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Comparative Politics (Political Science)

Would you like to better understand the rapidly changing character of politics? Our Comparative Politics programme provides you with insight into political processes, and political institutions and actors. It studies state-building and democratization, and analyses the role of parliaments and governments, political parties and politicians, social movements and lobby groups, the media, and individual citizens in contemporary developments across the globe.

Study programme

We provide a distinctive programme that is:

  • Comprehensive: We offer a wide range of courses covering all repertoires of political action in democracies and autocracies.
  • Based in 21st century Comparative Politics: our programme sets itself apart by its focus on the (peaceful) resolution of political contestation and the transnationalization of politics.
  • Research-led: our international teaching staff consists of committed researchers who draw on their own work to teach how to do empirical research and develop theoretical insight.

Academic staff

The staff teaching in the Comparative Politics programme is internationally renowned for its research excellence. The programme is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Sarah de Lange.


There is strong demand in society for the training we offer. Graduates find careers spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors. They work for think tanks, NGOs, the media, international organizations, governmental organizations, and businesses. Alumni are currently employed as consultants, journalists, policy-makers and analysts, press secretaries and PR-managers, researchers, and teachers.

Is Comparative Politics for you?

The programme is intensive and rigorous. Students are expected to develop the capacity to work independently and in teams. Students come to the programme from a wide range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. This diverse group is linked by a shared interest in developing their analytical competences. The Comparative Politics programme exposes students to a wide range of scholarly research, and trains students to develop their own original and sophisticated research relevant to scholarship and political practice. 

Facts & figures

Comparative Politics (Political Science)
Degree programme MSc Political Science
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66606