M.Sc. Political Science: International Relations

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
The International Relations programme examines global politics through a comprehensive curriculum to provide not only a broad foundation, but also deeper and more specialised expertise.

Description of Political Science: International Relations


The International Relations programme examines global politics through a comprehensive curriculum to provide not only a broad foundation, but also deeper and more specialised expertise.

Global politics involve fundamental questions about war and peace, but also about justice, efficiency and identity throughout the world. They involve the rise and fall, conflict and cooperation, of sovereign nation-states, but also of non-governmental actors and international and regional organisations. The International Relations programme offers students insight into the rapidly changing world of global politics. Students will learn to criticise and develop theoretical insights based on a range of scholarly traditions within political science and other social sciences. Students will also learn, however, to analyse those insights through original empirical research using a variety of methodologies. The curriculum covers a very wide palette of courses, allowing students to choose their particular focus and expertise, from war and security studies to the study of international political economy in all corners of the world.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: March (non-EEA: March).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

This programme starts in September. The curriculum consists of one core course, several elective courses and a research project. Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study. Students who need to complete a deficiency programme will require more time, the amount of which will depend on the extra requirements to be fulfilled.


The research project (30 ECTS credits) consists of:

  • a seminar
  • primary and secondary research
  • a written thesis

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

Degree requirements

The Master of Science in Political Science degree is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS credits, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.

Requirements for Political Science: International Relations

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 international relations. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.

Previous education: The MSc Programme in International Relations seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in international relations or in another closely related discipline, such as political science and history. Selection tends to be highly selective reflecting the number and quality of applications received for each selection round. International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education. For more and up-to-date information, please visit our website.

Additional subject: Applicants should have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS. Promising candidates with less than 20 ECTS of social science research methodology may be admitted provided they complete an intensive research methodology module first.

Language test: All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. For more information, please our website.

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

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: All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of international relations of at least (an equivalent of) 30 EC earned during previous study.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: C1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS listening: 6
  • IELTS reading: 6
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • IELTS speaking: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 570
  • TOEFL computer based: 232
  • TOEFL internet based: 90

Work Experience for Political Science: International Relations

No work experience is required.

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University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and 250 study programmes (Bachelor's and Master's), many of which are taught in English, it is one of the larger comprehensive universities in Europe.

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