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Political Science and Public Administration: Research Master (Leiden)

The Leiden Research Master’s Programme in Political Science and Public Administration aims at providing students with a thorough grounding in the literature on political institutions and a rigorous training in the methodological skills that are necessary to conduct research in this field. Students acquire this knowledge and these skills not only by being taught, but also by gaining hands-on experience. This way they learn how a broad research interest is transformed into a theoretically informed puzzle with concrete hypotheses, how a research method is chosen that is appropriate for the hypotheses that are to be tested, what problems can be encountered in data collection and analysis, how the data can be interpreted to test the hypotheses, and how the results can be presented effectively.

As of the academic year 2018-2019, registration for this program is not longer possible.

Transitory Regulations

Since the research master programme was ended, as of September 2018 there have been no new cohorts of students starting the research master’s programme leading to the degree of Master of Science in Political Science and Public Administration (research).

Hence, there are transitional regulations in academic year 2019-2020 for the first year courses and the second year courses.

Transitional regulations for research master students (cohort 2017-2019) who have not completed all of their 2nd year courses in academic year 2018-2019:

  1. Replication Workshop (5 EC) is replaced by an individual reading course (5 EC), level 600
  2. Structure and Management of Public Organizations (5 EC) is replaced by an elective of the MSc PS (10 EC) or the MSc PA (5 EC), level 600
  3. Elective seminar from MSc PS (10 EC) or MSc PA (5 EC) (still on offer) , level 600
  4. External Project (still on offer), (15EC), level 600
  5. Political Science and Public Administration Thesis Lab is replaced by an individual reading course (5 EC), level 600
  6. Political Science and Public Administration Research Master’s Thesis is still on offer (25 EC) , level 600

If a component includes a practical or discussion group the course instructor can establish a required attendance rule.

Teachers of individual readings courses will be made available before the start of the academic year. Students can consult with the Director of Studies about individual reading courses.

*For research master students these seminars will be upgraded to level 600 by way of an extra assignment. ** The Elective Seminars are to be chosen upon approval of the Programme Director(s) of the Research Master.

Transitional regulations for students from earlier academic years who have not successfully completed all components of the first year of the research master:

  1. Classics in Political Science and Public Administration (5 EC) is replaced by Great Debates (5 EC)
  2. Research Design (5 EC) is replaced by an individual reading course
  3. International Cooperation and Institutions (5 EC) is replaced by an elective seminar from the MSc Political Science or the MSc Public Administration (5 EC), upon approval of the programme director
  4. Comparative State and Policy Formation (5 EC) is replaced by an elective seminar from the MSc Political Science or the MSc Public Administration (5 EC), upon approval of the programme director
  5. Qualitative Methods I (5 EC) is replaced by an individual reading course (5 EC)
  6. Quantitative Methods I (5 EC) is replaced by an individual reading course (5 EC)
  7. The Politics of Public Policy (5 EC)is replaced by an elective seminar of the MSc Political Science or the MSc Public Administration (5 EC), upon approval of the programme director
  8. Qualitative Methods II or Quantitative Methods II (5 EC) is replaced by an individual reading course (5 EC)
  9. The 20 EC of elective seminars of the MSc Political Science or the MSc Public Administration remains 20 EC of elective seminars of the MSc Political Science or the MSc Public Administration, upon approval of the programme director

Teachers of individual readings courses will be made available before the start of the academic year. Students can consult with the Director of Studies about individual reading courses.

Registration

You will be registered in uSis by the Students Service Centre (OSC). You submit your choice for the elective(s) via e-mail to OnderwijsServicecentrum@leiden.edu after you have received approval of the programme director.