Education for the higher educated

Political Science

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Political scientists analyse political behaviour, ideas, events and institutions. At the heart of politics lies power.
Power relations shape the design and effectiveness of political institutions, structure patterns of cooperation and govern conflict in global politics.

The Master's Programme at Radboud University has been ranked as the Netherland's 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.

Three Specialisations

The Master's Programme in Political Science offers a choice between three specialisations: Comparative and European Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. All specialisations are flexible allowing students to specialise in their chosen field of study.

>> Comparative and European Politics
This specialisation focuses on the challenges to contemporary democracies. It includes courses on representative and deliberative democracy, political parties, democratic reform, the welfare state, gender and immigration policy.

Courses in CEP:

  • Theoretical Approaches to Comparative Politics: Actors & Institutions
  • Challenges to 21st Century Representative Democracy
  • The Politics of Reform: Welfare, Immigration, and Inequality
  • Elective Course/Internship CEP
  • Master's Thesis CEP

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>> International Relations
You learn to analyse conflict over resources, the changing nature of war, EU politics, processes of globalisation, socio-economic  inequality, and questions of identity.

Courses in IR:

  • Current Debates in International Relations Theory
  • Global Political Economy
  • Cooperation and Conflict in the 21st Century
  • Elective Course/Internship IR
  • Master's Thesis IR

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>> Political Theory: Recognition, Justice and Power
This specialisation offers students an unprecedented opportunity to learn to assess political values, aspirations and dreams in terms of their desirability and reasonability, rather than in terms of hard (or soft) facts only.

Courses in PT:

  • Contemporary Debates in Political Theory
  • Power in Political Theory
  • Recognition, Redistribution, and Citizenship
  • Elective Course/Internship PT
  • Master's Thesis PT

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General programme All specialisations
All three specialisation share three courses on the fundaments on political analyses:

  • Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics of Research
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Power and Persuasion in Politics

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Admission Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Political Science from a Dutch university is required, or an equivalent from a university outside the Netherlands. Additional conditions may apply.
International students who are non-native speakers of English, need proof of fluency in both written and spoken English. You need one of the following:

  • A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 575
  • A computer-based TOEFL score of at least 232
  • An internet-based TOEFL score of at least 90
  • An IELTS score of at least 6.5 

The programme is based on small, interactive classes. The Board of Examiners therefore may limit the number of foreign applicants.

Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment No
Lead time 12 months
Costs (indication) Between € 1,350 and € 2,700
Titles No title
Required language skills English
State / Province Gelderland
Country Netherlands
Completion Diploma