Taught course

Comparative Politics, Administration, and Society (COMPASS) (specialisation)

Radboud University · Nijmegen School of Management

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

Discovering the politics of public policymaking.

Immigration, environmental degradation, population ageing and global poverty are just a few of the political challenges that contemporary policymakers face. In an increasingly globalised world, it is more important than ever that governments respond quickly and effectively to these challenges. National governments, however, increasingly share responsibility for designing and implementing effective policy with several layers of government (local, regional, national, international) and different types of actors (governments, non-profit organisations, businesses).

Designing effective policies in different political systems

The COMPASS specialisation provides the skills needed for a career in government or other policymaking organisations (NGOs, international organisations, advocacy groups). Courses focus on the barriers to and facilitators of reform, Europeanisation and compliance with EU directives, welfare state reform, and the problems governments face in the 21st century.

The degree awarded for completing COMPASS is either a Master's degree in Public Administration or in Political Science. By joining both disciplines, the specialisation incorporates the strengths of both.

Why study Comparative Politics, Administration, and Society at Radboud University?

  • 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, giving 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.

*This is a specialisation of the Master's in Political Science and Master’s in Public Administration

Fees and funding

UK students
£1.515,00 (€ 1,984)
International students
£ 6.682,00 (€ 9,232)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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