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MA International Relations


Leiden University Faculty of Humanities

Full time September, February MA Full-time: 1 year

About the course

The Master's in International Relations at Leiden University offers a range of specialisations that are unique in the Netherlands.

The MA programme offers a combination of fresh theoretical insights and practical knowledge and experience, giving ideas and beliefs the place they deserve in European and global politics. You will be able to choose from five specialisations which each offer a challenging mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experience provided by specialist, academic researchers and experts with direct experience in policy-formulation and policy-making.

We are the only university in the Netherlands to offer this wealth of area specialists and the extensive range of contacts with national and international government and non-government institutions. Located close to The

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

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Student Profile(s)

Ayooshee Dookhee

4830.jpg Leiden University was one of the three places I applied to, the other two being Columbia in the US and the Graduate Institute in Geneva. In 2012, I had visited The Hague during my undergraduate studies and someone I had met at the International Criminal Court suggested that I consider Leiden University. At the point, I had never visited the city or looked at the university programmes. After my undergraduate, I worked for a year in London at a Political Affairs consultancy and it just wasn’t exciting enough! I then started looking into different master programmes; Leiden appealed greatly due to its reputation internationally and it had an International Relations program that wasn’t purely a Political Science degree. Being part of the Humanities department has really opened my eyes to the different ways one can study a social science. In deciding between Geneva, the US and Leiden it came down to two things: finance and the experience. I think Leiden University has a very down to earth appeal and so far, it has completely surpassed expectations. My experience as a Master student has been fun, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. One of the plus points of studying the MA International Relations is the freedom and autonomy students get in choosing the topic they want to research and write on. Due to this freedom, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing! My proudest moment is writing my thesis on the Islamic State and child soldiering. The structure of the programme and the different elective modules equipped me very well to write this Master thesis. I would recommend Leiden to anyone wanting to study a Masters here.



Dimas Ariestyo Pradana

4831.jpg I enrolled at MA International Studies at the Faculty of Humanities on September 2015. As a government employee who works in the Indonesia Foreign Ministry, the MAIS Programme was very beneficial yet challenging because it gave me better understanding and knowledge also how to be more critical in viewing current global and regional events. The programme also provided me different perspectives about the importance of theoretical and historical perspectives which influenced the nature of international politics, also the intense courses in this programme helped me to develop my study and work ethics. Overall, I had an impressive experience as an international student in Leiden University MAIS programme.



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