Master in Political Science: International Relations and Transnational Governance
The masters’ program Political Science is a one-year full-time program (about 40 hours of studying per week). The program starts in September. Upon successful completion, graduates are awarded the legally recognized title Master of Science (MSc) in Political Science. Political Science is a full-time course starting in September.
Global, as well as European governance, have been intensifying. At the same time, the new millennium has also witnessed new forms of conflict as well as the apparent resurgence of interstate rivalry and geopolitics, as can be witnessed by the new arms race and in the increasing level of competition for natural resources.
In this specialization, you will become acquainted with the different theoretical perspectives from which these international dynamics can be analyzed, and learn to apply them to topics of your interest.
The Master’s in Political Science is a one-year full-time program, taught entirely in English. It has a workload of 60 ECTS credits and features four specialization streams.
As a graduate of the Master’s program in Political Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will be capable of working effectively in a multidisciplinary environment: you will be familiar with and have a solid foundation in the approaches used in the wider world of the social sciences. Graduates are well-equipped to undertake roles in organizations where coherent policy papers are produced, based on specialist reports from various disciplinary backgrounds.
You can easily find yourself working as a policy analyst or advisor within an international governmental or non-governmental organization, in the private sector, or as a civil servant in a government ministry. You will also be well qualified to work in the field of journalism. Of course, finding a position in an international organization can be difficult. During the program, you will find out more about your own interests, and how you can use them for an international career. Our teaching and support staff can help you with planning your next steps.
The thorough application of research skills offered by the program also prepares you for successful participation in Ph.D. research at the VU Amsterdam or other postgraduate institutes around the world. The Political Science Department conducts research on Multi-layered Governance in the New Europe and Beyond. Occasionally, there is room within this research program for talented individuals to take up a position as a research assistant or a Ph.D. candidate.
Applicants with an international Bachelor’s degree
The Master’s degree program in Political Science is an international program. To gain admission, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university in Political Science, International Relations or a closely related discipline. You must have had social sciences research methodology and good grades. You also need an excellent working command of English, and prove it with either the IELTS test (given by the British International English Language Testing Service; minimum score 7.0), or the TOEFL (the American Test of English as a Foreign Language; minimum score 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 Internet-based). Exemptions from the language test requirement are only made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
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