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Masters in Political Science: Global Environmental Governance

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
September 2020
Application deadline: Deadline: June 1st for Dutch students & also students from EU/EEA countries
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

Study a Masters in Global Environmental Governance in Amsterdam

Are you interested in international and European politics, environmental governance and policy making? Then welcome to the Master’s in Political Science! You will become acquainted with current academic research in the field of political science, while exploring a specialization of your choice and learning about the most important research traditions, theories and approaches. The Global Environmental Governance Program has been developed and is taught by an internationally renowned team with an extensive international network. Approximately 25% of VU's students come from abroad.

Political Science Curriculum

The program has a unique cumulative structure, in which you continue to specialize month by month. You start the first semester with two basic courses in the major sub-disciplines of the field: International Relations and Comparative Politics (or Public Administration for the Policy and Politics specialization). In smaller groups, you then focus on contemporary issues and approaches within your specialization as well as a selected issues course from one of the other specializations.

In the final phase of the program, you concentrate exclusively on your own specialization with a workshop and your individual Master’s thesis. This Master’s therefore provides you with a solid foundation in all aspects of Political Science, as well as a clear specialization. Throughout the program, you benefit from highly interactive tutorials, workshops and intensive individual supervision.

Why choose this program?

The development of human civilization and industrial growth has left almost no species, country or part of the ocean untouched. Politicians and policy makers have to cooperate with multinationals, organizations and scientists to confront international environmental problems. In this specialization you will engage with the political aspects and implications of topics such as climate change, sustainability and nature. You will familiarize yourself with current research and learn about the most important research traditions and approaches related to international environmental politics.

Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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1081 HV Amsterdam
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