Master of Arts [M.A] (International Relations)
Why study International Relations at Leiden University?
You will join the only master's programme in the Netherlands to offer five unique specialisations within the field of international relations. With a broad curriculum and flexible design, the master?s degree in International Relations allows you to tailor your degree to suit your career goals. Five specialisations are available, each with their own thematic focus, and each with further scope for customisation. You will be able to specialise in areas ranging from the European integration process to the global political economy.
At Leiden University, relevance and real-world issues are at the fore. During your master's programme, you explore the most current global events through a comparative, area studies lens. More than theory, you learn from professionals from some of the world's largest organisations. An important focus is developing your ability to conduct relevant, original and innovative research.
The International Relations master is taught by leading academics at Leiden University as well as experts from our network of professionals. Small classes provide plenty of direct contact with all lecturers and a high-level of guidance and support. You will acquire the knowledge and critical-thinking skills that will help you excel in any given occupation.
During your studies, you are eligible to apply to the prestigious MA in International Affairs?at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, Bologna.
The MA in International Relations?offers outstanding preparation for students seeking a profession that requires comprehensive knowledge of world affairs and strong analytical and critical-thinking skills.Examples of the diverse roles of our graduates include:
- Policy advisor at a ministry of foreign affairs;
- Communications manager and project assistant at an NGO promoting reconciliation and peace;
- Consular spokesperson at a ministry of foreign affairs;
- Consultant at an NGO;
- Project manager at a company specialising in geo-services, international development and project management;
- PhD candidate and research assistant;
- Communications officer at an international student federation.