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Political Theory (Political Science)


The Master’s programme in Political Theory will teach you political theory and applied philosophy in both an abstract and a practical way. You will be challenged to critically analyse current political contexts through the lens of social and political theory.


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Study programme

The Political Theory track provides students with the conceptual toolkits to analyse the complex normative and methodological issues of contemporary political life. Students are encouraged to take an active role in critical reflection on political practices, institutional arrangements, and social science methods by building on a solid foundation in social and political thought. The track combines analytical rigour with policy relevance.

Ranked as one of Europe's top 10 places to study politics

International student body

Combines analytical rigor with policy relevance

Academic staff

The staff teaching in the Political Theory programme is internationally renowned for its research excellence. The programme is coordinated by Dr. Enzo Rossi.


This programme prepares students for careers in government, global business, think-tanks, non-profits, and journalism with a focus on public policy, analysis, and advocacy at the local, national, and international level. The programme also provides a strong foundation for a career in academia.

Is Political Theory for you?

Are you interested in:

  1. Justice, legitimacy, power, and other concepts at the core of politics?
  2. Debating complex theoretical and philosophical issues?
  3. Applying theory to pressing real-world political problems?
  4. Working with a small group of highly motivated students and professors?

Then Political Theory 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