M.Sc. Political Science: International Relations

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR14700 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR1984 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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| Amsterdam, Netherlands
The International Relations programme provides you with insight into fundamental questions about war and peace, the global economy, but also about justice, efficiency and identity throughout the world



The International Relations programme provides you with insight into fundamental questions about war and peace, the global economy, but also about justice, efficiency and identity throughout the world

It analyses interactions between states, international organisations, citizens and other non-state actors at local, national, and supranational levels. We provide a distinctive programme that is: * Comprehensive in its coverage of themes and world regions. We offer multiple courses relating to peace and security, international political economy, human rights, migration and, global environmental issues, among many others. Our courses cover all world regions and/or relations between regions. * Based in 21 st Century IR: our programme is distinguished by its emphasis on transnational processes and institutions. It draws on interdisciplinary insights and is committed to a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches within the discipline of International Relations. * Research-led: our large international teaching staff consists of committed researchers who draw on their own work to teach how to do empirical research and develop theoretical insight. The programme explicitly reflects on the relation between academic work and political practice and includes courses co-taught by academic staff and policymakers.

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Tuition fee
  • EUR14700 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR1984 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme outline
  • Duration: one year of full-time study.
  • Each year is composed of two semesters, each covering 20 weeks of courses and worth 60 ECTS.
  • The first semester runs from the beginning of September until the end of January. The second semester ends at the end of June.
  • Study load per week: approximaterly 40 hours.
First semester

In the first semester students have to take one core course in the field of International Relations and the course Transnational Politics. This course presents a distinctive story about the development of politics in the 21st century. Students also choose two relevant electives from a list of approximately 20 electives (topics change every academic year).

  • Examples of elective courses in Political Science
Second semester

In the second semester students select a research project (30 ECTS credits) on a topic relevant to the field of International Relations.

  • In Part I (Thesis Seminars) students focus on core theory and common substantive literature and on research design within a programme that exposes them to a range of research methods.
  • In Part II students concentrate on writing their thesis.

The final Master's thesis is a report on primary or secondary research carried out by the student as part of the research project. The thesis should be between 20,000 and 25,000 words long.


The entire programme will be taught in English, although Dutch students have the right to do their exams in Dutch since this programme has a Dutch accreditation.

Degree requirements

A Master of Science in Political Science is awarded upon completion of both the course requirements and a written Master's thesis (60 ECTS credits in total). Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.


Grade average: Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of Political Science / International Relations.

Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.

Knowledge minimum: Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Promising candidates with less than 20 ECTS of social sciences research methodology may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module (in the four weeks prior to the Master's programme) offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences.

Language test: All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. All non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Students with a Dutch degree in social sciences are exempted from this condition, on the assumption that they followed a substantial amount of English taught courses during their bachelor's programme. These students are still advised to do an English language skills test or take the Bachelor's course Academic English, but this is not a necessity to be admitted into the programme.

Previous education: The MSc in International Relations seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Political Science or in a closely related discipline, such as other social sciences, history, law and economics. All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of Political Science / International Relations, with a minimum of 60 ECTS credits earned during previous studies (including 20 ECTS on social sciences research method – see below – and preferably with a clear focus on International Relations).

Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • IELTS listening: 6.5
  • IELTS reading: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6.5
  • IELTS speaking: 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL internet based: 95

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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