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What will I learn?

Understanding the interplay between (inter)national conflicts and the identities and borders in the minds of people. We will zoom in on the wider global geopolitics related to conflicts, the sources and backgrounds of conflicts, the development on the ground, bordering and other processes related to it, and the attempts to resolve the conflicts.

Master's specialisation Conflicts, Territories and Identities: something for you?

Our approach includes fields as sociology, anthropology, international relations, border studies, development studies, migration studies, political science and public administration.
The foundation of this specialisation is socio-geographical.
This Master’s looks beyond the violent conflict itself by also paying attention to practices of post-conflict reconstruction.
This specialisation is offered in collaboration with the Centre for International Conflict - Analysis & Management (CICAM).

What will you learn?

How can violent conflicts be analysed and addressed? This is a recurring question, particularly given the ongoing violence in countries like DR Congo and Afghanistan, and the outbursts of civil war in Iraq and Ukraine more recently. In this Master's you will study national and international conflict, and the territorial boundaries and borders in the minds of the people involved. You will also become familiar with the theory and practice of those organisations, such as NGOs and the UN, who intervene in violent conflict and its aftermath, as well as the efforts by local actors to transform and resolve conflict.

Career Prospects

Master's specialisation in Conflict, Territories and Identities

The Master's specialisation in Conflicts, Territories and Identities provides graduates entry into rapidly growing sectors of the job market, be it government, business or academia. Graduates will be able to apply the scientific insights and practical skills acquired to topics as varied as (post)colonialism, geopolitics, failing states, (religious and national) identities, discrimination and integration, bordering and othering processes, natural resources, humanitarian aid, diplomacy, peace operations.

With expertise gained during this Master’s, a graduate can be employed in a wide range of jobs, both in and outside the Netherlands, for example:

A policymaker or programme researcher for city municipalities focusing on conflict, borders, identities, integration and multicultural issues
Conflict expert and manager or field officer for ministries (like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the security sector (like Defence), international organisations (like the United Nations), and NGOs (like PAX).
A research or programme officer for a development aid related organisation
An academic researcher or at a university (PhD candidate) or research institute involved with borders, conflicts or terrorism
A journalist, communication officer or media specialist specialised in issues regarding war, conflict zones and terrorism.
A geography teacher in secondary, tertiary or vocational education

Which department am I in?

Nijmegen School of Management

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

In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) from a geography-related discipline, such as Spatial Planning, Geography, Environment Studies.

For students with a completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in a related area such as International Relations, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Religion Studies, European Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Language Studies, Architecture, (Urban) Design Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Conflict Studies and Management Sciences your prior education might first needs to be approved by the examination Board in order to enroll in the study programme.

All other students need one of the following certificates (All certificates may not be older than two years):

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90 & subscores ≥ 22
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall. Subscores ≥ 6,0, writing subscore ≥ 6,5
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency: C or higher

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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