Location of Program
Deadline on 1 May only for applications coming from one of the EU/EEA countries.
The Master’s Programme in Political Science offered by the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University offers the following specialisations:
- Comparative Politics
- Comparative Politics, Administration and Society
- Conflict, Power and Politics
- International Political Economy
- International Relations
- Political Theory
Is immigration a threat to democracy? Is Europe witnessing a surge in populist sentiment? How can governments reform their welfare states to deal with the growing costs of an ageing population? Contemporary governments face these and other political challenges in an increasingly globalised world. In the Master’s specialisation Comparative Politics (CP) you will examine the configuration of political power within countries, and you will analyse how and why political responses to contemporary challenges vary across countries. Our emphasis on both theory and empirical knowledge provides the tools to critically analyse contemporary problems facing democracies, both within and outside of Europe, and it will train you to assess the effects of proposed policy solutions.
Why should you choose CP in Nijmegen?
- Our programme is consistently ranked the best Political Science programme in the Netherlands
- The programme is both analytical and practice oriented
- We teach in a stimulating, collegial and interactive setting of small groups
- The instructors are internationally recognised experts in the core themes of the programme
- Members of the staff are actively involved in advising governments and political organisations
- Comparative politics offers a challenging and fun environment
Comparative Politics, Administration and Society
Economic financial crisis, environmental degradation and global poverty are just a few of the political challenges that require effective joint action by governments. But how can such action be organised, given the great political and administrative complexity of the international system? And
how does international policy making affect national governments and public policies? The increasing complexity of modern governance in a globalised world means that it is essential to understand the relationship between politics and administration. The Master’s specialisation Comparative Politics, Administration and Society (COMPASS) provides students with the skills not only to design effective solutions to a policy problem, but to also think about what will and what will not work in different types of political systems.
Why should you choose COMPASS in Nijmegen?
- The programme offers a unique combination of the theoretical foundations of Comparative Politics and the practical side of Public Administration
- Teaching takes place in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups which provides ample opportunity for debate
- The staff has a wide range of expertise, integrating their latest research into their seminars
- Staff members are actively involved in advising government, societal and political organisations
Conflict, Power and Politics
This Master’s specialisation offers students insights into the origins, causes, and the processes of conﬂict and conﬂict resolution. Recognising that contemporary conﬂicts cannot be understood without taking both domestic and international politics into account, the programme draws on comparative politics, international relations and conﬂict studies. Students will critically explore themes such as the determinants of political violence and warfare; the links between ethnic violence, nationalism and war; how international regulations affect efforts to acquire peace; and which ethical dilemmas arise in such situations.
Why should you choose Conflict, Power & Politics in Nijmegen?
The programme is unique for the Netherlands in being taught by both political scientists and conﬂict specialists
You can focus on a theme of your interest
Teaching takes place in a stimulating, collegial and interactive setting of small groups
The international staff has a wide range of expertise, is approachable, has strong links to policy and practice, and involves students in their research projects
Our Master’s programme is consistently ranked as the best Political Science programme in the Netherlands
International Political Economy
Does the growing inﬂuence of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) change the way the global political economy is governed? What are the political roots of global trade and ﬁnance? What is the impact of the international economy on inequality and development? Answering these questions requires you to combine economics and political science. In our Master’s specialisation in International Political Economy (IPE) you will uncover the economic and political dimensions of global issues and power struggles behind policy choices.
Why should you choose International Political Economy in Nijmegen?
- Unique for the Netherlands, our programme is taught by both economists and political scientists
- You can specialise in a theme of your interest
- The international staff offers a wide range of expertise, is easily approachable and closely involves students in their research
- We teach in a stimulating, collegial and interactive setting of small groups
What is the nature of war in the 21st Century? Will the competition for natural resources intensify domestic and international conﬂict? Will the growing inﬂuence of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) change international diplomacy? What are the political roots of global trade and ﬁnance?
In the 21st Century tackling global issues requires a deeper understanding of global politics and the players involved: governments, intergovernmental organisations, media, multinationals, and non-state actors. In our Master’s specialisation in International Relations (IR) you will learn to master different perspectives in order to understand the complexity of global issues and the dilemmas behind political choices.
Why should you choose IR in Nijmegen?
- Consistently ranked as the best Political Science/IR programme in the Netherlands
- Analytical and practice oriented
- Stimulating, collegial and interactive setting of small groups
- International staff who offer a wide range of expertise, are approachable and involve students in their research projects
- Close links with public and private organisations offering internships
Political theory (PT) is the soul of political science: it is not about determining what the facts are but about determining what they mean and what should be done with them. We need political theory anywhere where power is used both covertly and openly, where policies are made and where choices are questioned and criticised.
This Master’s specialisation offers students an unprecedented opportunity to learn to assess political values, aspirations and dreams in terms of their desirability and reasonability. You will also discover how political theoretical work can be introduced fruitfully in other relevant contexts. This will enable you to help civil initiatives and governmental institutions, not to mention the public at large by imagining and designing policies and ambitions that are both viable and defensible.
Why should you choose PT in Nijmegen?
- Our programme is consistently ranked the best Political Science/PT programme in the Netherlands
- The programme has a unique focus on justification and recognition, globalisation and their relationship with power
- Teaching takes place in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups
- You are encouraged to critically reflect on the staff ’s ongoing research in the Nijmegen Political Philosophical Workshop
- We are the conscience of real-world politics and policies and prepare you to interpret and contribute to real-world politics
- Undergraduate degree in related discipline
- Personal data/curriculum vitae
- Motivation letter
- Transcript of records
You need to have fluency in both written and spoken English, so you need one of the following:
- Be a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the USA;
- Your Bachelor's programme was taught completely in English in one of the EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA;
- Bachelor’s/Master’s diploma from a Dutch university;
- TOEFL score of ≥90, with sub-scores not lower than 18;
- IELTS score of ≥6.5, with sub-scores not lower than 6.0;
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.