Political Science

Political Science

Bachelor degree
36 months
Application deadlines: 1 April
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: €9,300
Domestic tuition: €2,083

Program overview

Politics is how communities settle their differences and achieve their goals. As a result, politics is everywhere and at all levels from the local to the global. The programme offers a broad orientation in International Relations, Political Economy, Public Policy and Governance, Comparative Politics and Political Theory. In the third year, students can specialise by choosing courses on International Organisations, Security, Conflict, Islam and Globalisation, and The Rise of Populism in the United States and Europe, or by focusing on regions such as Latin America and Asia.

Study options

This program can be done
On campus



Previous education Students will need to have completed their secondary school diploma before the start of the BSc in Political Science. The diploma (to be) obtained should be equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma with mathematics and English taken as subjects on upper secondary / university preparatory education level. Both subjects should be included in the final secondary school or university entry examinations. Also, students are expected to have a basic knowledge of modern history. Please see the list of approved qualifications for an overview on diplomas that are considered equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma. (The list is far from exhaustive, will be updated on a regular basis and is meant for general guidance only. No rights can be derived from it.). All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis by professional diploma evaluators. If your qualification is not on the list, it does not necessarily mean you cannot be admitted and you are invited and encouraged to apply. Mathematics In general, mathematics has to be included in the upper secondary education curriculum up until the final year and final examinations. The level of mathematics should be equivalent to at least the Dutch level of VWO mathematics. There are no further minimum grade requirements. An alternative route to meet the mathematics entry requirement may be to complete one of the English taught mathematics courses and exams offered by the James Boswell institute in The Netherlands. We will accept VWO certificates in mathematics A, B and C. Another alternative route may be to submit a SAT subject test Mathematics Level 1 score of at least 610 or an ACT Mathematics score of at least 27. Language proficiency All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and write extensive academic papers. A high level of language proficiency is expected of all applicants. The programme is fully taught in English supplemented by Dutch-language tutorial groups and elective courses for those who wish. In any case, a good command of the English language is essential and needs to be supported by a sufficient test or school examination score as stipulated below. English test scores Non-native speakers of English are required to submit a valid English test score which is not more than 2 years old. TOEFL Internet-based test: minimum total score 92; minimum score on each component 22 TOEFL Paper-based test: minimum score on each component 22; there is no minimum total score IELTS test: minimum score 6.5, with at least 6 for each individual test component Cambridge International Examinations: minimum scores C (CAE), C (CPE)

Career opportunities

Students will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Political Science. The academic, research and practical skills that we teach prepare students for leadership positions in trade and industry, consultancy, journalism, public policy and politics, diplomacy, international organisations and NGOs, as well as careers in research and teaching.