Radboud University

Political Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    9879 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Power shapes politics, but what shapes power in the 21stCentury? The Radboud Master's programme in Political Science at Radboud Universityoffers a unique opportunity for highly motivated students to prepare for a rewarding career in leading positions in the public and private sector.

About

The Political Science programme is offered at the Radboud University.

You choose one of our six specialisations within the Master's programme:

Comparative Politics

Focus on political challenges faced by contemporary (non-)democracies in a globalising world, such as growing inequalities, new demands on representative institutions, and pressures created by both migration and demographic change.

Comparative Politics, Administration, and Society (COMPASS)

Develop the skills needed for working in contemporary government. The courses focus on, for instance, the barriers to and facilitators of reform, Europeanisation and compliance with EU directives, and the challenges governments are facing in this century.

Conflict, Power and Politics

Critically explore themes such as warfare,political systems, the articulation of political demands, ethnic violence and which ethical dilemmas arise in such situations.

Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Politics

This specialisation introduces you not only to issues and ongoing debates in the field of gender and diversity studies in organisations and politics, but also offers the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the state of the art in the field and to acquire knowledge of different policy practices related to it and their gendered implications.

International Political Economy

Uncover the economic and political dimensions of global issues and power struggles behind policy choices. Learn to understand and explain the world from the perspectives of different stakeholders.

International Relations

Learn how to investigate global cooperation and conflict from different perspectives and to analyse the essential players that shape global politics: governments, international organisations, media, businesses and NGOs.

Political Theory

Study various aspects of the relationship between political power and morality. The central question here is whether political principles, institutions, and practices can ever be legitimate. What may we force each other to do? What should we do?

Accreditation

NVAO is entrusted by law (the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act) to accredit all existing Bachelors and Masters degree courses and to validate new study programmes at government-funded institutions of higher education and at institutions approved (but not funded) by the Dutch government.

Programme Structure

The Master's programme in Political Science offers a choice of six specializations:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Conflict, Power, and Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Comparative Politics, Administration, and Society (COMPASS)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

1. A Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Public Administration or a related discipline from a recognised, academic university.

2. Competency in Social Science Research Methodology (quantitative and qualitative)

3. English proficiency

  • A TOEFL score of >=90, with subscores not lower than 18
  • A IELTS score of >=6.5, with subscores 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9879 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9879 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

880 - 1,400 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Orange Tulip Scholarship
  • Radboud Scholarship Programme
  • Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships
  • Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship
  • DIKTI-Neso Scholarships
  • Dutch Student Finance
  • Holland Scholarship Programme
  • Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

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