Political Science: specialization Comparative and European Politics

1 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
You must hold an academic bachelor's degree in political science, international relations, or a closely related subject. You must have had social sciences research methodology.
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Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
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Study globalization and Europeanization
Are you interested in politics and would you like to specialize in European politics? The one-year full-time English-language Master’s program Political Science: Comparative and European Politics might be the right choice for you. In this Master’s program you will get acquainted with scientific research on the European Union and its member states. You will get to know current research and debates about issues in Europe. In addition, you will learn about the main research traditions and approaches.

European integration has a large impact on citizens, politicians, businesses and governments. This creates conflicts about for example the influx of Polish workers to the Netherlands or the solution of the European debt crisis. These new political realities require scholars who are knowledgeable about Brussels and developments in European politics. In the specialization Political Science: Comparative and European Politics you will learn about these things. The program offers intensive coaching by means of tutorials and workshops, each taught by qualified and internationally acclaimed lecturers.

The Master’s in Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology and theory. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political research methods and getting acquainted with a range of theoretical perspectives and how to integrate these in your research. The Master’s in Political Science is a one-year full-time programme, taught entirely in English. It has a workload of 60 credits and features four specializations:

  • International Relations and Transnational Governance (IR)
  • Comparative European Politics (CEP)
  • Global Environmental Governance (GEG)
  • Policy and Politics (PP)

Career prospects

As a graduate of the Master’s programme in Political Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you are capable of working effectively in a multidisciplinary environment: you are familiar with and have a solid foundation in the approaches used in the wider world of the social sciences. You have developed skills in research methodology (analysis, data collection and processing), writing, presenting, public speaking, and teamwork.

Because of the emphasis on research methodology and writing, many graduates find work 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. Graduates also find jobs in communication and external relations. The thorough application of research skills offered by the programme also prepares you for a further career in academia. Many of our graduates participate in reputable PhD programmes around the world.

For more information create your own program brochure on www.vu.nl/en/programmes/international-masters/order-brochures/index.asp.
Request up to five programs and select which information you wish to receive. After sending the request, you will get an email with a download link for your pdf brochure.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Campus
De Boelelaan 1105 
1081 HV Amsterdam

Wytske Siegersma
mail: admissionsfss@vu.nl
phone: (020) 59 85037
Web: www.vu.nl/en

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