU. The course 'Entrepreneurship Research Skills' prepares you for writing your thesis and provides guidance for successfully completing the Master's thesis. [-]

MSc Human Geography: Economic Geography

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's Economic Geography is organised around global production networks and clusters. Contact with circuits of the global economy has profoundly affected the lives of an increasing number of people around the world. [+]

Economic Geography: Global Production Networks and Clusters The Master's Economic Geography is organised around global production networks and clusters. Contact with circuits of the global economy has profoundly affected the lives of an increasing number of people around the world. The rise of global production networks is not just enabled by communication and transport technologies, but also by (national and global) policies of de-regulation and re-regulation. Studying the social and economic aspects of the changing global division of labour Economic Geography will help you understand the social and economic aspects of the changing global division of labour. The programme will look at how concrete cases of global production networks and clusters evolve in both developing and developed countries. Students will examine the geographical distribution and the locational strategies, the insertion in the local economies, the competitive strategies and the power relationships within the networks. The increasingly blurred division between the global north and south will be discussed, for instance by: examining heterogeneous social and economic spaces that seek to embed production networks in place exploring the constitutional and institutional embeddedness of labour markets, the agency of workers and their collective organisations, and issues of worker identity and migration examining the wider impact of these networks on local communities and national economies, through issues including gender and social reproduction and borders. Studying Geography in Amsterdam Geography is all about studying people, space and place - and the city of Amsterdam itself is the perfect location and junction to study, explore and experience geography. Furthermore, the University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master’s programme taught by one of the highest ranking geography departments in continental Europe. The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and the student population. Focus on research: academic staff The lecturers in the Master's track Economic Geography are all active researchers involved in the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), Amsterdam research centres such as Centre of Urban Studies, IMES, ACCESS EUROPE and numerous international research networks and projects. The programme is enriched by their research expertise and networks. This track builds on cutting-edge research projects from the related research group of the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research. Insights from these research projects are integrated into the main thematic course, and the master thesis projects which take place in the second semester of the programme. The teaching in this track is organised in small groups. This results in small scale research communities in which academic staff and students work closely together in a less formal and more open environment. Student profile The Master’s programme Human Geography welcomes both international and Dutch students; both UvA alumni and students from other (Dutch and foreign) universities; both students with a bachelor degree in Human Geography & Planning and students with a bachelor degree in a related discipline and field of study. This makes the group of students very diverse and results in an international classroom with stimulating group discussions, as all participants bring in their specific background and experiences. The programme is very high-level and demanding, and we expect students to devote full attention to their studies during the entire year. Students are actively involved in the content of the programme by organising track seminar sessions, and are also continuously challenged by involved academic staff to explore the boundaries of human geography. Competencies Within various interdisciplinary and problem oriented projects, the programme encourages students to develop their skills in: GIS – Geographical Information Systems Social Science research methods – both qualitative methods, quantitative methods, and mixed methods; Presentation and Communication – to pitch an idea or present research outcomes; Cooperation – to work in teams and evaluate the work of peers. The combination of taught skills, together with the specialisation track and the focus in the thesis will prepare students for their future career as a geographer in a wide array of institutional contexts: either public service, profit sector or civil society, either local, national, international or transnational organisations. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in International Development Studies and Urban Studies. [-]

MSc Human Geography: Environmental Geography

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's in Environmental Geography focuses on human-ecosystem interactions and is well-placed to throw light on the daunting environmental challenges facing our planet. It could be argued that we have gone beyond the Earth’s carrying capacity and are approaching planetary boundaries. [+]

Environmental Geography: Governance for Sustainability The Master's in Environmental Geography focuses on human-ecosystem interactions and is well-placed to throw light on the daunting environmental challenges facing our planet. It could be argued that we have gone beyond the Earth’s carrying capacity and are approaching planetary boundaries. Other arguments hold that human ingenuity will equip us to deal with new challenges in the future. This programme focuses on the relationship between humans and their ecosystems. This is done by taking a strong spatial perspective and researching the impact of both global and local environmental change on humans. Climate change governance The Master's in Environmental Geography will begin with a broad coverage of all the key issues and will then focus on climate change governance – the causes and impacts, politics, policies and measures that can deal with climate change. This programme will examine the causes of climate change and will focus on the dynamics of energy and land-use challenges. It will also consider the impacts of climate change and focus on changing hydrological regimes and their effect on global biodiversity, food, water, livelihoods and infrastructure at local and global levels. Real-life dynamics and relationships at various levels Environmental Geography will not just offer an abstract focus, but will also look at the real-life dynamics and relationships experienced at a global level (changing North-South relations) regional level (supranational and transboundary experiences) national level (policy dilemmas and hybrid governance arrangements) and local level (the opportunities and limits of action in specific contexts, whether urban or rural). Studying Geography in Amsterdam Geography is all about studying people, space and place - and Amsterdam is the perfect place to do that. First of all the city of Amsterdam itself is the perfect location and junction to study, explore, experience geography. Secondly, the University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master’s programme taught by one of the highest ranked geography departments in continental Europe. Last but not least, the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and student population. Focus on research: academic staff The lecturers in the Master's track Environmental Geography are all active researchers involved in the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), Amsterdam research centres such as Centre of Urban Studies, IMES, ACCESS EUROPE and numerous international research networks and projects. They bring this research expertise and their networks to the programme. This track builds on cutting-edge research projects from the related research group of the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research. Insights from these research projects are integrated into the main thematic course, and the Master's thesis projects which take place in the second semester of the programme. The teaching in this track is organised in small groups. This results in small scale research communities in which academic staff and students work closely together in a less formal and more open environment. Student profile The Master’s programme Human Geography welcomes both international and Dutch students; both UvA alumni and students from other (Dutch and foreign) universities; both students with a bachelor degree in Human Geography & Planning and students with a bachelor degree in a related discipline and field of study. This makes the group of students very diverse and results in an international classroom with attractive group discussions as all participants bring in their specific background and experiences. The programme is very high-level and demanding, and we expect students to devote full attention to their studies during the entire year. Students are actively involved in the content of the programme by organising track seminar sessions, but are also continuously challenged by involved academic staff to explore the boundaries of human geography. Competencies Within various interdisciplinary and problem oriented projects, the programme encourages students to develop their skills in: GIS – Geographical Information Systems Social Science research methods – both qualitative methods, quantitative methods, and mixed methods; Presentation and Communication – to pitch an idea or present research outcomes; Cooperation – to work in teams and evaluate the work of peers. The combination of taught skills, together with the specialisation track and the focus in the thesis will prepare students for their future career as a geographer in a wide array of institutional contexts: either public service, profit sector or civil society, either local, national, international or transnational organisations. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in International Development Studies and Urban Studies. [-]

MSc Human Geography: Political Geography

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's in Political Geography focuses on three core concepts (geopolitics, globalisation and governance) to explore the political geographies of our globalising world. These pertain to the dynamics of the spatialities of politics, including domestic politics, international relations and transnational politics, and how they can be understood through key geographical concepts such as territory, place, scale and network. [+]

Political Geography: Geopolitics, Globalisation and Governance The Master's in Political Geography focuses on three core concepts (geopolitics, globalisation and governance) to explore the political geographies of our globalising world. These pertain to the dynamics of the spatialities of politics, including domestic politics, international relations and transnational politics, and how they can be understood through key geographical concepts such as territory, place, scale and network. The programme will assess theories and methods in these dynamic fields of scholarship and students will be familiarised with political geography and geopolitics before working on their thesis project in the field. Political Geography will examine the origins, trajectory and contemporary significance of geopolitics, and the varieties of geopolitical approaches to the material and representational aspects of geopolitical agency. Special attention will be devoted to othering processes and the constraining and empowering character of geopolitical representations and geographical imaginations of risks and opportunities. The programme also attempts to account for the role of new technologies such as the internet and the interconnection between the virtual and physical world. The programme will explore the complex geographies of territory, territorial claims, borders and sovereignty and the way that they are transformed through the ongoing economic, financial, political and cultural processes of globalisation and interconnectivity. The focus will be on specific places and flows. The programme will also study efforts to develop new systems of multiscalar governance and to combine different types of political and legal systems that address local, national, macro-regional and global challenges of the 21st century Studying Geography in Amsterdam Geography is all about studying people, space and place - and Amsterdam is the perfect location and junction to study, explore and experience geography. Furthermore, the University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master’s programme taught by academic staff of one of the highest ranking geography departments in continental Europe. Last but not least, the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and the student population. Focus on research: academic staff The lecturers in the Master's track Political Geography are all active researchers involved in the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), Amsterdam research centres such as Centre of Urban Studies, IMES, ACCESS EUROPE and numerous international research networks and projects. The programme is enriched by the staff‘s research expertise and networks. This track builds on cutting-edge research projects from the related research group of the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research. Insights from these research projects are integrated into the main thematic course, and the master thesis projects which take place in the second semester of the programme. The teaching in this track is organised in small groups. This results in small scale research communities in which academic staff and students work closely together in a less formal and more open environment. Student profile The Master’s programme Human Geography welcomes both international and Dutch students; both UvA alumni and students from other (Dutch and foreign) universities; both students with a bachelor degree in Human Geography & Planning and students with a bachelor degree in a related discipline and field of study. This makes the group of students very diverse and results in an international classroom with stimulating group discussions, as all participants bring in their specific background and experiences. The programme is very high-level and demanding, and we expect students to devote full attention to their studies during the entire year. Students are not only actively involved in the content of the programme by organising track seminar sessions, but are also continuously challenged by involved academic staff to explore the boundaries of human geography. Competencies Within various interdisciplinary and problem oriented projects, the programme encourages students to develop their skills in: GIS – Geographical Information Systems Social Science research methods – both qualitative and quantitative methods, and mixed methods; Presentation and Communication – to pitch an idea or present research outcomes; Cooperation – to work in teams and evaluate the work of peers. The combination of acquiredskills, together with the specialisation track and the focus in the thesis will prepare students for their future career as a geographer in a wide array of institutional contexts: either public service, private sector or civil society, in either local, national, international or transnational organisations. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in International Development Studies and Urban Studies. [-]

MSc Human Geography: Urban Geography

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's in Urban Geography provides students with a better understanding of the global and local processes that shape cities today. The 21st century will undoubtedly be an urban age. [+]

Urban Geography: Global and Local Perspectives on Cities The Master's in Urban Geography provides students with a better understanding of the global and local processes that shape cities today. The 21st century will undoubtedly be an urban age. As processes of globalisation and economic restructuring have contributed to unanticipated urban growth across the globe, cities are considered to be key engines for innovation and economic growth and have been rediscovered as attractive places to live, work and play. This celebration of urban life and cities as places of infinite opportunities, however, is only one side of the story. Urban social challenges Cities are confronted with substantial social challenges related to polarisation and urban inequality, processes of segregation, fragmentation and privatisation of the urban landscape. Consequently, cities are places of both unanticipated wealth and concentrated poverty, deprivation and vulnerability, shaping the life experiences and opportunities of urban dwellers in diverging and complex ways. This raises important questions about urban inequality and social justice. Themes in Urban Geography In the Urban Geography programme students will explore a number of interrelated themes: urban inequalities and social justice socio-spatial dynamics of the city everyday urban geographies. These themes are explored in cities around the world, highlighting similarities and differences in the transformation of urban spaces and places Studying Geography in Amsterdam Geography is all about studying people, space and place - and Amsterdam is the perfect location and junction to study, explore and experience geography. Furthermore, the University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master’s programme taught by academic staff of one of the highest ranking geography departments in continental Europe. Last but not least, the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and the student population. Focus on research: academic staff The lecturers in the Master's track Political Geography are all active researchers involved in the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), Amsterdam research centres such as Centre of Urban Studies, IMES, ACCESS EUROPE and numerous international research networks and projects. The programme is enriched by the staff‘s research expertise and networks. This track builds on cutting-edge research projects from the related research group of the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research. Insights from these research projects are integrated into the main thematic course, and the master thesis projects which take place in the second semester of the programme. The teaching in this track is organised in small groups. This results in small scale research communities in which academic staff and students work closely together in a less formal and more open environment. Student profile The Master’s programme Human Geography welcomes both international and Dutch students; both UvA alumni and students from other (Dutch and foreign) universities; both students with a bachelor degree in Human Geography & Planning and students with a bachelor degree in a related discipline and field of study. This makes the group of students very diverse and results in an international classroom with stimulating group discussions, as all participants bring in their specific background and experiences. The programme is very high-level and demanding, and we expect students to devote full attention to their studies during the entire year. Students are not only actively involved in the content of the programme by organising track seminar sessions, but are also continuously challenged by involved academic staff to explore the boundaries of human geography. Competencies Within various interdisciplinary and problem oriented projects, the programme encourages students to develop their skills in: GIS – Geographical Information Systems Social Science research methods – both qualitative and quantitative methods, and mixed methods; Presentation and Communication – to pitch an idea or present research outcomes; Cooperation – to work in teams and evaluate the work of peers. The combination of acquiredskills, together with the specialisation track and the focus in the thesis will prepare students for their future career as a geographer in a wide array of institutional contexts: either public service, private sector or civil society, in either local, national, international or transnational organisations. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in International Development Studies and Urban Studies. [-]

MSc in Artificial Intelligence

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme in Amsterdam has a technical approach towards AI research. It is a joint programme (from September 2015 onwards) of both the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. This collaboration guarantees a wide range of topics, all taught by researchers who are experts in their field. [+]

Artificial Intelligence is widely adopted in our society: control mechanisms in airplanes, smart cameras and surveillance systems or robotics in industry. All these applications are based on AI methods to interpret information of different modalities and use it to enable intelligent and goal-directed behaviour. Artificial Intelligence in Amsterdam The Master's programme in Amsterdam has a technical approach towards AI research. It is a joint programme (from September 2015 onwards) of both the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. This collaboration guarantees a wide range of topics, all taught by researchers who are experts in their field. Core topics To provide all students with a full understanding of the spectrum, the programme starts with the following courses on core topics in Artificial Intelligence: Multi-Agent Systems Computational Intelligence Computer Vision Information Retrieval Knowledge Representation Machine Learning Natural Language Processing After the core topics you can continue with advanced courses in the same areas. It is also possible to take courses in other AI topics, or to explore combinations. The Data Science specialisation for example combines advanced Machine Learning with Visualization and High Performance Computing. Another option is Artificial Intelligence and the Web, with a combination of Information Retrieval, Knowledge Representation and web-based technology. Entry requirements Master's programme Artificial Intelligence Applicants with a Dutch Bachelor's degree Students with a degree in Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science are admittable without further requirements. Other students, who hold at least a Bachelor's degree in an area closely related to AI, may also apply. The main requirements are: General academic level: above average Basic programming and computing skills courses and experience with developing software (equivalent of at least two months) Basic mathematics, in particular calculus, linear algebra and probability/statistics (3-6 ECTS for each) Basic Computer Science (algorithms, systems; at least 6 ECTS) and Artificial Intelligence (at least 6 ECTS) Proficiency in English Applicants may be required to take additional courses before admission or during the Master's programme. Additional information for international students International applicants must also fulfil other general entry requirements set by the Faculty of Science regarding academic background and performance, and proficiency in English. Career prospects A Master of Science degree in Artificial Intelligence gives you a strong foundation for working in key positions, in knowledge-intensive research centres or business. Examples of positions our alumni currently hold are: Software Engineer at Google Data Scientist at Airbnb / Booking.com Project Manager at Volvo Car Group Computer Vision Expert at Eagle Vision PhD student at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm The job market Overall, the career perspectives for AI graduates are good. As shown in the table below did most alumni find a job within three months after graduation. [-]

MSc in Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolution

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) offers a state-of-the-art Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution. The aim of the... [+]

MSc in Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolution

 

Sustaining natural biodiversity and protecting the environment is impossible without extensive knowledge of ecology and evolution. The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) offers a state-of-the-art Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution. The aim of the programme is to promote understanding of:

the relationships between living organisms the extinction and evolution of species the functioning of ecosystems how organisms live, interact and disperse on earth

Study programme

Students in this track begin the programme with some coursework on cutting-edge topics in Ecology and Evolution, by the second semester they will acquire hands-on research experience in their first research projects. Indeed, most of the track's two years are devoted to developing the necessary research skills in projects of your own choosing, within the University of Amsterdam or abroad. A thesis completes the curriculum.Students benefit from a tailor-made individual study programme in which they focus on topics of personal interest, choose from a variety of courses and a wide array of research projects that are carried out in Amsterdam or abroad.... [-]


MSc in Biological Sciences - General Biology

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

This programme is designed for students who want to become specialists with a broad orientation and do not wish to restrict their focus to one subject in the... [+]

MSc in Biological Sciences - General Biology

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's programme in General Biology covers everything, from the molecular mechanisms of a virus to the population dynamics of African elephants. This programme is designed for students who want to become specialists with a broad orientation and do not wish to restrict their focus to one subject in the field of biology. This is especially suitable for students who plan to work in areas where a broad knowledge of biology will be useful, for example as a teacher or a policy maker.

 

 

Professional skills

This track is ideal to combine with a professional specialization, one that focuses on other skills than doing research. There are two professional specialization you can choose from:... [-]


MSc in Biological Sciences - Limnology and Oceanography

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Water covers about 70% of our planet and sets it apart from every other planet we know. Water plays an important role in the global climate and is a... [+]

MSc in Biological Sciences - Limnology and Oceanography

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Water covers about 70% of our planet and sets it apart from every other planet we know. Water plays an important role in the global climate and is a source of food, minerals, energy and recreation. Aquatic ecosystems teem with organisms, ranging from tiny phytoplankton and zooplankton to coral, fish, and whales. Unfortunately, aquatic ecosystems are also used as ‘dumping grounds' for much of society's waste and are profoundly affected by global change.

 

Research

The primary focus of the programme is research, conducted either within the University, at other research institutes in the Netherlands or abroad. The following research areas are open to students within the university:... [-]


MSc in Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Green Life Sciences study programme gives you the opportunity to combine training in the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical ecology... [+]

MSc in Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

One of the reasons is to improve and secure the food supply for an increasing world population. Other purposes for this kind of research could be identifying new sources of bioactive compounds and medicines, or to obtain bio-renewable resources for fibers and plastics.Imagine an outbreak of an unknown pest in Southern Spain that threatens the harvest of many tons of tomatoes. A typical problem a green life scientist might face. What to be done? With samples of the leaves and the latest technological tools the first aim would be to identify the culprit. Furthermore, the question rises: can breeding be steered to obtain resistant pants for those harvests to come?The Green Life Sciences study programme gives you the opportunity to combine training in the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, plant breeding, phytopathology, cell biology, biochemistry and population biology. This enables students to develop an integrated view of the functioning of plants..... [-]


MSc in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation track is one of six possible specialisation tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. If you are a dynamic and creative person whose ambition is to apply these skills in a business environment, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is the ideal outlet for your creativity. [+]

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation track is one of six possible specialisation tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. If you are a dynamic and creative person whose ambition is to apply these skills in a business environment, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is the ideal outlet for your creativity. Degree After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Business Administration and the title Master of Science (MSc). The one-year programme has a strong international focus and reflects a research-based approach to the field of Business Administration, in general, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in particular. If you aim to make your own individual mark on the business world, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) track will provide you with a comprehensive set of tools. About this track The E&I track is designed to prepare you for a career in any of multiple industries and in virtually every part of the world. By discussing and reflecting on recent research articles, you will be exposed to the latest theories and models. You will also examine the practice of E&I in the form of case studies, guest lectures and cooperation with industry partners. This one-year Master's programme offers courses in Theories of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. The first course focuses on the process of discovering, developing and exploiting opportunities for new products, services and business models. International Entrepreneurship is an interactive course, during which you will be expected to actively participate in discussing articles (discussion seminars) on a variety of topics, including opportunity recognition, entrepreneurship and globalisation, venture capital and crowd funding, and corporate and social entrepreneurship. Innovation Management provides the knowledge and skills needed to analyse, design and implement innovations, and develop strategies for new business creation. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Administration is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. If you choose to follow the International Management or Marketing specialisation you may start your programme in either September or February. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation and is based on your chosen track. Your thesis must be individually written and will be supervised by one of the lecturers from the relevant track. Business Administration offers a structured thesis process, which enables you to finish your Master's degree within the given year. [-]

MSc in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship and Management in the Creative Industries

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Entrepreneurship and Management in the Creative Industries (EMCI) track is designed for two groups: those who are interested in the creative industries because they want to be involved in those industries themselves; and those who want to be prepared to deal with challenges in any industry where creativity and innovation play a central role. [+]

The Entrepreneurship and Management in the Creative Industries (EMCI) track is designed for two groups: those who are interested in the creative industries because they want to be involved in those industries themselves; and those who want to be prepared to deal with challenges in any industry where creativity and innovation play a central role. Customise the programme by choosing from a selection of more than 20 elective courses; prepare for your career with real-world case studies and top-level guest lectures; benefit from a strong research focus, qualified, international staff and fellow students from all over the world. Degree After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Business Administration and the title Master of Science (MSc). This one-year programme has a strong international focus and reflects a research-based approach to the field of Business Administration, in general, and EMCI, in particular. Whether you wish to be directly involved in one of the creative industries or to apply the lessons learned from them to other sectors, the EMCI track will provide you with the perfect grounding. About this track This one-year Master's programme involves courses that revolve around the core concepts of creativity and innovation. The Theories of EMCI course addresses the question: what makes creative industries different from normal industries? It covers classic industries, such as painting and theatre, as well as more recent ones, like film and computer games. The Cultural Entrepreneurship and Innovation course caters for those with an interest in the dynamics of the creative and cultural industries, as well as their wider-ranging economical and sociological aspects. Meanwhile, Strategic Management and Marketing Theory in the Creative Industries takes a closer look at the basic building blocks of strategic management and marketing theory, such as competition, market, organisation, innovation and strategy. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Administration is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. If you choose to follow the International Management or Marketing specialisation you may start your programme in either September or February. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation and is based on your chosen track. Your thesis must be individually written and will be supervised by one of the lecturers from the relevant track. Business Administration offers a structured thesis process, which enables you to finish your Master's degree within the given year. [-]

MSc in Business Administration: International Management

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The International Management track is one of six possible specialisation tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. [+]

The International Management track is one of six possible specialisation tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. If you seek a career that takes you to different parts of the world and allows you to exert influence across borders, the International Management track at the UvA's Amsterdam Business School (ABS) will undoubtedly appeal to you. Customise the programme by choosing from a selection of more than 20 elective courses; prepare for your career with real-world case studies and top-level guest lectures; benefit from a strong research focus, qualified, international staff and fellow students from all over the world. Degree After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Business Administration and the title Master of Science (MSc). Business Administration: International Management This one-year programme has a strong international focus and reflects a research-based approach to the field of Business Administration, in general, and International Management, in particular. In this track you will address a range of questions relating to the way in which multinationals are managed and structured; the cultural, political and managerial challenges that such enterprises face in foreign countries; and the strategic decisions made at the highest level. About this track Why are some firms better at negotiating the complexities of the international landscape – adapting to cross-border differences in politics and culture, and even taking advantage of such differences – while others underestimate these obstacles or overestimate their ability to negotiate them effectively? As part of the International Strategy course, you will examine what distinguishes successful MNEs from failures. As a group, you will take an in-depth look at the challenges of managing an MNE, identifying the strategies and tools that managers can and do use to gain success in foreign markets, often against the odds. This one-year Master's programme involves courses in Theories of International Management, International Strategy and International Business Context. Theories of International Management explores the basic concepts of international business, such as the international business environment and home and host countries’ influence on international business, capturing its increasingly multifaceted and interdependent nature. The International Strategy course adopts a case-study approach to exploring the specific advantages at the heart of MNEs’ cross-border strategies, while International Business Context focuses on the various contextual factors (institutional, societal and regulatory) firms must take into account when making strategic internationalisation choices. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Administration is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. If you choose to follow the International Management or Marketing specialisation you may start your programme in either September or February. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation and is based on your chosen track. Your thesis must be individually written and will be supervised by one of the lecturers from the relevant track. Business Administration offers a structured thesis process, which enables you to finish your Master's degree within the given year. [-]

MSc in Business Administration: Leadership and Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

This one-year, research-based programme is for those who wish to pursue their career and research interests in leadership and management. The track will equip you with the knowledge you need on how to manage people responsibly and successfully. [+]

The Leadership and Management track is one of six possible specialisation tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. Upon completion you will be ready to enter the labour market with a solid theoretical and practical understanding of leadership and management affect organisational, team and individual performance as well as personal ambitions and wellbeing. customise the programme by choosing from a selection of more than 20 elective courses prepare for your career with real-world case studies and top-level guest lectures; benefit from a strong research focus, qualified, international staff and fellow students from all over the world. Degree After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Business Administration and the title Master of Science (MSc). Business Administration: Leadership and Management This one-year, research-based programme is for those who wish to pursue their career and research interests in leadership and management. The track will equip you with the knowledge you need on how to manage people responsibly and successfully. We are in close contact with those responsible for change in organizations and our courses are constantly evolving to keep up to date with changes in the business world. Your chances in the job market upon finishing this track lie in management consulting, general management, management development, human resource management, and recruitment and talent management. About this track Starting from the premise that people are central to any organisation’s success, this one-year Master's programme involves courses in Theories of Leadership and Management, Managing People Strategically and Leadership. The Theories of Leadership and Management course explores organisational, team and individual perspectives on leadership and management. Managing People Strategically draws upon the latest theories to examine the positive and negative impact of the ways in which organisations seek to achieve a competitive advantage through people. The Leadership course begins with a brief historical overview of leadership research, before moving on to current theories and research, employee motivation and behaviour, and ethical considerations. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Administration is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. If you choose to follow the International Management or Marketing specialisation you may start your programme in either September or February. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation and is based on your chosen track. Your thesis must be individually written and will be supervised by one of the lecturers from the relevant track. Business Administration offers a structured thesis process, which enables you to finish your Master's degree within the given year. [-]

MSc in Business Administration: Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Marketing track is one of six possible tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. This track will provide you with a solid grounding in the science and models of contemporary marketing thought, empowering you to make relevant and distinctive (strategic and tactical) marketing decisions. [+]

The Marketing track is one of six possible tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. This track will provide you with a solid grounding in the science and models of contemporary marketing thought, empowering you to make relevant and distinctive (strategic and tactical) marketing decisions. Customise the programme by choosing from a selection of more than 20 elective courses; prepare for your career with real-world case studies and top-level guest lectures; benefit from a strong research focus, qualified, international staff and fellow students from all over the world. Business Administration: Marketing This one-year programme has a strong international focus and reflects a research-based approach to the field of Business Administration, in general, and Marketing, in particular. Marketing is an exciting aspect of today’s business world, whose ever-changing environment and new technologies are changing the way we think about and implement marketing decisions. The Marketing track will provide you with the insights needed to identify marketing opportunities and develop effective implementation strategies. About this track This one-year Master's programme involves three core courses: Theories of Marketing, Consumer Behaviour and Marketing Strategy. Theories of Marketing focuses on the key and emerging theories that are shaping marketing management and marketing thought today. It covers the most important skills relating to the acquisition and comprehension of scientific articles in the field of marketing and invites you to elaborate on their scientific contribution and managerial relevance. The Consumer Behaviour course provides insights into how people behave as consumers and discusses the theoretical and managerial implications of such behaviour for firms. During the Marketing Strategy course, you will learn to apply strategic marketing frameworks and thinking to different marketing issues, developing evidence-based solutions to complex problems. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Administration is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. If you choose to follow the International Management or Marketing specialisation you may start your programme in either September or February. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation and is based on your chosen track. Your thesis must be individually written and will be supervised by one of the lecturers from the relevant track. Business Administration offers a structured thesis process, which enables you to finish your Master's degree within the given year. [-]

MSc in Business Administration: Strategy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Strategy track is one of six possible specialisation tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. It is designed for students who are fascinated by the important choices made by general managers and strategy consultants, such as which markets to enter, how to differentiate a firm from its competitors and how best to design organisational structures and management systems. [+]

The Strategy track is one of six possible specialisation tracks in the Business Administration Master’s programme. It is designed for students who are fascinated by the important choices made by general managers and strategy consultants, such as which markets to enter, how to differentiate a firm from its competitors and how best to design organisational structures and management systems. Customise the programme by choosing from a selection of more than 20 elective courses; prepare for your career with real-world case studies and top-level guest lectures benefit from a strong research focus, qualified, international staff and fellow students from all over the world. Business Administration: Strategy The Amsterdam Business School’s Master’s programme in Business Administration: Strategy is your launch pad to a rewarding career in international business. The one-year programme has a strong international focus and reflects a research-based approach to the field of Business Administration, in general, and Strategy, in particular. The Strategy track is concerned with the big picture. About this track The one-year Master's programme offers track-specific courses in Theories of Strategy, Strategy and Organisation Design and The Adaptive Organisation. The central theme of the Theories of Strategy course is the question of why some firms outperform others, drawing upon the classic work of Porter and the resource-based view, as well as recent theories based on cooperative game theory and evolutionary perspectives. In the other courses you will discuss the implementation of strategies and the design of effective organisational structures and control systems, including ways to help companies become more flexible. Throughout the programme you will be asked to reflect on the drivers of both the financial and ethical performance of companies, interacting with professors who are at the forefront of research on these topics. Programme structure The Master of Science in Business Administration is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. If you choose to follow the International Management or Marketing specialisation you may start your programme in either September or February. Thesis The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation and is based on your chosen specialisation track. Your thesis must be individually written and will be supervised by one of the lecturers from the relevant track. Business Administration offers a structured thesis process, which enables you to finish your Master's degree within the given year. [-]

MSc in Chemistry - Molecular Design, Synthesis and Catalysis

Campus Full time Part time 24 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The broad area of (bio-)organ(ometall)ic chemistry forms the foundation for a fundamental understanding of the relationship between molecular structure... [+]

Is Molecular Sciences at the UvA the study for me? It is, if you: have a solid background in the core disciplines of chemistry are interested in using the molecule as the starting point for gaining fundamental insights about materials and chemical, biological and physical processes want to move from understanding chemical and physical processes, to predicting and controlling them are eager to apply your knowledge and skills in areas of fundamental importance to society such as energy, sustainability, health and materials sciences want the benefits of a small-scale programme in which students and staff are in close contact. What does Molecular Sciences at the UvA have to offer me? This track covers areas in Chemistry that traditionally are associated with Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Catalysis, Physical Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry. The track allows you to become an expert in designing new compounds with specific properties, often with the aid of computational methods devising efficient methods for the synthesis of new compounds developing clean and selective catalysts using the interaction of light and matter to observe and control chemical and physical processes developing and applying methods in computational and theoretical chemistry in research of structure, dynamics and function in atomic, (bio)molecular and multi-scale systems. The programme is embedded in various leading national and international research institutes, such as the Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry of the University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling (ACMM, part of CECAM) and the LaserLab Amsterdam (part of LaserLab Europe). These collaborations provide you with direct access to a broad pool of experts in relevant fields of study. Joint degree programme with VU University Amsterdam This is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. Courses are given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities. Therefore, as a Chemistry student you benefit from the expertise, networks and research projects at both universities. Courses The programme requires 5 courses to be chosen from the following list of topics. As there are no restrictions on the choice of courses, the programme thus offers unique possibilities for both an in-depth specialisation in one particular area or a tailor-made programme in which various areas and methods are combined. Molecular Design Physical Organic Chemistry Molecular Computational Chemistry Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanomaterials Synthesis Synthetic Organic Chemistry Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Bio-Organic Chemistry Catalysis Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry Homogeneous Catalysis Heterogeneous Catalysis Theory and Modelling Quantum Theory of Molecules and Matter Statistical Theory of Complex Molecular Systems Understanding Molecular Simulation Understanding Quantum Chemistry Spectroscopy Lasers and Quantum Optics Advanced Experimental Techniques Ultrafast Laser Physics Elective courses Green Chemistry Catalysis for Sustainable Energy Density Functional Theory for Chemists Scientific Programming and all courses from this track mentioned above, as well as the other MSc Chemistry tracks including ATOSIM. The interaction between research and teaching forms the basis for a high-level academic programme optimized to individual students' interests. Students design their own programme in consultation with the Track Coordinator, and submit it to the examination committee for approval. Master's thesis The programme's research training takes place in the form of a major research project, usually within one of the participating research groups. The project culminates in a written Master's thesis. A literature study and oral presentation complete the programme. [-]

MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Conflict Resolution and Governance programme provides you with a foundation in theory and research that helps you analyse conflicts and conflict... [+]

MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Conflict Resolution and Governance programme provides you with a foundation in theory and research that helps you analyse conflicts and conflict resolution efforts in relationship to the dynamics of public governance.You are given the opportunity to develop a command of diverse resources needed to respond to analytical challenges presented by local, regional, and global conflicts and to situate contemporary events in a historical and comparative perspective.The case-oriented approach of the programme helps you to develop skills and experience through the analysis of action in settings that are grounded in comparative and historical perspectives.... [-]


MSc Information Studies: Business Information Systems

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

Business Information Systems (BIS) is an exciting and interdisciplinary track that focuses on the above issues of ‘business IT alignment’. It examines... [+]

MSc in Information Studies: Business Information Systems

 

For decades, organisations have been struggling with two central management issues:

'strategic fit': aligning strategic objectives with operating practices 'functional integration': acquiring and optimally using information systems to achieve strategic objectives

Business Information Systems (BIS) is an exciting and interdisciplinary track that focuses on the above issues of ‘business IT alignment’. It examines how modern ICT can contribute to the realisation of organisational goals, within a setting where:

change (and even crisis) is normal organisations are part of chains or networks ... [-]

MSc Information Studies: Data Science

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

In a data rich world, data science is gaining a central position with an increasing potential value for businesses, science and society. Data scientists are needed to give meaning to the sea of data that surrounds us. [+]

New Track in the Information Studies Master's programme - Starts September 2016 In a data rich world, data science is gaining a central position with an increasing potential value for businesses, science and society. Data scientists are needed to give meaning to the sea of data that surrounds us. This is why the UvA is currently developing the innovative and interdisciplinary Data Science track within the Master's Programme Information Studies. We are working hard on an interesting and exciting programme, which will commence in 2016. Please keep an eye out for more information or contact us with questions. What does Data Science at the UvA have to offer me? In the one year Data science master track, you will acquire knowledge of the theories and tools used in data science. We will teach you how to use these tools for working with data in different domains, such as Health care, Media, Smart City and Life Science. Graduates have an integrated view on the possibilities and development of data science in society. Is Data Science at the UvA the study for me? It is, if you: want to translate scientific, societal and business challenges into data related solutions want to learn how to explore and analyse data want to understand how to conduct, assess and evaluate data science projects use your background for data science projects in various domains have affinity and experience with programming and statistics like to work together with motivated students, with a broad range of educational backgrounds. [-]

MSc Information Studies: Game Studies

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Game Studies focuses on the advanced analysis of applied games at an academic level, and aims to translate the needs of stakeholders and theory into innovative game concepts. It is an interdisciplinary field of study at the cutting edge of information studies, psychology, (new) media studies and intelligent computing systems. [+]

Game Studies focuses on the advanced analysis of applied games at an academic level, and aims to translate the needs of stakeholders and theory into innovative game concepts. It is an interdisciplinary field of study at the cutting edge of information studies, psychology, (new) media studies and intelligent computing systems. Is Game Studies at the UvA the study for me? Game Studies is the programme for you, if you: want to gain insight into the development of applied games, and the impact games can have on people, organisations and society want to understand how games are designed for different purposes use your background for the application of games in various domains are creative and want to look beyond standard solutions have affinity with technology and design would like to join a population of highly motivated fellow students, with a broad range of educational backgrounds like to collaborate actively in interdisciplinary projects focused on envisioning serious gaming designs are willing to contribute to game events like game nights, boot camps and game jams. What does Game Studies at the UvA have to offer me? Game Studies makes use of concepts and technologies derived from games for non-entertainment purposes, such as healthcare, behavioural therapy, learning in schools and research, and policy decision-making. It aims to translate the needs of end users into innovative combinations of interdisciplinary scientific insight and novel technology. The programme examines subjects like: theory of play/ game theory of game design game development technology for games evaluation of games psychology of gaming mobile gaming ethics. The Amsterdam region is ideally suited to research these subjects. With over 160 companies and research institutions, it offers an environment of unrivaled innovation and forms one of the most important European centres in the area of ICT and gaming. Programme outline The first semester provides an overview of the Game Studies domain including essential concepts, theories and problems. The course Games in Society focusses on the field’s current research issues with respect to social impact of games as well as their impact on game design. Psychology of Effective Gaming gives insight in human- and cognitive aspects of gaming. And Technology for Games concentrates on how novel game technology may be employed for creating affective and individually-tailored game experiences. The course Interdisciplinary Research Methodology provides the opportunity to further explore the means of interdisciplinary work. And in Project Game Development you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to develop a game for real problems in business or society. In the second semester the focus is on specialisation and consist of several elective courses; Innovation and Design Thinking, Mobile Systems, Social Web, Information Visualisation. Also, it is possible to elect courses from related disciplines, such as Artificial Intelligence, Media Studies, and other related domains. This period during the studies is where you can learn more about the specific topics in which you are interested. Master's thesis The last part of the Game Studies programme is dedicated to an individual research project, culminating in a Master's thesis. This can be a specific evaluation of a game device, or a more general analysis of a gaming environment to foster the understanding of gaming in a social setting. The thesis project can be conducted at an research organisation (such as TNO), in collaboration with an industrial partner, or within an ongoing research programme at the UvA. Examples of Game Studies research questions include: Which particular stroke patients benefit most from specific gaming approaches? How is a gaming system for retraining complex arm function accepted by the investigated target group? Does a serious gaming element X facilitate the change of personal development for the domain of Y? How can time and resources for game development be minimised without compromising the quality of the game outcome? How can you model serious gaming behaviour in the context of social group control? Entry requirements The track Game Studies is open to applicants with an academic bachelor's degree, an average final grade of 7 or higher and an affinity for games and technology. Students from various disciplines are eligible, such as: Information Studies Game development Computer science Communication Studies Business Studies Psychology Media studies Health and life sciences Cultural studies Pedagogy [-]

MSc Information Studies: Human Centered Multimedia

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

Information studies is a broad and interdisciplinary field, primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Information Studies: Human Centered Multimedia

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Human Centered Multimedia is the Master's programme for you if:

you are interested in the ways people interact with (new) technology and media, and how they are supported, hampered and influenced by them you want to analyse systems for the supply, storage and communication of information by means of various media (such as video, speech and text) you want to make connections between corporate/organisational management and the people responsible for developing technological solutions you are creative, and prepared to look beyond standard solutions your focus is on the end user. ... [-]

MSc in Sociology: Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies (COLS) offers you a sociological perspective on the organisation of work processes, on the functioning of... [+]

MSc in Sociology: Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies (COLS) offers you a sociological perspective on the organisation of work processes, on the functioning of modern labour markets and of the governance of firms and other public or private organisations that form the locus of employment.The Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies programme provides you with a broad foundation of sociological theory and research training with a more specific focus on the organisation of work in contemporary societies. During this programme, you will study the modern world of work at various levels:... [-]


MSc in Sociology: Social Problems and Social Policy

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Social Problems and Social Policy offers students an insight into the ways in which social problems are defined and tackled within welfare states, analysing... [+]

MSc in Sociology: Social Problems and Social Policy

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Social Problems and Social Policy offers students an insight into the ways in which social problems are defined and tackled within contemporary welfare states, analysing the roles ascribed to citizens, professionals and other stakeholders within these processes. It considers the recent histories of various policy approaches and puts these in a comparative European context.Social Problems and Social Policy combines a broad foundation of sociological theory and research methods training with a more specific focus on the construction of social problems and attempts by policymakers to solve these. The different components of the programme combine to enhance your skills in applying social theory to deconstruct contemporary social issues from a range of critical perspectives .The distinctive qualities of the programme are in its combining of constructionist perspectives with applied, case-oriented approaches to evaluate policy effectiveness. In linking these two approaches, the course enables you to develop critically incisive yet constructive insights into a range of contemporary problems and policy approaches. More specialised courses include those focusing on pertinent themes of active citizenship or vulnerable groups, alongside a more comparative approach to European welfare states, industrial relations and labour market policies.... [-]


MSc in Software Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The programme concerns the broad field of software engineering, a field that is in constant flux due to innovations in technology, design patterns... [+]

MSc in Software Engineering

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The programme concerns the broad field of software engineering, a field that is in constant flux due to innovations in technology, design patterns and techniques. Software engineering distinguishes itself from classical computer science by its focus on human factors, system size and volatility of requirements. We believe a good software engineer is like a good researcher, so we teach you how to acquire relevant knowledge and how to reflect on your assumptions and ideas, by giving you:

technical courses covering software quality, specification-based automated testing, automatic code analysis, automatic code transformation and development of domain specific languages non-technical, people-oriented courses on software architecture, requirements engineering and organisational aspects of software engineering a very intensive programme filled with challenging assignments, wherein 40 hour-weeks are the rule rather than the exception an intensive and personal learning environment, where staff members are always open to questions and discussions continuous feedback through weekly paper sessions and progress meetings, wherein we work on your research skills a tight and engaged team of staff members, with solid practical experience as well as strong scientific reputation the option to study part-time next to a job a very favourable career perspective. ... [-]

MSc in Urban Studies (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The 21st century will be an urban century. It is expected that the largest cities and metropolitan regions of Europe, North America and Japan will keep... [+]

MSc in Urban Studies (by Research)

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The 21st century will be an urban century. It is expected that the largest cities and metropolitan regions of Europe, North America and Japan will keep growing, even though the population of especially Europe and Japan as a whole will decline.Contrary to the earlier ideas about the global economy becoming increasingly ‘footloose’, large cities and metropolitan areas will remain the most important economic hubs of this part of the world. In other parts of the world like China, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, cities are still growing very fast because of migration from the rural areas to the cities. Some of the largest cities of ‘the global South’ are becoming serious competitors in the global economy too. Both in the North and South, cities are becoming more international and interconnected.Our programme combines the disciplines of urban geography, economic geography, urban and regional planning, and urban sociology, to provide a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to urban change. An important theme throughout the programme is the international comparison of urban phenomena, as exemplified by a comparative methodology course and the requirement of an international comparison in your Master’s thesis. A unique feature of the programme, related to this focus on international comparison, is the semester abroad at one of our exchange partner institutes in Europe, North America or East Asia.... [-]


MSc Logic: Logic and Computation

Campus Full time 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

All students are required to participate in the course ‘Logic, Language and Computation', which provides an introduction to the research areas that are being pursued at the ILLC. [+]

Logic is an interdisciplinary and international two-year Master's programme that focuses on the central role of logic as mediator between the sciences and the humanities. The MSc Logic enjoys a strong international reputation as an excellent research training programme. Graduates of the programme frequently move on to become key players in the international logical research community. The programme was established in 1995 by the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), and remains firmly embedded in this research institute, with staff members from the fields of Computer Science, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, (Computational) Linguistics and Mathematics. The goal and the underlying spirit of the MSc Logic is to connect traditional fundamental research in the formal sciences with a wide variety of applications that range from Information Sciences to Linguistics and Philosophy. All students are required to participate in the course ‘Logic, Language and Computation', which provides an introduction to the research areas that are being pursued at the ILLC. The Logic and Computation track focuses on games in computer science, complexity theory and algorithms. Mentor Each student is assigned a member of the academic staff as a mentor. Mentors help students design individual curricula according to their specific strengths, educational needs and interests. Research-based thesis During the fourth semester of the programme, each student writes a research-based thesis under the close supervision of an ILLC staff member. Upon successful completion, the thesis will be published in the ILLC Publication series [-]

MSc Logic: Logic and Language

Campus Full time 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

Logic and Language track offers courses that focus on formal models for natural language semantics and computational linguistics. [+]

Logic is an interdisciplinary and international two-year Master's programme that focuses on the central role of logic as mediator between the sciences and the humanities. The MSc Logic enjoys a strong international reputation as an excellent research training programme. Graduates of the programme frequently move on to become key players in the international logical research community. The programme was established in 1995 by the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), and remains firmly embedded in this research institute, with staff members from the fields of Computer Science, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, (Computational) Linguistics and Mathematics. The goal and the underlying spirit of the MSc Logic is to connect traditional fundamental research in the formal sciences with a wide variety of applications that range from Information Sciences to Linguistics and Philosophy. All students are required to participate in the course ‘Logic, Language and Computation', which provides an introduction to the research areas that are being pursued at the ILLC. Logic and Language track offers courses that focus on formal models for natural language semantics and computational linguistics. Mentor Each student is assigned a member of the academic staff as a mentor. Mentors help students design individual curricula according to their specific strengths, educational needs and interests. Research-based thesis During the fourth semester of the programme, each student writes a research-based thesis under the close supervision of an ILLC staff member. Upon successful completion, the thesis will be published in the ILLC Publication series [-]

MSc Logic: Logic and Mathematics

Campus Full time 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

Courses offered in the track Logic and Mathematics focus on the mathematics of modal logic, mathematical analysis of games and set and model theory. [+]

Logic is an interdisciplinary and international two-year Master's programme that focuses on the central role of logic as mediator between the sciences and the humanities. The MSc Logic enjoys a strong international reputation as an excellent research training programme. Graduates of the programme frequently move on to become key players in the international logical research community. The programme was established in 1995 by the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), and remains firmly embedded in this research institute, with staff members from the fields of Computer Science, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, (Computational) Linguistics and Mathematics. The goal and the underlying spirit of the MSc Logic is to connect traditional fundamental research in the formal sciences with a wide variety of applications that range from Information Sciences to Linguistics and Philosophy. All students are required to participate in the course ‘Logic, Language and Computation', which provides an introduction to the research areas that are being pursued at the ILLC. Courses offered in the track Logic and Mathematics focus on the mathematics of modal logic, mathematical analysis of games and set and model theory. Mentor Each student is assigned a member of the academic staff as a mentor. Mentors help students design individual curricula according to their specific strengths, educational needs and interests. Research-based thesis During the fourth semester of the programme, each student writes a research-based thesis under the close supervision of an ILLC staff member. Upon successful completion, the thesis will be published in the ILLC Publication series [-]

MSc Logic: Logic and Philosophy

Campus Full time 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

Courses in the track Logic and Philosophy focus on the philosophy of language and cognitive science. [+]

Logic is an interdisciplinary and international two-year Master's programme that focuses on the central role of logic as mediator between the sciences and the humanities. The MSc Logic enjoys a strong international reputation as an excellent research training programme. Graduates of the programme frequently move on to become key players in the international logical research community. The programme was established in 1995 by the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), and remains firmly embedded in this research institute, with staff members from the fields of Computer Science, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, (Computational) Linguistics and Mathematics. The goal and the underlying spirit of the MSc Logic is to connect traditional fundamental research in the formal sciences with a wide variety of applications that range from Information Sciences to Linguistics and Philosophy. All students are required to participate in the course ‘Logic, Language and Computation', which provides an introduction to the research areas that are being pursued at the ILLC. Courses in the track Logic and Philosophy focus on the philosophy of language and cognitive science. Mentor Each student is assigned a member of the academic staff as a mentor. Mentors help students design individual curricula according to their specific strengths, educational needs and interests. Research-based thesis During the fourth semester of the programme, each student writes a research-based thesis under the close supervision of an ILLC staff member. Upon successful completion, the thesis will be published in the ILLC Publication series [-]

MSc Physics and Astronomy: Physics of Life and Health

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The track Physics of Life and Health focuses on the physics aspects of systems at molecular, cellular, and larger (e.g. organ) scales. [+]

The track Physics of Life and Health focuses on the physics aspects of systems at molecular, cellular, and larger (e.g. organ) scales. It combines two areas: biomedical physics (physical processes in the human body at cellular to organism levels, and the development of technology for diagnostics and therapy) biophysics (physics of biological processes down to the single-molecule level, and down to timescales of tens of femtoseconds). Is Physics of Life and Health at the UvA the study for me? It is, if you: have a profound knowledge of physics (mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, quantum mechanics) and mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, partial differential equations, statistics) enjoy doing research in a multidisciplinary environment can quickly absorb and integrate biological and physics concepts and if you are interested in one or more of the following subjects: physical processes in the human body, organs, cells and macromolecules use of advanced biophysical methods to study macromolecules at the single-molecule level and to study biological processes down to femtosecond timescales development and improvement of technology for medical diagnostics and therapy interaction of light and/or radiation with cells and tissues (biomedical photonics) manipulation of tissues and cells by light or radiation to improve diagnosis and monitoring. What does Physics of Life and Health at the UvA have to offer me? This Master's track focuses on current research topics such as: quantitative functional monitoring and imaging of living tissue working in multidisciplinary research teams with physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers and medical professionals biomedical imaging, molecular and cellular biophysics and photonics new methods for diagnosis and monitoring (such as optical coherence tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) new methods for research in molecular and cellular biophysics (such as single-molecule fluorescence, optical tweezers, stimulated emission depletion microscopy and femtosecond spectroscopy). The programme is unique in that it involves leading research groups from two major research hospitals (AMC, the Academic Medical Center of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and VUmc, the VU University Amsterdam Medical Center), along with several research groups of VU University Amsterdam and allied para-university and medical centers in Amsterdam (AMOLF, FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Phyics, NIN, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience of the KNAW, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; and NKI, Netherlands Cancer Institute). Joint degree programme with VU University Amsterdam This is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. Courses are given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities. Therefore, as a Physics and Astronomy student you benefit from the expertise, networks and research projects at both universities. [-]

MSc Physics and Astronomy: Science for Energy and Sustainability

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is an interdisciplinary 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics. It combines ‘hard’ scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. [+]

What does Science for Energy and Sustainability at the UvA have to offer me? Science for Energy and Sustainability (SES) is an interdisciplinary 'track' or specialisation within the UvA Master's programmes Chemistry and Physics. It combines ‘hard’ scientific research with the analysis of societal issues, business models and government regulations. The programme covers a broad area of hot topics, such as: bio-based economy green chemistry photophysical and photochemical energy conversion biosolar cells and catalysis for sustainable synthesis and energy conversion. SES is an outward-looking programme, geared towards the cutting edge of energy and sustainability research. It gives you the skills and knowledge to move from understanding the state-of-the-art, to actually developing new sustainable technologies that can be implemented in society. Is Science for Energy and Sustainability at the UvA the study for me? It is, if you: are interested in both physics and chemistry want to become (more) aware of the scientific, technological and societal challenges for our future want to learn how to advance renewable energy resources, promote sustainable development, and use resources more efficiently want to study the development of technological solutions to global energy and sustainability problems, as well as the societal context of global developments in this field want to pursue a career that focuses on developing sustainable solutions to our current pressing global situation with regard to energy, climate and sustainability. Joint degree programme with VU University Amsterdam This is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. Courses are given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities. Therefore, as a Physics and Astronomy student you benefit from the expertise, networks and research projects at both universities. Courses The programme has a course load of 60 EC, all of which take place in the first year. Your courses will be carefully chosen in consultation with the programme manager. Thesis and research project The second year of the programme consists of: a literature thesis (12 EC) a research project (48 EC) You conduct your research project within one of the track's participating research groups, at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad), or in industry. It is concluded with a Master's thesis, which you present during a colloquium. [-]

MSc Political Science: European Politics and External Relations

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The European Politics and External Relations programme provides students with a thorough understanding of the politics and power of Europe in an increasingly diverse, interdependent, and multi-polar world. [+]

The European Politics and External Relations programme provides students with a thorough understanding of the politics and power of Europe in an increasingly diverse, interdependent, and multi-polar world. It offers in-depth study of the internal and external dimensions of European politics and their interrelations. Internally, it takes a historically grounded approach to processes of European integration, democracy, and citizenship. Externally, it focuses on understanding and analyzing the power of Europe in a changing global environment, for example in relation to borders, security, trade, finance, and environmental governance. Do you wonder how the EU relates to other global players? How it acts upon Russian involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, deals with transatlantic relations in post-Snowden times, or engages with political transformations in the Middle East and North Africa? Are you interested in how the economic crisis in the eurozone affects the European Union’s internal governance and its position in the world? What does deeper integration within the eurozone mean for national democracy, the risks of British exit, and relations with major trading partners like the US and China? Do you want to know how old and new security threats (like migration, global warming, energy dependency, new wars) challenge, unite and divide EU member states? Would you like to understand how the EU responds to social and political instability in its own direct neighborhood? Three reasons to study European Politics and External Relations at the University of Amsterdam European Politics and External Relations: is research-oriented: you learn about your teachers’ research projects and you develop and apply your theoretical and methodological skills in the framework of research projects; is unique in combining study of the internal politics and external relations of Europe and the European Union: it examines how the European institutions interact with the dynamics of global power; offers an international classroom and works closely together with the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE) meaning that students have access to debates, lectures and events delivered by the best European studies scholars in the world. Student profile You have a fascination for European politics in a global context in all its facets. This fascination extends to the current political developments of the EU, as well as the state-of-the-art of theorising EU power and politics. The programme is intensive and rigorous. You are expected to develop a capacity to work independently and in group settings. Most teaching is in small seminars (max 25 students) in which you are expected to contribute actively, and in which your skills of analysis, presentation, team work and critical questioning are developed. In addition, you learn to undertake an individual and high-level research project. Career prospects The European Politics and External Relations programme prepares you for a career in (European) policy making, diplomacy, work with a non-governmental organisation (NGO), consultancies, and businesses, as well as academia. Research Master For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences. Degree certificate European Politics and External Relations is a track of the accredited degree programme Political Science. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Political Science and the title Master of Science (MSc). [-]

MSc Political Science: Political Economy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

How do global economic and political forces shape the lives and future of citizens, business, and civil society? Of political processes and government? This track focusses on the interaction of 'the economy' and 'politics', both broadly conceived. [+]

How do global economic and political forces shape the lives and future of citizens, business, and civil society? Of political processes and government? This track focusses on the interaction of 'the economy' and 'politics', both broadly conceived. It covers the ground from ‘economics for non-economists’ to understanding how the ‘rules of the game’ are shaped, to thinking about how an open global economy gives rise to ‘new’ conflicts and to a surge of new political movements. You will explore critical issues facing the developed and developing worlds, from Asia to Europe to the Americas - contemporary challenges such as migration, the struggle for development, or better financial market governance. We also explore policy challenges with an ethical dimension such as social policies or corporate power and social inequalities so as better to understand how this plays out in different political environments. Our starting point is that the relationship between ‘politics’ and ‘the economy’ is a two-way street: political contestation shapes economic outcomes and their governance, while economic developments generate political conflicts. The causes and consequences of the on-going economic malaise have brought this highly political ‘who-gets-what’ nature of ‘the economy’ back out into the open. These dynamics cut across a rich terrain of contemporary issues, among them: Powerful emerging economies are challenging the nature of economic governance at the global and regional level. Africa and Asia are ‘on the move’, business lobbies push for regional trade agreements (TTIP, TPP), and the success of the developing world is a gathering challenge to the dominance of the advanced economies. Technological change and the Internet revolution are transforming the corporate sector, labour, and government. New patterns of mass-elite communication and social movement mobilisation are emerging. The world is a shrinking but more politically contentious place than previously thought. Citizens feel vulnerable in the face of cross-border trade, investment, financial markets, and labour market risks. Fearing immigration, rising inequalities, and a changing welfare state, many opt for more ‘populist’ political movements of the radical left or right. ​The dynamics of change differ starkly across countries: the hopes of a precarious development process poses challenges to authoritarianism in the developing world, while declining trust in business and political elites undermines ‘mainstream’ politics in established democracies. Political economy thus taps into your interest in both the practical and the ‘big issue’ side of global affairs, crossing over with public policy expertise and business strategy. How do markets work and how do they intersect with the institutions and governance that have emerged over time, from the local to the global? What are firms, workers, and governments trying to do as they interact and clash? What are the responsibilities of rich societies to the poor, to the environment, to future generations? Is the new radicalism of the ‘losers of globalisation’ a revitalisation of or a threat to democracy? How do the aspirations of ‘ordinary people’ in developed and developing societies fit with the ‘rules of the game’ determined by economic and political elites, and whose interests ought to prevail? Do global markets undermine national democratic choice? Student profile This track is above all a response to vocal demand from students. It draws on a long political economy tradition at the UvA that is second-to-none in Europe. Those of you with a public policy, comparative politics or international relations background often seek to specialise in the economic policy domain yet outside the confines – often ideologically and methodologically constraining – of traditional approaches in economics and business departments. Many who have taken economics, business, or law seek our programme’s ‘bringing of politics back in’. Many from the humanities can bring their linguistic, cultural and historical knowledge to the programme’s exploration of political-economic interaction. Career prospects Political Economy will tap student interest in issues of practical concern in the economy, business, and policy worlds where expertise leads to elite job opportunities. Above all we help you to think and analyse critically and independently where others merely learn to follow. There is thus strong demand in the society at large for the training we offer. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences. Degree certificate Political Economy is a track of the accredited degree programme Political Science. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Political Science and the title Master of Science (MSc). [-]

MSc Political Science: Political Theory

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Political Theory track provides a unique opportunity to study analytically rigorous political theory and applied philosophy in a political science programme; we apply political theory as a guide to public policy and pressing social problems. [+]

The Political Theory track provides students with the conceptual tool-kits to analyse the complex normative and methodological issues of contemporary political life. Students are encouraged to take an active role in critical reflection on political practices, institutional arrangements, and social science methods by building on a solid foundation in social and political thought. The track combines analytical rigor with policy relevance. How should public policy develop when there is moral and religious disagreement or confusion? What are the proper norms to guide the ethics of war or immigration and refugee policy? How should political and economic institutions be reformed to deal with the global financial crisis, international inequality or the democratic deficit in the EU? Three reasons to study Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam The Political Theory track provides a unique opportunity to study analytically rigorous political theory and applied philosophy in a political science programme; we apply political theory as a guide to public policy and pressing social problems. We have an international student body and an international faculty. The Department of Political Science is consistently ranked among the World’s top-50, and is the largest in the Netherlands. This provides students with a broad foundation in political theory and opportunities for electives and thesis research in a wide variety of related areas of study, from international relations to political economy, from electoral politics to public administration. Student profile The track is designed for independent students that wish to gain a rigorous foundation in political theory and moral philosophy in order to apply these to pressing social problems. It is aimed at students that aim to develop normative and methodological tools that they can apply to complex domestic and international challenges. The programme is writing intensive; students are expected to develop a capacity to work independently and in group settings. Career prospects This programme prepares students for careers in government, global business, think-tanks, non-profits, and journalism with a focus on public policy, analysis, and advocacy at the local, national, and international level. The programme also provides a strong foundation for a career in academia. Studying at a city campus The programme is based at the Roeterseiland Campus, in the safe but lively and central Plantage neighbourhood of Amsterdam. This is a purpose-built, state of the art facility. It is easily reached by public transport, and features a number of spaces for social and cultural activities, such as the CREA student cafe and theatre. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences. Degree certificate Political Theory is a track of the accredited degree programme Political Science. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Political Science and the title Master of Science (MSc). [-]

MSc Political Science: Public Policy and Governance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Public Policy and Governance track provides a unique opportunity to study public policy and governance in the context of a political science programme. This setting strengthens the link between policy problems and ongoing social and political developments. [+]

The Public Policy and Governance track prepares students to meet demands for effective and legitimate public action in complex and often controversial political settings. The programme helps students develop as critical analysts and innovative designers by linking research and practice, theory and action on the ‘shop floor’ on the local, national, European, and international levels. Opportunities are provided to study policy work at and across these levels. Are you interested in how problems become political and prompt public action? Do you wonder about how the professionals and public officials responsible cope with the complex and changing demands that these problems set? Do you want to learn more about how learning and innovation develop as public policy is made and implemented? Then the Master's programme in Public Policy and Governance might be the perfect programme for you. Three reasons to study Public Policy and Governance at the University of Amsterdam The Public Policy and Governance track provides a unique opportunity to study public policy and governance in the context of a political science programme. This setting strengthens the link between policy problems and ongoing social and political developments. The Department of Political Science is is the largest in the Netherlands, which provides our students with a wide array of coursework and opportunities for thesis research. The student body is international, providing the opportunity to study and develop within a diverse community. Student profile Are you interested in how public policy is made and put into practice? Do you want to learn how to conduct research that contributes to the development and implementation of policy and to reflect on the practical arrangements in which policy gets made? If so, this Master's programme might be for you! The programme is intensive and rigorous and students are expected to develop a capacity to work independently and in group settings. Career prospects Students typically find a career in public organisations (government , as well as non-governmental organisations), policy advisory bureaus, consultancy firms, multi-nationals, and other companies. Ambition in research? For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences. Degree certificate Public Policy and Governance is a track of the accredited degree programme Political Science. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Political Science and the title Master of Science (MSc). [-]

MSc Sociology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Are you looking for a comprehensive study programme that focuses on current social issues? The Master's programme in Sociology teaches you how to think about sociological issues independently and critically but with subtlety and offers you a sound understanding of sociological theory and methods. [+]

Are you looking for a comprehensive study programme that focuses on current social issues? The Master's programme in Sociology teaches you how to think about sociological issues independently and critically but with subtlety and offers you a sound understanding of sociological theory and methods. You will acquire intellectual and practical skills enabling you to analyse problems, structures and processes related to the coexistence of people. With a wide range of courses on offer, the Master's in Sociology provides you with the opportunity to put together your own curriculum within a broad sociological spectrum. Student profile If you want to know what causes social problems, you have a desire to understand underlying processes, if you are critical and interested in alternative explanations for what happens in the world around you, if you want to conduct your own research and be inspired by the classical sociological scholars on current issues, then this is your study programme. In sum: this Master's is the right choice for you as a critical, inquiring student who has a desire to gain in-depth knowledge on current social issues and find solutions for these. Competencies After completion of the study programme there is an array of job opportunities. As a sociology graduate you possess excellent research skills and have the capacity to define complex social problems, to come up with potential solutions and to translate these into written recommendations. Focus on research In recent years, the Department of Sociology has attracted a large number of international staff members who excel in their own specialist field and are actively involved in teaching in their domain. The strong reputation of the staff is evident from the large number of research grants received in recent years from the Dutch Scientific Organisation (Nederlandse Wetenschapsorganisatie - NWO) and the European Commission. Many members of staff are also active in the public debate and are involved in research on (government) policy. This is also reflected in the curriculum. Specialisation tracks Next to this Master's programme in Sociology, there are six English-language specialisation tracks in Sociology: Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies Cultural Sociology Gender, Sexuality and Society Migration and Ethnic Studies Social Problems and Social Policy Urban Sociology What is the difference between the MSc Sociology and the specialisation tracks? The main difference between this Sociology degree programme and the English tracks is that the Sociology programme offers more choice. Students in the general Sociology programme are allowed to put together their own curriculum by choosing from all the courses offered by the various specialisations, whereas it is compulsory for track students to choose from courses within their specialisation. Sociology students can specialise in one of the six majors, but may alternatively opt for a more general programme. Dutch students of the MSc Sociology may write their thesis and papers in Dutch (provided that the lecturers are able to understand Dutch). [-]

MSc System and Network Engineering: Networking

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

This track focuses on the architecture and protocols of layers two, three and four of the Internet TCP/IP stack. It provides you with a theoretical background as well as extensive hands-on experience. [+]

What does System and Network Engineering at the UvA have to offer me? SNE is the only academic Master's programme in The Netherlands that focuses on understanding, developing and maintaining complex IT systems and networks. It raises questions like: How do you apply different software components within a complex architecture, to end up with an efficiently working system? How do you make a system that not only technicians, but everybody can use? SNE is unique because of: the focus on the patent OS3 principle (Open Standard, Open Software and Open Security), with openness and sharing of knowledge as key conviction the individual guidance by the top-notch teaching staff, with extensive experience in both research and industry the strong social cohesion amongst the highly motivated, skilled and international student population the uniquely designed SNE lab the possibility to focus on the area of your specific interest: Networking or Security the possibility to work with respected academic institutes and relevant organisations during your research projects the field trip abroad to learn more about a specific project or institute (like CERN in Switzerland), and about each other. Track: Networking This track focuses on the architecture and protocols of layers two, three and four of the Internet TCP/IP stack. It provides you with a theoretical background as well as extensive hands-on experience. The track course 'Internetworking and Routing' looks at the world of switching and routing in local and wide area networks. It covers layer 2 switching and Interior Gateway Protocols like RIP and OSPF and the Exterior Gateway Protocol BGP. As part of the course you will build your own Autonomous System and set up peering with the other students via our own Internet Exchange. The 'Advanced Networking' course provides an in-depth overview of TCP, and optical and wireless transmission. In addition you will look at and work with recent developments in the area of programmable networks, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualization Functions (NVFs). Highlight of the course is when you are asked to design your own 10 Gbps network using our carrier-grade routers and switches. Educational guidance Students receive intensive, personal guidance by the academic staff. A team of three professors is permanently available for any questions or problems that may arise, and during practical assignments a practical teacher is present in the SNE lab. Part-time study The programme can be done as a part-time study, in two years instead of one. Various companies offer the possibility to do so during working hours. [-]

MSc System and Network Engineering: Security

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

This track focuses on all aspects of security, and forensic intelligence and analysis. You will learn to trace digital evidence on all levels, from a single computer to a large network. [+]

What does System and Network Engineering at the UvA have to offer me? SNE is the only academic Master's programme in The Netherlands that focuses on understanding, developing and maintaining complex IT systems and networks. It raises questions like: How do you apply different software components within a complex architecture, to end up with an efficiently working system? How do you make a system that not only technicians, but everybody can use? SNE is unique because of: the focus on the patent OS3 principle (Open Standard, Open Software and Open Security), with openness and sharing of knowledge as key conviction the individual guidance by the top-notch teaching staff, with extensive experience in both research and industry the strong social cohesion amongst the highly motivated, skilled and international student population the uniquely designed SNE lab the possibility to focus on the area of your specific interest: Networking or Security the possibility to work with respected academic institutes and relevant organisations during your research projects the field trip abroad to learn more about a specific project or institute (like CERN in Switzerland), and about each other. Track: Security This track focuses on all aspects of security, and forensic intelligence and analysis. You will learn to trace digital evidence on all levels, from a single computer to a large network. It teaches you to track down cybercrime and to document digital evidence in a way that will hold up in court. The track course 'Cybercrime and Forensics' covers data acquisition from ICT infrastructures for investigative purposes in a forensically sound manner. The 'Advanced Security' course discusses malware, and the security of radio-based technologies (GSM,Bluetooth,ZigBee) and mobile operating systems. It also teaches you how to run an efficient and effective security incident response team. Educational guidance Students receive intensive, personal guidance by the academic staff. A team of three professors is permanently available for any questions or problems that may arise, and during practical assignments a practical teacher is present in the SNE lab. Part-time study The programme can be done as a part-time study, in two years instead of one. Various companies offer the possibility to do so during working hours. [-]

Research Master's Business in Society (joint degree VU and UvA)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Business in Society addresses the intricate relationships between business and society, as can be seen in grand challenges posed by e.g. the financial crisis, society’s request for ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility, and the need for sustainability. [+]

The Master's programme Business in Society addresses the intricate relationships between business and society, as can be seen in grand challenges posed by e.g. the financial crisis, society’s request for ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility, and the need for sustainability. This programme results from a joint effort of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) at the University of Amsterdam and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB) at VU University Amsterdam to educate a new generation of business researchers who will have a profound grasp of the societal trends that are changing the face of business. Degree Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Master's degree in Business in Society and the title Master of Science (MSc). Top 5 reasons to study here The UvA and VU: - have an excellent reputation - have a diverse international student body - are surrounded by many multinational firms and organisations - offer financial support for EU students in the form of low tuition fees - are conveniently located in the multicultural city of Amsterdam The programme in brief The two-year Research Master's programme Business in Society will equip you with the knowledge and skills to shape new ways of doing business taking into account how organisations and society affect each other. The programme offers several specialisations in the broad field of business administration (such as: strategy, organizational theory, accounting, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, international business, human resource management, organizational behaviour, and marketing), as well as an overarching perspective connecting these fields, which is necessary to understand the multi-faceted business in society issues. It also provides you with the methodological and theory-building skills needed to conceive of new solutions for the problems related to business in society. Furthermore, with a maximum intake of 25 talented and highly motivated students, this English taught programme offers intensive interactions with other students and close supervision and collaboration with excellent researchers passionate about understanding complex business problems in their societal perspective. You will learn from, and work closely with, some of the world's leading scholars in the field of business administration. Disclaimer: The research Master’s programme in Business in Society is a new programme and therefore still under development. No rights can be derived from the contents of this website, the brochure or any other information issued verbally or in writing about this programme. [-]

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MA Arts and Culture: Art Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The multitude of theatres, galleries, museums and concert venues put Amsterdam at the very heart of arts and culture in the Netherlands. The two year Research programme Art Studies lets you dig deeper into the part of the (art)world where your interests lie most. [+]

Bridging art and research The multitude of theatres, galleries, museums and concert venues put Amsterdam at the very heart of arts and culture in the Netherlands. The two year Research programme Art Studies lets you dig deeper into the part of the (art)world where your interests lie most. It is an intensive academic programme that gives you the freedom to follow your own line of study. Curriculum Students submit a research proposal before the start of the programme. This, along with discussions with the programme director, forms the basis for the course of study. In the research proposal students write down their ideas for tutorials, a thesis and the three electives they wish to take. The electives can be chosen from the programmes Cultural Studies (Algemene cultuurwetenschappen), Art History (Kunstgeschiedenis), Musicology (Muziekwetenschap) or Theatre Studies (Theaterwetenschap). All students attend three core courses, which provide a theoretical background in Art Studies. Two additional tracks are offered by the Research Master’s programme Art Studies: Dutch Golden Age Studies, carried out in association with the Department of History and Area Studies, Dutch Studies, and the Amsterdam Centre for Golden Age Studies (ACSGA), and Artistic Research, carried out in association with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Institute. Degree certificate The Research Master's programme Art Studies is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA). Programme structure The Research Master's programme Art Studies comprises 120 ECTS credits: 90 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives. 30 credits for a Master's thesis. Credit transfer Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer. Thesis The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. One-year programme Students with a relevant Master's degree are usually able to complete the programme in one year (70 ECTS credits). [-]

MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

This Master's programme combines linguistics, literature and cultural history. Its special profiles are narratology and discourse linguistics, intertextuality and reception, and ancient thought. [+]

Languages and cultures of Greco-Roman Antiquity As a discipline, Classics is alive and kicking. The study of the texts, literatures and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome offers a treasure trove of information. This information is of the highest interest in itself, but is also highly relevant to contempory culture. Do you consider it a challenge to nuance the image of Greco-Roman Antiquity, as well as make new links between the present and the past? If so, then the Master's in Classics is the programme for you. This Master's programme combines linguistics, literature and cultural history. Its special profiles are narratology and discourse linguistics, intertextuality and reception, and ancient thought. The world of Greco-Roman Antiquity has many facets, which is why Classics embraces many disciplines. Students will be analysing representative primary sources much more in-depth than was the case during the Bachelor’s phase. Choosing their own areas of interest, students will be introduced to scholarly debates and learn to handle the academic instruments with which to contribute to relevant discussions. In addition, students will be shown how to apply their specialist, critical knowledge of Classical Antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods. Classics in Amsterdam The Master's programme Classics is taught in Amsterdam, where classical pieces are regularly performed. Amsterdam also has its own antiquities museum, the Allard Pierson Museum, which houses a special collection of artifacts from Egypt, as well as a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity. The library of the Allard Pierson Museum has an important collection in the area of Classical Antiquity in the Netherlands and surrounding countries. The library encompasses all aspects of Classical Antiquity, with the exception of numismatics.The Museum is closely involved with ACASA's education. ACASA As of September 2012, the Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilisations will be jointly provided by the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). The Master’s programme Classics forms part of this joint effort. By pooling their resources in ACASA, the two Amsterdam-based universities offer the broadest package of Master’s programmes in the field of Classical Antiquity in the Netherlands. Degree certificate Classics is an accredited degree programme of Classics and Ancient Civilizations. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA). Programme structure The Master's programme Classics comprises 60 ECTS credits: 42 credits for core courses, electives and tutorials. 18 credits for a Master's thesis. [-]

MA Communication and Information Studies: Discourse and Argumentation Studies

Campus Full time 18 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Professional Master's programme Discourse and Argumentation Studies aims to provide students with a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding the way language is used for informative and argumentative purposes. [+]

Dual Master's programmes (MA) Language and argumentation The Professional Master's programme Discourse and Argumentation Studies aims to provide students with a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding the way language is used for informative and argumentative purposes. The programme presents an overview of recent descriptive and normative research in language, and covers a broad range of topics, including conversational analysis, style, classical and modern rhetoric, informal logic, fallacies, and juridical and conversational argument. Upon completion of the programme, students will have acquired an adequate knowledge of and insight into the main normative and descriptive theoretical approaches to the study of argumentation. This includes: pragma-dialectics and the main theoretical approaches to the study of discourse, including speech act theory and conversation analysis. In addition, students gain the skills necessary for: analysing and evaluating argumentative discourse; for reading, analysing, evaluating and conducting independent research; and for producing both written and oral reports on research findings. The programme also offers students the possibility to put theory into practice in a specially selected internship, in which communicative and argumentative skills play a central role. Discourse and Argumentation Studies at the University of Amsterdam The programme is unique in the way it combines courses in discourse analysis and argumentation theory. It was conceived and is taught by those scholars who applied insights from these two fields in order to develop and extend the internationally renowned approach to the study of argumentative discourse, known as 'pragma-dialectics'. In the context of the programme, students are in direct contact with these scholars. Degree certificate Discourse and Argumentation Studies is an accredited degree programme of Communication and Information Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum This programme has several key objectives. First it aims to give students a general introduction to the field of discourse and argumentation studies. It also gives them the opportunity to gain practical experience in the descriptive and normative analysis of argumentative discourse. Building on this foundation, the programme provides students with more specialised and profound knowledge of and insight into the fields of discourse analysis and argumentation theory. Finally, the programme offers students the tools necessary for conducting independent evaluations and research in the field of discourse and argumentation studies. After one year of theoretical courses, students take part in an internship in which insights in argumentative processes and argumentative skills play an important role. Programme structure The Professional Master's programme Discourse and Argumentation Studies comprises 90 ECTS credits: 42 credits for courses and electives 30 credits for the internship and report 18 credits for the Master's thesis [-]

MA Communication and Information Studies: Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master's programme Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy provides a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding the diverse ways in which ordinary language is used in various types of discourse and texts as a means of convincing others of a given viewpoint or idea. [+]

Understanding the way language is used The Research Master's programme Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy provides a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding the diverse ways in which ordinary language is used in various types of discourse and texts as a means of convincing others of a given viewpoint or idea. Crucial concepts from the rhetorical, dialectical and logical approaches used in argumentative discourse analysis, evaluation and production are examined and discussed in a systematic fashion. Relevant insights from speech act theory, Gricean analysis of rational interaction, discourse analysis, and formal and informal logic provide a framework in this process. All major classical and modern approaches to the reasonableness and rationality of institutionalised and non-institutionalised types of discourse are considered, from juridical and political discourse to spontaneous everyday conversations. Students also become familiar with the methods and techniques of qualitative and quantitative empirical research in the fields of discourse analysis, argumentation theory, formal and informal logic, and rhetoric. This in turn enables them to carry out thorough and theoretically justified analyses, case studies and other types of investigations of real-life discussions and texts. Degree certificate Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy is an accredited degree programme of Communication and Information Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The Research Master's programme Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy (RAP) is ideal for students who wish to acquire a sound intellectual basis for conducting research in the interrelated fields of rhetoric, argumentation and philosophy. The programme provides students with insight not only into the normative and descriptive study of communication and argumentation, but also into the philosophical conceptions of rationality and reasonableness in which they are grounded. Programme structure The Research Master's programme Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy comprises 120 credits: 90 credits for core courses, specific courses and electives 30 credits for a Master's thesis The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the selections committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least two years. Depending on students' individual background and qualifications, the programme director may determine, in consultation with the instructors concerned, that certain courses may be wholly or partially replaced by electives or tutorials. [-]

MA Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (Restauratiekunde) programme will introduce you to the theory and practice of conservation. You will take courses in applied Conservation science as well as in the humanities and natural sciences, such as Art History, Conservation History, Conservation Science and Chemistry. [+]

The Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (Restauratiekunde) programme will introduce you to the theory and practice of conservation. You will take courses in applied Conservation science as well as in the humanities and natural sciences, such as Art History, Conservation History, Conservation Science and Chemistry. The conservator-restorer as an essential link A conservator-restorer works on the material preservation of cultural heritage. Conservation has historically been regarded as a trade: the conservator-restorer was trained as an artist or by fellow practitioners. Today, training for a career in conservation normally starts with a regular degree programme, usually at an academic level and is rooted in the idea of the irreplaceability of the art object and its technical and contextual complexity. The conservator-restorer represents an essential link within multidisciplinary collaborative research and material care for cultural heritage, where conservators, archaeologists, scientists and anthropologists all play a role. This programme at the UvA The MA programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage ( Restauratiekunde) lasts two years and is followed by a two-year postgraduate track. The entire programme for becoming a conservator-restorer consists of three parts: a Bachelor’s degree certificate in humanities or science, possibly including a minor in Conservation and Restoration (30 ECTS credits) a two-year Master's programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage with a substantial element of practical training and a two-year postgraduate track in which the trainee conservator-restorer works in a training studio and completes an internship to achieve the international level of professional specialisation required of conservator-restorers (see the header Study programme). Upon completing this seven-year programme, you will be nationally and internationally qualified as a conservator-restorer in one of the specialisations listed above. All three components must be completed to obtain this qualification. Degree certificate Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is an accredited Master’s degree programme. Upon successfully completing this programme, you will obtain the legally recognised Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage and the title Master of Arts (MA). Programme structure The programme has a workload of 120 ECTS: 60 ECTS object-focused practical training 42 ECTS theory courses 18 ECTS thesis The practical projects will focus on one of the nine disciplines. At least one of the practical components will comprise an interdisciplinary project that also draws on other disciplines. The thesis is the result of an individual project. You will also take part in a programme of presentations, lectures and symposia. [-]

MA European Studies: East European Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the one-year Master’s programme East European Studies you will acquire a thorough knowledge of the history of Eastern European countries (including Russia) and an insight into recent developments there. [+]

In the one-year Master’s programme East European Studies you will acquire a thorough knowledge of the history of Eastern European countries (including Russia) and an insight into recent developments there. East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam Europe’s vast and open border region in the East – from Poland and the Balkans to the Urals and the Caucasus – has been the bedrock of the most radical transformations and dramatic conflicts that shaped the modern era. Our yearlong Master's in East European Studies offers you a fascinating, research-oriented journey into the politics and culture of this region in the 20 th and 21 st centuries. You will explore the relationship between East and West, popular culture and everyday life and the interplay between power centers and peripheries. You will zoom in on nation building and conflicts in sub-regions like the Caucasus, Ukraine/Crimea, or the Balkans, and on the relationship between nationalism and political Islam or Christian Orthodoxy. Founded in 1948, our Master's programme is now welcoming international students and offers a unique opportunity for rigorous interdisciplinary training in East European studies: Explore political and cultural complexities of the region while following a comprehensive curriculum, combined with staff-led tutorials tailored to your regional and thematic interests. Benefit from our international staff and its broad interdisciplinary expertise, in the classroom and during individual mentoring for your Master's thesis. Engage with new, cutting-edge research projects in the field through weekly spotlight seminars with staff members and guest lectures by leading scholars from around the world. Gain practical experience through an internship in NGOs, academic institutions, or the diplomatic sector. Live and work at the heart of a truly cosmopolitan capital, and study at one of Europe's top-rated academic institutions. Degree certificate East European Studies is an accredited degree programme of European Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in European Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The East European Studies programme provides deeper learning and specialisation in the history, politics and culture of Eastern Europe. The study programme covers a wide geographical area stretching from Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia) to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The core modules 'Socialist Eastern Europe' and 'Europe after 1989' are central to the programme (18 ECTS). Additionally, you will choose electives (at least 24 ECTS) from East European Studies courses. One elective can be replaced by an internship (6 EC). Programme structure The Master's in East European Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits: 18 credits for core courses. 24 credits for electives. 18 credits for a Master's thesis. [-]

MA European Studies: European Policy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the one-year programme European Policy you study contemporary European and EU policies and learn to apply your knowledge and skills in a policy environment. The programme is aimed at students who are interested in understanding and contributing to European and EU affairs. [+]

Policy making in contemporary Europe The European Studies programme European Policy offers: Deep understanding of policy making and international relations in contemporary Europe and the European Union. A unique combination of Politics, Law, Economics and practical skills. Analytical and communication skills that are essential in a professional research and policy environment, both at home and abroad. Intensive training in policy environments, in dedicated skills courses and an internship. In the one-year programme European Policy you study contemporary European and EU policies and learn to apply your knowledge and skills in a policy environment. The programme is aimed at students who are interested in understanding and contributing to European and EU affairs. It enables them to unravel the various political, legal, and economic patterns that affect contemporary international policies in Europe and the EU and its border regions. The programme provides you with the knowledge and analytical skills that are essential in research or policy environments. European Studies at the UvA Perceptions of Europe and its cultures, and policy-making processes are the primary themes of European Studies at the UvA. What structures past or present contribute to the realization of a political, legal and economic order? How do Europeans, European states and their institutions perceive and present themselves? Special attention is devoted to Europe’s relation to the world, and particularly to Eastern Europe. The lecturers and researchers who teach in this programme have extensive expertise in various aspects of Europe, both past and present. Degree certificate European Policy is an accredited degree programme of European Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in European Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The Master's in European Policy comprises 80 ECTS credits: 42 credits for core courses. 18 credits for a Master's thesis. 20 credits for a European internship. Core courses cover European governance and theories of integration, neoliberalism, European geopolitics and EU law. Additional skills courses train in reading and writing strategy papers, interviewing skills and writing policy papers. An intensive skills excursion to one of the EU member states is part of the programme. [-]

MA European Studies: Governing Europe

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

In Governing Europe you study contemporary Europe and the EU. This one-year programme is aimed at students who are interested in understanding and contributing to European and EU affairs. [+]

Contemporay Europe and the EU The European Studies programme Governing Europe offers: Deep understanding of policy making and international relations in contemporary Europe and the EU. A unique combination of Politics, Law, Economics and History. Thorough training in analytical and communication skills that are essential in a professional research and policy environment, both at home and abroad. In Governing Europe you study contemporary Europe and the EU. This one-year programme is aimed at students who are interested in understanding and contributing to European and EU affairs. Governing Europe enables you to unravel the various political, legal, economic and historical patterns that affect contemporary international governance and policy in Europe and its border regions. The programme teaches you to argue a well-informed view on European and EU affairs and provides you with the knowledge and analytical skills that are essential in research or policy environments. European Studies at the UvA Perceptions of Europe and its cultures, and policy-making processes are the primary themes of European Studies at the UvA. What structures past or present contribute to the realization of a political, legal and economic order? How do Europeans, European states and their institutions perceive and present themselves? Special attention is devoted to Europe’s relation to the world, and particularly to Eastern Europe. The lecturers and researchers who teach in this programme have extensive expertise in various aspects of Europe, both past and present. Degree certificate Governing Europe is an accredited degree programme of European Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in European Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Programme structure The Master's in Governing Europe comprises 60 ECTS credits: 18 credits for core courses 24 credits for electives 18 credits for a Master's thesis Curriculum The mandatory courses of Governing Europe give an in-depth introduction to theories of governance, international policies and European integration in Europe. Particular attention is devoted to the geopolitics and international relations of European affairs. Politics, Law, Economics and History of European integration are the corner stones of the programme. In addition, students can choose from various electives that focus on a range of topics, such as: Neoliberalism in Europe European Law EU cultural policy The history of European unity and integration European cultural or public sphere Russia and Eastern Europe A thorough research project that results in a thesis of 18EC is the pinnacle of your MA programme. Upon completion you will have gained deep understanding of policy making and international relations in Europe, and will have the necessary skills to conduct independent research in this field. [-]

MA Heritage Studies: Heritage and Memory Studies

Campus Full time 18 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Heritage and Memory Studies at the UvA is an interdisciplinary programme taught by cultural historians, art historians, architectural historians, archaeologists and sociologists. [+]

Dual Master's programmes (MA) Heritage and Memory Studies at the UvA is an interdisciplinary programme taught by cultural historians, art historians, architectural historians, archaeologists and sociologists. Researching the heritage cult Around the world, a notable change is taking place in the art and culture sector. Until recently, this sector predominantly focused on museums, theatres and concert halls. However, we are now witnessing a noticeable musealisation of landscapes, urban areas and buildings, and even of immaterial expressions of everyday culture. This makes our urban and rural environment increasingly stage-managed and nostalgic. What role does the heritage cult play in our relationship with the past? How does it relate to the classic canon of art and culture, the conservation of archaeological records, monuments, interiors and works of art, national and European cultural policy, the rapidly growing culture and heritage tourism sector and the issue of multiculturalism and personal or national identity? These questions are central to the Master's programme in Heritage and Memory Studies. Heritage and Memory Studies at the UvA As in the Anglo-Saxon approach to 'Heritage Studies', you will study heritage from a cultural-historic and spatial perspective. You will research the various meanings attached to heritage in a museological and educational context (i.e. listed buildings, theme parks, visual media and tourism). How to deal with the inherent contradictions of historical 'layering', authenticity, museological preservation, management of national heritage artefacts and the tourist experience are among the key issues in this programme. Heritage and Memory Studies is a dual Master's programme, i.e. it serves as an academic preparation for a specific profession. The internship is an important part of the programme. In this way, the programme offers a unique combination of practical experience, specialist knowledge and theoretical reflection. Degree certificate Heritage and Memory Studies is part of the accredited Master's programme in Heritage Studies. After successful completion of the programme, you will obtain a legally recognised Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). The Heritage and Memory Studies programme offers a variety of opportunities to gain practical experience. It consists of a theoretically based semester, followed in the second semester by an extensive 30 ECTS internship (see Work-experience period) and completed with an excursion abroad and a thesis in the third semester. Both the excursion and the thesis unite the theory and practice of the first two semesters. Programme structure The programme has a workload of 90 ECTS: 30 ECTS Master's courses and excursion abroad 12 ECTS Electives 30 ECTS Work-experience period (internship) 18 ECTS Master's thesis [-]

MA Heritage Studies: Museum Studies

Campus Full time 18 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Museum Studies at the UvA is the only university Master's programme in the Netherlands that focuses on the multidisciplinary museological field. The heart of this Master's programme, previously called Museum studies, is a six-month internship in a museum. [+]

Dual Master's programmes (MA) Museum Studies at the UvA is the only university Master's programme in the Netherlands that focuses on the multidisciplinary museological field. The heart of this Master's programme, previously called Museum studies, is a six-month internship in a museum. A solid basis for working in a museum The Master's programme Museum Studies prepares you for a position in the wider field of museum professions. You will gain first-hand experience of the sector during your studies when you complete an intensive internship at a Dutch or foreign museum. The museological world is constantly on the move. Important historical events are followed by major societal shifts. Museums reflect this by means of exhibitions, changes in acquisition policy and architectural innovation. At the same time, internationalisation and globalisation require constant repositioning. The UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies emphasises the public face of the museum: where the visitors enter and where the collections tell their stories. Museums arrange their collections to reflect the story they wish to tell. This concept is based on scientific research into exhibits but is also linked to ideology and political, religious and economic power. The question of which stories are being told by which objects is constantly subject to change. Museum Studies investigates the dynamics and raisons d'être of heritage museums, such as those focusing on antiquities, archaeology, ethnology, and history and art museums. This is always done from a solid cultural-history basis and in an international context. Whether you would like to organise exhibitions, devise educational projects, manage museums, create policy, conduct scientific research or write reviews: it all starts with a solid basis of knowledge, creative thinking and a critical attitude. Alumni of the UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies are currently working as exhibition organisers, curators, educational employees, policy officers, project managers, researchers and directors. Degree certificate Museum Studies is an accredited degree programme of Heritage Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Structure of the Master's programme The Museum Studies programme has a workload of 90 ECTS: 30 ECTS: Core courses 12 ECTS: Electives 30 ECTS: Internship 18 ECTS: Master's thesis During your Master's programme you will go on a number of trips, including an extended trip to dynamic locations in the museum world abroad. Last year’s destinations were Istanbul, London, New York, Paris, Jerusalem and Berlin. Work experience period (internship) The heart of the Master's programme Museum Studies is a six-month internship (30 ECTS). Your internship will be determined in accordance with the placements offered by the museums and the development path you wish to follow. At the museum, you will work together with professionals who will show you the tricks of the trade. The students are fully responsible for the organisation of their internships and benefit from the great network the UvA Museum Studies Staff has in the Netherlands and abroad. Museums that frequently offer internships are: the University of Amsterdam’s Special Collections Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam Hermitage Amsterdam National Museum for World Cultures (Amsterdam and Leiden) National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden Amsterdam Museum the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam Rijksmuseum (Historical dept) Centraal Museum Utrecht Boymans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam De Hallen in Haarlem Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven Twentse Welle in Enschede Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen Some students went abroad to a.o. Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum in London, the Wallraf Richartz Museum in Cologne, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Australian Museum in Sydney and the CAFAM in Bejing. [-]

MA Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image

Campus Full time 18 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Professional Master's programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image addresses these questions in theory and practice. Students... [+]

MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Moving images are part of our most cherished but also fleeting cultural heritage. As well as capturing time and place, memory and history, they carry a myriad of other important data. How is this audiovisual material preserved for future generations and how is it best presented today as a source of information, culture and entertainment, to a general or specialised audience?The Professional Master's programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image addresses these questions in theory and practice. Students spend the first year acquiring critical knowledge, which is put into practice during an internship during the second year.In recent decades, the use of digital technologies has transformed the ways in which moving images are produced and consumed. Inevitably, such developments also impact on our audiovisual heritage. The impact of digitisation on the preservation and presentation of moving images will feature prominently in several of the programme’s courses.... [-]


MA History: Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master's programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies is unique in the Netherlands. The courses are provided by the new Center for Holocaust and... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The word genocide immediately evokes images of the mass murder of Jews during World War II. But there are more twentieth-century examples of genocide: during World War I, Armenians were systematically persecuted and murdered, and more recently during the civil war in Rwanda Tutsis and moderate Hutus were also the victims of genocide. Is this kind of devastation a typical phenomenon resulting from twentieth-century genocidal ideology? The programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which is part of the MA in History, attempts to explore this question.... [-]


MA Literary Studies: Comparative Literature

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Comparative Literature in the broadest sense: critical approaches to text, film, art and music Linking up with the Bachelor's, the specialisation Comparative Literature focuses on the analysis and interpretation of literary texts within a theoretical and cultural framework. Students become familiar with writers from a variety of countries throughout the ages. [+]

Comparative Literature in the broadest sense: critical approaches to text, film, art and music. Linking up with the Bachelor's, the specialisation Comparative Literature focuses on the analysis and interpretation of literary texts within a theoretical and cultural framework. Students become familiar with writers from a variety of countries throughout the ages. However, this specialisation includes more than just examining literature; media such as film, art and music will also be considered. The specialisation also includes methodological reflection, literature theory and philosophy, whereas the cultural perspective emphasizes cultural studies, analysis and theory. Degree certificate Comparative Literature is an accredited degree programme of Literary Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Literary Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Programme structure The Master's programme Comparative Literature comprises 60 ECTS credits: 12 credits Comparative Literature core courses: Politics of the Contemporary 1 and 2 36 credits of courses 18 credits for a Master’s thesis Curriculum In the Master's programme Comparative Literature, we analyse and critically reflect on texts, films, art works and music. The specialisation also includes methodological reflection, literature theory and philosophy, whereas the cultural perspective emphasizes cultural studies, analysis and theory. This can be seen in the programme courses, which frequently engage with topics such as gender, the posthuman, contemporary philosophy, globalization, global literacy and the state of the humanities in the 21st century. Although students follow two compulsory core courses, it is also possible to combine courses from two or more other specialisations (e.g. English Literature and Culture; Literature and Education; Literature, Culture and Society; other UvA humanities masters), and thereby carry out comparative research projects. Students first enroll in two core course, Politics of the Contemporary 1 and 2. This course is dedicated to literature, the arts, and theory in relation to an specific issue that enjoys a particular relevance, urgency, or actuality for the present from a perspective that is political in its broadest sense, i.e. as having to do with power. Is it possible to analyse and reflect on arrangements of power in the very present that envelops and constitutes us, and if so, how? Or is the present always precisely what escapes us? Is it possible for theory, literature, and the arts to reflect on and even intervene in whatever is happening right about now? And how does the focus on the present constrain and/or emancipate the critical and political potentials of art and theory? Thesis The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s). [-]

MA Media Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master's programme Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary, humanities-oriented focus on media as multimodal discourses and cultural practices, while acknowledging the effects of technology, social and institutional forces on media contents. Its scope encompasses film, television, digital media and (audiovisual) archives. [+]

An interdisciplinary approach to Media Studies The Research Master's programme Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary, humanities-oriented focus on media as multimodal discourses and cultural practices, while acknowledging the effects of technology, social and institutional forces on media contents. Its scope encompasses film, television, digital media and (audiovisual) archives. Themes include the convergence of media and information technologies and infrastructures, cognitive studies and the digitialisation of culture. With roots in philosophy, history, and literary and linguistic (discourse) analysis, this young discipline has developed pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of media in contemporary culture. Degree certificate The Research Master's programme Media Studies is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The Research Master’s programme Media Studies seeks to enhance students’ understanding of media as a complex social and cultural phenomenon in its historical and contemporary context. Students can opt to specialise in film, TV, or digital media; develop expertise straddling these media, or choose the unifying perspective of information science, the latter including archival science as one of its branches. Specialisations The Research Master's in Media Studies offers three specialisations: The specialisation Film Studies offers in-depth knowledge in research fields ranging from film philosophy, multimodal metaphor, motion theory, media archaeology, and cultural memory to issues of transnational and global audiovisual practices. The specialisation TV Studies approaches contemporary crossmedial culture with a strong emphasis on theoretical engagements with recent developments in television technologies, texts/visualities, and circulation, as well as their geopolitical dimensions. The specialisation New Media Studies offers students the opportunity to engage with new media theories, software studies, internet criticism, distributed aesthetics, network politics and digital methods, training their ability, as future professionals in this field, to critically reflect on the wider issues raised by software-driven media The specialisation Information Studies is positioned at the intersection of information, technology, and people, focusing on digital scientific and cultural heritage in libraries, archives, museums; on alternative sources emerging on the (social) Web; and on how these changes fundamentally affect our concept of “information.” Participating staff members are generally specialised in a specific medium as well as involved in the further development of media theory and media research methodologies. Programme structure The Research Master's programme Media Studies comprises 120 ECTS credits: 90 credits for courses, electives and tutorials. 30 credits for a Research Master's thesis project. [-]

MA Media Studies: Film Studies

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam aims to train students to critically and creatively engage with such important shifts in film... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in in Media and Culture: Film Studies

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam aims to train students to critically and creatively engage with such important shifts in film and cinema culture. The programme offers in-depth knowledge in various research fields, ranging from film philosophy, media archaeology and cultural memory to issues of transnational and global audiovisual practices.Students have privileged access to historical sources and film collections. Internationally renowned film scholars are appointed as faculty and guest lecturers. Teaching in the programme is strongly informed by the way film is taught internationally, notably in the United States, Britain and France, thus giving students the opportunity to keep abreast of wider developments in the field.* Please note the Master's programme Film Studies is not a Master’s in Film Production.... [-]


MA Media Studies: New Media and Digital Culture

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme New Media and Digital Culture is meant for students who are interested in contributing to timely discourse surrounding critical... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in New Media and Digital Culture

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's programme New Media and Digital Culture is meant for students who are interested in contributing to timely discourse surrounding critical media theory. It builds upon the pioneering new media scene, with an emphasis on the study of Internet culture. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of new media theory, viewed from the perspectives of media archaeology, materialist and other critical traditions, and applied to such topics as blogging, locative media, networks and protocol.

 

 

Programme structure

The Master's programme New Media and Digital Culture comprises 60 ECTS credits:... [-]


MA Middle Eastern Studies: Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Hebrew and Jewish Studies focuses on Jewish culture and intellectual life from antiquity to the present. It offers students the possibility to acquire a thorough specialisation in the field of their choice. [+]

The Master's programme Hebrew and Jewish Studies focuses on Jewish culture and intellectual life from antiquity to the present. It offers students the possibility to acquire a thorough specialisation in the field of their choice. Following a general theoretical and methodological seminar, each student will take tutorials and/or electives in subjects related to his/her desired area of expertise. The students together with the study adviser and tutors draw up their own trajectory. The staff participating in the programme cover a broad range of subjects, periods and approaches: Second Temple period and ancient rabbinic Judaism, medieval culture, with particular emphasis on philosophy and history of the sciences, early modern and modern cultural and intellectual history (including Amsterdam’s Jewish past), book history, Modern Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture, and Yiddish studies. Why studying Hebrew at the University of Amsterdam? The programme is situated in a city rich in Jewish life and infrastructure. Local institutions include the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, the Ets Haim/Livraria Montezinos, the Jewish Historical Museum, and the Municipal Archive. Together the University of Amsterdam and these institutions host extensive collections, ranging from primary sources to contemporary scholarly literature and material objects. We maintain excellent connections with other departments within the university as well as other academic and Jewish institutes, where students can find additional expertise. Thanks to the staff’s national and international networks, most graduates find jobs in their area of expertise. Degree certificate Middle Eastern Studies is an accredited degree Master’s programme. After successful completion of the Hebrew and Jewish Studies specialisation, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Programme structure The Master's programme Hebrew and Jewish Studies comprises 60 EC: 42 EC for core courses (on methodologies and controversies in Jewish Studies) and electives, 18 EC for a thesis. Curriculum The program in Hebrew and Jewish Studies is built around the following components: the research seminar Jewish Studies: Issues, Controversies, Models and Theories (12 EC, semester 1, period 1-2), which offers an exploration of the field of academic Jewish Studies. The course is designed to help students place their area of specialisation within the broader field and equip them with the tools to judge and apply the relevant methods and theories. the individual Term Paper (6 EC, semester 1, period 1-2). the MA thesis (18 EC, semester 2, period 2-3). in the remaining 24 EC students take tutorials or electives in subjects related to their area of expertise. Each individual trajectory is designed in close consultation with the program director and study adviser. [-]

MA Philosophy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Philosophy is the most inclusive of its kind in the Netherlands. It covers a wide range of topics and has a strong international focus. The programme familiarises students with one or more sub-areas of philosophy, and explores both Anglo-Saxon and European philosophy. [+]

Inclusive and wide-ranging The Master's programme Philosophy is the most inclusive of its kind in the Netherlands. It covers a wide range of topics and has a strong international focus. The programme familiarises students with one or more sub-areas of philosophy, and explores both Anglo-Saxon and European philosophy. Students acquire the skills to formulate, analyse and discuss philosophical problems, as well as to formulate and present targeted research questions within a broader research plan. Studying Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam The University of Amsterdam's Philosophy programme is the most inclusive of its kind in the Netherlands. Students can choose courses in philosophy from the wide selection of courses offered by the Department of Philosophy. Courses are grouped under the following topics: The Philosophical Tradition in Context Critical Cultural Theory: Art, Culture and Media Philosophy and Public Affairs Logic and Language: Mind, Body and Behaviour Philosophy at the UvA is highly regarded in terms of research and teaching quality, and was voted the best in the Netherlands for the second year running in the 2012 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Degree certificate Philosophy is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Philosophy and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum Students can compile their programmes based on their own interests, but courses in philosophy adding up to 30 credits must be chosen from the selection of courses offered by the Department of Philosophy. About two-thirds of these courses are taught in English, and are open to both international and Dutch students. Programme structure The Master's programme Philosophy comprises 60 ECTS credits: 42 credits for core courses and electives 18 credits for a Master's thesis project [-]

Master in Linguistics: Language and Education

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Language and Education explores language from an acquisitional, pragmatic, and educational perspective. It provides students with knowledge and skills in the fields of institutional language learning and language pedagogy. [+]

The Master's programme Language and Education explores language from an acquisitional, pragmatic, and educational perspective. It provides students with knowledge and skills in the fields of institutional language learning and language pedagogy. The importance of L2 learning and teaching High quality L2 education is of prime importance in a world in which contacts between people from different parts of the globe for business and recreational purposes have become every day routine. In contrast to many other European countries, the Netherlands has a rich tradition in L2 learning and teaching. Research, however, shows that Dutch people often overrate their L2 skills. If the Dutch, and their European counterparts, want to keep pace in a globalized economy, they will need to considerably broaden and improve their foreign language skills. The ambition of the member countries of the European Union (and of the Dutch government) that all citizens should speak two foreign languages at a (high) intermediate level gives rise to a number of important questions. Is this a realistic goal? What pedagogical strategies will ensure that more people learn more languages at a higher level? At what age should we begin teaching foreign languages at school? How do we take the growing number of children into account whose first language is not the institutional language used in school? In the MA Programme Language and Education offered by the University of Amsterdam we focus on these questions and others. The program has been set up for language students of various languages and language groups (English, German, French, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic, Spanish), who are interested in language use and language learning within an educational context. Language and Education at the UvA The Master's programme Language and Education offers students the opportunity to study language use and foreign language teaching and learning within institutional educational frameworks. Students specialise in one of the European languages or language families. The language (groups) that you can choose from for your specialisation are: English French German Italian Scandinavian Slavonic Spanish The programme focuses on language use, language learning and teaching, and language variation. It comprises courses on linguistics of the language of your specialisation (English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic, Spanish), from an educational angle. In order to fully prepare students for a future in L2 teaching, they combine courses in linguistics with a course on the pedagogy of literature and culture of the language of their specialisation. For students who are interested in the analysis of language, language use and variation, and language policy, the University of Amsterdam offers a Language and Society Master’s programme. In order to obtain a grade-one teacher qualification, you can apply for a post-Master teacher training programme (English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish), offered by the Graduate School of Child Development and Education. Degree certificate The Master's in Language and Education is an accredited degree programme of Linguistics. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Linguistics and the title Master of Arts (MA). Career prospects The Master's programme Linguistics: Language and Education graduates will be able to pursue a career in: In the educational sector, communications, the civil service, embassies or (international) enterprises. After having completed the MA Programme, graduates can apply for a post-Master’s teacher training programme in English, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish, organized by the Graduate School of Child Development and Education (or equivalent programmes such as Eerst de Klas or Onderwijs Traineeship), in order to obtain a grade-one teacher qualification. For these programmes a good mastering of Dutch is required. Graduates can also go on to a PhD program at the UvA, another Dutch university or a university abroad. When pursuing an academic career, it is advisable to discuss the possibility of joining the two-year Research Master's in Linguistics at the UvA. [-]

Master in Literary Studies: English Literature and Culture

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Literary Studies: English Literature and Culture caters to students whose interests and academic backgrounds are in literary studies and European culture in the broad sense, but in particular English Literature and Culture, as well as World Literature in English. [+]

English Literature from a broad perspective The Master's programme Literary Studies: English Literature and Culture caters to students whose interests and academic backgrounds are in literary studies and European culture in the broad sense, but in particular English Literature and Culture, as well as World Literature in English. Furthermore, the programme also gives participating students the opportunity to explore the interrelations of literature with other kinds of cultural objects, such as films, digital media and the visual arts. Degree certificate English Literature and Culture is an accredited degree programme of Literary Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Literary Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). Literary Studies: English Literature and Culture English Literature is a specialisation in the Literary Studies MA programme. The specialisation is rooted in literary analysis but also works at the forefront of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship. More particularly, it provides students with insight into the history and theory of literature in English and explores its relationship with other media, while in the process engaging key issues of intellectual concern in society, politics and culture. English Literature is understood in the broadest sense, as a diverse and complex mode of expression that includes works from American, British, Commonwealth, and postcolonial contexts. Career prospects The Master's programme English Literature and Culture prepares students for a career in any sector of cultural life, education, publishing, journalism, media, communications and the civil service. Graduates can also go on to pursue a PhD programme at the UvA, another Dutch university or a university abroad. Depending on their specific area of interest, graduates may opt to continue in the Research Master's in Literary Studies, or the Research Master's in Cultural Analysis, both of which are offered at the UvA. [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Artistic Research (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master's programme Artistic Research seeks to form a bridge between art and standard scholarly research by offering insight into and training... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Artistic Research (by Research)

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Research Master's programme Artistic Research seeks to form a bridge between art and standard scholarly research by offering insight into and training in new forms of research. These new forms provide an alternative to existing approaches, stressing applied, practical research as opposed to fundamental, theoretical research.The Research Master's in Artistic Research takes an experimental approach to both specific art objects and broader artistic concepts and opens them up to interpretation. Topics and strategies relevant for current scholarly debates and contemporary artistic practice form core components of the programme.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Art Studies (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two year Research programme Art Studies lets you dig deeper into the part of the (art)world where your interests lie most. It is an intensive academic programme that gives you the freedom to follow your own line of study. [+]

Bridging art and research The multitude of theatres, galleries, museums and concert venues put Amsterdam at the very heart of arts and culture in the Netherlands. The two year Research programme Art Studies lets you dig deeper into the part of the (art)world where your interests lie most. It is an intensive academic programme that gives you the freedom to follow your own line of study. Curriculum Students submit a research proposal before the start of the programme. This, along with discussions with the programme director, forms the basis for the course of study. In the research proposal students write down their ideas for tutorials, a thesis and the three electives they wish to take. The electives can be chosen from the programmes Cultural Studies (Algemene cultuurwetenschappen), Art History (Kunstgeschiedenis), Musicology (Muziekwetenschap) or Theatre Studies (Theaterwetenschap). All students attend three core courses, which provide a theoretical background in Art Studies. Two additional tracks are offered by the Research Master’s programme Art Studies: Dutch Golden Age Studies, carried out in association with the Department of History and Area Studies, Dutch Studies, and the Amsterdam Centre for Golden Age Studies (ACSGA), and Artistic Research, carried out in association with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Institute. Degree certificate The Research Master's programme Art Studies is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA). Programme structure The Research Master's programme Art Studies comprises 120 ECTS credits: - 90 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives. - 30 credits for a Master's thesis. [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Comparative Cultural Analysis

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The <strong>Master's programme Comparative Cultural Analysis</strong> is dedicated to exploring how globalisation has increased across intercultural forms of literatures and arts. What a culture identifies as a dialogue with another culture is a sometimes fruitful and sometimes conflictual but always productive moment that reveals that no “culture” is a self-contained historical or geographical entity. [+]

Exploring culture in the broadest sense The Master's programme Comparative Cultural Analysis is dedicated to exploring how globalisation has increased across intercultural forms of literatures and arts. What a culture identifies as a dialogue with another culture is a sometimes fruitful and sometimes conflictual but always productive moment that reveals that no “culture” is a self-contained historical or geographical entity. Using interdisciplinary concepts and objects, the course proposes to explore the dialogues between and therefore (self)redefinition of cultural phenomena, with a special emphasis on issues of mobility and identity construction. Degree certificate Comparative Cultural Analysis is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The professors and researchers who form part of this programme all have very diverse research areas. Questions concerning the programme literature are combined with a broader perspective from various subjects such as cultural history, psychoanalysis and esthetics, philosophy and esthetics, anthropology and intercultural awareness, intermediality, and gender studies. Programme structure The Master's programme Comparative Cultural Analysis comprises 60 ECTS credits: - 42 credits for courses - 18 credits for a thesis Thesis The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s). [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Cultural Analysis (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Since its beginnings in 2001, the <strong>Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis</strong> has rapidly gained a leading reputation in the field and is constantly attracting growing numbers of high-level applicants from around the world. [+]

An interdisciplinary analysis of culture Since its beginnings in 2001, the Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis has rapidly gained a leading reputation in the field and is constantly attracting growing numbers of high-level applicants from around the world. The programme is dedicated to the interdisciplinary analysis of culture at large. Cultural phenomena such as works of art and literature, cinema and new media, popular culture, as well as social belief and value systems are examined and analysed. Emphasis is placed on textual, visual and historical details in the context of the social, political or aesthetic movements that underpin them. Their implied normativity and the ways in which identity, difference and otherness are negotiated across the cultural spectrum are questioned. Studying Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam The University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Cultural Analysis research programme is unique in the Netherlands and one of the leading programmes of its kind worldwide. Its curriculum reflects the research activities of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). Degree certificate Cultural Analysis is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The Research Master's in Cultural Analysis prepares participants for entry into a related PhD programme. The programme itself is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study and analysis of contemporary culture. It seeks to enhance analytical skills and to train students to explore a field of study and an object of inquiry that is not necessarily deducible from or reducible to disciplinary traditions. Programme structure The Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis comprises 120 ECTS credits: - 90 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives. - 30 credits for the Master's thesis. Courses The core courses and electives all take the form of seminars devoted to the detailed study of texts, cultural objects, theories and methodologies in the field of cultural analysis. Tutorials are small groups of up to five students who work together under specialist supervision. They provide an intellectually challenging and stimulating context in which students can narrow their focus. The core courses, electives and tutorials provide the training and preparation necessary for writing the Master's thesis (which can also serve as the basis for future research, such as for a PhD). Research activities Students are encouraged to participate in additional ongoing research activities, including international workshops and conferences organised through ASCA. Recent ASCA guest lecturers have included: Anselm Haverkamp, Diane Crane, Judith Butler, Cesare Casarino, Szusa Baross, Geoffrey Hartman, Murray Pratt and Sam Weber. Thesis The Master's thesis is a research project carried out by the student under the supervision of two members of the academic staff involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s). Researching and writing the thesis takes at least six months. [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Musicology

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Musicology focuses on intercultural music across a wide range of topics, including world music, contemporary expressions of... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Musicology

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's programme Musicology focuses on intercultural music across a wide range of topics, including world music, contemporary expressions of music, western classical music of all periods, theory of music, cognition, cultural musicology, music theory, performance practice, pop and jazz. The programme is aimed  at providing a comprehensive understanding of one particular area of musicology, and allows participating students the freedom to conduct further research in their chosen field of study, such as the music of India or the development of modern twentieth century compositions.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Theatre Studies

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Aspects of theatre and performance are omnipresent in today's global community. It is therefore important to study theatre in the broadest sense... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Theatre Studies

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Aspects of theatre and performance are omnipresent in today's global community. It is therefore important to study theatre in the broadest sense of the word, not only as part of the national (Dutch) culture but also as a cultural phenomenon currently undergoing a process of globalisation. The Master's programme Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam provides a wide range of opportunities for acquiring insight into processes of theatrical creation and perception, as well as aspects of theatricality both within and across cultures. The courses are organised around five themes: Theatre and Globalization, Theatre and History, Theatre and Society, Theatre Analysis, and Performance and Performativity.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in European Studies: Identity and Integration

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme European Studies: Identity and Integration offers insight into various aspects of European identity and the process of... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in European Studies: Identity and Integration

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's programme European Studies: Identity and Integration offers insight into various aspects of European identity and the process of European integration. Students examine Europe and the development of the idea of Europe, and in turn trace the founding of the European Union. By exploring the borders, images and policies of Europe, the programme aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of modern European history, culture and integration.

 

 

Curriculum

The Master's programme European Studies: Identity and Integration aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of modern European integration, history and culture. The compulsory courses examine the internal and external relations of the EU in the context of contemporary events and politics. In addition, students can choose from various electives that focus on a range of topics, such as:... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in General Linguistics

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

General linguistics is the study of the universal properties of language as they manifest themselves in the language system, the language capacity of individual... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in General Linguistics

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

General linguistics is the study of the universal properties of language as they manifest themselves in the language system, the language capacity of individual language users, the use of language in varying social circumstances and the application of linguistic knowledge in technological environments.The UvA has renowned specialists in all these areas and offers training through an integrated programme provided by the departments of Language Technology, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics and Language Pathology, Second Language Acquisition, Sign Linguistics and Theoretical Linguistics.Please note that this is not a programme in Applied Linguistics!... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in in History: American Studies

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme American Studies explores the history of the United States to understand what is specifically American about this society and culture... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in in History: American Studies

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

For almost 70 years the United States has been the dominant global power. The Master's programme American Studies explores the history of the United States to understand what is specifically American about this society and culture, which simultaneously has such a global appeal and vast military power. The American Studies programme at the University of Amsterdam is interdisciplinary in its approach, combining history and the social sciences. While the programme has always considered the United States from an international and comparative perspective, it has recently been expanded to include a new global perspective. Central themes in the programme are: American democracy, American-European diplomatic and military relations, the Americanisation of Europe and allegations concerning American cultural imperialism.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master's programme Linguistics gives students the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines. In addition, it... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics (by Research)

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Research Master's programme Linguistics gives students the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of linguistic sub-disciplines. In addition, it devotes serious attention to methodological issues, and aims at theory formation through the analysis of large data sets. All courses are taught in English or, in the case of language-specific courses, in the given language.

 

Studying Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam is home to specialists in all the important sub-areas of linguistics.

The Research Master's programme Linguistics is coordinated by the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. The programme capitalises on this potential by covering a variety of areas, including: research in Creole studies, discourse analysis, functional grammar, generative grammar, language and speech development and pathology, language typology, language variation and change, phonetics, second language acquisition, semantics and sign linguistics. The University is rich in terms of the languages and language families covered in linguistic research and teaching. Linguistics seminars are taught on Arabic, Dutch (including Dutch as a Second Language), English, French, German, Greek (Classical and modern), Italian, Latin, Scandinavian, Slavonic and Spanish. A general characteristic of linguistic research at the UvA is the focus on theory formation through the analysis of large data sets. ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics of European Languages

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The linguistic landscape of Europe is a fascinating one. On the one hand there is enormous diversity: with languages as diverse as Russian, Spanish and... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics of European Languages

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The linguistic landscape of Europe is a fascinating one. On the one hand there is enormous diversity: with languages as diverse as Russian, Spanish and Swedish the linguistic differences seem to be immense. On the other hand, the long history of expansion and subsequent withdrawal of populations like the Romans, Celts, Ottomans and the Slavs have led to a mixture of recurrent linguistic properties across Europe or parts of Europe. Furthermore, due to its long colonial history many European languages are now world languages too, which adds a global dimension to the study of European languages and the way they interact with other languages.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Literary Studies (by Research)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Literature offers us opportunities to experience worlds beyond our own circumstances and situation. Literature is always larger than the interpretations it inspires... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Literary Studies (by Research)

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Literature offers us opportunities to experience worlds beyond our own circumstances and situation. Literature is always larger than the interpretations it inspires in us and challenges us to meet the text by expanding our own frame of reference. In this programme literature is studied as a culturally and historically diverse field, as a historical praxis and as an historically shifting canon. In studying literature as an intercultural phenomenon, the course adopts a comparative point of view. The Research Master's programme Literary Studies offers a theoretically and historically informed survey of the diversity and diachronic complexity of literature.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy (Research MA)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master's programme Philosophy familiarises students with one or more sub-areas of philosophy, and offers an excellent opportunity to... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy (Research MA)

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Research Master's programme Philosophy familiarises students with one or more sub-areas of philosophy, and offers an excellent opportunity to students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Philosophy. The programme covers a wide range of topics and perspectives, and has a strong international focus. Both Anglo-Saxon and  European philosophy are studied. Students can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

Philosophical Tradition in Context Critical Cultural Theory Philosophy and Public Affairs Logic and Language

Students acquire the skills to formulate, analyse and discuss philosophical problems, as well as to formulate and present targeted research questions within a broader research plan.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Theology and Religious Studies (Research MA)

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The focus of the Research Master's programme Religious Studies is on religious plurality in the Western world: differences within religions, differences between... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Theology and Religious Studies (Research MA)

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The focus of the Research Master's programme Religious Studies is on religious plurality in the Western world: differences within religions, differences between religions, and new phenomena such as radical individualisation that reshuffle the religious landscape. The programme not only studies official doctrines and established traditions and institutions, but also gives due attention to the whole spectrum of religious experience and practices in Western societies.

 

 

Curriculum

The Research Master's programme Religious Studies strives to integrate seminars, tutorials and research. Courses are related to the teaching staff's research, and students can join in research activities initiated by staff. They can specialise in a social science, literary or historical track, and can also choose to focus on a specific religion through electives and tutorials.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Theology and Religious Studies: Religious Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master's programme Religious Studies offers exciting opportunities to students who enjoy studying religious texts, traditions and practices, and... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Theology and Religious Studies: Religious Studies

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's programme Religious Studies offers exciting opportunities to students who enjoy studying religious texts, traditions and practices, and theoretical issues related to religious diversity. The programme has a strong focus on the historical roots of religious pluralism in Europe and the Mediterranean in general, and on the many forms of religion that emerged within European societies. Courses are offered that relate to Jewish, Christian and Islamic texts and traditions, as well as esoteric and ‘pagan’ currents from Classical Antiquity to the present.As part of the programme, students can choose the specialisation Biblical Studies, which offers a wide range of courses covering the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, Jewish literature from the Second Temple Period and the Early Rabbinic Period, and Early Christian literature. The specialisation focuses on the historical and literary contexts in which the Bible took shape, as well as the rich story of its interpretation in various times and situations. Students can also choose the specialisation Religious Traditions in Europe, which has a strong focus on the historical roots of religious pluralism in Europe and the Mediterranean in general, as well as on the many forms of religion that emerged within European societies... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Western Esotericism

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master's programme Western Esotericism focuses on the critical historical and analytical study of esoteric movements in Western culture. Against the... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Western Esotericism

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's programme Western Esotericism focuses on the critical historical and analytical study of esoteric movements in Western culture. Against the background of the Gnostic and hermetic currents of late Antiquity and the history of the so‑called ‘occult sciences' (notably astrology, alchemy, magic), attention is focused particularly on the revival of Hermetic philosophy during the early Renaissance, the so-called ‘occult philosophy' and its later offshoots (alchemy, Paracelsianism and Rosicrucianism). In addition, the programme also gives due attention to Jewish and Christian Kabbalah and the movements arising from it, as well as theosophical and illuminist currents, and the various forms of occultism and related movements during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the New Age movement.... [-]


Master of Arts in Archaeology: Archaeology of North Western Europe

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The <strong>Master’s programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe</strong> covers the period from the Late Iron Age to the Early Modern period. The two specialisations in this programme are: - Late Iron Age and Roman Archaeology of Northwestern Europe. - Medieval and Early Modern Archaeology. [+]

Education and research interlinked The Master’s programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe covers the period from the Late Iron Age to the Early Modern period. The two specialisations in this programme are: - Late Iron Age and Roman Archaeology of Northwestern Europe. - Medieval and Early Modern Archaeology. Both specialisations closely interlink with current research in the Netherlands in general and the city of Amsterdam in particular. ACASA: Archaeology in Amsterdam As of September 2012, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) will offer a joint Master’s in Archaeology via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This pooling of resources means you will have the choice between various course packages, as well as the opportunity to specifically prepare yourself for a professional career, be it in commercial archaeology, archaeology policy or academic research. You will attend lectures at both the UvA and the VU. A lecturer speaks: Prof. Jerzy Gawronski, head of the archeology division of the Monuments and Archaeology Bureau of the city of Amsterdam, and Professor of Archaeology at ACASA: ‘The construction of the North/South metro line enables archaeologists to acquire new knowledge about the history of Amsterdam. The depth to which is dug, and the spot where the Amstel river once ran, make the excavations unique. Archaeologists excavate thousands of historical objects from the building site on a daily basis.’ Degree certificate Archaeology of Northwestern Europe is an accredited degree programme of Archaeology. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The programme gives considerable attention to topics such as settlement archaeology, the archaeology of cult sites and grave sites, integration processes in the Roman Empire and the research of city centres and material culture studies. These topics are already closely intertwined with the results of recent fieldwork and other ongoing research projects, which range from Roman villa landscapes in the south of the Netherlands to VOC shipyards in the centre of Amsterdam. 3000 Years of West European Archaeology As for the compilation of your programme or your choice of specialism and thesis supervisor, it makes no difference at which institution you decide to enrol. Together the UvA and VU cover more than 3000 years of West European archaeology. One of the UvA’s specialisms is the Archaeology of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era. The VU’s focus is on research and education in the fields of late prehistory and Roman times of Western Europe. Special attention is given to Dutch archaeology. Specialisations Master's students of the programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe can choose one of the following specialisations: - Late Prehistory and Roman Archaeology of Northwestern Europe This specialisation explores the Celtic/Germanic societies of Northwestern Europe during the late Iron Age, and their eventual integration into the Roman Empire. Archaeological analyses of results from recent fieldwork and material culture are combined with the exploration of theoretical concepts and ideas about integration processes - and the therein occurring variations - within the Roman Empire. - Medieval and Early Modern Archaeology This specialisation focuses on the study of the origins and developments of cities (especially Amsterdam) in conjunction with developments in landscape, as well as the settlement and agrarian strategies in various Dutch landscapes. Programme structure The Master's programme Archaeology of Northwestern Europe comprises 60 ECTS credits: - 42 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives. - 18 credits for the Master's thesis. [-]

Master of Arts in Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is not fixed to geographical or chronological boundaries, but deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and archaeological heritage in many different societies. [+]

Transcending boundaries The Master’s programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is not fixed to geographical or chronological boundaries, but deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and archaeological heritage in many different societies. Within the programme students can opt for the specialisation Landscape Archaeology or Archaeological Heritage. In both specialisations students will acquire conceptual knowledge of landscapes and archaeological remains in their modern setting, with a focus on heritage management and policy. ACASA: Archaeology in Amsterdam As of September 2012, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) will offer a joint Master’s in Archaeology via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This pooling of resources means you will have the choice between various course packages, as well as the opportunity to specifically prepare yourself for a professional career, be it in commercial archaeology, archaeology policy or academic research. You will attend lectures at both the UvA and the VU. A lecturer speaks: Dr Gert Jan van Wijngaarden, Associate Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at ACASA: ‘All the archaeological fieldwork within ACASA is conducted in close cooperation with local archaeological services. For example, our project on Zakynthos in Greece includes excavations, field surveys, remote sensing and interviews with local inhabitants. Just as the other projects, it is a perfect training ground for students of different levels and interest.’ Degree certificate Landscape and Heritage is an accredited degree programme of Archaeology. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The Master's programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage comprises two specialisations: Landscape Archaeology Landscape Archaeology is a specialism which is well developed at the VU and the UvA. The Netherlands (large scale excavations) and the Mediterranean (surface surveys) form the historical landscapes against which fieldwork is conducted, and are also the focal points for ongoing research projects about the use of GIS in archaeology and villa landscapes in the north of the Roman Empire. Core themes in the programme are: - ecological and economic dimensions of the interrelationship between man and landscape; - the historical stratification of landscapes; - the ‘past in the past’; - landscape and identity. Archaeological Heritage Archaeology is seen progressively more as heritage, which gives it a new social and economic meaning. This conjures up several important questions. For example, what is archaeological heritage? How do we envision the processes of preservation and management? What role does archaeology play in spatial planning? How is archaeological heritage management currently organised and financed in the Netherlands and in other European countries, and how will it be done in future? These and other questions are dealt with in the programme, which encompasses several modules from the interdisciplinary Master’s in Heritage Studies. Do you want to be a graduated archaeologist, but also focus on heritage management and policy? If so, then this Master’s is the programme for you. With ‘Archaeological Heritage’ the UvA/VU offer the only archaeological programme in the Netherlands with a specialisation that combines archaeology and heritage. Although you receive a Master’s degree in Archaeology, you also take heritage related courses during your study programme. You are also introduced to every facet of the current archaeological system and the way in which the ‘market’ operates. You are hereby able to specialise in policy and advice. Programme structure The Master's programme Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage comprises 60 ECTS credits: - 42 credits for core courses. - 18 credits for a Master’s thesis. [-]

Master of Arts in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology interlinks with the long, yet very current, disciplinary traditions of the UvA and the VU University, which... [+]

Master of Arts in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

 

Starts in: September 

Language of instruction: English

The Master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology interlinks with the long, yet very current, disciplinary traditions of the UvA and the VU University, which include attention for the study of the basis of archaeology, objects and – for interaction and connection – also creators and users. A shared strength of the UvA and the VU is their long tradition of performing research in the Mediterranean area. This can be seen from the large amount of fieldwork projects in Italy and Greece, as well as the museum collections in the Allard Pierson Museum.... [-]


Master of Arts in Archaeology by Research

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two year academic oriented research programme Archaeology provides you with enough opportunities to specialise in the archaeological component which fascinates you the most. However, a strong interest in academic research is essential. [+]

Comprehensive research The two year academic oriented research programme Archaeology provides you with enough opportunities to specialise in the archaeological component which fascinates you the most. However, a strong interest in academic research is essential. Would you like to further broaden your knowledge of archaeology and, for instance, learn more about the meaning of temples in the Ancient World? Or would you like to examine the development of cities in North Western Europe since the late Roman period? The two year Research Master’s in Archaeology will give you every opportunity to do so. As a student of this Research MA programme, you can choose between the specialisations European Archaeology and Mediterranean Archaeology. In collaboration with archaeological institutes from other universities, symposiums and workshops will be organised for the capita-selecta components. These will be accessible to both PhD researchers and students. ACASA: Archaeology in Amsterdam As of September 2012, the Master’s programmes Archaeology, and Classics and Ancient Civilisations will be jointly provided by the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). The Research Master’s programme Archaeology forms part of this joint effort. By pooling their resources in ACASA, the two Amsterdam-based universities can offer the broadest package of Master’s programmes in the field of archaeology and classical antiquity in the Netherlands. Degree certificate The Research Master Archaeology is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA). Programme structure The Research Master's programme Archaeology comprises 120 ECTS credits: - 90 credits for courses and tutorials. - 30 credits for the Master's thesis. Thesis The Master’s thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the thesis supervisor. [-]

Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilisations: Ancient History

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The <strong>Master’s programme Ancient History</strong> is specially developed for students wanting to dedicate most of their Master’s studies to the history of the Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during Classical Antiquity. [+]

The Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during Classical Antiquity The Master’s programme Ancient History is specially developed for students wanting to dedicate most of their Master’s studies to the history of the Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during Classical Antiquity. While our first thoughts go to the BA in History, students with Bachelor’s in Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures, Ancient Cultures and Archaeology are also welcome to participate. Due to the broad range of study programmes offered by ACASA (Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology), it is possible to develop oneself as an accomplished historian of Classical Antiquity. Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies The programme Ancient History consists of two core modules: 'Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies I and II', both of which introduce students to some of the most important debates within the discipline and give due attention to interdisciplinary research. The modules are concluded with a term paper. Students can choose between the two specialisations: ‘East-West Confrontations’ and ‘Religion and Culture’. As part of these specialisations, various modules can be chosen, such as ‘Confrontation between Greek and Mesopotamian cultures’, ‘Greek elites during imperial times’ (both VU), ‘The rise of Christianity’ and ‘The Roman city’ (UvA). These lectures perfectly convey the expertise of the academic staff. Aside from the aforementioned, it is also possible to take elective modules from the Master’s programmes Archaeology, Ancient Studies and Classics. ACASA: Classics and Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam As of September 2012, the Master’s programmes Archaeology, and Classics and Ancient Civilizations will be jointly provided by the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Through this partnership, both universities are able to provide the broadest educational package the Netherlands has to offer in the field of Classical Antiquity. Amsterdam has its own Classical Antiquity museum, the Allard Pierson museum, which houses a special collection of artifacts from Egypt, as well as a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity. The museum is closely involved with the education of ACASA. Degree certificate Ancient History is an accredited degree programme of Classics and Ancient Civilizations. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum The Master's programme Ancient History consists of two specialisations: - East-West Confrontations. - Religion and Culture. As part of these specialisations, students can choose various modules such as ‘Confrontation between Greek and Mesopotamian cultures’, ‘Greek elites during imperial times’ (both VU), ‘The rise of Christianity’ and ‘The Roman city’ (UvA). These lectures perfectly convey the expertise of the academic staff. Programme structure The Master's programme Ancient History comprises 60 ECTS credits: - 42 credits for core courses, electives and tutorials. - 18 credits for the Master’s thesis. [-]

Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilisations: Ancient Studies

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The core courses of the programme are 'Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies I and II', both of which introduce students to some of the most pertinent debates within the field and give due attention to interdisciplinary research. [+]

Transcending disciplinary boundaries Hardly a single question on ancient society or culture can be solved if one limits the evidence to either written sources or archaeological material. Therefore the Master’s in Ancient Studies is designed as a multi-disciplinary programme. It offers a unique combination of historical, literary, and archaeological approaches from which the student can make a choice. In addition, it is possible to specialise in ancient philosophy or religion, and the study of one of the classical languages or Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian can be included in the programme. Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies The core courses of the programme are 'Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies I and II', both of which introduce students to some of the most pertinent debates within the field and give due attention to interdisciplinary research. Depending on your interests, you can specialise in Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Thought and Religion, Latin or Greek Language and Culture, as well as Mesopotamian Language and Culture from the first millennium BC. Electives deal with themes such as Greek culture in Imperial Rome, City Life in the Roman Empire or Imagining the Divine in Context. It is also possible to include elective courses from the Master’s programmes Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics. ACASA: Classics and Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam As of September 2012, the Master’s programmes Archaeology, and Classics and Ancient Civilizations will be jointly provided by the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Through this partnership, both universities are able to provide the broadest educational package the Netherlands has to offer in the field of Classical Antiquity. Amsterdam has its own Antiquity museum, the Allard Pierson museum, which houses a special collection of artifacts from Egypt, as well as a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity. The museum is closely involved with the education of ACASA. Degree certificate Ancient Studies is an accredited degree programme of Classics and Ancient Civilizations. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA). Curriculum Students choose one of the following specialisations: - Archaeology and ancient history. - Ancient Thought: from Plato to Augustine. - Ancient Studies: with ancient Greek. - Ancient Studies: with Latin. - Neo-Babylonian and neo-Assyrian. Programme structure The Master's programme Ancient Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits: - 42 credits for core courses, tutorials and electives. - 18 credits for a thesis project. [-]

Master of Arts in Television and Cross-Media Culture

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's in Television and Cross-Media Culture provides students with an in-depth knowledge in contemporary cross-media culture, viewed... [+]

Master of Arts in Television and Cross-Media Culture

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

The Master's in Television and Cross-Media Culture provides students with an in-depth knowledge in contemporary cross-media culture, viewed from historical, theoretical and critical perspectives, and applied to such topics as:

relationship between private and public, political agency of audiences and users, economic and technological contexts of cultural production, aesthetic forms between story-telling and interface, popular and professional knowledge production through media.

The programme does not train you in producing media content. It will instead teach you how to identify the most important dynamics of our media culture and how to conceptualise them in a critical and meaningful way. This will allow you to participate in ongoing debates and to give relevant input to cultural, political or industrial endeavors concerning media culture.... [-]


Masters in Arts and Culture: Arts of the Netherlands

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

Arts of the Netherlands is a two-year MA programme that focuses on the artistic tradition of the Netherlands, from circa 1400-1900, which comprises the fields of early Netherlandish art, Dutch and Flemish art of the Golden Age, and modern art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. [+]

Studying the arts of the Netherlands Arts of the Netherlands is a two-year MA programme that focuses on the artistic tradition of the Netherlands, from circa 1400-1900, which comprises the fields of early Netherlandish art, Dutch and Flemish art of the Golden Age, and modern art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. During the period covered by Arts of the Netherlands, the arts flourished in cities such as Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Haarlem, Delft and Amsterdam, while the Netherlandish tradition was shaped by world-renowned artists such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, Jheronimus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel, Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer, and Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian. The programme combines a historical and object-oriented perspective that gears students toward cutting-edge insights and a research-driven approach, and is taught by leading experts from the University of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum and other participating museums and institutions. Arts of the Netherlands is committed to the integrated study of various media and forms of artistic expression, such as painting, prints, drawings, sculpture and architecture, and will facilitate the opportunity to engage in more specialised fields of study in the applied and decorative arts. Arts of the Netherlands is targeted toward students of the history of art and architecture who are aspiring to a museum or academic career – as curator, researcher or professor – or to a comparable position in a cultural or heritage institution, and provides a solid foundation for advanced graduate research in a PhD programme. University and museum Arts of the Netherlands is an active collaboration of the University of Amsterdam with the Rijksmuseum and other museums and cultural institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium, such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Mauritshuis, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, the Catharijneconvent Museum, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum and the Memling Museum in Bruges, the RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Rubenianum in Antwerp, and leading institutions in the field of architectural heritage. This commitment to the complementary practices of scholarship and curatorship is essential to the programme’s mission to train future custodians of Netherlandish art. Academic research offers a broad historical and theoretical horizon that exceeds the practical boundaries imposed by any museum’s collection, while the museum’s take on research provides unmatched opportunities for examining and investigating the physical objects of our studies. The programme’s curriculum embraces both perspectives and combines them to stimulate intellectual freedom and a deep knowledge of singular works of art. In practice, this means that excursions and on-site training are integral components of the programme’s courses; that the study of objects is always motivated by and approached with an intellectual drive; that the student’s time will be divided equally between the seminar room and the museum gallery; and that academics and curators will be involved at all stages of the programme. General information The programme is taught in English, but students who are not familiar with Dutch are expected to learn the language and should be proficient before entering their second year of studies. Arts of the Netherlands is a selective programme aimed at outstanding Dutch and international students, of which a maximum of 15 per year can be accepted. A BA degree in art history will be beneficial but is not required formally. Applicants with other BA degrees in the humanities will be considered based on their merit. Degree certificate Arts of the Netherlands is an accredited Master’s degree programme in Arts and Culture. Upon successfully completing this programme, you will obtain the legally recognised Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA). Career prospects Arts of the Netherlands is designed for those who seek the formative challenge of sustained research motivated by intellectual freedom. The program prepares students for a career at a university, in a museum or in a comparable cultural or heritage institution, as a professor, curator, researcher or administrator. It lays a solid foundation for further research at the PhD level. The program is also suited for those who envision an independent career as freelance curator, journalist, writer or cultural entrepreneur, or for those with more adventurous minds aspiring to wonderful, exciting, peculiar and obscure jobs and research opportunities that no one drafting a list of future career paths can imagine. An MA degree from this selective program, which trains students to think independently, critically and creatively, will also provide a viable entry into a vast range of other careers, such as in business, NGO’s and public administration. [-]

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