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What will I learn?

This Master's aims to increase your understanding of the value and workings of the EU within the social and geopolitical developments both in Europe and in Europe’s relation to rest of the world. You’ll come to understand cross-border governance and how economic, cultural and political power works across borders.

Master's specialisation Europe: Borders, Identity and Governance: something for you?

We consider regional, cultural, emotional and social borders, like those between urban and rural regions, social classes, gender, citizens and non-citizens, and community groups.
We also see borders as exciting places where the collision of different perspectives can lead to innovation, progress and opportunity.
Our approach is highly multidisciplinary to include related fields as European Studies, Political Science, Conflict Management and Spatial Planning.
Nijmegen itself lies in a border-region and our staff has close ties with the Euregio Rijn-Waal, giving you practical insights and possibly hands-on access to the inner workings of border management.

What will you learn?

In this specialisation you will gain wide international expertise in the governance of European borders, borderlands and cross-border regions, both internal to Europe and its member states as well as beyond the outer frontiers of the European Union. The curriculum focuses on issues that are at the heart of contemporary debates in border studies, such as the transformation and multiplication of borders beyond the nation-state line. You will develop quantitative as well as qualitative fieldwork skills with wide, post-graduate applicability.

Career prospects

Master's specialisation in Europe : Borders, Identity and Governance

The Master's specialisation in Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance 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 Europeanization, internationalisation, borders, identities, cross-border governance and international cooperation and politics.

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:

Expert for a local, provincial, or national (e.g. Foreign Affairs section) government, sharing expertise in and delivering advice on cross-border cooperation, international mobility, the attraction of international firms and investments, or the acquisition of European Union funds.
Consultant or advisor at a consultancy firm, helping to promote the internationalisation of a city or region, or assisting regional and city governments in obtaining and managing EU- funded projects.
Programme officer for a European organisation, the European parliament, European Commission or related institutions.
International/European affairs expert in the private sector.
Academic researcher at a university or research institute that focuses on European issues.
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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