M.Sc. Political Science

Leiden University

Application deadline: September start: June 15 (Dutch applicants); April 1 (International applicants); February start: December 1 (Dutch); October 15 (International)
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,951 / Year (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The MSc in Political Science aims to provide its students with a deep and comprehensive understanding of political issues, focusing on the theme of ‘Conflict and Cooperation’.

Conflict and Cooperation

Conflict and cooperation, however opposed these concepts may seem, are the most important ingredients of politics. This holds true whether you look at the political order from a national or an international perspective. The Institute of Political Science of Leiden University is proud to present a Master’s in Political Science with the theme of Conflict and Cooperation (start September 2013). This Master’s programme offers students modules and seminars with an (inter)national Conflict and Cooperation focus.

Why Political Science in Leiden?
  • We offer a programme that presents the opportunity to create your own profile.
  • This Master’s has a unique curriculum in the sense that it gives you the possibility to advance your academic and professional skills.
  • Every seminar or module of the Master’s programme is approached from a disciplinary focus, including the methods employed in political science.
  • As one of the largest institutes in Europe, Leiden’s Institute of Political Science encompasses a wide range of research interests.
  • The academic staff teaching at the Institute of Political Science is international and skilled in many different areas of political science.
  • The city of Leiden is a very popular student city, with a vibrant student life.

Because of its wide scope of academic expertise, the Institute of Political Science is capable of offering students an in-depth training in the most important subdisciplines of political science. The programme posits that functions in various applied settings – academia, government, public administration, politics, international organisations, media, consultancy, interest associations, non-governmental organisations, and business – demand academic training that includes sound analytical skills. All courses of the MSc Political Science curriculum thus seek to encourage the real-life application of the academic knowledge and training they provide. The high percentage of foreign teaching staff underscores the international outlook of the programme which prepares students for an increasingly international labour market in the Netherlands and elsewhere.


The Master’s programme in Conflict and Cooperation allows you to shape your own curriculum. In addition to a few core courses (on the fundamentals underlying the programme’s theme and on academic and professional skills), you will choose from among a wide range of elective seminars. Placement in these seminars is subject to availability, because we aim to combine accommodating your preferences with our policy of working in small groups and interactive teaching.

Through these seminars you will gain advanced knowledge on a variety of empirical or normative approaches in political science. Topics range from civil war, ethics of war, economic conflict and regimes, and international organisations, to political conflict and the media, elections and coalitions in a national context, and multiculturalism.

You may opt to complete the programme with either writing a thesis in a seminar of your choice, or doing an internship which involves authoring a substantive research report.


Please note that the entry requirements below apply to all students who do not hold a Leiden University bachelor’s degree in Political Science and students with a major in World Politics from Leiden University College.

  • 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)
  • At least 80 ECTS in political science or political science relevant subjects;
  • Competency in Social Science Research Methodology demonstrated by coursework

Students who have a BA/BSc in Political Science from Leiden University and students who have a major in World Politics from Leiden University College do not have to apply for admission.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100



Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands


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