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What will I learn?

Focusing on the interface of theories of the good society, globalisation, legitimacy and power. Political theory is the soul of political science: it’s not about determining what the facts are but about determining what they mean and what should be done with them.

Master's specialisation Political Theory

We focus on current global and regional issues, helping you comprehend both the complexity and diversity of today’s global political arenas.
We are also motivated by the challenges raised by globalisation and try to explain why some distributional effects of globalisation lead to political conflict while others do not.
We study how political choices are legitimised, discussing the power of persuasion, the role of norms and the impact of identity.

What will you learn?

This Master’s specialisation offers students an unprecedented opportunity to learn to assess political values, aspirations and dreams in terms of their desirability and reasonability. You will also discover how political theoretical work can be introduced fruitfully in other relevant contexts. This will enable you to help civil initiatives and governmental institutions, not to mention the public at large by imagining and designing policies and ambitions that are both viable and defensible.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Political Theory

Graduates of political theory are academics, not politicians. We believe that to be a good policy advisor, manager or administrator, you need to have good research skills. Research is what is going to make your advice be both valid and practical: both sides of the coin of policies are equally important to the political theorists.

Job positions

Our graduates find employment in a variety of settings, including in consulting, national and international diplomacy and EU institutions. They can work as policy advisors, managers and leaders in local, regional and national government, as well as in business, media, NGOs, think-tanks and civic organisations. Quite a few go on to pursue a PhD degree.

Which department am I in?

Nijmegen School of Management

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,000.00 (12,92,407) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in related area, which is equivalent to a Dutch WO Bachelor. A 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 577 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); An IELTS score of 6.5; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.

For international students

A Bachelor’s degree in a similar (or related) field from another research university with a fair number of courses in your preferred specialisation. Your degree must be equivalent to a Dutch Research University diploma.

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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