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Political Science - Democracy, Power and Inequality

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
15546 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
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The one-year full-time English-language Political Science - Democracy, Power and Inequality MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers intensive coaching by means of tutorials and workshops, each taught by qualified and internationally acclaimed lecturers. 


At the Political Science - Democracy, Power and Inequality MSc programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will learn how to analyze and independently conduct high-quality social scientific research.

What explains the rise of populism and the legitimacy crisis of Western democracies? In which way does the growing unequal distribution of wealth and resources between haves and have-nots impact political decision-making and institutions? 

These issues are of great societal relevance and raise major normative concerns about the future of democracies, political order, equality, and representation. In the specialization ‘Democracy, Power and Inequality’ you will learn to navigate these normative questions, while also being able to examine the actual developments in a rigorous analytical way, employing state-of-the-art political science theories and methodologies.

Career Prospects

Because of the emphasis on research methodology and writing, many graduates find work as a policy analyst or advisor within an international governmental or non-governmental organization, in the private sector, or as a civil servant in a government ministry. You will also be well qualified to work in the field of journalism. Graduates also find jobs in communication and external relations. The thorough application of research skills offered by the programme also prepares you for a further career in academia. Many of our graduates participate in reputable PhD programmes around the world.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Workshop in International Relations, Security and Global Order 
  • Applying Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Political Science
  • Applying Core Debates in Political Science 
  • Core Debates in Political Science 
  • Selected Issues: Global Environmental Governance
  • Political Research: Philosophy, Design and Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You are directly admissible to the Master’s programme in Political Science with a BSc degree in Political Science obtained at an established institute and a curriculum including social science methods.
  • If you have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a field other than political science, you may be asked to complete a bridging programme of max. 30 EC before applying to the Master's in Political Science (PS).
  • Create an enrollment application in Studielink
  • Complete your application in Vuweb
  • Pay the application fee (€100)
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 or 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Intent (Letter of Motivation)
  • Diploma(s): A copy of the original Bachelor's degree or certificate.
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or alternative piece of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses followed and literature used during your previous higher education

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15546 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15546 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 1084 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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