Why study this programme?

This Master's specialisation provides you with the opportunity to go into in-depth explorations of various processes of globalisation and understand how these might also be connected to each other, but also given particular meaning and roles in different parts of the world.


Master's specialisation in Globalisation, Migration and Development

  • Have you ever wondered how migrants maintain relationships with their families back home? What the impact is of second hand clothes donations to local tailors in the global south? How cities can be sustainable when they grow faster than their city planners are able to design infrastructure for? How rural communities can maintain their livelihoods in the face of the uncertainties of climate change?
  • We take a critical approach to understanding our field of research by relating various theories to empirical case studies. Thereby, through course work and your own thesis research, you will be able to grasp, and engage with, dynamic and complex processes occurring around the world linked to a range of actors and places. Examples: socio-spatial inequalities, differential opportunities for human mobility, and the sustainability of the conceptual Global North/South divide. 
  • You will not only develop an academically critical attitude, but also learn to question the limits and values of academic objectivity, particularly when there’s a strong engagement to societal processes making academics part of these processes, and not only distant observers and analysts. This will increase your academic commitment to major issues such as inequality.
  • Although the foundation of this specialisation is geographical, our approach to this theme is highly multidisciplinary and relates to fields such as sociology, development studies and political science.
  • Over the past years, Radboud University has made a name for itself in the field of Human Geography for not shying away from critical debates and by researching topics in the field that are of societal importance but not always favoured with large (EU) funding. 


Why choose Radboud University

  • Our classes are small and interactive, and our professors are easily approachable. There is an open environment where you can easily come in contact with other students.
  • Our compact campus in Nijmegen is the greenest in the Netherlands where everything is within walking distance. It is a welcoming space, with ample facilities suited to studying and discussing societal issues with fellow students outside lectures. 
  • We encourage our students to take a multidisciplinary approach to their studies. You are free to customise your own programme, so you can learn about and research topics that you are passionate about.
  • You earn a valuable diploma in an accredited university system. We stimulate and support the development of your critical skills in order to improve your chances in the job market within your field.
  • With staff hailing from around the world and with education and research related cooperation set up with academic partners around the world, an international setting is created. 

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Globalisation, Migration and Development students doing fieldwork in Ghana

Nijmegen School of Management

At Nijmegen School of Management, one of the seven faculties within Radboud University in the Netherlands, we have a clear aim: we enable students to play their part in the transformations towards a sustainable society through high-quality scientific research and education. With more than 5,000 curious students and more than 500 dedicated employees, we form a dynamic community. Read more about the faculty’s story and about our mission, vision and strategic themes