Taught course

Comparative Politics (specialisation)

Institution
Radboud University · Nijmegen School of Management
Qualifications
MSc

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

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

Months of entry

September

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

To apply for this course, please contact us by e-mail.

Learn more via the Radboud University contact form.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,143
International students
EU €2,143 Non EU € 11,471

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 scholarships and grants page at our website.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,143). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,143). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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Study Information
Email
study-information@ru.nl