Radboud University

Nijmegen  Netherlands

Radboud University is a comprehensive, internationally-oriented research university that challenges its students to actively participate in the academic community and trains them to be critical, independently-minded and engaged academics, who will take up responsible positions in a society which is becoming increasingly internationalised. Research and education at Radboud University cover a wide range of disciplines. Radboud offers 14 Bachelor’s and over 35 Master’s programmes fully taught in English, and is host to 14 world-leading research institutes. Our green campus reinforces the community spirit and provides facilities for students and top researchers from all over the world. 1 in 9 students at our university is an international student!

Why study at Radboud University?

Radboud University wishes to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for everyone. That is why all of our students will encounter sustainability issues during their studies.

Radboud University is located in Nijmegen, a true student city in the heart of Europe, which means you will have plenty of opportunity to explore other destinations.

Thanks to our extensive national and international network, we are able to easily arrange a foreign internship or student exchange.

24,633

postgraduate students

70

programmes

123

ranked in ARWU / Shanghai ranking (2023)

Nijmegen  Netherlands

main campus

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Upcoming Open Days & Webinars

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Nov 2024

Master’s Open Day – Radboud University

 Nijmegen


About Radboud University

Radboud University is a comprehensive, internationally oriented research university that aspires to be one of the best in Europe.

QS ranking (2024): 222

THE ranking (2023): 139

THE impact ranking (2023): 301-400

CWTS Leiden ranking (2023): 97

Mission

Radboud University challenges its students to actively participate in the academic community and trains them to be critical, independent-minded and engaged academics, who will take up responsible positions in a society which is becoming increasingly internationalised.

Internationalisation

Internationalisation plays a major role in the quality of our teaching, research and service provision. These are the three pillars on which we are building towards a leading position in the international academia. Our international campus reinforces the community spirit and provides facilities for students and top researchers from all over the world.

The university’s academic staff come from all over the world: 1 in 9 students at our university, and 1 in 5 first-year students, is an international student!

The Campus

Radboud University offers students wide range of world-class facilities. On campus you will find lecture rooms and research labs, the University Hospital, libraries, administrative offices, student organizations, cafés and cafeterias, a supermarket, and a book shop- just to name a few.

More so than that, the Radboud campus is known as the greenest campus in the Netherlands, in which a landscape of grass, paths, and trees form a cohesive whole together with the buildings.



City of Nijmegen

Radboud University is located in the oldest city in the Netherlands - Nijmegen.

Nijmegen is a true student city and is located in the heart of Europe, which means you will have plenty of opportunity to explore. A recent survey found that local people regard students as enriching their city and find them friendly and lively. The students themselves appreciate the green surroundings and the many opportunities that the city offers for relaxation and entertainment.

Radboud University offers a range of activities for its students: study and student associations allow each student to find their own place! At the Radboud Sports Centre, students, alumni and non-students are welcome 7 days a week. During our long opening hours, you can choose between at least 80 different sports.

Nijmegen is a true student city: whether you prefer shopping, going to a museum or a movie, heading to a festival, restaurants and cafés, or enjoying the great outdoors, it is all possible!



Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately €210). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The costs for a visa and residence permit (approximately €207) will also be fully covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.
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 €1,400.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€15,400 - € 30,800

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

Scholarship applications for 2024-2025 are open and close on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Applicants are required to have applied separately to Radboud University by 1 January 2024 for admission to the Master’s programme of their choice via the online application procedure, independent of their Fulbright application.

At the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant, scholarship candidates must be admitted to an English-taught Master's programme at Radboud University and provide a letter of admission. The Radboud University application process opens 1 October 2023. The application results will be made known at the end of March 2024.

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 €11,520 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2023-2024) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition and living costs

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 (verwijst naar een andere website) 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 submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.

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 the legal fee (EU/EEA) instead of the institutional fee (non-EU/EEA).

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 submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.

The NL Scholarship (NLS) will always be combined with the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP). This means that students applying for the NLS must also apply for the RSP. You can be awarded both the NLS and RSP, or just the RSP. You cannot be awarded just the NLS. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship.

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once. You will receive this in the first year of your study programme. Please note that this is not a full scholarship. The costs of living and studying in the Netherlands are not covered by the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 5000

Eligibility

-Hold a non-EU/non-EEA passport.
-Obtained a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands.
-Have been fully admitted to the English-taught Master's programme starting 1 September 2024.
-Have applied for the Radboud Scholarship Programme for 2024-2025, starting 1 September 2024.
-Are able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.

Application Procedure


You can apply by indicating during your application procedure for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a NL Scholarship.

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

You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


The atmosphere in class: The programme definitely aims to have quite an "horizontal" teacher-student relationship. So far, I have always felt that they are approachable and willing to collaborate and discuss with us. Of course it is up to us to approach them and benefit from it.

Internship: At the moment, I am working on my minor project for which I am conducting an experimental study on the relationships between incentives, pressure, and cognitive performance. I believe that having two big research projects (minor and major) is quite valuable. It gives us the chance to explore different areas.

Plans after receiving a degree: Besides the world of academia itself, insights from behavioral research are applied in many companies and other kinds of organizations. Therefore I believe that the skills we acquire in the programme can be put into good use in many different ways. Personally, I am still unsure about what I'll be doing after the Master's, as I feel quite attracted to both worlds.

Why did I choose Radboud University: After graduating with a BA in Anthropology, I spent four years working in international education and environmental advocacy. The different work experiences I had in Tunisia and the United States gave me a taste of the diverse ways people can create change, and I wanted to dive deeper into the idea of changing societies in a way that is good for people as well as the natural environment. The masters programme at Radboud in Anthropology and Development is exactly what I’ve been looking for, combining social science field work with critical analyses of the development sector. Not only is this programme a perfect fit for me, I love the location in a smaller city where cost of living and university fees are much more affordable.

What am I looking forward to the most regarding coming to Nijmegen: I am so excited to move into my student apartment! The accommodations at Talia, one of Radboud’s student residences, are really comfortable and well-located. I’ll be living right in the city center with a view of the Waal river and the little beach alongside it. It’s also amazing to move to Nijmegen on the year it’s been voted European Green Capital of 2018! I’m looking forward to meeting other students from around the world and eating good Dutch cheese :)

A fun fact about myself: I’ve lived most of my life in North Africa and can speak Arabic!

About the programme: I like that you are only with students who are interested in the same things as you are. We had a really nice introduction day with the teachers as well, so practically everyone knows each other.

The atmosphere in class: The atmosphere in the masters program is very familiar. Its a small group and you do a lot of practical workgroups. Therefore everyone knows each other and the teachers are very approachable and friendly.

Challenges and obstacles: The program asks a lot more of you than the bachelor did. It is a lot more to read, more to learn and you will be asked to think like a Master's student on a higher level. It is not about learning things anymore but about connecting things you've learned and putting it into practice. This is quite challenging but as well you get the feeling of really learning something for your future profession, which is very nice.

Internship: I am currently looking for an internship as it is mandatory to do one from February. I will write the thesis in the company I am doing my internship. You get a lot of help from the study for writing your CV and your applications.

Plans after receiving a degree: People spend most of the day at work, so I think it is important to look at work from a psychological perspective. I want to work in People Development and Learning, so helping that everyone gets to his/her right place and can develop on a professional and personal level.

I did my internship together with another student at the Tax Authority, who were so enthusiastic about our work that they offered us both a job. The Tax Authority hoped to utilise our knowledge in order to encourage people to promptly file their declarations and pay their taxes. We put behaviour change theories into practice, to see what does and doesn’t work. For example, we modify letters that are sent out to the tax payers. Instead of threatening the recipients – ‘Submit your form in time or you will be fined’ - we use a reciprocity appeal: 'I’ve enclosed a return envelope to make the process easier for you’. Too obvious? Not at all; they hardly even notice what we’re doing. But the great thing is that it works! We’ve sent out two different letters and the version in which we’ve applied principles of influencing has led to a ten percent increase in responses. What’s more, if the Tax Authority’s standard blue envelope is adorned with a yellow Post-it Note on which a message is written, the recipient’s tax return is filed in half the normal time!

We measure everything, which is something that we also learned during the Master’s programme. Working systematically involves posing the following questions: What is the problem, which behaviour do you want to achieve and how can you ensure that your interventions are measurable? This is how we add value. We give a lot of presentations and organise a lot of workshops, which enables employees to look at their work from a different perspective and allows them to clarify the effect that their behaviour has on the taxpayer. So far, the response has been quite encouraging.

This job has increased my enthusiasm for my work. Having a knowledge of behaviour change really does mean that you can achieve something.

What I like the most about the GEM-specialisation is how it has broaden my own perspective on the world, not only work-related but also my thinking in general. Diversity and inclusion issues can be found everywhere in society and this specialisation made me more aware of my own position in these.

This Master specialisation is quite new, so there are not many students enrolled yet. I see this as an advantage, as this makes the contact with our Master coordinator very personal and informal. Professors are passionate about their field of research and are always in for a discussion. They are very approachable to answer questions or to explain things that are unclear. Most seminars are with +- 30 students, which provides the opportunity for personal attention.

What I find most challenging in this specialisation are the courses related to political theory. These courses require a different way of thinking and debating that I was not used to. However, these courses helped me to grow and develop myself and to step outside my comfort zone. I think this is exactly what a Master is supposed to teach you.

I am currently finishing my thesis about inclusive leadership, where I look into barriers and facilitators to inclusion. I was free to choose my own topic of interest within this very broad research field and I enjoyed writing about a topic that I had chosen myself. Feedback from my supervisor challenges me to perform better and to be more critical towards my own work. Yes, writing a thesis is sometimes frustrating, but definitely worthwhile.

I think this Master is of societal value, as it brings more awareness and there are still so many issues of inequalities to be found in both society and organisations. This Master specialisation is quite unique and I think that might help in finding a job in the current labour market. After I finished my Master specialisation I would like to work as an HR advisor, applying my knowledge to HR practices, making managers more aware of issues of diversity and inclusion and maybe do some projects related to this. As I said before, besides the knowledge and skills I acquired during this Master's degree, I also broadened my perspective on the world and my own position within. I am convinced that this will be of value for the rest of my life.

International Business incorporates some economics as an interesting addition to my previous study. Compared to the bachelor of applied science, doing a master’s study requires a different understanding, more theoretical and scientific. However, lecturers are trying hard to include some practical examples/assignments. The challenge for me really was methodology. But with a lot of practice it is doable.

The interaction with lecturers and students really achieves a next level. The pre-master study was with so many people. Especially with the IB specialisation, the group is much smaller and there is more interaction. This really creates a positive and motivating vibe, as there are more discussions and willingness to interact.

The most challenging was the workload at the second half of the year. Three exams, of which one is methodology, and starting the master thesis really requires a lot of us. But as my supervisor told me: “Take the bull by its horns and have confidence”. So that’s all you got to do, accept the challenge and work hard. It will pay off!

The thesis I am writing is about innovation in emerging markets. Many SMEs originating from these countries are not capable of innovating due to lack of resources and a constraining institutional environment. Nevertheless, it is important to understand the drivers of innovation of those SMEs that were able to innovate. In the end, SMEs are the backbone of the economy and to survive challenging environmente they need to innovate. So, what I basically look at is which resources internal to the firm (such as: human capital and experience) drive innovation. In addition, I also analyse how cooperation with others strengthens this relationship and how the poorly developed institutional environment constraints it.

In addition to learning about topics related to international business, you develop a work ethic from which you can benefit in your future career. Receiving this degree isn’t easy, you have to work hard but along the way you benefit so much. You develop your theoretical knowledge, but you also develop personally. I will use this in my job at Dell, which I recently accepted while I am still studying. At such a company, a multinational, having IB as a specialisation is a great fit as I learned about a lot of different aspects regarding doing business internationally.

I chose this Master's specialisation because I was interested in the theories and models marketing managers use in their decision making. The Master’s programme is a good reflection of the entire marketing spectrum. From consumer behaviour to international brand management, and of course measuring your marketing performance. All these and other interesting topics are covered in this Master's programme.

Traditionally, marketing is mainly customer-oriented. This Master's specialisation at Radboud University offers a broader view. The focus is on a multi-stakeholder perspective and it highlights the importance of long term stakeholder relationships. An important topic in this era of fierce competition, technological breakthroughs and more attention to sustainability.

This Master’s specialisation prepares you for a career in a field that is changing faster than ever before. Where the youngest on earth learn to swipe rather than learn how to walk. This programme gives you an understanding of these changes, the impact of these changes on society and how to act as a future Marketing professional in these turbulent times.

Personally, I am really interested in Digital Marketing. I want to get familiar with sets of big data and make marketing decisions that let the company flourish. I hope my Master's in Marketing will give me the right tools and insights to make work of it in my future career.

The combination of design and development was especially triggering my attention. In my previous studies, I developed some change programs, but I only looked at the soft factors and I ignored the underlying structural problems. Focusing on the big picture is interesting. I always thought that organizations are primarily focused on creating profit or that people only work because they want to become rich. However, now I learned that there are other important aspects for developing organizations. The social aspect of an organisation is important in this Master’s thesis. Employees are the key to organizations.

The teachers are very enthusiastic about their research domain and this Master’s specialisation. This helps me to develop a critical, future-oriented attitude towards organisational design and development. Talking to teachers or asking something in a lecture was not always easy for me, but the atmosphere in class is good and confident. The diversity of the courses is a plus for this Master’s thesis as they are perfectly related to each other.

I was always a little bit scared about the Master’s thesis. However, there are lots of opportunities and you can focus your research on a topic of your own interest. Every supervisor has one or two broad topics and within this topic you can choose your own Master’s thesis topic. The feedback is challenging, but very interesting and rewarding. The supervisors try to move you in the right direction. My thesis is about new forms of organizing (virtual teams) and how this effects team collaboration.

The skills I learn here will be of great value to me for the rest of my life. I really like the diversity of the courses and the different skills you learn. I think it is important that there are ODD practitioners in the field to design and develop a workable organization, with an eye for the employees, the society and the organizational goals. Once I received my Master’s degree, I would like to work in an organization that undergoes a lot of changes. Especially, I like the changes through globalization, technology-usage and the reaction on these trends in new ways of working. A traineeship in IT in combination with organisational design and development sounds interesting.

The Master’s programme Accounting and Control challenges me to look beyond the borders of the profession. In the bachelor the focus was more on "what is" and now we focus on "why is".

The relation is really close, because we are with 10 to 30 students in class. The teachers know who you are, and you are enabled to ask questions and lead discussions.

The Master’s programme focusses on many research papers. These papers can be really though and sometimes boring. So, you have to have a strong motivation to read these papers.

During the bachelor on the HAN (University of applied science) I already did two internships, which was really interesting. I did not start to write my thesis yet.

The Master’s programme is really important for developing your skills. You become very critical in your profession and you can look to issues from different purposes. This is really helpful when you will work in complex organisations. In the future I would like to work at a Big Four company as an auditor.

The curriculum of the Master's programme is well-structured and the courses offered enable students to have a broad understanding of the specialisation. The courses offer a view of both past and current developments within the field. There is a good balance in courses based on theory and practical skills. Students get well-prepared for the Master’s thesis. Important skills are acquired in order to write and present academic research. Furthermore, it is an internationally orientated master’s programme in both the courses offered and the participating students.

The Master’s programme provides you with a good understanding of your Financial Economics. On many aspects where the financial economic field is focussed on, in both knowledge of theory and practical skills. For example, reading assignments on research papers were followed by presentations. This allows students to understand and analyse previous research, which subsequently supports the development of academic writing and research of the student.

One of the most important parts of the programme is the Master’s thesis. For this process, good guidance is provided. The student knows what to expect and get well-informed early on. Professors are willing to assist you within the process of writing the thesis. Furthermore, the faculty allows you to broaden your perspective by choosing elective courses.

Although you specify in a specific field, the courses offered in the curriculum provide you with a good understanding of past events and current developments. Students get challenged by having a critical look at research within the field and provide constructive arguments subsequently. By having a broad view on the topics offered within the field of specialisation allows you to change your perspective.

Economics and finance are in many aspects of society, whether this holds for companies or individuals. The Master’s programme at the Radboud University prepares student to have a broad understanding of the field you are specialised in, which enables the students to have a good contribution within the field specialised.

What I like most about this specialisation is how diverse it is. We have courses in all different disciplines of economics. It has challenged me to think about economics in a different way than what I learned in my Bachelor's. The professors really encourage critical thinking and always try to get us to question the status quo. It's not just exam based, but we also have lots of presentations, assignments, and group work, helping me to develop lots of soft skills as well which are equally as important. I also love the group we have - because we're only around 18 students, you really get to know everyone and we occasionally do things outside of class together as well.

The atmosphere in class is very causal and informal, something I wasn't used to. The classes are small, which allows for a lot of personal contact - I'm on a first-name basis with all of my professors, and I know that I'm always free to send them an e-mail if I need help with anything. The classes are discussion-based, and we are always encouraged to ask questions and challenge the ideas being presented (one of my professors even gave bonus points if we debated him!).

To be honest, I have to say that I haven't really struggled in my Master’s specialisation. All the professors and teaching assistants are really available, if I feel like I may struggle with the course I can always go to them early on and ask for help. Our student adviser is also amazing, and very willing to help if you come across any problems in your study. If I had to choose something, I would say balancing the workload is probably the most difficult, the professors do expect a lot of you and the course load is quite heavy.

I think it's important that there are people out there with this degree because behavioural economics is becoming more and more relevant every year. You can also take this degree in a lot of different directions. I know that I want to work in a company, whereas many of my peers want to work in government, and with this degree, both of those are equally possible. After I receive my Master's degree, I hope to stay on in the Netherlands and find a job here with a company.

The Master’s specialisation in Economics, Behaviour and Policy gave me the opportunity to delve into economics and social problems in a more practical manner. I was really enthusiastic about the challenges to find solutions to real life problems and not just think about them from theoretical point of view. Leaving behind the mainstream economic approach, when we see economic actors as rational maximizers, we rather deal with questions from behavioural perspectives, taking into consideration the imperfection of human nature. I really enjoyed participating in experiments and especially conducting my own experiments where I was provided the possibility to discover new insights to economic and social issues by myself. Besides behavioural and experimental economical approaches, we are also introduced to the pluralism of economics in order to broaden our horizon.

Personally, I was always interested in development and behavioural economics so I focused on courses which could broaden my perspective in this direction, but students are offered several other areas of economics and political studies based on their interest.

I really appreciated the personal connections and close contact with my professors and my fellow students to whom I could turn any time with any question. In the classrooms, we usually had vivid discussions about debatable issues where everyone had the opportunity to make his or her voice heard and share their ideas. I think this is simply the best way of learning.

The Bachelor’s programme in Economics I did in Seoul was broader and more math-oriented than the Master’s programme I do here in Nijmegen. During my first term I chose International Financial Markets for my optional module, and from second term I have development-focused modules.

So far I have found two challenging points in my Master’s programme. Firstly, I did an exchange programme at Leiden University before coming to here, so I thought I knew the Dutch style. However, I found out that the Radboud Master’s programme style is quite different again. Secondly, I like math-based lectures. In Korea, we have around five or six modules during one semester, so I could always choose two or three numerical modules such as Econometrics or Intermediate Microeconomics, and others with specific fields like Labour Economics or Theory of Economic Policy. The Radboud Master’s programme focuses more on inequality and development. So I had to learn Advanced Mathematical Economics, which I also wanted to learn, by myself with the books and papers.

There are quite a lot of students in the Master’s programme in Economics. However, there are only ten students doing the specialisation in International Economics and Development this year: six Dutch and four international students. As we are a small group, we have become quite close. We enjoy having a drink together after finishing the last lecture of the week or eating together at someone’s place. Also, the coordinator of our programme, Jeroen Smits, organised a lunch meeting for us around the time we started the Master’s. Overall, professors and lecturers are very open for opinions of the students during lectures.

In my opinion, the Master’s programme in Economics at Radboud University gives you a chance to learn pluralism in Economics. Students can explore various fields of economics, learning different perspectives. From this, students can train themselves to read the context and approach problems with different viewpoints.

After receiving my Master’s degree, I plan to pursue a PhD degree. I am open to opportunities all over the world. I have a life-time Dutch friend whom I have known for ten years, so I am willing to stay in the Netherlands more. This is my third time to have my residence permit in the Netherlands, so perhaps I get the fourth one next year.

I really liked IPE as it is a truly interdisciplinary programme. While I had a background in both Economics and Political Science already, this Master's really combined both perspectives in a challenging and interesting way. It definitely helped me to understand societal events and challenges from multiple angles. Getting a Master's degree in Economics while also deepen into political science, international relations and IPE specifically is unique.

IPE is a small programme, in which personal attention definitely is an important aspect of the programme. Interestingly, the class exists of students from different backgrounds; discussions and debates with both political science students and economics students makes you to really consider a topic from multiple angles. Also getting taught by both Economics and Political Science teachers definitely encourages this further. The specific Economics classes were a bit bigger, but also in these classes the atmosphere was good and the debates interesting.

I wrote my thesis about newly emerged semi-authoritarian regimes. In this thesis I used mathematical and graphic analyses to understand these occurrences. The thesis is a perfect example of how to combine both Economics and Political Science.

After this Master's I am going to follow another Master's 'European Master in Law and Economics', as both during my Bachelor's and Master's I really enjoyed interdisciplinary studies. Getting an interdisciplinary education will definitely help for getting a job in policy making.

Prior to this master specialisation, I was following the bachelor's programme Geography, Planning and Environment. This master's includes a strong focus on spatial planning issues, and the specialisation provides the opportunity to gain more knowledge on specific types of spatial planning issues that you, as a student, are interested in.

Due to the fact that this master's provides a really in-depth, elaborated overview of spatial planning issues, the class is full of students who are really interested in these types of issues. During the first weeks at this master's, it surprised me to see that during coffee breaks of lectures, many students and teachers got together to further discuss issues which were discussed during the lecture.

The most challenging part of this master's is that it is really intensive compared to the bachelor's. Especially during the final part of a course period, it really takes a lot of effort and time to complete courses sufficiently. The final weeks of a period are full of deadlines and exams, which makes it really important for students to start preparing for those in time.

At this moment, I am following an internship at TNO. I have chosen for the dual mode of this specialisation to gain a bit more work experience. The dual traject contains two internships. The first internship is meant to just gain some work experience, where the second internship is meant to write your thesis at. I would highly recommend future students who do not have any idea of what to do after their study to make use of the dual mode option. Not only provides this mode the opportunity to gain some work experience, it also makes you able to make a comparison of two different organisations with which you can develop an idea on where you want to work after your study period.

Especially at this moment, spatial planners are extremely important. Contemporary issues like the energy transition and the new environmental law in the Netherlands ask for a lot of new insights from a spatial planning perspective. Issues as the rising sea level and droughts are causing problems around the whole world. A degree in this specialisation can therefore be really valuable since people are needed to take care of such problems.

There are a couple of things about the Master’s in Spatial Planning that appeal to me. An important one is the clear link that is made in the courses with the policy practice. An example of a course of which the use is especially clear to me, is Verdieping Recht en Instituties in Ruimtelijke Planning (Advanced Law and Institutions in Spatial Planning). This is a course in my specialisation in which the link between spatial planning and the legislation and regulation that comes with it is clearly made.

The ambiance in the Master’s is comparable to the ambiance in the Bachelor’s Geography, Spatial Planning and Environment. In my experience, the relatively short duration of the plenary part of the Master’s made me make less contact than I would have in a longer study programme. Group work with other students takes place during the group assignments that are part of the courses. Professors are easily approachable: during the breaks and after the lectures you can ask them for help. In addition, the email contact with most professors is easily made.

I have done a graduation internship at the province Noord-Holland at a department that is concerned with housing policy. The subjects that the department is engaged with are comparable to the ones that I encountered in my specialisation. As for your thesis, you have a broad range of options. I chose to write my thesis about the effect of plancapacity and housing programming on the number of new homes build. In my thesis I make use of statistical analysis and quantitative data, but a thesis with a more qualitative approach is certainly possible as well.

The layout of the available space in the Netherlands will certainly continue to play a big part. Vacancy, population aging and population growth and decline produce new challenges for which solutions will have to be found in the coming decades. In this regard, it is important that there are professionals who can form a bridge between various parties, such as architects, engineers, construction firms, and citizens. My plan, as soon as I have finished my Master’s, is to get started in public administration or at a consultancy firm that is concerned with spatial planning or housing. I also want to acquire some more technical knowledge, which is why I will take up some Geo-Information Science.

The strength of this specialisation also entails the reason I appreciate it: we are expected to dive deep into literature and theoretical concepts, and yet all of these concepts can be translated into practice and are already being incorporated into everything around us. Specialising into mobility and accessibility has given a completely new view on how we use both infrastructure and land in this small and crowded country.

The hardest part of any master would always be the Master’s thesis. With this in mind, this Master’s compels you to start thinking about it from week two. This is both a blessing and a sin. It allows you to start as early as possible with preparing and coming up with a plan, but it is also something you have to think about very carefully: it must be a topic you find more than just ‘interesting’, it must be something you can poor yourself into, without getting bored or regretting the next 500 hours you will be spending on it.

I had no idea what I wanted to do after my graduation. With this said, I have chosen to combine my Master’s thesis with an internship at the municipality of Apeldoorn. They helped me finding data and I used their connections to find the right respondents, but more importantly: I got a view into the world of spatial planners at a municipality. Together with my colleagues, I got to work on small projects in the field of accessibility and city logistics. Doing this internship gave a lot of insight in how an institution with such diverse people and goals can work together and I might indeed see myself doing this job someday.

This specialisation helps you understand how intertwined travelling is with everything we do in our life, and how it both helps and hurts our opportunities. It made me realise that we can no longer keep traveling the way we do, but finding alternatives is increasingly hard due to its intertwined properties. Solutions for traffic jams, pollution, loneliness, travel inequality and so on, cannot be found only within my own field of spatial planning. It is our job to find the overlap of issues and to understand the connections between them, before we can find solutions that will solve the problem, without creating a new one.

This master specialisation provides much freedom to delve into the environmental issues you're interested in, either by choosing an elective courses or by writing a paper about a self-chosen topic. The mandatory courses seem to be very theoretical, but in the end they are the framework for the rest of the year and, moreover, form the theoretical lens through which you can write your master thesis.

Students from the specialisation Global Environment & Society have a wide variety of backgrounds (educational and nationality). Since the group of students is rather small, you get to know most of them personally, including some of the professors.

Be prepared! Make sure you're mentally ready to learn much about depressing topics concerning biodiversity and climate change. Although teachers mostly try to move us to the solution, you'll inevitably learn about the wicked problems in our field of study.

I'm doing an internship at PBL (Netherlands Assessment Agency). For my thesis I'm conducting a discourse analysis on contentious issues, such as the introduction of a carbon tax for the industry, that arose during the process of formulating a national Climate Agreement in the Netherlands.

If you're reading this testimonial, I don't have to convince you why it's important to study this discipline. I'd be lying if I told you that it's always fun to study these contemporary issues, but therefore all the more important and current.

What I really like about the programme is the applicability to the real world with globalising processes, companies and the progress and sustainability of regions and cities connected to important underlying theories. In the programme Economic Geography there is enough room to follow your own interests and choose electives.

The programme really met my expectations. Compared to the Bachelor courses the subjects really go in-depth, the literature is more complex and the lecturers ask you to actively participate in the courses.

With the knowledge I have now, I definitely look different at news events and political developments. I follow the Brexit, new trade agreements between nations, political changes in governments or the adjustment of labour prices in China. This can all influence the choices companies make in choosing their location and affects our field of research. It is interesting how much factors can influence each other and who makes these changes and why.

With Economic Geography you can be the link between large companies and the government or social institutions. Advise them, strategise for the future and influence the sustainability of cities and/or regions. The possibilities are endless in this field.

The Master’s programme touches upon essential themes when dealing with conflict. It begins with a class on theories on how conflict occur, followed by courses on the philosophy of borders, attempts on peacebuilding and even a practical course where you go on an excursion to a (post)conflict area such as Israel and Palestine which was an amazing experience. The attached picture of me was made in Tel Aviv during the excursion to Israel and Palestine.

The teachers are very approachable and helpful, and their overal enthusiasm on their specific courses is very motivating.

In my opinion the curricula touches upon all the relevant issues and themes related to international conflict. You learn about more theoretical and philosophical theories and ways of thinking and you are simultaneously taught about practical matters such as transitional justice, the work of NGOs in the field (and ethical issues they get to deal with) and attempts such as peacebuilding and statebuilding. Following this Master’s programme gives you overall knowledge of conflict and all that comes with it, which is very valuable in a later career in this area.

About the program: The two years spent at Radboud University have changed and enriched my life. I got a chance to attend intellectually stimulating classes and learn to carry out academic research. The university atmosphere was very inspiring to me, and it constantly encouraged me to broaden my intellectual horizons and search for exciting topics and unusual approaches.

Challenges and obstacles: Some of the courses were especially challenging in terms of reading materials and theoretical concepts. However, I believe that this is one of the cornerstones of the master's programme. It is sometimes necessary to push yourself to the intellectual limits in order to make progress.

Thesis: My thesis explores the architectural miniatures depicting mass housing projects built in the Cold War period.

Plans after receiving a degree: I believe in the necessity of art and cultural research in contemporary society and I would like to work on exhibitions that will create new ways of seeing and thinking about works of art, architecture and environments.

What do you like about this programme?
The programme gave me a lot of independence over my own learning and stimulated interdisciplinarity. I was already used to this from my Bachelor so it was great to continue that here. I especially liked how you get to put together your own curriculum with courses from research schools and other universities or faculties. This gives you the chance to learn a lot and also explore new territories. However, it also means that there is a lot of responsibility in your own hands, which can be challenging sometimes. To get the most out of the programme you have to take initiative and be on top of your learning process. Luckily your tutor and the student advisor should be there to advise you when you get stuck or things are unclear.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?
In most courses of the Master we were together with students from the other specialisations. This creates a nice interdisciplinary atmosphere where you can really learn from each other. Most of the teaching staff is very open and happy to help with your work and stimulates you to think about your future career, although you should not be.

What is your thesis about?
I just finished my research training at the Radboud's Institute for Science in Society and Sovon (Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology). Here I worked on an independent project, analysing how nature enthusiasts and volunteers contribute to knowledge about bird biodiversity through online portals. Currently, I am writing my thesis on a similar topic, combining environmental humanities and digital humanities to investigate how bird biodiversity is represented digitally and what this means for the way we experience and remember nature.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?
I strongly believe that the biggest take away from this programme is that you can stand on your own two feet as a scholar. You learn to be responsible for your own learning, get familiar with interdisciplinary methods and develop critical thinking skills. After I finish my master I am planning to start a PhD where I can hopefully continue my work on the representation of (bird) biodiversity loss in cultural productions.

I came across the programme description of Master's in Tourism and Culture on the internet and it sounded exactly what I was looking for (a multi-disciplined programme related to tourism which is new to me whilst also connected to the Arts & Social Sciences that I had studied previously). The fact that Radboud University is a highly-ranked institution also helped me to make my decision.

First and foremost I look forward to settling into a new culture. I love these sorts of challenges; that’s why I did my Bachelor's degree away from my home country, too. I can’t wait to discover all the little aspects of Dutch life that differ from other cultures’ and that can widen my horizon.

Fun facts about myself: I love travelling and I collect globes. I'm also a movie nerd and an avid reader; in another life I would probably be a writer of an epic fantasy.

At the moment that I’m writing this we have just started the second semester of the Master’s programme. So far I really enjoy the programme and it matches my expectations. Honestly I did not think I would find a Master’s that would fit my interests so well that I’d like every aspect of it, but so far this is the case with Tourism and Culture. We first immersed ourselves in the field of tourism by discussing its history, relevant theories, current trends and challenges, and now we get to connect theory with practice by doing field work. I am happy with this hands-on approach, because not only it allows us to gain valuable practical experience in addition to academic knowledge and skills, it also helps to get an idea of the type of job you could get after graduating. Personally I find this a real added value compared with other programmes and I believe it makes this Master’s quite unique.

Creative Industries, or Cultural industries, is considered a new field of study in comparison with traditional ones like Economics or Medicine, for instance. This already makes Radboud a unique university. Besides, the programme has a particular approach to Fashion Studies which was the reason I had chosen this course.

I like the fact Nijmegen is considered the greenest city of the Netherlands, having all kinds of green areas spread around the city. Another impressive feature of Nimma is the diversity of cultural events. Apart from the two cinemas at the city centre, there are two huge concert halls, events such as international film festivals (GoShort and InScience), music festivals (Popronde), not to mention a couple of independent programmes that go on every day. I am also super excited to know ‘C’, the forthcoming culture hall that will be released in January 2018 at Radboud campus.

I was looking for a programme that would act as a bridge between my bachelor and other fields of study, so I was very excited to discover a newly explored field called 'Creative Industries'. The main two programmes worldwide that offer a specialisation on this field are located in London and in Nijmegen, precisely. The decision was easy for me; I figured a smaller city in the Netherlands would be a smoother transition, and I think I chose wisely.

I like the 'coziness' of the city, (and its sunsets, I must add!). The city centre is very lively and welcoming (as well as pretty), something that is greatly appreciated when you're new in town. What I love about my life here is how easy everything is!, you can do anything by bike, chill at the 'beach' anytime, or enjoy the parks or a beer with friends in a regular basis; it’s a very pleasant routine that makes my everyday outside my studies really enjoyable. My favourite spots in the city are the Arthouse Lux and Hotel Credible (they have the greatest nachos in town), and I love to walk by the little streets that go from Grote Markt to the river, they're full of cute design shops and great places to grab a bite. Also, if you're a jogging fan you can discover the city this way, great views assured!

It is an interesting story that brought me to Nijmegen for my Master's studies. After finishing my Bachelor's, a friend from Latvia and me did a Leonardo da Vinci internship in Sicily. I remember this one evening, when I complained to my friend that there is no Master’s programme which covers the subjects I find interesting, like fashion, tourism and media. Some months later, this girl started her studies at Radboud and sent me a message saying: “Hey, Anna! Guess what? We will have a new Master's programme called Creative Industries that includes all subjects that you’re interested in. You should apply!” ...and so I did. Every time I tell this story, I still cannot believe it is possible. Things like this don’t happen without a reason, right?

I have three favourite courses: Tourism, Fashion and Creativity in Arts Education. All of them are very well-planned. Tourism course gives many new insights in the branding of places and cities. Think about the typical branding of Australia that is widely known as the place of sun, beaches and wild animals that you won’t find anywhere else. Or Paris not only as a very historical and beautiful city, but also as a fashion capital and place of sophisticated cuisine. We have several guest lecturers and we go to a tourism-related events like the vacation fair in Utrecht to do an assignment there. I really like the practical approach of the Tourism course, which allows us to talk to people from the field instead of simply reading an article and then write about it. The fashion course is interesting with the fact that we study fashion through philosophy: we apply philosophical concepts to fashion and see how they are applied within fashion industry. It demands a lot of analysing skills and critical thinking about things that you’ve probably never thought about before. Since my Master's thesis is related to fashion, this course gave me some very useful insights. Creativity in Arts Education is exciting because of the very enthusiastic professor and the actual field work, where you go to a school to interview arts teachers and observe their classes.

I would like to believe that my potential employer will see me as a valuable applicant due to my Radboud experience. Studying in an intercultural environment had a unique impact on me as an employee.

About the programme: The main thing I liked about the programme was the wide range of security courses offered here which was really challenging and a was great learning experience compared to my previous education and the other reason being the professors from the digital security group who are the best in the field.

The atmosphere in class: The experience in the lectures were great and some of the courses were recorded which was helpful in case of missing a lecture and the lectures were fairly interactive.

Challenges and obstacles: One of the challenge being an international student was getting used to the culture and the education system in Netherlands due to which there were some obstacles with the initial courses and exams which got better as days passed.

Internship: I'm currently starting with my Masters thesis and I'm still working on my topic.

Almost all skills I learned during my Master's are relevant. I think there is no course where I haven't learned something that has been useful in my career. Especially the courses where I gained practical experience with building AI models are very useful. Think about courses as "Machine Learning in Practice" and "Intelligent systems in Medical Imaging".

The most challenging for me was my Master's thesis. On the other hand, this thesis was the most useful course for me, since I gained a lot of practical experience.

I'm currently working as a data scientist in a small company. In my job, I am responsible for the AI models that are used in the products of the company. I work together with a couple of other data scientists on cutting-edge problems. I use all the knowledge I have gained during my studies every day. You can compare my job with one big Kaggle challenge.

I think that the combination of data & AI can be a solution to several unsolved problems. As a data scientist, you can have a large impact on the world. One of the first problems I tackled during my work, still saves everyone in the Netherlands minutes per day. The AI I created sends tow trucks to car accidents so that the road is cleaned-up faster after an accident.

The programme is great in many aspects, but the fact that some of the top researchers in the field are part of the faculty is definitely a highlight. I also love the freedom students are given when it comes to focus areas. My thesis, for example, didn't fit perfectly into any of the research lines being offered. Instead of telling me to adapt, my supervisor responded with enthusiasm and supported the initiative. As long as you work hard, there's room to innovate and challenge yourself as much as you want.

In my view, the atmosphere in class was always professional. Maybe as a result of the competitive selection process, we had a nice group of highly motivated and committed students who were keen on providing input during lectures, exchanging ideas and collaborating with each other. The professors were busy but very accessible and supportive.

As part of my internship I did a consultancy project at a Dutch fashion company that was entering the Portuguese market. How should the brand position itself to effectively resonate with Portuguese customers? To answer this question, I spent three months doing market research, mapping the competitive landscape and applying intercultural communication theories to draw recommendations and design an action plan. It was great experiencing first-hand how professional practice and research can draw insights from and add value to each other.

The programme is all about understanding the communicative distortions that result when people or organisations from distinct cultural and/or linguistic backgrounds try to converse. Needless to say, the relevance of this phenomenon grows exponentially as does globalisation and digitisation. We need awareness, and we need people to be prepared to deal with that. More importantly, we need curious minds who are ready to think critically and assume different perspectives when dealing with real life situations. I feel Radboud University really gives you state-of-the-art tools to do that.

Upon graduating I started a job as a Global Marketing Communication Specialist. It is a challenging position that requires sharp analytical and project management skills to coordinate an array of activities across teams worldwide.

Not every aspect of my education is directly applicable to my daily activities, but it certainly gave me the right mindset to be where I am. It is more about the way you look at things than the things you look at, and for me this programme really po

The most important skill I learnt during the ReMa was to conduct research in an independent manner. As a student of the ReMa, you are soon treated as a colleague or co-worker by your teachers and supervisors and you are considered responsible for the time management of your own projects and the quality of the output. You carry responsibility about the course of your studies. Especially during the second year of the Master, I have made important steps towards becoming an independent, self-relying junior researcher. This independent attitude is very useful in the daily activities of my current job.

Another skill useful to my current job was that I learnt how to critically reflect upon research. During several specialisation courses and courses on methodology, we read a wide variety of research papers. We discussed the theoretical background, whether research methods used were appropriate for the aim of the study, and whether results were correctly interpreted. I have gained confidence in reading those papers and, if necessary, make remarks on whatever needs reviewing.

I love to work in academia because it is an incredibly challenging environment where I am stimulated to conduct research that is innovative and societally relevant. I love the independence of conducting research I am interested in, and setting up collaborations that will benefit the quality of work and that underline the relevance of research in the humanities for medical communication.

The relevance of my research for doctor-patient communication is rather straightforward. That is, doctors follow intuitions on how they should communicate with their patients. Empirical evidence as a scientific proof for these intuitions, however, is often lacking. With a Research Master in Linguistics and Communication Sciences, I am hopefully able to contribute to the improvement of doctor-patient relationship by providing insights from language/communication research.

The programme gives you the possibility of having an experience full of various linguistic topics and fields. You are totally free to choose your specialisation according to your interests. It shapes your academic persona by challenging you in practical or theoretical research. In addition, this programme taught me to use a critical approach to research through the application of linguistic theories. This is something totally different from my previous education; it is more challenging and formative.

The atmosphere in class is friendly with a pinch of good competition, which encourages you to work harder.

There is only one mandatory course which was more demanding than the others. It is statistics. It is a fundamental course for carrying out quantitative research, and it was difficult in terms of the number of different topics studied.

I just have started to write my MA's thesis about the lexical developments in the acquisition of Indonesian as a second language by Italian students at the Bachelor level.

Linguistics is still an underrated field. Having more specialised people in this field might raise the importance of linguistics in both specific and related jobs. After my Master's degree, I would like to apply for a PhD.

Radboud University is among the top one per cent of universities in the world. It was just recently awarded best traditional university in the Netherlands in 2019, with the law programme as best in its field. Almost 95% of alumni with a Master's degree work in a paid position within 1.5 years after their graduation.
All these statistics were a sound reason for me to enrol in the European Law programme at Radboud University, but their significance ended on the first day of the programme. What matters from that moment on, are your personal feelings and your own experiences.

As far as I can tell now, shortly before graduation, there are a number of features of the whole programme which made it truly exceptional and different from my previous education. Of these features, I will describe the three that impressed me the most.

After a very welcoming introduction by the International Office, the programme starts with a four-week long introductory lecture in European and International law for LLM students of all specialisations. It really impressed me, how this lecture perfectly served a number of purposes in such a short time. First, it raised the knowledge of every student, no matter how different their educational background, to an equal level and gave them the confidence to successfully attend the subsequent courses in their specialisations. Secondly, as it was taught by various lecturers, students got sound insight into the different departments and research fields in the faculty. This provided direction for choosing subsequent lectures and even raised some preliminary research ideas for our Master's theses. Lastly, as these lectures were held every day for one month, it was a perfect opportunity to get to know and make friends with fellow students.

The Business Law track features a number of compulsory, semi-elective and elective lectures. All share some things in common: they are taught in small groups, by competent and approachable lecturers. After completing almost all of the required lectures, I feel as though I have a thorough understanding of up-to-date European and international business law.

For me personally, the programme was a success even before finishing it, as I got accepted for a paid full-time job halfway through. Apart from my previous education, I really feel like attending the LL.M. programme in Business Law was what set me apart from other applicants.

Since the beginning my choice was to do a Master's programme in the Netherlands but I did not know where exactly. After some researches I found Radboud University, in Nijmegen. The university had a good reputation in the country and the programme was just what I was looking for. So in September 2015 I moved to Nijmegen and I began my adventure in the orange country.

What I liked most of Nijmegen was that everybody moves by bike and the city itself is like a huge campus. Indeed, every year hundreds of students from the Netherlands and abroad come to study at Radboud University, so it is very easy to get to know new people every day and meet them when you go to the supermarket, the gym or a pub. In addition, Nijmegen has the reputation of being the safest city in the country and I agree on that as I never had the feeling of being in danger, not even when I used to go back home late in the night.

As for the university itself, I can say that Radboud has the greenest campus in the Netherlands and also the biggest gym of the Netherlands. Of course I took advantage of that and I joined courses that I have never done in Italy, such as climbing and athletics.

With regard to the Master’s programme European Law itself I can say without doubts that everything was very well-organized. The administrative staff provided me a room in a student accommodation and the courses of the LLM European Law were divided in order to let me manage my time at the best. Plus, the professors, besides being very prepared and passionate, are also very friendly and always at the disposal of the students. Once we even drank a beer together!

This year in the Netherlands has been one of the best in my life. I improved my English a lot and I had the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. Radboud University provided me everything I looked for during my experience abroad.

Doing my LL.M. at Radboud University has been a very rewarding experience. Radboud provides much more to its students than just offering lectures and in-class discussions; Radboud offers a stimulating environment where we have the opportunity to learn and develop our professional and personal skills.

The international community in Nijmegen is very diverse and welcoming. There are people from all nationalities and cultures and lots of events where you can meet other internationals and people with similar interests. The Dutch students are interested in learning about the international students' cultures and experiences, and they will never make you feel like you don't belong. It might be hard to go further than a collegial relationship with a Dutchie and actually befriend one, but sometimes all it takes is a little bit of initiative.

The relationship between students and professors was a positive surprise for me. Compared to my experience in Brazil, the professors here are much easier to approach and seem to know and care a lot more about their students.
The staff in general is very kind and helpful. The International office is always interested in listening to our problems and is eager to help us in any way they can. Overall, they are constantly doing their best to provide us with the best academic and personal experience possible.

This Master's programme has proved to be very demanding. It took me some time to learn how to prepare for the classes and for the exams. The workload is heavy! I've learned it's essential to organise yourself, turn studying into a habit and never leave things till the last minute. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help if you ever feel too overwhelmed, remember that if something is difficult for you, it's certainly difficult for others as well and they might know how to help you!

I am writing my Master's thesis on how stereotyping can influence intersectional discrimination against women. I think it's important to discuss how women can still be subject to violence and discrimination due to stereotypical views about their roles in society and about how they should behave.

I was always passionate about Human Rights and this passion got more intense because of the situation of Syrian refugees in my country. Therefore, I decided to do my Master’s degree in that field of law.

I started looking for an LLM in Human Rights law and I found many universities that offer this specialisation in the Netherlands. However, only two universities in the Netherlands offered an LLM that consisted of a combination between Human Rights law and Migration law. One of which was Radboud University. Radboud University had a very high reputation on a national and an international level, and it also had the perfect programme for me.

So, in August of 2018 I packed my bags and moved to Nijmegen. I was a little bit anxious before I got to Nijmegen, because it was my first time in the country and I was not familiar with the culture or the people. However, the second I arrived to this town there was an immediate sense of belonging. Many international students were also coming to study abroad in Radboud University so it was very easy to make new friends. The locals are very nice, they are very welcoming of foreigners; immigrants and students.

Nijmegen is also a very safe place, you will not feel insecure or in danger. With regards to the campus, Radboud University has a nice green campus. The university has very modern and well-equipped faculties. As for the Law faculty, it has one of the nicest libraries and the most helpful international office staff that will help you with the tiniest detail just to make sure you are comfortable and at ease. The campus also consists of a huge gym offering a range of different activities.

As for the program itself, it was very well organised. Besides the fact that the professors had an extended experience in the field of law they were teaching, they were also very friendly and always at the students’ disposal.

Finally, I can say with no doubt that this experience has been a life changing one. It made me get to know not just the Dutch culture but also many other cultures because of the vast diversity of the students who come to study at Radboud University. If I can describe my experience in one word it would be; Remarkable!

I like that lecturers here encourage us to give our independent opinions. You can see this in the class discussions, and in the nature of the exams and essays we are asked to write. They really want to see each student's individual opinion and to me that is awesome because I can relate it to the legal career. The law is always evolving and these individual opinions or views of people are what lead to developments in the law.

The relationships between students and with the teachers/researchers is good. Lecturers open up discussions to the class in which they seek our opinions on issues, especially if its concerning ongoing issues in the media related to the subject matter. They try to provoke our thoughts on those issues.

My thesis is about intra-EU mobility rights for third-country nationals. Initially when I chose this programme I thought I would opt for a topic in a human rights but when I took the course on immigration law I gained a lot of interest in it. So I chose this topic because I could also relate to it, being myself a third-country national in the EU.

Human rights law is essential in every aspect of one's life and career. It is at the foundation of everything in any society because it teaches people how to manage the relationships with their home governments or States in order to prevent violations. This is still a problem in many countries of the world.

The same applies to immigration law. A lot of people do not know their rights under immigration law or how it works and so this course is a great avenue to understand how it all works in reality here in the EU and in other parts of the world. It also helps to teach people how they can improve their immigration systems by drawing inspiration from the EU and vice versa.

I have gained more exposure to working in an international setting, which has boosted my confidence. I value team work more now, even in smaller groups or settings, because we had to do a lot of assignments in groups. Everyone's input really makes a difference.

The LLM in European Law with a specialisation in European and International Law Advanced at Radboud University has been one of the most enriching experiences of my academic years. One of the things that attracted me the most is the flexibility of the programme. It is very nice that you can decide which courses you want to take according to your interests. In my case, one of the most challenging aspects of the programme at Radboud University was the course of Advanced Notions of International & European Law. It is a crash course during the first three weeks of the semester. During these weeks I had to study very hard and I also participated in the Moot Court which was very challenging for me as I had never participated in one before. Thanks to this course I gained the necessary legal knowledge to follow the LLM and it gave me the necessary tools to be prepared to study the rest of the courses. This specialisation in my opinion is the one that gives you a broader knowledge of European and International law. I studied a variety of courses such as Competition law, European Employment law and Immigration law, to quote some but a few. All of these courses are focused not only in the theoretical application of the law but also in case law. This is one of the things that I liked about studying here, the way we study is so practical.

During the LLM I have improved in many aspects of my life. First, I have acquired a deeper knowledge in many European fields. Besides that, I have learned how to work under pressure. As a student of Radboud University you need to prepare the lectures in advance and you have to be able to understand and read a lot of articles and case law weekly.

I consider that as a lawyer it is very important to know the European legislation because nowadays everything is also regulated at European level. Thanks to the LLM at Radboud University I feel now ready to start my professional career and to put in practice all the notions gained during this year. Once I receive my Master’s degree I will apply for a job in a law firm or in an international company.

After finishing my Bachelor’s in Italy, I started looking for a study experience, possibly abroad and one that would provide me with a solid understanding of International and European law. After comparing different universities offering the LLM in EU Law, I decided to apply for the track in European Law and Global Affairs at Radboud University because of its unique approach in combining the study of law and social science.

I found the classes very stimulating because we had both law courses and two courses offered by the Faculty of Management. The combination of law and political science students, and the diversity of countries where they came from provided opportunity for good debate in the classroom. One of the aspects that I liked most about this track is that all courses were organised differently. Some were delivered in lectures while others included small group discussions and teamwork, which made the study of the subject more practical. For instance, as part of one of our Law courses, I had the chance to practice my oral and debating skills in a moot court. In other courses, instead, we also learned how to write a policy brief and how to make an informative scientific video.

The programme was challenging in many ways. I had to get used to studying in a foreign language, and it took me a while to adjust to the education system, which is very demanding but in a positive way. You are required to prepare every lecture in advance and participation in class is highly encouraged. This has helped me a lot to develop my critical thinking and to be independent in my research.

At the moment I’m working on my thesis which deals with the legal implications of foreign interference in elections through cyber operations. Working on such a political topic gives me the feeling that I am working on something that really matters, something that is currently the focus of worldwide debate. After completing my LLM, I would like to find a job that would allow me to continue my research in this area.

I think that having a political perspective on what might appear to be a legal problem, provides an important value in your research or in your future career.

About the programme: I like that the program covers a wide variety of subjects, from the molecular level of the brain and synapses, to stem cell biology, systems neuroscience and behavioural neuroscience. I also appreciate that we have lots of space for electives which enable the study program to be more tailored to each students interests.

The atmosphere in class: All students that met on introday are very open with each other. I find it more difficult to connect to others who I don't know yet. This is especially challenging coming from a small university.

Internship: I am doing an internship at the Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and I think it is really interesting. Doing an internship teaches you a lot more about the way things are done than could ever be taught to you in a class.

What do you like about the programme and why? How has the programme challenged you?
One particular reason I really liked this programme is because it allows you to actually choose (most of) your own subjects instead of giving you a strict programme to follow. There are a few introductory mandatory courses but the rest is completely up to you, including two full-time internships! Human biology can be a very broad field so the fact that I was able to choose those topics that actually drive my passion for science was a big plus when I decided to come to Radboud University, as well as finishing the master with at least 12 months of real life research experience through the thesis and internships, which would definitely broaden my future career possibilities. Another interesting thing is that there are plenty of group projects and presentations in the courses compared to my previous education. It's definitely a lot of work but it's also worth it in terms of preparing us for what comes next after the master's.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?
I think that, for starters, the atmosphere in the Netherlands is much more informal than what I was used to in Spain. I'd say that for example, here, interrupting the professor to raise some questions and allow for discussion is not only encouraged but actually even expected in the lectures and it's something quite refreshing for me. The fact that several professors give lectures in one single course is also a great way to get in touch with different points of view and research possibilities on the same subject.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?
Yes, I've just finished my internship at RadboudUMC in collaboration with RIMLS at the Department of Translational Metabolic Laboratory and I'm currently writing my thesis now. I've been working on two differents projects at the same time with both primary cells (human fibroblasts) and stem cells (embryonic and hIPSCs) while studying the effects of a possible galactose supplementation treatment in PGM1-CDG deficiency, a rare sugar metabolism disease, using a broad set of techniques that include physiological experiments through Seahorse and Oroboros equipment, RNA extraction and mass spectrometry.

About the programme: The programme really puts an emphasis on, as the name of the programme states, the molecular mechanisms of disease: how a disease develops and progresses and how to exploit the said molecular mechanisms as a therapeutic target. My bachelor's degree is in microbiology, so at first, it was a bit challenging for me to study noncommunicable diseases such as cancer. However, the courses are very well designed that after passing all the courses, even people with limited background on human biology like me can understand the details of those diseases (or at least do not just give a blank expression, politely nod, and run away when people ask me about cancer pathogenesis).

The atmosphere in class: The class is very fun! There are 22 students in my cohort, so I got to interact and get to know of most of my classmates. Lectures are lively as my classmates have high curiosity on the topics taught and the lecturers are more than eager to discuss with us.

Challenges and obstacles: The study load is quite high but it is still manageable and the assignments really help me to understand the concepts taught in class better.

Internship: I am currently doing an internship project in Radboudumc on the topic of the pharmakogenetics of drug therapy for tuberculous meningitis. Specifically, I am trying to find the association between host genetics and rifampicin (an antitubercular drug) exposure in people with tuberculous meningitis.

Plans after receiving a degree: I am planning on getting a PhD after graduating from the programme.

About the programme: The best part for me was learning important skills necessary to become a good researcher. Next to deepening my knowledge about the different research fields, we were trained to write research proposals, prepared posters and had many presentations. Especially the presentations helped me to be comfortable to speak in front of new people and to present my research in a confident manner. The variety of teaching modules made the programme very diverse and interesting. We had interactive lectures, many group projects, computer exercises and seminars. However, this also forced me to get out of my comfort zone and to actively participate by asking questions or developing my own opinion on a new topic.

The atmosphere in class: Due to many group projects and long study days spent together, we really bonded as a group. Every student is highly motivated and eager to learn new things. This created a great atmosphere in, but also outside of the classroom. With a small group of international students, we faced the challenges of the programme as well as living in a different country together and became more than just classmates. The teachers were enthusiastic about their research and very approachable, which allowed us to ask many questions and it made the lecture very interactive.

Challenges and obstacles: The most challenging part was to find the balance between studying and having a social life. It is a highly demanding and time-consuming study. However, it also taught me to be more time-efficient and to set boundaries for myself, which will help me in the future. With the other students as support, the workload is manageable and the new things I learned made up for long hours in the library.

Internship: I'm currently in Perth, Australia to finish my Master's degree with a 8-month internship. The work focuses on a biodegradable material loaded with an immunomodulating drug to decrease the disease relapse after surgical resection in sarcoma patients.

Plans after receiving a degree: This programme trains students to develop a broad, but at the same time deep knowledge about the underlying mechanisms of a disease. It not only focuses on the clinical translation, but also on the fundamental basis to develop better treatments for patients. To further contribute to the field, I will continue with a PhD in cancer immunology.

About the programme: MMD program is designed in such a way to make sure that all students get on the same levels at the end. Coming from a general biology background, it was tough for me in the beginning because a lot of the topics taught in class were new to me. However, my teachers and friends were all very helpful that I was able to overcome this gap. Program-wise, in addition to the theoretical parts, all the journal club presentations, group works, and proposal writings helped me to improve my skills and confidence.

The atmosphere in class: As in many other study programs, the classes in this program are taught by excellent researchers who are all passionate about what they do. What makes MMD classes different is how motivated the students are. We constantly ask questions in class and the teachers are very much willing to answer all our questions. Between the students, as we are a small group of international students, it's nice to experience how we overcame the cultural differences and managed to become more than just classmates.

Internship: I am currently doing my final master's internship at the Immuno-endocrinology group, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Here, I aim to analyze the role of a newly identified mitophagy-regulating protein in pancreatic beta cells using imaging techniques.

Plans after receiving a degree: I think this degree is relevant to those who want to pursue a career in science, both in academia or industry. I intend to continue to a PhD program after this.

About the programme: This Master programme is demanding and inspiring at the same time. The challenge relies on the critical thinking you have to embrace and the problem solving and creativity you have to adopt. Compared to my previous education, this Master programme is less theoretical and more practical. Regarding the difficulties, I guess every international student struggles a lot about the Dutch studying system.

The atmosphere in class: The atmosphere in my class is awesome. We are only 24 students, so you always have the impression you are sharing your time with a little family and, apart from few situations, I have to say we have been lucky. We change a lot of professors since, as a special programme, each expert teaches us his/her field; that is why each professor has a certain way to connect with us. Also, we have a really tight relationship with our coordinator and with our mentor.

Challenges and obstacles: The most difficult thing here is to get used to this studying method and grading system. The exams are focused on the logic part, not really on the theoretical topics. Also, it is necessary to get used to the "daily" studying, many projects, presentations are needed.

Internship: I will start my first Internship in January and I will do that in the Molecular Biology department. As MMD students, we have the chance to carry out our second research Internship abroad.

Plans after receiving a degree: Studying and put efforts in MMD Master can truly help you to understand what researcher life is and it literally trains you to become a successful researcher from many and various points of view. I guess this programme structure really let you walk out from here with full consciousness of your strengths and "where to look" to fulfil your future expectations.

About the programme: This program forced me to think critically, improve my knowledge about scientic/disease related topics and strenghten my soft skills. Overall, I really believe that this Master will prepare me very well to become a professional researcher. However, first I was really not used to the dutch system. It is so different to the Austrian one that in the beginning I was a bit lost. But after a few weeks it gets clear and problems are solved immediately.

The atmosphere in class: Due to the fact that we are just 24 students, it feels more like a family. I do have the feeling that we try to help each other as much as possible, but still are indepent and like to go our own ways. During the lecturs we are scientist and try to solve problems, but after classes we are just friends hanging out together. We also have a strong relationship to our lectureres. They are eager to teach us stuff, and we can always interupt them if something is unclear.

Challenges and obstacles: For me the most challenging part is time management. I am not really structured, so I do not like to keep track of my due dates. This Master is based on meetings, discussion, assignment though. So for me, I really had to learn how to be organized.

Internship: Right now I am not doing any internships but I will start my first one in the beginning of January, at the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Science, Physiology Department. I will research on a specific renal ion channel (TRPV5) and how it interacts which Ca2+ dependent calmodulin. I am very looking forward to that.

Plans after receiving a degree: This degree is perfect for pursuining a scientific career. Because of the amazing combination regarding theoretical knowledge, assignments and group works, people will be confident enough to enter their professional pathway.

About the programme: What is really interesting about the Biomedical Sciences Master's programme is it's flexibility. The students can design their own study plan, which was very new to me, and this involves a lot of freedom but also responsibility. Moreover, the courses are very fast-paced and do not have many contact hours, but to keep up with them, there is a self-study and assignments involved. In general, I have learned to be way more independent and developed time-management skills.

Atmosphere in class: The student-teacher relationship tends to be vertical. There is genuine interest in the learning experience of the students. Students are asked to evaluate each course after the exam and they take really that feedback into consideration, which is really amazing.

Challenges and obstacles: I have never learned so much in such a timeframe, and for that I had to take on much more responsibility to reach my goals both in courses and internships. It is not an easy programme, but students get support from teachers, mentor, study advisors and the International Office when needed. :)

Internship: I have done two research internships during my Master's, one at the Donder's Institute, and the other at the Human Genetics Department of the Radboudumc.

About the programme: The Biomedical Sciences MSc is very flexible. I love the opportunity of choosing which courses I want to take, when to write my Thesis or when to do my internships. What I find the most challenging still is time management. The study load is fair and the difficulty of the information we receive is in accordance to a masters level of education, as long as you work efficiently and have a very nicely structured schedule. The masters definitely helps me towards being a more organized student and gives me the chance to experience academia through learning and through practicing my skills during internships.

The atmosphere in class: What strikes me still is how every professor or researcher would ask their students to call them by their name. They're always willing to help students that have a hard time during lectures or assignments, and they're once again always friendly.

Challenges and obstacles: There aren't any particular obstacles. Still, the Biomedical Sciences MSc can be challenging at times, mostly when you really need to focus and work efficiently in a short amount of time, but it's what prepares us for being good researchers and medical workers.

Internship: I'm currently doing my internship in the Cell Biology department in the RIMLS. The teams are highly inclusive, comprised of researchers from different specialisations and countries, international and dutch PhDs, masters students and even bachelor students. Everyone's equal and as it stands the employees and the researchers are so enthusiastic to support students in achieving their own personal goals. The research is stat-of-the-art work and eye-opening towards innovative projects.

Plans after receiving a degree: This degree in particular opens a world full of opportunities either in the work field, or in academia. It prepares us for becoming highly trained medical workers in key positions in hospital laboratories and in medical companies. Otherwise, it paves the path towards a PhD and further on a position in the academic field. As I'm approaching the end of the first year of my masters, I'm drawn towards finding a suitable PhD for my interests. Still, to be honest, a job in a hospital like the RadboudUMC would be up there with a PhD, as the hospital is always in close contact with the research institutes.

About the programme: The programme is so flexible. The student can tailor it according to his/her own needs. This is what I love about it. It allows me to explore things that have always intrigued me. At first is was a bit difficult to adapt to the Dutch education system. The main focus is on applying the knowledge that the course provides you which is great! But I was not used to their way of answering an application based question in the exam is quite different as compared to where I'm from. So I had to ask around and get feedback in order to improve myself. Once you get a knack of it, everything goes smoothly.

The atmosphere in class: I think it is the perfect atmosphere for a student to grow and explore new things. The students are inspired to 'think out of the box' which is necessary to bring out their creativity when it comes to thinking about new ideas/research proposals. They are also encouraged to satisfy their own curiosity by asking all the questions that comes to their mind. The classes are so much fun and super interactive, which is great, because you do not zone out :P The teachers are down to earth and approachable. They also give the students feedback, which I find very helpful in improving myself.

Challenges and obstacles: I think the most challenging thing was adapting to the new environment. Understanding how the people here think, and what they expect from you.

Internship: I am currently doing an internship at the DCCN.

Plans after receiving a degree: I hope to do a PhD after my masters degree, but haven't figured out the topic yet. I'd say, there is still so much to explore, and this course allows me to do just that! :)

About the programme: The Biomedical Sciences program offered course modules with diverse backgrounds. This gives a chance to explore various fields of research. At the same time, the program provides specific modules if interested in pursuing a particular area of research/ disease. The shift from previous education was the time duration for each module was restricted to 4 weeks. This can be challenging to discrete and focus on the concepts and analytical aspects of the subjects.

The atmosphere in class: The course modules I chose focused on cancer studies and animal model studies mostly. I was exposed to very active and energetic discussions among peers and the lecturer. This helped me address my challenge of focusing on what is essential from the vast source of notes.

Thesis: My thesis is on inducing cell death artificially in-vitro using optogenetics.

Plans after receiving a degree: There will always be a demand for graduates with a life science degree in the job market. I will find a department or a company to gain work experience exploring my research interest before applying for a Ph.D. post.

The Research Master's program at Radboud is structured such that there is optimum interaction with one's supervisors, lecturers, and fellow students. Sharing of perspectives is vital to one's learning and development, and is especially pertinent in the field of Philosophy.

During these past six months, I have had the opportunity to meet other students from different backgrounds who are equally passionate and enthusiastic about philosophical research. The sharing of ideas and perspectives has helped me fine-tune and streamline my research interests, as well as reconsider my perspectives on a number of issues.

The learning environment at Radboud's Philosophy department is rigorous, engaging, and collaborative. Students and teaching staff attend seminars, lectures, and workshops together to share research knowledge and ideas. Teaching staff are accessible and approachable. These factors create a conducive and enjoyable learning environment for all.

My Research Master's Thesis explores the enactivist perspective on shared (linguistic and conceptual) meaning in the context of social interactions.

For a meaningful, purpose-driven life, it is imperative to be equipped with critical thinking skills. A Research Master's degree in Philosophy helps you connect the big picture with the finer details in ways that are relevant to you.

Upon completion of my Research Master's, I plan to continue my studies with a PhD in Philosophy with a view to forging a career researching on the mind, behavior, and social cognition.

My philosophical interests primarily lie with political philosophy and philosophical anthropology. Both of these disciplines enable you to adopt or to construct a critical stance vis á vis society. The ‘boundaries’ between the two are permeable and show strong signs of overlap. Notions regarding what kind of creature ‘man’ is or should be, for example, inevitably leave their imprints on the way our political system and its institutions are structured. Hiding behind almost every political statement is a certain conception of ‘mankind’. These conceptions often remain implicit, either unconsciously or as a result of conscious strategies. This is where the philosopher comes into play, who, in my opinion, is especially qualified to critically question these (implicit) assumptions, unveiling their existence in the process. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that social and political structures and institutions are not just constituted by us, but partly constitute who we are and can become in turn. Human behavior is socially determined to a degree, and ascertaining the level of human agency in different social contexts is one of the most fundamental and compelling problems in political and anthropological philosophy — and I daresay in the social sciences as a whole.

Alongside the research master in philosophy, I’m enrolled in the political science master program Conflict, Power and Politics. In addition to my studies, I’m currently working as editor in chief of Splijtstof, the philosophical magazine of our faculty. The editorial staff and the authors mainly consist of students, but we regularly feature work by lecturers and researchers as well. Students can decide to publish the papers and essays they’ve written for one of their seminars, but other writings in various formats and about a wide array of topics are accepted as well. In addition to philosophical essays, Splijtstof features interviews, columns, short (travel) stories, reviews and poetry. Reading the magazine is a great way to acquaint yourself with the things Radboud students and researchers in philosophy are working on — which has a certain inspirational effect as well, I think.

Almost any topic in philosophy can kind of grab me. At the end of a class or seminar I often find myself genuinely involved in subjects that initially didn’t interest me all that much. However, I tend to focus most of my work within feminist philosophy. It’s a field that deals with the kind of questions that sooner or later always come up for me, like questions about difference; I’d like to focus on what we can do about difference rather than trying to eradicate it.

I especially read a lot of work by French feminists written during the second half of last century. Luce Irigaray and Hélène Cixous, for instance, are people that I often bring into my work. Feminism can be a way to approach any political problem, I think. It has a lot to say about some of the most pressing political issues we’re facing today, like climate change, war, and the mass movements of refugees. With regard to topics like these, we could benefit from a critical assessment of the way we relate to each other and the world around us — and how we could or should reconstruct those relationships. I studied biology in my undergraduate years in Brisbane, Australia, where I’m from, so philosophy of biology is another passion of mine. There is some really fascinating feminist philosophy of biology that radically reinterprets what we are as subjects in relation to the beings around us. For instance, some of it focuses on the distinction between the individual and the community, and reworks the relationship between the two based on looking at things like microbial communities and ecosystems. Are these individuals or are they groups of individuals? How do they relate to each other and how are relations with other beings constitutive of who we are?

Starting this semester, I will be fulfilling a student representative function for the research master students. I actually did the same during my undergraduate years in Brisbane for the biochemistry and molecular biology students. I really like the feeling that I am making a difference: listening to the students and to the people designing the courses in order to make things better for everybody involved. It felt great to give the students a voice.

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.

When you look at the newspaper or talkshows on tv, people often talk about theme's related to this master's specialisation. It shows that this programme is actual and relevant. You learn to look at equality and diversity issues from different angles: you will follow courses not only about Political Science, but also from Human Geography and Business Administration. So far, the programme taught me a great deal. I learned to substantiate where inequality comes from, but I also learned how it might be resolved in the future!

The group of people who chose this master is rather small so far, but I see it as an advantage. We have much more contact with our professors and teachers compared to the Bachelor's.

During your Master's there are not many contact hours, however, it takes a lot of time to prepare for your courses. In Political Science we often have discussions during seminars. If you do not come prepared, you cannot participate well. But if you do, seminars will be fun and you will learn a great deal.

I just started working on my thesis. I am still finding out what it is going to be exactly, but I want to write it about the relationship between stereotypical gender and sexuality roles and gender-based violence.

For too long people did not worry about discrimination based on gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity or age. I think it is great that we pay attention to this nowadays. And I am looking forward to contribute to change via my future job. Whatever it might be!

What I liked about the program is the possibility to broaden and extend my knowledge of political theory and thereby understand the world a little bit better. The extensive discussions in class about theories, their strong and weak points, really contributed to that. Another plus of the programme are the small classes and the fact that you really get to know your fellow students.

The programme exceeded my expectations, because it not only taught me in-depth knowledge of political theories but also some practical skills due to the manner of examination. Examination consisted of discussions in class and writing papers. As a result, I learned to formulate my ideas and argue in a constructive and clear way. This skill really helps me in my current job.

In addition to the political theory courses, the programme also exists of some methodology courses. Although methodology was not my favourite course, it does help me to evaluate whether research or analysis is done properly or not.

The topics and theories that were covered in the programme are not only vague or abstract, but are also about much debated issues in society. For example, we had discussions about animal rights, future generations, recognition and immigration laws. Discussing those topics helped me better understand some news events or political decisions.

In my current job, I notice how many people view situations or problems from a single perspective. Political Science, and Political Theory in specific, enabled me to view things from more than one view and, for example, play the devil’s advocate. Adding a political or ethical view, helps to see the bigger picture and make a more sensible and ethical decision.

Ever since I was a small boy, I have been interested in Biology and Astronomy. So much so, that after seeing the movie Jurassic Park, I knew I wanted to study biology. During my Bachelor’s in Biology, I was still interested in Astronomy and even followed a minor in Astrophysics. Even though many questioned whether Biology and Astronomy could be combined, I knew it could. Together with the study advisor for Biology at Radboud University, we managed to create an entirely new programme: ‘Astrobiology’. This programme is composed of the Biology specialisation Microbiology and the Master’s in Physics and Astronomy.

Not much was needed to ‘convince’ both departments to approve the new programme; both departments were very excited to see how the programme would develop and how the combination would work out. People at Radboud University are very open for change and the wishes of their students. And it’s going great, with great support from the professors, teachers and fellow student. I am eager to learn and find myself daily at the University, even when I don’t have a class to follow.

Not just me, more and more people are getting interested in the phenomenon of extra-terrestrial life, especially with NASA announcing that they want to find alien life within the next ten to twenty years.

With the progress I’m making, I’m even involved in the contact with those new students who themselves are interested in Astrobiology and/or the possibilities of creating their own programme. This self-made curriculum really made me feel special. All the support from the University has give me the confidence that I will graduate as one of the leading pioneers in the field of Astrobiology.

The specialisation of 'Water and Environment' focuses on human impacts (e.g. chemical emission) on nature, which matches very well with my personal interest in environmental issues. I did my undergraduate degree in Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering back in China, which is quite different from what I do now. I did find the compulsory courses a bit hard to me at first, but after undertstanding the mechanisms, the courses became easier.

I like the active interaction between students and teachers, either in class or during internship. They are willing to help, responds to email very quickly and really encourage interaction.

For me, the most challenging part was the difficulties I encountered during my research internships. For example, at a later stage during my first internship at the department of Environmental Science, I met some difficulties in analysing large datasets in R. However, having the good mentalities of trying to do a good job, staying positive, and asking supervisors for help when necessary were really helpful in these situations. I think due to strong motivation and enthusiasm, I could publish the paper as a first author in Science of the Total Environment (IF=5.6).

I am currently doing my second Master internship at RIVM on the topic of 'Towards an ecosystem service-based approach to assess the impact of chemical pollution on the filtration capacity of Dreissenid mussels in the Netherlands'.

Students with this degrees are able to understand and predict the impact of anthropogenic stressors on species including humans, and help with decision making processes. I am more motivated to carry out research on environmental science related topics after graduation, especially on the impacts of chemicals on ecosystems.

Besides the improvement of my English, I also got insights into many different fields, and therefore, felt more secure about the direction I've aimed to work in.

The biggest challenge during my Master's was choosing an internship. I had to make a decision based on which internship would positively affect my personal development and guide me in the right direction to achieve my goals. I also understood the importance of Soft Skills as communication and work ethics.

My current job focuses on the ethical implications of biomedical data.

My current work has shown me the importance of handling data and the ethical implications of new developments in the future. I consider this important, and therefore, chose to work in this field.

Staying enthusiastic and curious helped me find and perceive new opportunities. Even if the Master's or the job-search is challenging, engage yourself with drive and a positive attitude.

I have a growing interest in maintaining a sustainable environment, also noticing the present-day quest for water-related resources that will face a great challenge in the nearest future, I tend to find myself more involved in finding solutions about how to solve problems linked to Lakes, Streams, Rivers, as well as landmasses with less or degraded system of irrigation. Traveling and an outdoor working environment, I quest in meeting and interacting with the general public.

With just a few students in the classrooms. there has always been a high level of student-student and student-teacher interaction. This helped me to learn, share and ask questions easily when I faced challenges. The lecturers make sure the student have access to the relevant materials needed for the course and make individual research by giving assignments or projects.

I had a limited background in Biology, this was a problem for me at the beginning of the master's program, but with time I could catch up with courses.

I am not yet doing my internship. I still have to finish my second semester at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

My goal is to become an Integrated Water Resource Manager after the completion of this program. Unlike other students who did this program, solving water-related problems linked to society as it tends to be more tricky these days, creating a link between societal development and environmental challenges, between engineering measures and ecological conservation. Having a career in this field would give me the opportunity to do something worthwhile for society, a chance to take initiatives and have decision-making authority.

What I like about Microbiology is that we can focus our studies on what we like. Some students like Environmental Microbiology and others, like me, like more Clinical Microbiology. I also really like that two internships are included in the master's program because this way I can specialize in the field that I like and learn with researchers of different institutes in the Netherlands or any part of the world who can have a project with me and supervise my work.

The atmosphere in class was beyond my expectations. For instance, I became friends with classmates from Nepal, Spain, India, Iran, and the Netherlands. The relationship with teachers and researchers from Radboudumc is really good. In the end, these relationships really helped me in getting supervisors for my first internship and my review article.

After the compulsory courses, you are recommended to start your first internship. This was difficult for me because I am interested in Clinical Microbiology and specifically Virology. I wanted to work with viruses, so this difficulty in finding an internship led to a little stress during the beginning. I did not find one at Radboud University or Radboudumc. For this obstacle, I recommend students to send CVs, or even emails to researchers as soon as possible. However, this might not be an obstacle for other students, who decided to take more courses and wait for an internship opportunity.

After all of that experience, I have two confirmed internships opportunities. I will start next March my internship in the United States about human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and its immunology. I also did a Review Article about the actual biomarkers for HPV and its progression from infection to cancer, with the collaboration of the Medical Microbiology Department in the Radboudumc. After that, I am planning to go to Canada for my second internship to study the immunology of influenza virus.

We need to be prepared and try to clarify how microorganisms, such as bacterias and archaea in the deep ocean, fungi causing diseases, and viruses outbreaks around the world can be useful and harmful to humanity. After I get my master's degree, I would like to start a Ph.D. program in Radboudumc, Nijmegen.

What I like about the Conservation & Restoration Ecology specialisation is the diversity of courses. During the different mandatory courses various ecosystems are discussed. During the courses you'll look at the biogeochemical aspects, but also at the conservation of species and the microbiology of aquatic systems. During the specialisation you also have room for elective courses. In this way you can take a broader look and choose other courses, for example from other specialisations.

The relationship between students and teachers is informal. Teachers are very willing to help students. This can be done by walking into their office or by sending them an email. Especially when you do an internship at a department of the university, teachers will get to know you better and this will only improve the relationship! Some of the teachers even know the name of every student present in class. I really like the coherence between teachers and students.

Sometimes the workload is high and many things are expected from students at the same time. However, in case of problems the teachers are always there to help and to - sometimes - make an exception for a deadline, for example.

I am currently doing an internship at the Aquatic ecology department at Radboud University. I am looking at the emission of methane (strong greenhouse gas) by an invasive aquatic plant (Water hyacinth) in relation to environmental variables and plant characteristics. I am supervised by Dr. S. Kosten, one of the lecturers for this specialisation. Beforehand I was unconfident. Fortunately, this was fully understood and my supervisor quickly gave me self-confidence. I have been very well and intensively supervised. Also for your internship, know that you can walk by your supervisor. At the moment I am in the final phase of my internship and together with my supervisor I am busy writing and publishing a scientific article on my internship subject. This is a unique opportunity that you should grab with both hands, if you ask me!

After completing my studies, I would like to pursue a career in science. I want to do a PhD, preferably at the Aquatic Ecology department (where I am now also doing an internship). My plan B? I would also like to work for RIVM, the government offers many opportunities focused on nature conservation.

The Master's specialisation Physical Chemistry allows you to dive into both physical and analytical aspects of Chemistry. I mainly like that you can really experience performing research during this master via the focus on internships. My research internship has challenged me to become a researcher. Being part of a research team has brought me more than I could have imagined before I started this master program.

I really like the atmosphere in class. The class size is relatively small and, therefore, allows an easy access to the teachers. This stimulates a good learning environment.

The most challenging part of the Master's specialisation for me was also one of the nice components of this programme: the freedom to choose a minor programme that suits your wishes. At first, it was hard to identify the research field on which I would like to perform my minor internship, but the courses are a nice way to identify possible research fields.

I am performing my Master's internship at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center. I am involved in a project to further develop an NMR technique ideally suited to analyze complex mixtures, such as biofluids. This research internship has allowed me to experience all facets of research from setting up experiments to publishing an article.

This Master's specialisation teaches to do research on the edge between Physics and Chemistry, an interdisciplinary field which can stimulate many research advances in the future. Personally, I would like to perform a PhD after obtaining my Master's degree to continue doing what I like the most: research.


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