MSc in Political Science

Radboud University

Program Description

MSc in Political Science

Radboud University

Power shapes politics, but what shapes power in the 21st century? The Radboud Master’s programme in Political Science offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated students to prepare for a rewarding career in leading positions in the public and private sector.


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

  • International Relations: In this specialisations you learn to investigate global cooperation and conflict from different perspectives and to analyze the essential players that shape global politics: governments, international organisations, media, businesses and NGO’s.
  • Comparative Politics: This specialisation focuses 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: The courses focus on, for instance, the barriers to and facilitators of reform, Europeanisation and compliance with EU directives, how various countries deal with problems with the social welfare state, and the challenges government is 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.
  • 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.
  • Political Theory: This specialisation gives you the opportunity to study various aspects of the relationship between political power and morality, The central question is whether political principles, institutions, and practices can ever be legitimate. What may we force each other to do? What should we do?

The Master's programme at Radboud University has been ranked as the Netherlands' best Master's programme in Political Science by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Association and by students in Elsevier's Higher Education Supplement. The key to this success is our emphasis on small, interactive classes, our challenging programme, the expertise and effectiveness of our internationally oriented staff, and our location in a lively, student-friendly, cosmopolitan city.

Career prospects

The careers of our graduates reflect the high quality of our programme. Our alumni have positions as policymakers in international organisations, political parties, national ministries, market authorities, the European Parliament and the European Commission. They also work as consultants, researchers and are employed by banks, other financial institutions and by the media.

Quality label

For the third time in a row, this programme was rated number one and was awarded the quality label ‘Top Programme' in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Admission requirements

As an international student your prior education must meet certain requirements.

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

A substantial part of the courses in your Bachelor’s degree should be in your preferred specialisation: International Relations, Political Theory, Comparative Politics or Public Administration (COMPASS).

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

Due to the strong academic nature of this programme, it is essential that students have the necessary basic research skills. Applicants with little or no Social Science Research Methodology in their previous education may get admission, provided they first complete an (oral) examination in research methodology. The oral exam can be held in person in Nijmegen or via Skype.

3.A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university.
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

All other students need one of the following certificates (TOEFL and IELTS certificates may not be older than two years):

  • 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


Programmes starting in September
  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.
Quality label

This programme was recently rated ‘Best Programme’ in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2016 (Guide to Master's programmes).This programme was also rated ‘Best Master's Programme’ by Elsevier magazine’s annual survey of the best degree programmes.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 24, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 1, 2017
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Netherlands - Nijmegen
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Price €2,006 for EEA/ € 9,432-non EEA students