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Political Science - Political Theory

University of Amsterdam

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Political Science - Political Theory programme of the University of Amsterdam will teach you political theory and applied philosophy in a theoretical, practical and analytical way. You are challenged to critically analyse and reflect on current political contexts and social and political thought.


About the programme

The Political Science - Political Theory programme of the University of Amsterdam provides students with the conceptual tool-kits to analyse the complex normative and methodological issues of contemporary political life. Students are encouraged to take an active role in critical reflection on political practices, institutional arrangements, and social science methods by building on a solid foundation in social and political thought. The track combines analytical rigor with policy relevance.

  • How should public policy develop when there is moral and religious disagreement or confusion?
  • What are the proper norms to guide the ethics of war or immigration and refugee policy?
  • How should political and economic institutions be reformed to deal with the global financial crisis, international inequality or the democratic deficit in the EU?

Career prospects

This programme prepares students for careers in government, global business, think-tanks, non-profits, and journalism with a focus on public policy, analysis, and advocacy at the local, national, and international level. The programme also provides a strong foundation for a career in academia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Transnational Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Conflict and political violence in the Middle East
  • Empire, law and revolutions
  • Radical Political Theoty and 21st Centuty Capitalism: Anarchism, Socialism, New Democracy
  • The politics of gender and diversity in theory and practice

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 Theory, 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 Theory
  • 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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