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What will I learn?

This one-year academic programme examines the important political and cultural connections between the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In a truly interdisciplinary fashion this programme is grounded in American studies as it intersects with cultural and political history, and international relations. This will enable you to analyse the forces of globalisation, migration and cultural transfer, and engage with current transatlantic debates about urgent topics such as populist politics, transatlantic alliances and diplomacy, diversity, racism, Black Lives Matter, indigenous peoples, and the legacies of colonialism.

Master's programme in Transatlantic Studies: History, Culture and Politics: something for you?

You will study processes of cultural, geopolitical and economic exchange between North America and Europe
Internships and international exchange options are embedded in the curriculum
The programme is career oriented. You will acquire invaluable transferable skills in international classrooms, excursions, and interfaculty seminars

What will you learn?

In close collaboration with fellow students and staff, you will reflect on complex international interactions through themes such as global citizenship, democracy, international cooperation, freedom, equality, and human rights, all from a transatlantic perspective. The interdisciplinary approach will allow you to use and synthesise knowledge from a wide range of sources, such as digital collections, social media, policy documents, visual media, literature and popular culture. You will acquire intercultural skills to work in or with other cultures and societies.

The first semester will offer you a firm grounding in the field through a range of core courses. You will master the theories and research methods of transatlantic studies, engage with state-of-the art academic literature about the political and cultural dimensions of transatlantic interactions, and develop your own research interests. The second semester offers opportunities for in-depth exploration of research topics or an interdisciplinary specialisation in such transatlantic areas as international law, human rights, international relations, border studies, or the way contemporary North American culture reflects the social and political issues of its day. You can also integrate an internship or exchange programme with an American or Canadian university in this semester. You will complete the programme with a master’s thesis, which will offer you the setting to develop and present your own approach to the question of America’s place in transatlantic relations and European engagements with America.

Career prospects

This programme will prepare you for your future career by offering you access to:

our network in public diplomacy, heritage institutions, international business and NGOs;
the media industry, including journalism and business communication;
an internship in one of these sectors to put your academic skills into practice;
study in the United States or Canada. Amongst the many exchange partners are University of California (Berkeley), University of Iowa, University of North Carolina, University of Massachusetts in Boston, University of Ottowa, Western University in Ontario and Ryerson University in Toronto.

Job possibilities

The above knowledge and skills, together with an excellent command of (American) English, will help you find a job in an international setting. This specialisation will help you find work in the following areas (but not exclusively):

  • International affairs and diplomacy
  • Consultancy for businesses, NGOs and governmental organizations
  • Research
  • Culture and heritage institutions
  • Media and journalism

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,000.00 (13,07,190) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

You are admissible if you have a completed Bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Liberal Arts, International Relations, or a related area, with sufficient courses (30 EC) relevant to the programme. Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch research university diploma.

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

A TOEFL score of ≥100 (internet based), subscores ≥ 22
An IELTS score of ≥7.0, all subscores ≥ 6.5
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a mark of C or higher
Bachelor’s Degree from a Research University in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America.

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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