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Political Science



September - February 


1 year


Leiden / The Hague

Study power and politics as they impact everyday lives in a top-ranked, selective programme. By doing an MSc in Political Science in Leiden or The Hague, you will benefit from an advanced grounding in the fundamentals of political analysis and advanced training in essential academic skills and research methods. There are six specialisations and two cities you can choose from:


  • Dutch Politics (partly in Dutch)
  • International Politics 
  • Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development   
  • Democracy and Representation 
  • Political Theory: Legitimacy and Justice

The Hague

  • International Organisation


Graduates have gone on to positions such as a policy maker in Dutch and foreign government institutions; political reporter for various media, personal assistant or policy adviser at the European Parliament and national parliaments, lobbyist for interest groups; researcher at think tanks and universities, business consultant and risk analyst.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A bachelor’s degree in political science or a related discipline. Specific knowledge related to this field is also required.

English proficiency**

IELTS: 7.0 / TOEFL internet-based: 100

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 

1 & 2

year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.