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Master's specialisation | Joint programme optionalComparative Politics

The Comparative Politics Master’s provides new insights into configurations of political power around the world. We study changes in democracy and political representation, modern authoritarianism and populism, and how political parties, citizens and social movements achieve political change.

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Something for you?

  • Our emphasis on both theory and empirical knowledge provides the tools to critically analyse contemporary problems facing democracies.
  • Staff members are actively involved in advising governments, societal and political organisations, incorporating practical experience and insights into their teaching.
  • The Comparative Politics Master’s will provide new insights into configurations of political power around the world.
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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What appeals to me about this specialisation is how you try to analyse current themes together with the lecturers and in small groups of students.
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What will you learn

The specialisation provides students with strong theoretical foundations and substantive empirical knowledge in subjects such as political representation and deliberative democracy, political parties, democratic reform, authoritarianism and populism. Our emphasis on both theory and empirical knowledge will also train you to assess the effects of proposed policy solutions. You will be prepared for a career in leading positions in both the public and private sector.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Our graduates have the skills and knowledge for positions in: 

  • Policymaking, for example in international organisations or political parties
  • Project management in the public and private sector
  • Consultancy for profit and non-profit organisations
  • Researcher at a think tank or university

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • How populist are people? How can you measure populist attitudes among voters?
  • What is the relationship between populism and foreign policy?
  • Is there a single European immigration policy?

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.