Help choosing a Master's

Choosing a Master’s programme can pose quite a challenge, Radboud University offers more than 50 Master’s programmes and 200 specialisations, which means that there are plenty of options. This page contains information about how you can make the right choice by finding the Master’s programmes that match your interests. The process has been divided into four phases: 1) Orientation, 2) Exploration, 3) Elaboration, 4) Decision-making.

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Phase 1:  Orientation

The first step in the search process is to gain a clear picture of your own interests and motivation. Figure out which courses you enjoyed the most during your Bachelor’s programme and see which Master’s programmes correspond to these courses. It is also a good idea to ask yourself why you want to take a Master’s programme. Is it the next logical step after your Bachelor’s degree, do you wish to strengthen your position in the labour market, deepen your knowledge or do a PhD programme?

Master’s programmes

Click here to see a list of all of the Master’s programmes and specialisations at Radboud University.

All Master’s programmes

Choosing a Master’s programme after your HBO degree

You may choose to take a university Master’s programme after you have completed your Higher Professional Bachelor’s (HBO) degree. Following a pre-Master's programme will usually grant you admission to the Master’s. You can also do a minor during your HBO programme.

All pre-Master’s programmes

Transition Bachelor's to Master's

The transition matrix contains all the necessary information about the affiliation between the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. This is useful information to have if you are directly applying for admission to Radboud University with your Bachelor’s degree from another educational institution.

Transition matrix
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Phase 2: Exploration

Once you have an idea of what you would like to major in, you can start to explore the subsequent Master’s programmes. Make a list of the top three Master’s programmes that interest you. Visit these Master’s programmes during one of the open days.

Master’s Open Day

We organise Master’s Open Days in the spring and in the autumn. Visit an open day to get information about the Master’s programmes, receive advice from the student advisors and students and experience the atmosphere at our campus.

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Radboud Master’s Fair

If you are currently studying at Radboud University and you are considering taking a Master’s programme, come to the Master’s Fair so that you can find out which Master’s programmes, specialisations or pre-Master’s programmes you can take after you have completed your Bachelor’s degree!

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Phase 3: Elaboration

Compare the curricula for the Master’s programmes on your shortlist and compare the points that you consider to be relevant from each of the Master’s programmes. It can sometimes be helpful to talk to current students about the Master’s programme or talk to a student advisor. This will give you a better idea of what the study programme entails.

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Master’s Student for a Day

If you are still finding it hard to choose between a number of Master’s programmes, many Master’s programmes offer the option of being a Master’s student for a day. This will give you the chance to attend lectures and talk to current students about their own experience. It will also give you a good idea of what taking the Master’s programme will actually entail. 

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Chat with students

If you have a specific question about a Master’s programme, or you would like to know more about the study load or the study programme itself, many programmes offer the option of chatting with a current Master’s student.

Ask a question

Student advisor

You can also schedule a meeting with the student advisor, so that you can ask questions about the study programme or admission, for example. The contact details of the student advisor can be found on the page of your chosen Master’s programme under ‘Contact’.

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Phase 4: Decision-making

Once you have gathered enough information and you have made your choice, you can submit your enrolment request.

Application process