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Understanding politics in a complex world

Find solutions to social and political problems

Never before have political decisions been so interconnected across the world. A global pandemic, climate change, shifts in economic power, the rise of AI and big data. They all impact global politics. But how? And who are the main actors?

The Political Science Master’s programme at VU Amsterdam teaches you to analyse the exercise of political power in its social and international context. It enables you to formulate solutions to social and political problems by providing you with different theoretical perspectives and rigorous research skills.

In the first period, you study core debates and issues in political science. You then select one of three specialisations:

  • Democracy, Power and Inequality
  • Global Environmental Governance, Sustainability and Climate Change
  • International Relations, Security and Global Order

Discover your Political Science programme

The Political Science programme at VU Amsterdam is interactive, international and inspirational. You will be introduced to new ideas and concepts, build expertise in knowledge, research methods and writing. You will debate with students from different cultural backgrounds on international political issues and conflicts. You will learn, for example, how to construct a persuasive argument, conduct thorough research, present your ideas effectively and write a blog. The option to specialise while also having a solid basis as political scientist is unique and will give you an edge in the job market. You will be prepared for a career in policymaking, research, politics, journalism, consultancy or international business. The field is wide!

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