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Political Science


Politics is how communities settle their differences and achieve their goals. As a result, politics is everywhere and at all levels from the local to the global. This programme offers a broad orientation in International Relations, Political Economy, Public Policy and Governance, Comparative Politics and Political Theory.

Please note: this bachelor's programme has a numerus fixus. This means that you need to apply for the selection procedure by 15 January at the latest. Check the steps on application and admission.


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Study programme

In the Bachelor’s in Political Science, you study the urgent issues that the world faces, including migration and economic crises, terrorist threats, rising populism and xenophobia, and polarisation in society. At the same time, you also explore possible solutions.

Video Political Science
About this programme

Students Myrthe Born and Caesar Bast and lecturer Sarah de Lange tell all about this programme in this video.

International classroom

Wide range of specialization courses

Real world problems, real world solutions

Civic engagement

After graduation

You will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Political Science. This qualifies you for Master’s or Research Master’s programmes in the social sciences and related disciplines, as well as a range of professional career opportunities, such as a career in journalism, in diplomacy, in academia, in (inter)national organisations or in politics

Is Political Science for you?

Are you interested in:

  1. this dynamic world, its challenges and its opportunities
  2. the world as it is and how it might be improved
  3. topics as: migration, economic crises, terrorist threats and rising populism?

Then Political Science might be the right choice for you!

Please note that the Bachelor's programme has a Numerus Fixus. This means the programme has 600 places available.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme BSc Political Science
Mode Full-time
Credits 180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 56606
Location Roeterseiland campus