Master of Political Science (M.Sc.)

General

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Program Description

The Master of Political Science provides students with specialist, in-depth knowledge of decision-making in politics. We study political decision-making from the perspective of the citizen, the politician, the policy professional and institutions, using cases from local, national, European and international politics.

Program Content

In our core courses we explore:

  • How and why citizens participate in politics. Who participates and who does not?
  • How elected politicians translate their political preferences into political action.
  • What impact can policy professionals such as advisors, consultants or civil servants have on policy decisions?
  • How institutions constrain and enable the potential for political cooperation.

Besides the compulsory courses you can further tailor your programme to your personal interests. The electives cluster has a variety of courses on issues from national and international politics.

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Career Path

Although the title of Master of Political Science is a ticket to a whole range of professions, the Master’s programme is foremost a preparation for some specific occupational fields:

  • Policy officer, political advisor or external representative in regional, national or international governments
  • Researcher at academic institutions or research departments of political parties and interest groups
  • Supporting and lobbying positions within international companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Advisor, consultant, account manager in private sector
  • Political journalist, media officer or spokesperson

Why choose UAntwerp?

“I have always been passionate about the European Union. Therefore, I decided to study international politics with a focus on the EU and European economic studies. I truly appreciate the way in which we learned to negotiate and to communicate during the courses at the University of Antwerp."

Evi Roelen | Belgium

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Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The University of Antwerp is ranked 7th in THE Young Universities Rankings 2019: Millenial universities. It has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. 19% of o ... Read More

The University of Antwerp is ranked 7th in THE Young Universities Rankings 2019: Millenial universities. It has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. 19% of our student population comes from abroad. Read less