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?
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.
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- Globalisation and nationalism
- Globalisation, efficacy and electoral
- Globalization and welfare policies
- Globalization and immigration policies
- Political competition
- Public Opinion and Politicisation of EU policymaking
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesInternational Relations Sociology Political Science View 68 other Masters in Political Science in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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
- ESSB pre-master Sociologie (in Dutch)
- Management of International Social Challenges
- Public Administration
- Political Science
- European Studies
- International Relations
- Communication Science
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International15500 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 15500 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
Living costs for Rotterdam
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.