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Political Science - European Politics and External Relations

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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During the Political Science - European Politics and External Relations programme of the University of Amsterdam you will analyse politics, governance and power in Europe. The programme focuses on the European challenges as part of an increasingly globalized world.


About the programme

The Political Science - European Politics and External Relations programme of the University of Amsterdam provides students with a thorough understanding of Europe’s politics and power in an increasingly diverse, interdependent, and multi-polar world. You will be given the analytical, theoretical and empirical tools to develop a deeper understanding of EU’s role as an international actor. Our programme offers in-depth study on both internal as well as external dimensions of European politics. Internally, you will use historically grounded approaches to analyze processes of European integration, democracy and citizenship. Externally, it focuses on understanding and analyzing Europe’s power in a changing global environment.

Examples from questions that will be addressed during our programme:

  • How does the EU relate to other global players? How does Europe deal with transatlantic relations after Trump’s election? How does Europe engage with political transformations and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa?
  • How does the economic crisis in the eurozone affect the European Union’s internal governance and its global position? What does deeper integration within the eurozone mean for national democracy, the risks of Brexit, the rise of populism and relations with major trading partners like the US and China?
  • How do old and new security threats, like migration, global warming, energy dependency, and new wars, challenge, unite and divide EU member states? And how does the EU responds to social and political instability in its own direct neighborhood? 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Transnational Politics
  • Specialisation course European Politics and External Relations
  • Advocacy and lobbying in Europe and beyond
  • Energy and geopolitical economy in Eurasia
  • EU - Middle East relations
  • The European Union, state-building and conflict resolution

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 / European Politics and External Relations, 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
  • 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 / European Politics and External Relations
  • 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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