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Public Policy and Governance (Political Science)

Pre-Master's programme

The Graduate School of Social Sciences offers several possibilities to make up for (slight) credit deficiencies.

Application to pre-Master's programme

Please register for the Master’s programme in Studielink and apply through the link in MyInfo, also for the Master’s programme: the Admissions Committee will assess your application for the Master's programme and decide if a pre-Master's programme or course is needed and if it will sufficiently prepare you for entry to the Master's programme.

Dutch taught Pre-Master's programme

Promising Dutch students with an academic Bachelor's degree in a field related to political sciences but without sufficient background in political economy and social sciences research methodology, may be admitted provided that they complete a Dutch taught pre-Master's programme of a maximum of 30 ECTS credits first. The programme starts in September and is offered as a one-year programme.

For information about the tuition fee, please see tuition fee. For more information about this pre-Master's programme, see the online course catalogue.

Graduates from universities of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands

Applicants with a relevant higher professional Bachelor's degree in a field related to social sciences, obtained at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (HBO), may be admitted provided that they first complete our pre-Master's programme of 60 ECTS credits. To be admitted to this programme, you need to apply to the Master’s programme first. The admissions committee will decide whether you can follow the pre-Master’s programme. The study adviser can provide you with more information and advice.

Research methodology module

Promising students with slightly less background in social sciences research methodology than needed, may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module in the four weeks prior to the Master's programme (July/August).

The tuition fee for the research methodology module in the academic year 2021-2022 is not available yet. Final fees will be announced by 1 December. 

For more information on the modules on offer and the fee, please see:

MOOCs and reading assignments

Promising students who do not fully (but nearly) meet the requirements or who are in need of brushing up on their knowledge in the field of social sciences and research methodology, will be asked to complete a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or a reading assignment prior to the Master's programme. Reading assignments are offered for free and do not require extra tuition fees.

For more information on the MOOCs on offer, please see:


If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at