Political Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    16600 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
The Master of Science in Political Science at Leiden University provides students with basic notions on political issues, the main focus being on “Conflict and Cooperation”. The Master’s programme covers civil and political wars and ethics, concepts on economic conflicts and regimes, the media, as well as international organisations management, among others.

About

Choice is at the very heart of politics. War or peace, left or right, liberty or security, sovereignty or integration, consensus or conflict—choices matter. Choice is also key to your education. Choose an intellectually challenging programme in which you develop your knowledge and expertise in the study of politics. If you wish, you can opt for an internship. And you can design your own thesis project, based on your own needs and interests. Choose a respected, selective programme that fits your future ambitions. Choose the MSc programme in Political Science at Leiden University.

By doing an MSc in Political Science in Leiden or The Hague, you will benefit from an advanced grounding in the fundamentals of political analysis and advanced training in essential academic and professional skills. 

Why Political Science at Leiden University?

  • Leiden’s Institute of Political Science is one of the largest political science departments in Europe. It accommodates a wide range of (sub)disciplines and research interests.
  • Your lecturers are high ranking specialists in their field.
  • All courses are taught in small groups, allowing for personal contact with your fellow students, as well as your instructors.
  • The specialisations offer you a chance to explore topics in-depth that best suit your preferences.
  • Besides studying interesting themes, you will also familiarise yourself with the state-of-the-art in social and political science literature and research skills.
  • The city of Leiden is a popular student city, with attractive sights and a lively atmosphere. The city of The Hague harbours the main national political institutions of the Netherlands and many international organisations. Both propose a wide variety of cultural, sports and leisure activities.

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Specialisations

  • International Organisation
  • International Politics
  • Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development
  • Nederlandse politiek
  • Parties, Parliaments and Democracy
  • Political Legitimacy and Justice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor’s diploma (from a recognised university, as defined by the university) in Political Science or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline
  • Good academic record as evidenced by a grade point average of 7 in the Dutch system (or equivalent) and/or other indicators (such as relevant extracurricular activities or honours programme);
  • At least 80 ECTS in political science or political science relevant subjects;
  • Competency in Social Science Research Methodology demonstrated by coursework
    NB: If the applicant cannot demonstrate competency in Social Science Research Methodology, s/he will be required to take a course in Research Design and Measurement in the Social Sciences.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16600 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1,250 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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