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:
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.