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Political Science - Political Economy

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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How do global economic and political forces shape the lives and future of citizens, business, and civil society? The Political Science - Political Economy programme of the University of Amsterdam will teach you to answer these questions.


About the programme

Our starting point is that the relationship between ‘politics’ and ‘the economy’ is a two-way street: political contestation shapes economic outcomes and their governance, while economic developments generate political conflicts. We confront the social dimension of key political challenges by exploring issues such as social inequalities and corporate power. These dynamics cut across a rich terrain of contemporary issues and taps into your interest in both the practical and the ‘big issue’ side of global affairs, crossing over with public policy expertise and business strategy, among which:

  • Powerful emerging economies in Africa and Asia are ‘on the move’, business lobbies push their preferences, and the success of the developing world is a growing challenge to the dominance of the advanced economies in global and regional governance.
  • Technological change and the Internet revolution are transforming the corporate sector, labor markets, and government. New patterns of mass-elite communication and social movement mobilization are emerging.
  • Citizens feel vulnerable in the face of cross-border trade, investment, financial markets, and labor market risks. Fearing immigration, rising inequalities, and a changing welfare state, many opt for more ‘populist’ political movements of the radical left or right. 

The Political Science - Political Economy programme of the University of Amsterdam aims to teach you ways of ‘political economy thinking’ that you can apply directly to the debates taking place in private business, ministries, international organisations, as well as your thesis research. The range of literature is wide and the course includes classic texts in economics and political economy.

Career prospects

Political Economy taps your interest in issues of practical concern in the economy, business, and policy worlds where expertise leads to elite job opportunities. Above all we help you to think and analyze critically and independently. There is strong demand in society for the training we offer. The programme equips graduates to compete successfully with management, public policy, and economics-trained students for relevant jobs in ministries, think-tanks or consultancy, companies, municipalities, International Organizations and media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Transnational Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Authoritarian Politics
  • Collective action and interest group politics
  • Energy and geopolitical economy in Eurasia
  • Financialization: capital and power from the global to the everyday

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in political science and international relations or in another closely related discipline (such as other social sciences, history, law and economics) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements
  • International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree
  • A solid basis in the field of political science / Political Economy, with a minimum of 30 ECTS earned during previous studies
  • A solid basis in social science methods and techniques as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study
  • Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of political science / Political Economy
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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