Political Science

Course Information
  • Subject: Politics, Social Sciences
  • Level: Master
  • Type of Degree: MA
  • Cost: EUR 1,951 2015/2016

Course Description

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 best in the Netherlands!

The Master's programme at Radboud University has been ranked as the Netherlands' 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.

Four Specialisations

  • International Relations:Learn how to investigate global cooperation and conflict from different perspectives and to analyse the essential players that shape global politics: governments, international organisations, media, businesses and NGOs.
  • Political Theory:Study various aspects of the relationship between political power and morality. The central question here is whether political principles, institutions, and practices can ever be legitimate. What may we force each other to do? What should we do?
  • Comparative Politics:Focus on political challenges faced by contemporary (non-)democracies in a globalising world, such as growing inequalities, new demands on representative institutions, and pressures created by both migration and demographic change.
  • Comparative Politics, Administration, and Society (COMPASS):Develop the skills needed for working in contemporary government. The courses focus on, for instance, the barriers to and facilitators of reform, Europeanisation and compliance with EU directives, how various countries deal with problems with the social welfare state, and the challenges government is facing in this century.

Career Prospects

Our graduates find employment in a variety of settings: in consulting, (inter)national diplomacy, with the EU, in local, regional and national government, with business, media and think-tanks. A sizeable number go on to pursue a PhD in Political Science.

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