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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 2.26k / год
  • Foreign: $ 10.6k / год
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  • English

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    Discovering the politics of public policymaking.

    Immigration, environmental degradation, population ageing and global poverty are just a few of the political challenges that contemporary policymakers face. In an increasingly globalised world, it is more important than ever that governments respond quickly and effectively to these challenges. National governments, however, increasingly share responsibility for designing and implementing effective policy with several layers of government (local, regional, national, international) and different types of actors (governments, non-profit organisations, businesses).

    Designing effective policies in different political systems

    The COMPASS specialisation provides the skills needed for a career in government or other policymaking organisations (NGOs, international organisations, advocacy groups). Courses focus on the barriers to and facilitators of reform, Europeanisation and compliance with EU directives, welfare state reform, and the problems governments face in the 21st century.

    The degree awarded for completing COMPASS is either a Master's degree in Public Administration or in Political Science. By joining both disciplines, the specialisation incorporates the strengths of both.

    Key features of the COMPASS programme are:

    • Comparative focus: the courses address themes of current significance to governance in Europe and elsewhere, drawing on experiences from different countries and teaching the analytical skills necessary for devising effective solutions for the challenges facing society.
    • Small-scale, interactive teaching: we believe that a personal approach can only be achieved by limiting the number of students and using interactive teaching methods that allows you to actively shape the course meetings.
    • Room for individual specialization: there is space in the programme to choose an elective course as well as the topic of the Master’s thesis.

    Once graduated, you will leave the programme with a firm knowledge of complex issues and current changes in governance and international politics, and the skills to provide smart solutions.

    The Master’s specialisation COMPASS is taught at the Nijmegen School of Management. It has a course load of 60 EC* (one-year). All courses are 6 EC and the Master’s Thesis is 18 EC.

    In this specialisation, you can opt for a Master's in Public Administration or a Master’s in Political Science. The difference lies in one core course, an elective/internship, and the focus of your thesis. Public Administration students follow 3 Public Administration courses and 2 Political Sciences courses. Political Science students follow 3 Political Sciences courses and 2 Public Administration courses.

    The structure of the programme is as follows:

    Semester 1

    • Advanced research methods (6 EC)
    • Europeanisation of Government and Policy (6 EC)
    • Challenges to 21st Century Representative Democracy (6 EC)
    • Contested (non)democracies: fragmentation, conflict and consensus in contemporary politicsPS (6 EC)
    • Public Sector Reform PA (6 EC) or Transitions in Governance PA (6 EC)

    Semester 2

    • Public Sector Reform (6 EC)
    • Elective course/Internship (6 EC)
    • Master's thesis (18 EC)

    Please visit the programme's website for more detailed information on the course contents!


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    A Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Political Science or a related discipline from a recognised university.

    Competency in Social Science Research Methodology (quantitative and qualitative)
    Due to the strong academic nature of this programme, it is essential that students have basic research skills.

    Proficiency in English

    In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

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


    All other students need one of the following certificates (TOEFL and IELTS certificates may not be older than two years).

    • A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥232 (computer based) or ≥90 (internet based), with subscores not lower than 18
    • A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

    There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website. 

    Radboud Scholarship Programme

    Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

    Orange Tulip Scholarship

    Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

    Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

    Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

    Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

    Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

    DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

    Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

    Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

    Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

    Holland Scholarship Programme

    Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

    Dutch Student Finance

    EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

    Accreditation

    NVAO is entrusted by law (the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act) to accredit all existing Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses and to validate new study programmes at government-funded institutions of higher education and at institutions approved (but not funded) by the Dutch government. Institutions that have neither government funding nor approval can apply for accreditation of post-initial Master’s degree courses.

    With regard to the nature of accreditation in higher education, the Netherlands and Flanders (Flemish-speaking Belgium) have opted for accreditation at the level of study programmes. NVAO has laid down accreditation frameworks for this purpose for Flanders and the Netherlands.

    In the Netherlands and in Flanders, accreditation is a precondition for government funding of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme, for the right to award recognised diplomas and, in the Netherlands, to grant financial assistance to students. In the context of the internationalisation of education and the labour market, accreditation provides for an equivalence of quality assurance in higher education.

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