MSc in International Relations


Radboud University    Political Science

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

Analysing conflict and cooperation in a globalising world. Tackling global issues in the 21st Century requires a deeper understanding of the essential players that shape global politics: governments, intergovernmental organisations, media, multinationals, and NGOs.

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in a similar (or related) field from another research university with a fair number of courses in your preferred specialisation. Your degree must be equivalent to a Dutch Research University diploma.

In order to take part in this programme, a sufficient level of English proficiency is required. Language proficiency can be proven via certain diplomas, or by successfully completing an accepted language test.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is €2.209,- and is applicable to EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese students who have not yet obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Our tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 16,000 euros.

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Student Profile(s)

Fernando Gomez

After I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and gained experience as a practitioner in México, I focussed on seeking higher education in order to master my skills and knowledge. Through my search I found out about the Political Science Master’s programme at Radboud University, which I considered my main option due to the courses the programme offers, the option to specialise in International Relations, and the challenge of the characteristically high quality education standards of the Netherlands. The more I investigated Radboud University, the more I knew that Nijmegen was the best option, not just because of the high education standards, but also because it offered the possibility of continuing to practice tennis in a social student community.

Studying abroad always poses the challenge of adapting to new education standards and a different social dynamic; challenges that are worth taking, and easy to overcome due to Nijmegen's cosy lifestyle and international student environment. The most difficult challenge I encountered was my background knowledge of European topics, but I quickly overcame this challenge thanks to the Professors and fellow students, who are always willing to help.

I definitely recommend the Political Science Master’s programme from Radboud University to people from Latin America due to the highly interactive courses in contemporary topics, and the way that the programme uses a diversity of approaches and a scientific methodological base that makes it unique.

With regard to my experience on the courses I have attended, I find the interactive teaching style an asset due to the relatively small groups, which facilitates a collective learning environment. The professors are very well prepared for each topic and this always encourages students to take part in class discussions. Even though the majority of students are Dutch speakers in the Political Science Master’s programme, the professors are very careful to keep to fluent English language in all courses.

Scholarships

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Each year, a number of partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

A Radboud Scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to € 2,209,- For example: a grant holder in 2022/2023 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,209,- instead of €16,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- Have been (will be) fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae. If you already uploaded these documents for the Master’s programme application, you can upload the same documents again for your scholarship application.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately € 174). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 174) will also be covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

The grant for a two year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of € 1,300.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~€25000 per year

Eligibility

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Deadline
Scholarship applications for 2022-2023 are open and close on Tuesday 12 October, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

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The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme, organised by Nuffic Neso, gives excellent students coming from India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam, the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University has a maximum of 21 scholarships available for the academic year 2022/2023.

The scholarship consists of a reduction of the institutional tuition fee for non-EEA students (to €2,209,- in 2022/2023). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance for your stay in the Netherlands (Aon Student Insurance) are covered. The Orange Tulip Scholarship is not a full scholarship and does not include living costs. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

-Are admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University, starting 1 September 2022
-Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
-Must be a citizen of one of the Neso countries (India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam) and should not currently be studying or working in the Netherlands.

Application Procedure

The application deadline to apply for all Orange Tulip Scholarship Programmes through your Nuffic NESO office is 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST. You must also have completed your application for the Master's programme at Radboud University via the online OSIRIS Application system before 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST.


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The Holland Scholarship is co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Ares (EEA) who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Holland.

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University and is open to students with the following nationalities: Albanian, American (USA only), Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, Colombian, Iranian, Mexican, Taiwanese, Turkish, and Ukrainian. All Radboud University’s English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies and it will be granted once only, even if you are enrolled in a two year programme.

The Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000 euros

Eligibility

-Are holder of a non-EU/EEA passport and have one of the eligible nationalities
-Are due to pay the tuition fee for non-EEA students and are not eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
-Don’t have a degree from a Dutch education institution nor study in the Netherlands already, except for current students (2020-2021) in a Pre-Master's programme at Radboud University, and except for exchange programmes, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands
-Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Holland Scholarship. The selection for the scholarship and admission to the Master's degree programme are two separate processes: admission to the programme does not imply selection for the Holland Scholarship.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 31 January 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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A Joint Scholarship Program for Indonesian citizens wishing to do a master programme that can be linked to the following themes:

Water Management and Technology;
Entrepreneurship, Sustainable and Circular Economy focused on Fisheries and Marine.
Fisheries and Marine Sciences and Technology

Students wishing to undertake a Master's programme in the Netherlands related to one of these priority areas can apply for the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

maximum EUR 20,000

Eligibility

Eligible Master's programmes and specialisations at Radboud University include:

Adaptive Organisms
Water & Environment
Science, Management & Innovation
Spatial Planning- Cities, Water and Climate Change

Application Procedure

For more information on the StuNed Programme and how to apply, please visit the Nuffic Neso Indonesia StuNed website.

The deadline for application is 25 May 2021.


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Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,100 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2021-2022) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€11,100 per year.

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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