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Law and Politics of International Security

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master Postgraduate Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Master of Laws
Field of study Law, public administration, public order and safety
Course summary Develop a broad view of international security
Course description This one-year Master's programme aims at transferring to students the knowledge, skills and insight necessary to operate as a professional or academic researcher in the area of international peace of security. Issues of international peace and security are becoming increasingly important in legal, political and administrative practice. The concept of 'international security' is no longer confined to traditional issues of war and peace, but now also covers topics such as terrorism, criminal law, the protection of human rights and 'human security'. The programme is based on the assumption that international law cannot be properly understood outside its political context, whereas contemporary international politics cannot be fully grasped without a solid knowledge of international legal institutions. It offers a multidisciplinary approach to the rapidly changing field of international peace and security. It includes topics such as the United Nations system of collective security, the transformation of war (including catastrophic terrorism and other forms of political violence), human rights protection, the development of international criminal tribunals and humanitarian law.
Study subjects Compulsory courses are delivered in a seminar-like format to classes composed of a limited number of students and have an interactive character. Students are expected to actively contribute to the discussions, to elaborate and present their personal views, to write assignments on specific topics and to make oral presentations.
Course objectives The Master's programme in Law and Politics of International Security offers a curriculum that focuses on international security from the perspectives of international law and international relations. Moreover, it provides insight into the common foundations of the two disciplines, the different methods and theories as well as the interplay between the two in the area of international security. Below you will find a couple of examples of topics that are covered in the programme.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
full-time
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes literature study, research, research project, traineeship, tutorial, lecture, group assignment
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department faculty of Law
Information about the institution Ever since it was founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society.

Admission

Admission requirements
  1. The main focus of selection will be on GPA or an overall grade average. Students must at least have a B+ or 7.8 as an overall average or a GPA of at least 3.25.
  2. VU University Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. For Dutch students or students already residing in the Netherlands it's possible to take the institutional TOEFL test that the VU University Amsterdam offers.
  3. Applicants must have a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Law, Social Sciences or Liberal Arts, and a basic knowledge of international law or international relations theory.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English B2
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C2
IELTS listening 6
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS reading 6
IELTS speaking 6
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 93
TOEFL paper based 580
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
full-time
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 Jun 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143n.a.n.a.

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.

Scholarships

Orange Knowledge Programmes (OKP), China Programme (CSC), Colfuturo Scholarship loan programme, Erasmus Mundus Programme (action 1), Ford Foundation/Ford-IFP, Orange Knowledge Scholarship Programme (formerly NFP), Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Brazil, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso China, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Indonesia, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Korea, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Mexico, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Russia, Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme - Neso Vietnam, Orange Tulip Scholarship South Korea, StuNed Scholarship Programme, VU Fellowship Programme

For more scholarships, visit: www.grantfinder.nl

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Contact

Contact information for the study programme

studievoorlichting

contact@vu.nl

Admission Officer Fl

International degree

admissionsfl@vu.nl

Laura Smit

Questions about admission and application for students with a International degree

l.smit@vu.nl

Questions About The Programme

t.e.aalberts@vu.nl / w.m.wagner@vu.nl

General Questions

info.law@vu.nl

Contact information for the institution

studievoorlichting

study info

contact@vu.nl

Telephone number (020) 598 5000
Course website More information about the course
Institution website More information about the institution