Taught course

Comparative Politics (specialisation)

Radboud University · Nijmegen School of Management

Entry requirements

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 or Political Theory.

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.

A proficiency in English

  1. 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 the conditions, listed on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master's specialisation in Comparative Politics focuses on challenges to contemporary democracy, such as: populism, welfare reform, aging populations, right-wing parties and other socio-political developments. The programme takes both analytical and practice based approaches. Our instructors are internationally recognised experts in the core themes of the programme. Furthermore, members of the staff are actively involved in advising government and political organisations.

What will you learn?

  • Gain a background in theoretical foundations and empirical knowledge in core topics of political science and policy
  • Learn to critically examine policy solutions to political issues
  • Develop research, analytical and communication skills
  • Get valuable experience designing, conducting and presenting your own research project

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme can find work in a variety of positions:

  • Policy maker
  • Administrator
  • Project management
  • Researcher
  • Politician
  • Journalist

*This is a specialisation of the Master's in Political Science

If you have any questions, email us here: study-information@ru.nl

Learn more via the Radboud University contact form.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 17,470
International students
EU € 2,530 Non EU € 17,470

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Study Information