24 months
16000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Studying Social and Political Philosophy (Research) at Radboud University means studying ‘the political' as an essential but conflict-ridden aspect of the human condition, and how politics is a way of coping with the issues resulting from this.

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Everything is political, but nothing is only political. That is the basic intuition behind the research Master’s in Social and Political Philosophy (Research) at Radboud University . How fundamental concepts such as freedom, power, justice, and so on are judged and how words and phrases are being used in political debates, has an essential impact on the outcome of a debate. As a social and political philosopher you’ll be geared towards pinpointing where these—often unconscious—assumptions are at work.

This will enable you to make people aware of them. Key authors for this specialisation are: Aristotle, Arendt, Foucault, Hobbes, Kant, Macchiavelli, Marx, Rawls, Schmitt, Spinoza, and Žižek.

Future career opportunities

This programme has been designed for people with the ambition to conduct philosophical research at a university. Graduates tend to fall into one of three groups:

  • A majority of the students continue their research within academia by applying for a doctoral programme in the Netherlands or abroad. We take particular pride in the fact that more than 60 percent of our graduates manage to obtain a PhD position within two years of graduating.
  • A second group goes on to teach philosophy at secondary schools.
  • And a third group enters research-related professions outside of education.
  • Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Comparative Political Philosophy
    • Elective research seminar
    • Elective course
    • State of the Art Paper

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    120 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • The applicant must have 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).

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      16000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 16000 EUR per year during 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2209 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 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.

    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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