12 months
16000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Radboud's Master's programme in Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University has a unique interdisciplinary approach, which combines fine-grained analysis of local issues with an assessment of possible avenues for change. This programme offers a combination of both disciplines and draws from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, political science, economics and geography.

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Programme Overview

The Master's programme in Anthropology and Development Studies offers a unique combination of courses in both disciplines, where you can specialise in one of three 'hot' domains that engage with contemporary social issues and are subject to intense academic debate.

This programme draws from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, political science, economics and geography.

You will deal with relevant global issues, including poverty, health, environment, inequality, mobility, multiculturalism and transnational networks.

Teaching takes place in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups. You will also receive plenty of one-on-one supervision with a thesis supervisor.

What will you learn?

  • During this programme you will introduced to current theoretical debates in the field and conduct your own research project in one of three thematic domains – diversity, nature or civil society.

  • Gain the skills communicate your findings to various audiences.

  • Develop a critical, reflective attitude towards social issues and debates.
  • You develop a unique skills set that prepares you for a wide array of jobs: from policy officer in the public sector or at (international) aid organisations to consultants for local businesses.

Career prospects

The ADS Master’s programme offers students a unique skill set that prepares them for a broad range of jobs.These skills are based on a combination of an open, investigative and reflective attitude, sociological imagination, theory-driven analysis of diverse life worlds, inequality and power, and the capacity to weigh the necessity and possibility of interventions in a pragmatic way.

Graduates from this programme could find jobs in a wide range of fields:

  • Policy officer

  • Advisor or researcher for central or local governments

  • Advisor at aid, welfare and civil society organisations such as the UN, Cordaid or the Dutch Council for Refugees

  • Researcher at a university or NGO, trade union, consultancy firm or private institution

  • Journalist or communication officer

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Living and Governing Diversity
  • Living with Nature
  • Mobilising Change
  • Key Concepts and Debates
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Research Design
  • Field Research
  • Reflecting and Reporting
  • Master's thesis

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

A completed Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Development Studies, Non-Western Sociology or related area

  • In order to get direct admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Development Studies, Non-Western Sociology or related area that is the equivalent to a Dutch university diploma
Basic training in Social Science research
  • Our programme is based on research; we are an academic university and involved in many international research projects. Therefore, we require a basic training in Social Science research processes: research design, fieldwork and data-analysis.
  • Proficiency in English
  • The degree should have been obtained in the last 7 years
    • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

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

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