Is immigration a threat to democracy? Is Europe witnessing a surge in populist sentiment? How can governments reform their welfare states to deal with the growing costs of an ageing population? Contemporary governments face these and other political challenges in an increasingly globalised world. In the Master's specialisation in Comparative Politics, you’ll examine the configuration of political power within countries as well as analyse how and why political responses to contemporary challenges vary across countries.

The specialisation provides students with strong theoretical foundations...
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  • Degree Masters
  • Study Type Full-time
  • Study Length 12 months
  • Start Date September
  • Tuition Fees 9,232 EUR
Modules (7)
  • Fragmentation, Conflict and Consensus in Politics
  • Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics of Research
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Welfare, Inequality and Immigration
  • Power and Persuasion in Politics
  • Challenges to Representative Democracy
  • Master's Thesis
Entry requirements
  • Cambridge CAE Advanced : C - C or higher
  • IELTS : 6.5 - A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.5
  • TOEFL : 90 - A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 22
  • Other : Admission for students with a Dutch university Bachelor diploma
    In order to get admission to this Master you will need a completed academic Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or a related discipline.

    Admission requirements for international students
    1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Political Science or a related discipline from a recognised, academic university.
    A substantial part of the courses in your Bachelor’s degree should be in your preferred specialisation: International Relations, Political Theory, Comparative Politics or Public Administration (COMPASS).
    2. Competency in Social Science Research Methodology (quantitative and qualitative)
    Due to the strong academic nature of this programme, it is essential that students have the necessary basic research skills. Applicants with little or no Social Science Research Methodology in their previous education may get admission, provided they first complete an (oral) examination in research methodology. The oral exam can be held in person in Nijmegen or via Skype.
    3. A proficiency in English
    In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

    • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university.
    • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
    • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
    • Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

    All other students need one of the following certificates (which may not be older than two years).
    • A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 22
    • A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.5
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

  • Degree Masters
  • Study Type Full-time
  • Study Length 12 months
  • Start Date September
  • Tuition Fees 9,232 EUR

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