Graduate School of Social Sciences

Career prospects

Political Science: Political Economy (MSc)

A political economy degree in the Department of Political Science gives you a broad range of skills ranging from economic ‘literacy’ to the analytical, writing, and presentational skills you need to lead where others merely learn to follow.

This intensive Political Economy programme permits graduates to successfully compete with management, public policy, and economics-trained students for relevant jobs in ministries, think-tanks or consultancy, companies, municipalities, international organisations, and the media. There is thus strong demand in the society at large for the training we offer. There is little that a good political economist cannot do. At their graduation ceremony in October 2017 a number of our first-year alumni took the time to inform us they had already found jobs or trainee-intern positions with the Ministry of Finance (NL), in executive search, risk management consultancy, and the high-tech recycling industry. We wish them all success and fulfilment in their future careers.

Career support 

To support you in your career goals, the University offers a variety of resources:

GSSS Career Event 

Twice a year the GSSS hosts a Career Event, where you can meet organisation representatives and alumni, and receive helpful tips and feedback about searching for a job as a graduate.

UvA Careers Centre (LAC)

The career advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre can help students with information, workshops and individual vocational counselling to find out what you want, get insight into your capabilities and competencies, make choices and improve your application skills in order to achieve your goals.

With an increasing number of international students each year, the UvA is truly an international university. UvA graduates from all over the world find their way to interesting careers, whether in the Netherlands or abroad. The Student Careers Centre is specialised in advising international (non-Dutch) UvA graduates about job seeking in the international labour market. 

Visit our Career Site

You will find more information about career support and career prospects on the Career Site Social Sciences.

Euro Video Challenge

On November 9th, 2017, one of our very own alumni won the Euro Video Challenge by the European Central Bank!

Former Political Science student Michiel van Aarnhem received the €4.000.00 first prize out of a field of 53 submissions for his video Bitcoin, money of the future? Michiel’s MSc thesis, supervised by the PE programme co-ordinator Geoffrey Underhill, explored monetary and financial governance issues in relation to European Central Bank independence. Michiel is currently employed by the Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands in The Hague. His enormous enthusiasm for political economy and that of fellow students in his cohort was one of the demand-led pressures that led us to develop this new degree programme in the first place.

The video can be viewed below. We hope you can see at least some of what can be done with your degree in political economy!

Published by  GSSS

Graduate School of Social Sciences

17 November 2017