M.Sc. Political Science: International Relations

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Amsterdam | 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

Description of Political Science: International Relations


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.

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
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 Political Science / International Relations.

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).

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.

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: 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.

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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