MSc Political Science: Public Policy and Governance

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MSc Political Science: Public Policy and Governance

University of Amsterdam

In the Master’s in Public Policy and Governance you will learn to critically analyse public policies in often controversial political settings. The programme focuses on both research and practice and links theory and practice by looking into interesting cases and inviting inspiring guest speakers.

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.

Programme outline

  • Duration: one year of full-time study.
  • Each year is composed of two semesters, each covering 20 weeks of courses and worth 60 ECTS.
  • The first semester runs from the beginning of September until the end of January. The second semester ends at the end of June.
  • Study load per week: approximately 40 hours.

First semester

In the first semester students have to take one core course in the field of Public Policy and Governance and the course Transnational Politics.This course presents a distinctive story about the development of politics in the 21st century. Students also choose two relevant electives from a list of approximately 20 electives (topics change every academic year).

Second semester

In the second semester students select a research project (30 ECTS credits) on a topic relevant to the field of Public Policy and Governance.

  • In Part I (Thesis Seminars) students focus on core theory and common substantive literature and on research design within a programme that exposes them to a range of research methods.
  • In Part II students concentrate on writing their thesis.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 7, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
12 months
Full time
Price
Price
2,006 EUR
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Netherlands - Amsterdam
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EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €14,740 per year.