Politics and Society

Admission requirements for Master Politics and Society

Prior education

Depending on the specialisation you wish to apply for, you are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree (comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)) from a research university that includes at least 10 EC in social science research methods and techniques. Some examples of relevant bachelor programmes are:

  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science
  • European Studies
  • International Relations
  • Communication Science

Please have a look at the additional information regarding your prior education. The eligibility of your bachelor can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical.

Language requirements

A good command of English is essential. Therefore you will have to submit proof of English proficiency in your application.

    • You have obtained a bachelor diploma from a university in the Netherlands; or
    • You have obtained a pre-university education (VWO) diploma and English was one of the subjects included in the assessment conferring that diploma and graded a 7.0 or higher; or
    • You have obtained a diploma of International Baccalaureate (valid for 5 years); or
    • You are a native speaker of English (i.e. a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries; or
    • You have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme) in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America.
      • We usually deem the level of English Bachelor programmes at West European or Scandinavian universities sufficient for exemption as well.

    Please mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof. For example, if you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English, we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English for the entire programme.

  • Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application. Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known. Take this into consideration when you think of applying. Without the results, we will not be able to assess your application.

    Language Test

    Minimum Score

    Minimum Sub-scores

    Internet based (iBT) TOEFL (our TOEFL ID Code 5971)*

    90

    20

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 

    6.0

    CEF (Common European Framework)

    C1-level

     

    Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Examinations

    CAE level B
    CPE level C

     

    * Please note that Institutional (ITP) TOEFL tests are not accepted.

    Would you like to take a language test at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)? The language test, based on CEF, is organised by the Language & Training Centre of EUR and tailored specially for our applicants. More information can be found on the website of the language centre.

  • If you do not meet our language requirements for the academic year 2020-2021, but already study at ESSB as a pre-master student (in 2019-2020), we offer a special arrangement: you can take the English Intake at the Language & Training Centre of EUR at our expense.

    You will first have to register for the test and take it, before we can give you the refund (no matter the test result). The refund procedure will be published here shortly.

    This test is only valid for our master programmes and you will therefore not receive a certificate for other purposes.

    * If you decide to take a TOEFL or IELTS test instead, this will be at your own risk and expense, meaning you will receive refund with a maximum of €85,-. This refund is based on the cost of the English intake at the Language & Training Centre of EUR (see above).

Academic performance 

In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e. your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.   

Contributing aspects

You may choose to provide the Admissions Board with additional information about yourself by uploading additional documents that you think might contribute to your profile. An example of such documents could be motivation and/ or reference letter.

Additional information

Should the admissions criteria mentioned above be too concise, please refer to additional information on this topic

Prior education

  • Bachelor’s / undergraduate research university are meant as opposed to diplomas of university of applied sciences or vocational programmes. 
  • Diplomas will be carefully evaluated to determine whether they qualify as degrees from research universities (as opposed to universities of applied sciences). An evaluation can only be done after the submission of the on-line application form and all required supporting documents. 
  • In order to be eligible for admission to the programme, you must have fulfilled all the requirements for your Bachelor’s degree by August 20 at the very latest. In case it does not happen, candidates have to account with the fact that this will result in a denial of admission. 
  • If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree but expect it to happen until August 20, please send us an official copy of your academic record(s) at the moment of application. In case the transcript of record does not contain the name of the programme you are enrolled in and/ or the kind of degree you are studying for, the date of enrollment as well as the amount of credits you have obtained so far, you must also provide a statement of your university (click here to see an example) with the date you expect to fulfil all the requirements necessary for graduation. Until we have your documents you might receive a conditional offer, which might become unconditional if we receive the missing documents. 

Proof of English proficiency 

  • If you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English.
  • Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted. 
  • The Examination Board makes the final decision on granting you an exemption for English language proficiency. 
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam does not offer any preparatory English courses.
  • Information of the language test, based on CEF, organized by the Language & Training Centre of Erasmus University Rotterdam and tailored specially for our applicants, can be found here.    
    • The eligibility of your prior education can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical. For this reason, we encourage you to officially apply for admission. You can also assess your eligibility yourself by taking a look at the detailed admissions criteria on this page. We have tried to make the criteria as transparent as possible.  

      • No, it is a full-time programme. 

      • No, the programme starts only once a year, in September.

      • A transfer of grades is not possible. Due to the special educational format that we are using - Problem-Based Learning - as well as the build-up of the curriculum, which mainly consists of obligatory as opposed to optional courses, we cannot accept transfer students. 

      • Our programme is an English-taught programme. All lectures and all literature is in English. This requires from our students that they can read, write, speak and understand English at an academic level and thus we need proof thereof from our applicants. This applies to our Dutch and non-Dutch applicants. 

      • No, you cannot. You will need to do the official TOEFL test at a TOEFL-certified institute. In both cases please visit TOEFL.org for more information.

      • Yes, in some cases you might be exempted from presenting proof of English proficiency. Please have a look on the admission page to find out if you are eligible for exemption. Keep in mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof.

      • No, you cannot apply directly to our programme, you will first need to do a transition year/ pre-master (Dutch: schakeljaar). Passing the transition programme makes you eligible to apply but it is no guarantee for admission. Please keep in mind that the transition year/ pre-master is taught completely in Dutch.