M.A. Political Science

VU University Amsterdam

Application deadline: 1 June for Dutch and EU-students. 1 April for non-EU-students.
Tuition fee: Visit Programme Website
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • Dutch
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

The Master's programme in Political Science provides you with a broad view of the political process and a distinctive combination of ingredients.

Political Science teaches you the key issues of transnationalization and multi-level governance within the context of interrelated disciplinary traditions: general political science, comparative politics, international relations and European integration studies. At the same time, the programme reflects the ways in which the boundaries between these domains are being dissolved by the effects of globalization. With its strong focus on the combination of theoretical knowledge and skills (reasoning, writing, presenting and research techniques), this programme offers you a thorough methodological training. This equips you with the necessary tools for a research-oriented career. The programme is developed and taught by a highly motivated, world-renowned team, with extensive international contacts. The quality of their teaching is evidenced by positive assessment results, including evaluation by independent experts from NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders. The Master's in Political Science is a one-year full-time programme, taught entirely in English.

Contents

Programme internationalization:

    This programme has a workload of 60 ECTS.

    Specialities:

    Comparative and European Politics:

    The Master's programme Comparative and European Politics analyzes the characteristics and diversity of nation states within their global and European context.

    Global Environmental Governance:

    Global environmental governance is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind today. Global Environmental Governance studies the ways in which environmental problems are dealt with.

    International Relations and Transnational Governance:

    Politics in the age of Europeanization and globalization confronts us with increasingly porous boundaries between national and international, public and private, and between state and market.

    Requirements

    A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science honours degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Relations or a related discipline. You must have had Social Sciences research methodology. The Examination Board evaluates all applications on an individual basis.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5
    CAE score: (read more)

    Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

    60 (Grade C)
    TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
    TOEFL iBT® test: 92

    Funding

    NFP Netherlands Fellowship programme

    The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to foster capacity building within organizations in 57 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. Information on the application procedure can be found on the NUFFIC website.

    VU Fellowship Programme

    VU University Amsterdam provides a small number of scholarships for excellent international students through the VU Fellowship Programme.
    The application deadline for the VU Fellowship Programme 2013-2014 is 1 March 2013.

    Please note that applicants for the VU Fellowship should also submit their complete application for the master’s degree programme, including the application fee, before 1 March 2013.

    Grantfinder

    For a complete overview of scholarships available to master’s degree students, please visit www.grantfinder.nl.

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    Accreditation

    Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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