Political Science

1 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)

More information about the requirement application can be found on www.universiteitleiden.nl/political-science

Informationen zu Studiengebühren

More information about the tuition fees can be found on www.studieren-in-holland.de/25,1,studiengebuehren.html

Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake) Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake); 15 October (February intake) 

Worum geht's im Studium

About Political Science

In this programme you will obtain knowledge of the latest developments and research in political science. The aim is to prepare you for further academic research and/or the labour market. As an intended bridge to professional careers, the programme provides firstly, theoretical and empirical knowledge, and secondly, analytical and methodological skills. This combination leads to the capacity to learn, reflect, investigate and innovate.

A combination of seminars and thesis work will provide you with a strong critical grounding in the core issues of both political science and politics. This will ensure a capacity to actively engage in explanations and evaluations of political phenomena.

You will be able to choose a specialisation from a wide range of research topics, including Dutch Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Democracy, Political Behaviour and Communication and Political Philosophy

Curriculum and Overview

There are six specialisations and two cities you can choose from:


  • Dutch Politics (partly in Dutch)
  • International Politics 
  • Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development
  • Parties, Parliaments and Democracy 
  • Political Legitimacy and Justice

The Hague: 

  • International Organisation

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e - Prospectus: studiegids.universiteitleiden.nl/political-science-edition

Job and Career prospects

Positions as a policy maker in Dutch and foreign government institutions; political reporter for various media, personal assistant or policy adviser at the European Parliament and national parliaments, lobbyist for interest groups; researcher at think tanks and universities, business consultant and risk analyst. Successful completion of the programme also prepares students for further academic work in Political Science.

Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? FInd out how to apply by following the step-by step guide: www.universiteitleiden.nl/political-science

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

contact person: Studyline
phone.: 071 527 11 11
e-mail: study@leidenuniv.nl
website: www.universiteitleiden.nl

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