Career prospects

The Political Theory curriculum is designed to educate you in practice-oriented and socially relevant ways, with a focus on concrete moral dilemmas as they arise in politics and policy – and your own life as a citizen. You pick up all the research skills of the political scientist, but in addition will be able to assess, defend or criticize the normative side of policies and actions, regardless of who the actors are – state, city, firm, lobby, party or action committee.

The job market opportunities for Political Theory graduates are excellent, as a recent survey of our alumni shows. Our graduates typically start their careers as policy advisors in some form or other, from local to global, in government, the service sector or NGOs. Many pursue careers in academia, education, management or journalism. Virtually all alumni have found jobs at the appropriate (MSc) level.

After your studies

Our graduates are well prepared for jobs such as:

  • Policy researcher
  • Strategic consultant or manager in civic, civil and corporate organisations
  • Public affairs advisor
  • Journalist

"In just a few months, I see our students grow; they gain knowledge, argumentative skills and self-confidence. I see them develop from well-educated novices into the flourishing citizens of tomorrow." 

- Prof. Marcel Wissenburg | Radboud University

Labour market information

From the graduates of the Master’s programme in Political Science:

  • 71% found a job within 6 months after graduation.
  • 42% found a job within their field.
  • The gross starting salary based on 34 hours a week is € 2.650.

Source: Studiekeuze123 & Alumni Survey Radboud University 2022.

Radboud Career Service

Radboud Career Service helps students with finding internships, gives career advice and can offer tips and guidance when applying for jobs.

Keep learning after your Master’s

Do you want to keep pace with the rapid progress in our current society after your studies? Then a post-master might be something for you. The Radboud Academy offers many opportunities for lifelong development.