MSc Crisis and Security Management

Leiden University    Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs

Full time September, February MSc Full-time: 1 year
Politics & Government (30) Sociology (33)

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Are you passionate about understanding and tackling the pressing issues of crisis and security management? Look no further than the MSc Crisis and Security Management programme at Leiden University. This one-year, English-taught master's programme offers a unique multidisciplinary approach to studying contemporary security challenges from both local and global perspectives. Gain a deep understanding of the complexities of security and crisis topics in today's globalized world. With a choice of specializations, you can become a security professional with specialized knowledge and skills. Located in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, this programme is your gateway to a successful career in public or private organizations. To be eligible, you need a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and proficiency in English. Explore the link for more information:

About the course

Crises arising from terrorism, war, violence, cyber threats, and natural disasters dominate world news and make Crisis and Security Management a heavily politicized and hotly debated topic at the top of the national and global societal and governance agenda.


You will choose one specialisation before the start of your programme. A specialisation consists of a coherent set of courses aimed towards gaining specific skills and knowledge, and cannot be switched during the year.

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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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Adrian Zacharias

The particular appeal of this program is its multi-disciplinary approach to the MSc in Crisis and Security Management. Having a legal background, it was important for me to get different perspectives on this topic. Current issues in the field are addressed from a public administration/management perspective but the broad choice of classes also offer the opportunity to gain insights into legal, political, or social aspects of these phenomena, both at the domestic, as well as the international level. But not only the academic staff is specialized in different domains, but also the students come from diverse backgrounds and countries making the degree an extremely enriching experience.

Another perk of this program is definitely its location. Entirely taught on The Hague Campus of Leiden University it offers a great opportunity for students or recent graduates to pursue a career in one of the many international organizations based in the city or yet private companies in proximity of these institutions. The lecturers are particularly easy to approach and always open to give feedback on your work or give assistance on other academic matters.

The Hague as a student city

The Hague is a great city for international students. Not only is it the home to numerous international organizations but it also is a great melting pot of cultures where students from all over the world come together. As there is a lot more to student-life than studying or networking The Hague offers a wide choice of museums, music halls, restaurants and bars.

The city’s vicinity to the sea offers nice opportunities for sport activities or invites for long walks along the beach or through the dunes. The infrastructure and bikes make it easy to get around and discover the different parts of the city. Having lived in different neighborhoods I recommend to discover the unique features of each one of them. Within an hourly train ride of Amsterdam and Rotterdam The Hague is well located to undertake daytrips and discover other parts of the Netherlands.


For full details please visit the Leiden Excellence Scholarship website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial to full tuition


This scholarship is open to Non-EEA/non-EFTA, excellent students joining a full-time Leiden University Master's degree programme - with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School. Exception: All nationalities for Advanced LLMs & MSc Int. Relations and Diplomacy

Application Procedure

For full details please visit the Leiden Excellence Scholarship website.

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For full details please visit the Leiden University Fund - Lutfia Rabbani Scholarship Fund website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to €30,000


The scholarship is intended for students who have received an official letter of admission to a one-year Master's programme at Leiden University. Applicants must be nationals of one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates or Yemen. This fund is intended for students who have demonstrated exceptional academic excellence and a strong motivation to promote Euro-Arab dialogue.

Application Procedure

For full details please visit the Leiden University Fund - Lutfia Rabbani Scholarship Fund website.

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