Politics and Society

What is the meaning of citizenship in modern culture? What is the value of democracy? What does today's sociopolitical atmosphere mean for the future of liberty itself? Given the current international backdrop of cultural conflicts, political strife and radical new technologies, a thorough understanding of such issues is more urgently needed than ever. In the master's programme in Politics and Society, you will gain insight into how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. You will also explore the different professional roles a student of politics and society can play in political organisations, in the media or in think tanks.

You will get an MA in Arts and Culture with a specialisation in Politics and Society.

Information for Dutch-speaking students

Instead of choosing the English taught master’s programme Politics and Society, it is also possible to choose the master’s programme Politiek en Samenleving where you follow the academic skills trainings in Dutch and write your essays and master’s thesis in Dutch.

For more information on this master, please check the programme website.


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Hannah Foster, Student Ambassador Politics and Society

Hannah is from New York, USA. She did a double major in International Studies and Anthropology at Washington College in Maryland, and decided to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme in Politics and Society. “During my bachelor’s I came to the Netherlands on an exchange programme and I really liked it here. It is a very friendly and open society. I have a passion for diversity, cultures, and languages. For my master’s studies, I was looking for a programme that would also offer me a political background. What attracted me most in this master’s was the combination of politics with society, economy, and culture. When I attended the Master’s Open Day, I was impressed by the programme director’s presentation. I applied and I was accepted on a Maastricht University scholarship. After I graduate, I want to work in international education, either at a university recruiting international students or in an international organisation in order to help future students study abroad. This master’s programme provides me with the tools to help create the right circumstances for students to study in an international environment.”

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Hannah Foster, Ambassador Politics and Society 2019-2020

“It’s my dream to work on a policy level promoting an international environment in education.”

Master's Open Day March 2019


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  • “I’m a very engaged and committed person. This programme gives me all the tools I need to carve out a career in politics, at whatever level I eventually choose.”
    Jorn Meijers, Student Ambassador Politics and Society 2018-2019
  • A speech by professor Jan de Roder, in which he talked about societal issues and new solutions, clinched my decision to study at this faculty.
    Alessandra Bianchi, Student ambassador Politics and Society 2017-2018
  • “I love taking an active part in the philosophical debate about the bigger issues in the world.”
    Guy Renet, Student Ambassador Politics and Society 2016-2017
  • This programme provides a very good way to combine arts and politics, which are my biggest passions
    Erica Petrillo, Politics and Society


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