Education for the higher educated

Geography, Planning and Environment - Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance

Nijmegen School of Management

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Rather than withering away under the impact of globalisation, borders have become privileged sites today for investigating the contemporary transformation of European governance, sovereignty, territory and identit(ies). The masters specialisation Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance will focus on b/ordering processes occurring within Europe’s internal cross-border regions (or Euregions), taking into account the context of shifts in state sovereignty, territoriality, and cultural identity in Europe’s borderlands. Courses within this program will also train attention on the external bordering dimension of the European Union (ie, Eastward Enlargement, European Neighbourhood Programme), while also addressing the EU’s search for a broader role in the world. Key themes raised in this master specialisation are e.g.: cross-border governance, transnational and multi-level governance, European citizenship and ‘cosmopolitical’ identit(ies), critical border geopolitics, biopolitical b/orderings and border securitisation, European post-colonial b/ordering and ‘othering’, and the search for an ‘ethical’ dimension to European borders.

Career Prospects

The master specialisation Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance provides graduates entry into rapidly growing sectors of the job market, be it government, business or academia. Students will be able to apply the scientific insights and practical skills acquired to topics as varied as Europeanisation, internationalisation, borders, identities, cross-border governance and international cooperation and politics. With expertise gained through this master a graduate may work for a local, provincial, or national (e.g. Foreign Affairs section) government, becoming responsible for, sharing expertise in and delivering advice on cross-border cooperation, international mobility, the attraction of international firms and investments, or the acquisition of European Union funds. Another major category of employment may be found in the field of consultancy. As a consultant or advisor, a graduate may help promote the internationalisation of a city or region, or assist regional and city governments in obtaining and managing EU- funded projects. The master is also very well suited as preparation for an international career. A graduate may find employment with the European parliament, European Commission or related institutions, or work as a programme officer with a European organisation or as an International/European affairs expert in a firm. Opportunities also abound within the rapidly growing job market for academic researchers and/or lecturers with one of the many Dutch or international research institutes and schools focusing on European issues.

Two elective courses


Elective courses

Elective courses at the Radboud University Nijmegen:

Department of Human Geography

Department of Spatial Planning

Elsewhere at the Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Dutch Courses on Europe
  • Dutch Courses on the European Union
  • English Courses on Europe

Elective courses off campus:

  • Courses on European Studies (University of Amsterdam)
  • Courses on Master of European Studies: European Diversity and Integration (University of Leuven)
  • Courses on European Studies (University of Leiden)
  • Courses on European Studies (University of Maastricht)
  • Courses on European Studies (University of Twente)


Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Costs (indication) No entry
Titles No title
Required language skills English
State / Province Gelderland
Country Netherlands
Completion Diploma