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Political Science: International Relations

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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The programme explores the political, economic and social dynamics of global and regional integration as well as of disintegration, from both a historical and transnational perspective.

The Master's programme in International Relations (IR) provides a thorough academic grounding for students seeking a professional career in the field of international relations, as well as for those wishing to continue their studies to obtain a PhD. The philosophy of the programme is based on a broad and interdisciplinary view of international relations. It seeks to promote a critical understanding of contemporary developments by exposing students to different theoretical perspectives and empirical methodologies. These include realist approaches, liberalism, constructivism, world systems theory and transnational historical materialism.

In addition to the quality of its curriculum and instruction, a distinct advantage of the Master's programme in International Relations is its location in the city of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a city with a long and important history in the development of international relations, commerce and law.

It analyses interactions between states, international organisations, citizens and other non-state actors at local, national, and supranational levels.

We provide a distinctive programme that is:
* Comprehensive in its coverage of themes and world regions. We offer multiple courses relating to peace and security, international political economy, human rights, migration and, global environmental issues, among many others. Our courses cover all world regions and/or relations between regions.
* Based in 21 st Century IR: our programme is distinguished by its emphasis on transnational processes and institutions. It draws on interdisciplinary insights and is committed to a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches within the discipline of International Relations.
* Research-led: our large international teaching staff consists of committed researchers who draw on their own work to teach how to do empirical research and develop theoretical insight. The programme explicitly reflects on the relation between academic work and political practice and includes courses co-taught by academic staff and policymakers.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

1st year

Each year is composed of two semesters, each covering 20 weeks of courses and worth 60 ECTS. The first semester runs from the beginning of September until the end of January. The second semester ends at the end of June.


All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.

instruction modes

Lectures and seminars, individual tutoring, specialisation courses, research project, workshops.

job perspective

International Relations exposes students to a broad palette of theoretical and empirical work, and trains students to develop their own original, useful, and empirically sophisticated research relevant to scholarship and policy. Graduates find careers spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Specific examples from alumni of the International Relations programme in the last 5 years are:

* Account officer at the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Netherlands
* Academic coordinator at HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany
* Project officer at Himilo Relief and Development Association
* Political staff member of the Dutch parliament
* Junior Analyst of Research Products at Sustainalytics
* Lieutenant Logistics, Royal Dutch Navy
* Communications Officer, Volunteering Matters, United Kingdom

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60