Politics and Society

Apply for Master Politics and Society

Thank you for the interest you are taking in our programme!  

The application deadline for the coming academic year has passed. As of October on these pages you will find updated information on the application procedure.

We would be happy to inform you as soon as the application form becomes available. Please enter your e-mail in this form so that we could send you a notification. 

Please keep in mind that the deadline for application is May 15 (for non-EU/EEA students) and June 15 (for EU/EEA students). However, we advise you to apply as early as possible. 

Required documents 

Should you already wish to prepare for your application, you may gather your documents so as to upload them when you are ready. The step-by-step application guidelines would only appear on this page while the application is live.

The following documents (in pdf) will be requested from you during the application process.

  1. A scan (photocopy) of the personal data page of your passport/ ID card and (if applicable) residence permit (both sides). The document(s) must be valid*. (This is not mandatory if you hold a Dutch passport or are/ have been a student of a Dutch university).
  2. A scan (photocopy) of your university diploma(-s) **
    Please note that if the original documents are in a language other than English, Dutch, French or German you need to provide both the copies of originals as well as official (certified) translations. Self-made translations will not be accepted. 
  3. A scan (photocopy) of an official academic transcript(-s) of records, including the reverse side if it contains information. 
    Please note that if the original documents are in a language other than English, Dutch, French or German you need to provide both the copies of originals as well as official (certified) translations. Self-made translations will not be accepted. (The current students of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam may upload an unofficial copy of their transcript instead.);
  4. Proof of proficiency in the English language;
  5. Your CV / resume
  6. Descriptions of the courses taken in the field of your preferred specialisation/ track***
  7. Descriptionsl of the courses taken in social science methodology***;
  8. Apart from the above documents that are mandatory in the course of application you may upload additional documents that you think might contribute to your profile (e.g., motivation letter, reference letter etc.) Make sure you do not overdo with these as their amount might overshadow the essentials. 

If you upload a scan of your ID card please note that the information in this card should contain your first name, surname, date of birth, country of birth and nationality, as well as be internationally recognized form of identification. If this is not the case, a scan of your passport is required. Both sides of your ID card needs to be uploaded.

** If you have not yet obtained your bachelor’s/ undergraduate/ pre-master degree, please include an official copy of your academic record(-s) at the moment of application. In case your official transcript does not contain enrolment data (date of enrolment, name of the programme/ degree you are studying for, number of credits obtained/ to be obtained), a statement from your university with the missing information and a date you expect to fulfil all requirements necessary for graduation (most of the time it is a letter from your programme administration) must be provided. The current students of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam may upload their student copy of grade list (studievoortgangsoverzicht).

***Not applicable to the current students or graduates of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

What happens after application?

After you have submitted your application, the process of assessing your application starts. This process consists of several steps, and you might want to know what to prepare for

Application complete?

Within a week’s time after you have submitted the application form (assuming that there are no holidays in between), we will let you know if your application is complete. We will contact you, should we be in need of additional information.


Once your application is complete, you will not be contacted until your application is assessed to determine your eligibility for the programme. The Admissions Board carefully reviews each individual file for admission. You will be contacted as soon as the outcome of the assessment is known. Please note that it might take up to two months starting with the moment that your application is deemed complete.


Due to the many factors involved in the admissions decision-making process, the Admission Board does not elaborate on their motivation for the outcome of the decision. We kindly ask you to respect this. Thank you for your consideration!

Original copies of documents

If you are selected to be admitted to the programme, you will be asked to send the originals of certified copies of your documents per post. Please calculate the time necessary for obtaining such documents and, if applicable, their translations. This might take a while. Read more about sending original copies of your documents on the webpages of admitted students.

Change of contacts

If your personal or contact details (email address, home address etc.) should change please make sure to adjust them in Studielink.

Finalise your admission and enrolment

After we have assessed your application and decided to select you for the programme, the process of completing your admission and enrolment starts. Besides sending the original copies of your documents there are several other matters to consider during this process. For more information about finalising your admission and enrolment visit the pages for admitted students.

    • 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. However if you pass the transition programme you are automatically admitted to our Politics and Society programme. Please check this page for more information regarding the pre-master programme. Please keep in mind that the transition year/ pre-master is taught completely in Dutch. 

    • Most relevant degrees include social sciences, sociology, public administration, or a bachelor degree in the field of the specialisation you wish to apply for. If you have a different background, please read our admissions criteria.

    • 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. 

    • 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. You will need to do the official TOEFL test at a TOEFL-certified institute. In both cases please visit TOEFL.org for more information.

    • The application for the academic year starting in September opens as of October of the previous calendar year.

    • If you are in the final year of high school and you therefore have not obtained your high school diploma yet, please provide a statement from your school with the date you expect to fulfil all requirements necessary for graduation. The statement by your school should include the name of your diploma in the original language and be written in English, German, French or Dutch or be accompanied by a certified translation in one of these languages.

      Please know that if you are selected for the programme, our offer is conditional until you have passed your exams and we have received proof thereof.

    • You may submit the proof of English proficiency later, but until then your application will be viewed as "incomplete" and will not be assessed. Please mind that it can take up to a month to receive the results of most English language exams. We therefore strongly advise to schedule the exam well in advance of the application deadlines. You can submit the missing proof of language proficiency no later than the application deadline.

    • A certified copy is a copy of a filed document, legal or other, which contains a seal and a signature that establishes that the document is genuine, a true copy. A document may be certified by an official authorised person (a university, a notary, a sworn translator etc.). Applicants with Dutch prior education do not have to send us certified hardcopies, we are able to verify your previous education online.

    • No, it is not mandatory. You may add the letter as an additional evidence if you believe it might contribute to your profile.  We do ask for the contact details of possible academic referees, though. We might contact them if we have additional questions. 

      • An official translation is normally done by a registered sworn translator normally associated with a notary. Alternatively, an institution issuing the respective document may be rightful to issue official translations. Please note that you must send a copy of the documents in the original language along with the translation. 

      • Please read more on the procedure after application on the application page.

        • An interview is not a part of our standard admissions process. 

          • Please know that we receive more applications than we have places available. Therefore, all applications are subject to our selection process and every application is assessed against the pool of applicants. Based on the documents in your application, the Admission Board decides if you are a good match for our programme. Admission is therefore not guaranteed. After the Admission Board has assessed your application, you can be accepted, denied or placed on the waiting list.

          • No, work experience cannot be used to compensate for the missing admission requirements.