12 months
16000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Political Science - Political Theory programme at the Radboud University trains you to chart where power hides in justification practices, both in political theory and political practice. We prepare you to interpret and contribute to real-world politics. The programme focusses on power, justification and legitimisation, globalisation, and critical understanding of theories of the good society.

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Why study the Political Science - Political Theory programme taught at the Radboud University  

  • Our students rate this Master’s programme 8,6 out of 10. This Master's programme was recently awarded the quality label ‘Top Programme' and rated best in their field. This study programme is rated top programme for three consecutive years according to the students 
  • The programme has a unique focus on power, justification and legitimisation, globalisation, and critical understanding of theories of the good society. We do not limit ourselves to the dominant redistributive justice discourse, but address global, ecological, and intergenerational justice, multiculturalism and agonism.
  • The Master’s programme in Political Science is accredited by the NVAO (the Dutch-Flemish accreditation organisation). The panel, consisting of international experts, concludes that the programme is rightly proud of its community spirit, which continues to benefit the programme’s achievement level and its graduates’ careers alike


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.


Accredited by the NVAO (the Dutch-Flemish accreditation organisation)

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Power in Political Theory
  • Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics of Research
  • Contemporary debates in Political Theory
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Urban Political Theory
  • Deliberative Democracy 
  • Just War Theory
  • Master's Thesis in Political Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a similar (or related) field from another reserach university with a fair number of courses in your preferred specialisation. Your degree must be equivalent to a Dutch Research University diploma.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Due to the strong academic nature of this programme, it is essential that students have the necessary basic research skills (both quantitative and qualitative). Applicants with little or no Social Science Research Methodology must first complete an (oral) examination in research methodology. The oral exam can be held in person in Nijmegen or via Skype.
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Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    16000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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