Political Science: European Politics and External Relations (MSc)
'The structure of the class was what facilitated the effectiveness and progress of our work'
Besides the comments we got from our mentor, we were also supposed to read each other’s theses and provide peer-feedback. The highlight of the Master's programme was that we were given the opportunity to apply - and if accepted- to attend the European School on Security and Development in Follonica, Italy which was funded by the European Commission and brought together students from three Italian and one Belgian university and the University of Amsterdam. Having been selected to attend the Summer School, I was able to enhance my knowledge on current EU issues. I am currently working on my Master’s thesis, which deals with the European Union’s democracy promotion efforts through electoral assistance in transitioning democracies. - Alina Pascarel
'Once the decision was made, I never gave it another thought.'
In comparison with other political science programmes in the Netherlands (and abroad), the European Politics and External Relations (EPER) programme boasted an international environment and strong emphasis on research, which were high priorities in my criteria for a Master’s programme. It did not take me long to narrow down my choice to the EPER programme at the UvA, and once the decision was made, I never gave it another thought. - Grace Yano
'This Master’s programme fully encompasses these novelties, providing a fascinating and eye-opening learning experience.'
My motivation to choose this track was twofold. Firstly, I was persuaded by the increasing role EU institutions play in international affairs, both within Europe and beyond. Secondly, and more personally, with an ardent interest in European political economy, I rightly felt that this track would make a useful companion. Since the Euro crisis, the EU has come up with numerous game-changing economic governance initiatives. This Master’s programme fully encompasses these novelties, providing a fascinating and eye-opening learning experience. - Edgar Eihmanis