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Comparative Politics


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This specialisation focuses on political challenges for contemporary (non-) democracies, such as new demands on representative institutions and pressures created by migration and demographic change.
Democracies currently face unprecedented challenges. Is Europe witnessing a surge in populist sentiment? Do parliaments and political parties have a future? And, what role will radical right-wing parties play in these developments? The programme focuses on these and many other challenges. The core of the programme consists of the courses: Theoretical Approaches to Comparative Politics, Challenges to Representative Democracy, The Politics of Reform, and Power and Persuasion in Politics. You can further specialize by choosing from the many elective courses or by doing an internship and during the individual research project of your Master's Thesis. The analytical skills and knowledge you learn, prepare you for positions in policy and programme development in national, EU, and international public and private sector organisations, as well as a wide range of research opportunities.

The Master's in Comparative Politics is a specialisation of the Master's programme in Political Science. For the fifth time in a row, this programme was rated number one in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids Masters 2017 (Guide to Master's programmes).




Master of Science


1 year

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530


Application requirements

Competency in Social Science Research Methodology (quantitative and qualitative)

A Bachelor's degree in Political Science or a closely-related discipline from an academic university. All applicants should have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology (quantitative and qualitative).

Language requirements

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
IELTS overall band
TOEFL internet based

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Tuition fees  
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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 Sep '24 1 Apr '24
1 Sep '25 1 Sep '25 1 Apr '25


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