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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.

Pre-Master's programme

Promising students with a Bachelor's degree in a field related to political sciences but without sufficient background in public policy and governance and social sciences research methodology, may be admitted provided that they complete a Dutch taught pre-Master's programme of a maximum of 60 ECTS first. The programme starts in September and is offered as a one-year full-time programme.

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

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, may be admitted provided that they complete a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or a reading assignment prior to the Master's programme.

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