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Master
International Relations (Political Science)
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Study programme

Political Science: International Relations is a one year programme of full-time study. The programme is composed of two semesters, each covering 20 weeks of courses and worth 60 ECTS.

First semester

The first semester runs from the beginning of September until the end of January. In this first semester students have to take one core course in the field of International Relations and the course Transnational Politics. This course presents a distinctive story about the development of politics in the 21st century. Students also choose two relevant electives from a list of approximately 20 electives (topics change every academic year).

Second semester

The second semester ends at the end of June. In this second semester students select a research project (30 ECTS credits) on a topic relevant to the field of International Relations.

  • In Part I (Thesis Seminars) students focus on core theory and common substantive literature and on research design within a programme that exposes them to a range of research methods.
  • In Part II students concentrate on writing their thesis.
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Transnational Politics
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    6
  • Specialisation course International Relations
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    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Master Electives International Relations
    2—3
    18
  • Free-choice electives: Non-compulsory methodological training
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  • Method Seminars Masters Political Science & Conflict Resolution and Governance
    4—5
  • Restricted-choice electives: Thesis
    4—6
    30

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Thesis

The final Master's thesis is a report on primary or secondary research carried out by the student as part of the research project. The thesis should be between 20,000 and 25,000 words long.

Language

The entire programme will be taught in English, although Dutch students have the right to do their exams in Dutch since this programme has a Dutch accreditation.

Work load

The study load is approximately 40 hours per week.