Master of Science in Political Science (National Politics)

The Main Subject National Politics mainly studies domestic political processes (with attention to the broader international political context).The Main Subject International Politics examines trends, ideas and influences that determine current international relations (with attention to historical backgrounds).

Master's Programme
1 year 60 credits
Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
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In the Main Subject National Politics you mainly study domestic political processes. Of course, attention is paid to the international political context in which domestic politics takes place as well. At Ghent University, the study programme on Belgian domestic politics is multidisciplinary, so that political scientists have sufficient knowledge of the relevant processes in other domains of our society. On the other hand, this Main Subject  also leads to an advanced degree in political science, i.e. the discipline of political science that mainly looks for the laws of motion and taxonomy of Belgian domestic politics. Starting from specific and recognizable political events, the fundamental logic of our political system is unraveled and characterized by means of comparison with other systems. In short, the Main Subject National Politics provides an overview of specific political processes and events, and provides the academic equipment for a political science study of local, regional and national political processes.

For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.



The Master's programme offers the opportunity to study abroad. One possibility, among others, is the Erasmus+ programme. For more information, join one of our information sessions or contact the Faculty Internationalisation Committee.

Master's Degree in Teaching 

In addition to the (domain) master described above, you can also choose a Master's Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master). For more information, go to

Labour Market

Our study programme is by definition very versatile and that is reflected in our graduates' employment opportunities. They can be found in journalism, administration, parliament, political parties, trade unions, sociocultural associations, business, international organizations, diplomacy, banking institutions etc. It is clear that the careers in which our graduates end up, do not fit under one and the same heading. Some of our graduates even find career opportunities abroad. The Master's programme has study abroad opportunities. The versatility of the programme on the one hand and the specific political science course units on Belgian and international politics on the other, make the Master's a suitable study programme not only to cope with the social challenges of the 21st century, but also to critically analyze and shape them.

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