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Grasp the complexities of legal, political and ethical dilemmas

Law and Politics of International Security

Are you interested in the way the law influences politics, and vice versa? Are you naturally reflexive when it comes to broad social issues, and do you thrive in an international environment? Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in law, political science, social science, the liberal arts or another background that may be interesting for this programme?

Then join the Law and Politics of International Security Master’s programme at VU Amsterdam.
Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Check if you meet the admission requirements and apply.

  • Merit based admission

    Admission to this interdisciplinar Master’s programme is based on a relevant degree, and on merit and your fit with the programme.  

    Merit is demonstrated by academic excellence, as evidenced by your overall grade average, admission essay, academic English proficiency and recommendations. Ideally you should have a B+ or 7.3 as an overall average or a GPA of at least 3.25.

    Fit with this programme is demonstrated by your motivation, CV, (optional) courses and extracurricular activities and (substantiated) interest in international law, politics and security issues.

    These criteria are of equal importance. A somewhat lower score in one area may be compensated by a strong score in another.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, VU premaster or bachelor's degree at another university)

    Admission

    You can apply with the following Bachelor's degrees:

    • Law (LLB)
    • Social Sciences plus basic knowledge of international law or international relations theory
    • Liberal Arts plus basic knowledge of international law or international relations theory

    If you do not have a background in either international law or international relations, you may still apply, provided that you have good grades and considerable experience in the field of Law, Social Sciences or Liberal Arts.

    VU premaster
    The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    Admission

    You cannot be admitted on the basis of a degree from a university of applied sciences (HBO), nor on the basis of an HBO degree with a completed premaster.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Application

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.
    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadline is 1 June.

    Use this application procedure for Dutch degrees.
    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) in VUnet: 

    • letter of motivation, explaining why you wish to join the programme
    • short essay as proof of academic writing in English (about 750 words), in which you discuss a current issue of ‘law and politics in international security’ and argue how this issue is relevant to the LPIS program, making use of relevant academic literature. Please include references (in-text or footnotes) and a full bibliography.
    • curriculum vitae
    • certified transcript in English of grades obtained so far
    • 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (if possible including the ranking position of the applicant); we prefer digital copies uploaded in VUnet, but referees may also mail their references directly to admission.law@vu.nl

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    Decision schedule
    The Admissions board starts reviewing applications and accepting students starting in February.
     

    Application dossier complete by 1 Februarydecision in week 7
    Application dossier complete by 1 Marchdecision in week 11
    Application dossier complete by 1 Aprildecision in week 15
    Application dossier complete by 1 Maydecision in week 19
    Application dossier complete by 1 Junedecision in week 24
  • I have an international degree

    Admission

    You can apply with the following academic Bachelor's degrees:

    • Law (LLB)
    • Social Sciences plus basic knowledge of international law or international relations theory
    • Liberal Arts plus basic knowledge of international law or international relations theory

    If you do not have a background in either international law or international relations, you may still apply, provided that you have good grades and considerable experience in the field of Law, Social Sciences or Liberal Arts.

    You cannot be admitted on the basis of a degree from a university of applied sciences.

    We use the UK Naric comparison system and the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes to assess your application. Especially students from non-EEA countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor’s degree may not be sufficient for acceptance to this Master of Science programme.

    Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

    VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their secondary or academic education in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma or have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited English-taught programme in the EU.

    You must have passed the test no longer than two years before you start the ICC programme, the following minimum scores apply for this master:

    • IELTS: minimum total score ≥ 7.0, minimum score per test section: 6.5
    • TOEFL iBT: minimum total score ≥ 100, minimum score per test section: 22 
    • TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: minimum total score 68, minimum score per test section: 22 
    • C1 Advanced (CAE): minimum score B 
    • C2 Proficiency (CPE): minimum score C

    The proof of English proficiency can be submitted after the application deadline, but must have been received by the faculty before the start of the programme. Without an English proficiency test score which meets the specifications mentioned above, or a waiver, you cannot start the programme.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.

    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadlines are:

    1 February  for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships
    1 April for degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries

    1 June for degree holders from EU/EAA countries

    International students applying for university accommodation are strongly advised to apply before 1 April.

    Use this procedure for international degrees.
    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) in VUnet: 

    • letter of motivation, explaining why you wish to join the programme
    • short essay as proof of academic writing in English (about 750 words), in which you discuss a current issue of ‘law and politics in international security’ and argue how this issue is relevant to the LPIS program, making use of relevant academic literature. Please include references (in-text or footnotes) and a full bibliography.
    • curriculum vitae
    • certified transcript of records (graded) obtained so far in English. If you have already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree please also upload this.
    • 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (if possible including the ranking position of the applicant); we prefer digital copies uploaded in VUnet, but referees may also mail their references directly to masters.law@vu.nl
    • copy of passport and copy of residence permit (if applicable)

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    If applicable to you: send your English language test score to masters.law@vu.nl, this may be sent at a later stage, but must have been received before the start of the programme.

    Decision schedule
    The Admissions board starts reviewing applications and accepting students starting in February.
     

    Application dossier complete by 1 Februarydecision in week 7
    Application dossier complete by 1 Marchdecision in week 11
    Application dossier complete by 1 Aprildecision in week 15
    Application dossier complete by 1 May  (EU/EEA only)decision in week 19
    Application dossier complete by 1 June (EU/EEA only)decision in week 24

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? Send your questions about admission and application to admission.law@vu.nl. If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink, VUnet etc., please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

If you have questions about the programme, please contact Prof. dr. W.G. (Wouter) Werner or Dr. M. (Marijn) Hoijtink

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? Send your questions about admission and application to the International Student Advisor at the International Office, Alexander Lindemans: masters.law@vu.nl. If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink, VUnet etc., please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

Students with a non-Dutch degree are also welcome to call the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Law, Alexander Lindemans: +31 20 598 2788

Do you have any other questions?

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

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