In-depth knowledge of decision-making in politics
The Master of Political Science aims to improve your understanding of political decision-making from different perspectives. In our courses we explore:
- how and why citizens participate in politics? Who participates and who doesn’t?
- how elected politicians translate their political preferences into political action?
- what impact can policy professionals such as advisors, consultants or civil servants have on policy decisions?
- how institutions constrain and enable the potential for political cooperation?
Besides the obligatory courses you can tailor your programme to your personal interests. The political science cluster has a variety of courses on issues from national and international politics. The interdisciplinary cluster allows you to broaden your view on politics.
An international profile
Do you have the ambition to work in an international context? An active command of English, including knowledge of international political jargon, is necessary. The entire Master's programme is taught in English and prepares you to access a professional environment in which English plays an increasingly important role.
The English programme also offers an international community in which you come into contact with diverse, comparative perspectives on politics.
Acquiring analytical skills
You will be trained to become a political analyst. You will familiarise yourself with essential theories such as veto-player theory, collective action theory, bargaining theories and principal-agent theory. Your lecturers are high-ranking specialists in their field. We educate experts who are able to understand, explain and influence outcomes of decision-making in a rapidly evolving political context.
Focus on practical skills
You will obtain the skills to apply the knowledge you will acquire. In the Master's programme we use activating teaching methods in small groups to allow a high degree of interaction among students and between students and teachers. One example of this activating teaching method is the skills lab. The skills lab allows you to practice some of the core skills involved in political decision-making, such as argumentation, debating, negotiation and lobbying. Your skills will be trained in practice by means of exercises and short simulations, using real-life situations and feedback from professionals.
Doing research trains your ability as a critical, professional thinker. In your master thesis you will integrate the theoretical, analytical and communication skills you have acquired. Several courses on research design and methods will help you to develop your proficiency in methodological knowledge.