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Politics and Society

Maastricht University

Master Postgraduate Maastricht

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary Politics & technology, multiculturalism, integration, nationalism and meritocracy: these are some of the hottest topics around today, and they are all integrated in this one-year master's programme.
Course description What is the meaning of citizenship in modern culture? What is the value of democracy? What does today's sociopolitical atmosphere mean for the future of liberty itself? Given the current international backdrop of cultural conflicts, political strife and radical new technologies, a thorough understanding of such issues is more urgently needed than ever. In the master's programme in Politics and Society, you will gain insight into how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. You will also explore the different professional roles a student of politics and society can play in political organisations, in the media or in think tanks. You can choose to follow this programme completely in English or completely in Dutch. You will get an MA in Arts and Culture with a specialisation in Politics and Society.
Study subjects The Politics and Society programme offers an integrated curriculum based on a combination of different educational methodologies, specifically Problem-Based Learning, tutorial groups, expert seminars, guest lectures and independent work.
Course objectives * To obtain deep knowledge of contemporary politics * To become experienced in working independently with your own literature and topics, within the guidelines provided * To gain insight into the professional roles you may come to play, e.g. in the media, consultancy, politics etc.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes literature study, internship, research, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, project, seminar
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Information about the institution Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook.


Admission requirements
  1. high quality of performance in previous education;
  2. a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field (e.g. philosophy or sociology)
  3. indicating why you wish to study Politics and Society at Maastricht University and why you expect that you will be able to successfully complete the programme;
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English A2
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English A2
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS writing 6.5
TOEFL computer based 232
TOEFL internet based 90
TOEFL paper based 575
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 15 Jul 2019 1 May 2019
1 Sep 2020 15 Jul 2020 1 May 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2060€ 13800€ 13800

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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