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M.Sc. On Campus Blended

Politics and Society

Erasmus University Rotterdam

12 months
Duration
15500 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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About

The relationship between politics and society has changed dramatically. In this master Politics and Society programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam we aim to understand the causes and consequences of this change. If you think this is an interesting theme, this master track is the right choice for you.

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Overview

Western societies are characterised by a new political culture. Voters and parties increasingly focus on hotly contested issues such as national identities, ethnic diversity or immigration. This focus reflects broader societal transformations like globalisation and individualisation.

These days, the political landscape is scattered, with many ‘floating’ and discontented voters. Their electoral preferences frequently change, which leads them to vote for new populist parties as well.

In this programme, we combine classical and state-of-the-art sociological theories and research with insights from political science in order to obtain in-depth understanding of contemporary politics. Due to this unique approach you will learn to answer topical questions such as:

  • What are the causes of political fragmentation and how does this fragmentation affect the way modern societies are governed?
  • How does new information, for instance on the effects of immigration, sentencing or vaccine programmes, influence citizens’ political attitudes?
  • Why are asylum seekers in some places welcomed by local residents, whereas in other places these newcomers should fear for their lives?
  • How does public opinion affect governments' policies?
  • What is the influence of interest groups in the political decision-making process?

Career 

Within the current political landscape there is an urgent need for experts who understand the interrelationship between politics and society. As an expert you are able to analyse topical pressing issues such as rampant political cynicism and discontent, the rise of populism, and ‘floating’ electorates. Furthermore, you are able to analyse topics in an unbiased and unprejudiced way and present your findings in a clear and concise manner to others.

After graduation of the Politics and Society  programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam , you have gained a sharp analytical perspective as a sociologist. Furthermore, you will have thorough knowledge of social scientific research. This know-how and these skills will provide a solid basis for favourable career opportunities in various fields. You could work for instance as a:

  • Policy officer at supranational, national, regional or local governments;
  • Policy officer at political or public think tanks and social scientific advisory councils;
  • Policy officer at NGOs addressing social problems;
  • Researcher at governmental institutions, consultancy firms, research centers, and (applied/ research) universities;
  • Consultant for (semi-)governmental institutions;
  • Journalist, media advisor, or editor at media outlets focusing on politics and society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Globalisation and nationalism
  • Globalisation, efficacy and electoral
  • Globalization and welfare policies
  • Globalization and immigration policies
  • Political competition
  • Public Opinion and Politicisation of EU policymaking

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5
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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90

Credits

60 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5
Start practicing IELTS today!
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90

Other requirements

General requirements

Depending on the specialisation you wish to apply for, you are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant bachelor or undergraduate degree (comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)) from a research university that includes at least 7,5 EC in social science research methods and techniques. Some examples of relevant bachelor programmes are:

  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • ESSB pre-master Sociologie (in Dutch)
  • Management of International Social Challenges
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science
  • European Studies
  • International Relations
  • Communication Science

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • €2,168 (Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €12,300 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €15,500 (Institutional fee: non-EEA students)
  • Living costs for Rotterdam

    760 - 1265 EUR /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    For the applicants of the various degree programmes of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam the following funding possibilities are available:

    • Holland Scholarship for excellent non-EEA applicants
    • L-EARN for impact Scholarship
    • Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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