Master in Law and Politics of International Security

This one-year Master's program aims at transferring to students the knowledge, skills, and insight necessary to operate as a professional or academic researcher in the area of international peace of security. Issues of international peace and security are becoming increasingly important in legal, political and administrative practice. The concept of ‘international security’ is no longer confined to traditional issues of war and peace, but now also covers topics such as terrorism, criminal law, the protection of human rights and ‘human security’.


The Master’s program in Law and Politics of International Security offers a curriculum that focuses on international security from the perspectives of international law and international relations. Moreover, it provides insight into the common foundations of the two disciplines, the different methods, and theories as well as the interplay between the two in the area of international security. Below you will find a couple of examples of topics that are covered in the program.

Career prospects

Earning a Master’s degree in Law and Politics of International Security means you will have a unique interdisciplinary qualification. Your knowledge of international public and humanitarian law will qualify you for a career in one of the many fields where the concept of security is most significant. At the same time, your analytical skills and understanding of international politics will make you uniquely qualified to find solutions to complex problems.

Graduates from the program have found positions in the broad field of international security. You will be able to pursue a career at:

  • Ministries
  • Parliament (Tweede Kamer; Bundestag)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (incl. Transparency International, Global Witness)
  • International Organizations (OSCE; UN Office on Drugs and Crime; EU)
  • Private Security Firms (e.g. Legal Advisor for Maritime Security Provider)
  • A law firm
  • A court („judge in training“ / „rechterlijk ambtenaar in opleiding”)
  • Universities (Ph.D. positions at the European University Institute at Florence and the universities of Aarhus, Prague, Westminster, Duisburg-Essen, Amsterdam)
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree in Law, Social Sciences or Liberal Arts, and a basic knowledge of international law or international relations theory.
  • Applicants who do not meet the above-mentioned requirement(s) are also encouraged to apply, provided that they have a sound academic background and considerable experience in the field of Law, Social Sciences or Liberal Arts.
  • Language proficiency requirements: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. For Dutch students or students already residing in the Netherlands, it’s possible to take the institutional TOEFL test that the VU Amsterdam offers.

Your previous education is compared to and valued through the UK Naric comparison system and, if necessary, through the Nuffic comparison and validation programs. Especially students from non-EU countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor’s degree could not be sufficient to enter into this LLM program and their application could result in a rejection. The Faculty of Law does not offer any pre-Master programs.

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Last updated October 26, 2018
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