24 months
16000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Research Master's programme in Social and Cultural Science at Radboud University is a two-year international programme that provides students with the research skills to pursue a career in comparative societal research; in academia or public institutions. In a multidisciplinary and multi-method approach you study contemporary social issues, such as inequality, cohesion and cultural diversity. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Programme overview

The Master's programme in Social and Cultural Science takes a multidisciplinary and multi-method approach to understanding key contemporary social issues, such as inequality, cohesion and cultural diversity.

You will benefit from working with a small group of highly motivated international students in courses designed for students enrolled in this programme. Every student receives personal guidance and supervision towards their own research project.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the theoretical background to current social issues
  • Gain the skills to translate social problems into research questions and conduct high quality comparative cultural research

  • Get experience translating your skills and knowledge of theory and method to produce and communicate research findings

  • Synthesise theories and methods across different disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, development studies, political science, and communication science

Career prospects

A large majority of our graduates gain PhD and other research positions.

Graduates from this programme could find jobs in a variety of different fields, almost all of our graduates find work shortly after graduation

Job positions

  • Scientific or academic research

  • Societal researcher in policy institutes or government organisations  

  • Consultant or advisor for firms or other organisations

  • Policymaker

  • Journalist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Social Questions
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Advanced Regression Analysis
  • Comparative Methodology
  • Comparative Research Project
  • Cultural Diversity, Markets and Equality
  • Diversities in Organisations

  • Radicalisation

  • Comparative Sociological Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


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 Social and Cultural Science or closely related areaIn order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Development Studies, Communication Science or another social science.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Motivation letter
  • In this letter of motivation you should explain why you want to attend this programme and why you think you are suited for this programme. Attached to this letter should be a resume with photo, list of grades and two reference letters from lecturers. An interview (face-to-face or via Skype) may follow before you are admitted to the programme.
  • 2 letters of recommendation 
  • 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 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

  • 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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