Deze opleiding

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Develop a broad view of international security.

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start1 september
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opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
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The one-year Master's programme aims at transferring to students the knowledge, skills and insight necessary to operate as a professional or academic researcher in the area of international peace of security. Issues of international peace and security are becoming increasingly important in legal, political and administrative practice. The concept of 'international security' is no longer confined to traditional issues of war and peace, but now also covers topics such as terrorism, criminal law, the protection of human rights and 'human security'.

The programme is based on the assumption that international law cannot be properly understood outside its political context, whereas contemporary international politics cannot be fully grasped without a solid knowledge of international legal institutions. Based on a longstanding cooperation between the department of Political Science and the Law Faculty, LPIS offers a interdisciplinary approach to the rapidly changing field of international peace and security. It includes topics such as the United Nations system of collective security, the transformation of war (including catastrophic terrorism and other forms of political violence), human rights protection, the development of international criminal tribunals and humanitarian law.

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

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The Master's programme in Law and Politics of International Security brings together a select group of international students who share a keen interest in international law and international politics. It has attracted students from all over the world. If you enjoy discussing international security in a truly international environment, then this is the ideal programme for you.
In 2018, the panel of the NVAO (Accreditation Organization of the Nederlands and Flanders) visited this master's programme. Intended learning outcomes and teaching-learning environment were assessed as excellent! The panel "agrees that the programme is highly distinctive, both nationally and internationally." They find the curriculum "very well designed." The course content is assessed as "very topical and research-led". The panel also praises the programme for “creating such a supportive and stimulating study climate” and concluded that “the quality of the staff is very high.”

Because of the limited number of students, you will get to know your peers from many different countries as well as your internationally oriented professors very well. The professors are very enthusiastic and committed to LPIS, which speaks directly to their expertise and research interests. VU Amsterdam benefits from its unique location, right in an international city in the heart of Europe and a few miles from The Hague, where the Peace Palace, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and many international courts and tribunals are located.


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Compulsory courses are delivered in a seminar-like format to classes composed of a limited number of students and have an interactive character. Students are expected to actively contribute to the discussions, to elaborate and present their personal views, to write assignments on specific topics and to make oral presentations.
Research is emphasized throughout the programme. You will be introduced to different methodologies for carrying out independent research. Your Master's thesis will give you the opportunity to really go in-depth in examining an international security topic that is of particular interest to you. Research is combined with practical activities and exercises such as role-playing, international law clinics and moot courts. You will be encouraged to become a member of the editorial board of the journal Amsterdam Law Forum.

Contemporary issues in international security are impossible to understand without a solid understanding of both international law and international politics. This is why only an interdisciplinary programme is suitable for providing future analysts and practitioners with the skills needed to work successfully in today's security environment. The Master's programme in Law and Politics of International Security is unique in offering an interdisciplinary approach, taught by staff from the departments of international law, political science and criminology.

1e jaar The Master's programme in Law and Politics of International Security is an interdisciplinary, one-year programme that is offered jointly by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The politics of International Criminal Justice
Master's thesis
4e jaar
Security studies stage
International humanitarian law


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The Master's programme in Law and Politics of International Security offers a curriculum that focuses on international security from the perspectives of international law and international relations. Moreover, it provides insight into the common foundations of the two disciplines, the different methods and theories as well as the interplay between the two in the area of international security.

Below you will find a couple of examples of topics that are covered in the programme.
Civil wars and terrorism:
The laws of armed conflict have been made by nations for nations. However, most armed conflicts these days are no longer inter-state wars but civil wars or armed repression of international terrorism. How can the laws of armed conflict be applied to these struggles?

The United Nations and humanitarian interventions:
To what extent is the collective security system established under the UN Charter effective? Should the rules and principles governing the conduct of war be reconsidered in the light of new types of conflicts as they are taking place today? How should the international community deal with genocide or gross human rights violations?

Other subjects:
  • Historical doctrines and theories of war
  • UN system of collective security
  • Role and powers of the Security Council
  • The changing nature of war
  • Legal constraints on warfare
  • Principles and limits of humanitarian law
  • International terrorism
  • Counter-terrorism, human rights and humanitarian law
  • Security dilemma
  • Arms control and disarmament
  • Building of security communities
  • Democratic politics and war
  • Democratization processes and conflict
  • Human security

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2020
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For both Dutch and international students it is possible to send in applications from as early as mid-November. The LPIS Admission Board starts reviewing applications and accepting students in January and continues to do so until all available places are filled. Therefore early application is strongly advised.
The deadlines for application are:
1 April for students from outside the EU.
1 June for all other students. Please note: if international students apply after 1 April, we cannot guarantee accommodation for you.

Please note that the deadline for applying for the VU Fellowship scholarship programme is usually set to 1 March. If you wish to apply for the scholarship, both the scholarship application and the application for the programme should be completed simultaneously.

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As part of the admission procedure, you are kindly asked to write a short essay, in which you discuss a current issue of 'law and politics in international security'. Please argue in about 750 words how this issue is relevant to the LPIS program, making use of relevant academic literature.

The main focus of selection will be on GPA or an overall grade average. Students must at least have a B+ or 7.8 as an overall average or a GPA of at least 3.25.

VU University Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. For Dutch students or students already residing in the Netherlands it's possible to take the institutional TOEFL test that the VU University Amsterdam offers.

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Students need to hand in 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (including the ranking position of the applicant and information on how they know the prospective student). For more information on admission, see

The master's programme Law and Politics of International Security is open to both Dutch and international students. This master's programme is selective, meaning that also VU Bachelor's students need to apply by means of an application form and sending in the required additional documents. Each year the programme is open to a limited number of students only. The LPIS Admission Board will make a merit based selection of students. Students also need to hand in several additional documents, like a cv and motivation letter. For more information on admission, see

studie kosten
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€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


50 studenten volgen deze opleiding
66% daarvan is vrouw
20 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
75% daarvan is vrouw
22864 studenten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
58% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Amina Nfidi
Amina Nfidi, student Law and Politics of International Security

As a German lawyer with professional experience in the field of development cooperation, the programme 'Law and Politics of International Security' was the perfect contribution to both my theoretical and practical background.

On the one hand, I could deepen and extend my knowledge about international law, and on the other hand, I could fill the gap in regard to contemporary international politics and its underlying theoretical background...
As a logical consequence for me, I finalised the Master by writing my thesis on a topic related to the International Committee of the Red Cross. After having completed the programme, I directly entered a position in the field of development cooperation, and am currently working as a Project Manager for EU funded legal reform projects all over the world.

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Ciarán James Burke
Ciarán James Burke, student Law and Politics of International Security

I was lucky enough to choose the Law and Politics of International Security programme in the first year of its existence.

I choose the word 'lucky' carefully, because the programme had no reputation and, aside from the course description on the VU University website, I had little knowledge about what I was about to experience. I took a chance; it has been a chance that has changed my life and career. The fusing of legal and political studies, centred upon the study of conflict between states - one could hardly wish for a more fascinating area of study for a Master's degree...
My year in Amsterdam opened my mind to a world of possibilities and I will never forget it.
Since leaving the VU, I was accepted to complete a doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, with a thesis which builds upon work completed in the LPIS programme. I have also been engaged in work projects for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the ICMPD, FRONTEX, as well as working as a legal consultant for studies focussing on the French and Scottish police forces, amongst a number of other projects.

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Law and Politics of International Security aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 24 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

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Former and current students have created a Facebook group and a LinkedIn group for exchanging news, experiences and professional opportunities. Here you can see what students and alumni are up to.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Earning a Master's degree in Law and Politics of International Security means you will have a unique interdisciplinary qualification. Your knowledge of international public and humanitarian law will qualify you for a career in one of the many fields where the concept of security is most significant. At the same time, your analytical skills and understanding of international politics will make you uniquely qualified to find solutions to complex problems.
Graduates from the programme have found positions in the broad field of international security, such as:
  • Ministries
  • Parliament
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (incl. Transparency International, Global Witness, Oxfam Novib)
  • International Organizations (OSCE; United Nations; European Union)
  • Private Security Firms (e.g. Legal Advisor for Maritime Security Provider)
  • Law firms
  • A court („judge in training“ / „rechterlijk ambtenaar in opleiding”)
  • Universities (PhD positions at the European University Institute at Florence and the universities of Aarhus, Berlin, Prague, Westminster, Duisburg-Essen, Amsterdam)
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross

Potentiële beroepen

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Laura Smit

Questions about admission and application for students with a International degree

T: +31 (0) 20 59 86
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