Masters degrees are more versatile than doctoral qualifications and have a broad range of professional and academic applications. According to the U.S. Department of Education, three types of masters programs exist research, professional, and terminal. The most popular masters degree types are Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in a mixture of subject fields.
Political science programs teach students the basic elements of the government and the various factions and processes that control it. Topics such as comparative government, international relations, and conflict resolution may also be covered.
The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands is referred to as "Dutch". A modern European country today, Netherlands preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality. The Netherlands has many universities. The country has recently converted their own titles into the bachelor/master system. There are two types of universities: Academic (focussing more on theoretical knowledge, aka "Universiteit") or Applied Sciences (focussing more on practical knowledge, aka "Hogeschool")
Top Master of Art Programs in Political Science in Netherlands 2018/2019
The Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights will equip you with the necessary analytical and theoretical skills to engage with global and local challenges in insightful and innovative ways. [+]
Why has ’nationalist’ violence erupted in Ukraine? Will cities become the war zones of the future? What role did social media play in the rise and subsequent collapse of the Arab Spring? What are the ethical and political issues associated with the use of drones in zones of conflict - and what impact does this have on the subjects of surveillance? Who defines ‘evil’ and what does ‘doing good’ mean? How do ‘humanitarian wars’ affect the everyday lives of the ‘victims’ they protect? These are just some of the pressing questions arising from the complex interconnectedness of today’s world. A solution to these questions can only be found through systematic analysis of the processes of inclusion and exclusion, mobilization, and collective violence. Addressing these topics properly demands critical reflection on the national and international policies developed to contain, manage, resolve, or transform violent conflict. Our Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a selective, international graduate programme combining the study of theory with in-depth case study analysis. The programme focuses on both the dynamics of violent conflicts and the problems associated with the national and international military or humanitarian intervention by agencies such as the UN, NATO, or non-governmental organizations. The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2016 ranked Utrecht University’s Conflict Studies and Human Rights programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Elsevier Best Studies Top Rated Programme In this year's Elsevier Best Studies... [-]
The international political stage is much like a game of chess between multiple players. During the course of this Master’s programme, you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics. [+]
Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 ranked Utrecht University’s International Relations in Historical Perspective programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Elsevier Best Studies Top Rated Programme In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated International Relations as the best programme.Explore complex issues in modern international relations
Will the EU become a union under German leadership? Are we heading for a new Cold War with Russia? Have the Asian superpowers surpassed their former colonial rulers? Does the current climate of increasing international competition and growing nationalism still allow enough space for ethical norms and values such as human rights? How can terrorist violence be countered? Is it possible to control such violence with warfare and the optimal use of ‘intelligence’? The international political stage is much like a game of chess between multiple players. During the course of this Master’s programme, you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics.... [-]
As a master's student in Politics and Society, you will gain insights into contemporary politics and will get a better understanding of the professional role that you can play, not only in politics but also in the government, media, education, and research. You will analyse debates and new developments in politics from a wide range of perspectives. You will not become a political scientist, historian, philosopher or sociologist, but a cultural scientist who combines approaches from all of these disciplines. [+]
What is the meaning of citizenship in modern culture? What is the value of democracy? What does today's sociopolitical atmosphere mean for the future of liberty itself? Given the current international backdrop of cultural conflicts, political strife and radical new technologies, a thorough understanding of such issues are more urgently needed than ever. In the master's programme in Politics and Society, you will gain insight into how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. You will also explore the different professional roles a student of politics and society can play in political organisations, in the media or in think tanks.... [-]
How are religion, conflict and peace-related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in local and global debates on migration and gender? This programme teaches you to study religion in situations of conflict and peacebuilding. [+]
How does globalisation affect religious traditions and why does it seem that fundamentalism is growing? This programme teaches you to study religion in situations of conflict and peacebuilding.
This programme addresses the pivotal role of religion in the dynamics of globalisation. It combines different social scientific approaches. You will examine the political, social, psychological and cultural dimensions of present-day societies.
You will investigate the consequences of globalization for religious practices and individual, ethnic and national identities. You will examine how religion itself is a globalizing force. In this context, you will learn to understand the relationship between religion, conflict and peacebuilding. You will scrutinize national and international conflicts, and learn how they are interwoven with religious interests and opinions.... [-]
The 120 ECTS Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary master programme that provides high-quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. [+]
The 120 ECTS Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary master programme that provides high-quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. The programme is offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. These universities are united in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). The students can follow the regional training programmes (3rd semester) in various global universities.... [-]
International Security, a track of the master International Relations, is aimed at issues of power politics and international order, peace and war, and strategy and diplomacy. Its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context. [+]
International Security, a track of the master International Relations, is aimed at issues of power politics and international order, peace and war, and strategy and diplomacy. Its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context.
Traditionally, attention for warfare and political violence, i.e. military security, has dominated the study of International Security. They still form the central issues. But especially after the Cold War other concerns occupy the agenda, such as environmental security (about climate change or industrial hazards), societal security (about group identities) and economic security (about welfare and development). These different types of concerns have their own meaning when studying the causes of violent conflict, its prevention and management, and conflict resolution and reconciliation.... [-]
This European Studies Master's offers a unique combination of social science and humanities approaches to understanding and analysing the ways in which contemporary Europe and the EU are governed and the many challenges they face. [+]
This European Studies Master's offers a unique combination of social science and humanities approaches to understanding and analysing the ways in which contemporary Europe and the EU are governed and the many challenges they face.Contemporary Europe and the EU
Europe is confronted today by a growing number of ‘crises’ – economic, political but also cultural. Recent responses to these crises have severely strained both support for the European project as well as cross-European solidarity. The rise of populist and anti-immigrant movements is just one example of this shift, but so too are institutional challenges to further European integration and proposals for a ‘multi-speed Europe’. This Master's combines social science and humanities approaches to understand and analyse this complex environment, relating the various political, legal and economic developments of contemporary Europe to insights from the humanities.... [-]