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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 democratisation, 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.


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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 transnationalisation 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.

Global perspective on politics

Intensive and rigorous programme

Develop your own original research relevant to scholarship and political practice

Academic staff

The staff teaching in the Comparative Politics programme is internationally renowned for its research excellence.


There is strong demand in society for the training we offer. Graduates find careers spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors. They work as:

  • consultants
  • journalists
  • policy-makers and analysts
  • press secretaries and PR-managers
  • researchers and teachers

Is Comparative Politics for you?

Are you interested in:

  1. Understanding political developments across the world?
  2. Addressing contemporary challenges to democracy and political order?
  3. Working both independently as well as in group settings?
  4. Completing an individual and innovative research project?

Then Comparative Politics might be the track for you!

Facts & Figures
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
Location Roeterseiland campus