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Admission requirements

  • Only students of the MSc Crisis and Security Management can take this course.


Students will acquire substantive knowledge and (research) skills throughout the CSM-program, especially in the specialisation courses where assignments are tailored towards testing specific research skills: literature review, data collection, analysis of complex situations and phenomena, and critical review of standing research. In their portfolio, students include assignments produced during the specialisation courses and common courses, showing the (research) skills and competencies acquired. The portfolio also functions as a showcase for future employers: students can not only show to employers skills obtained, but also the research papers they produced. The portfolio therefore is also part of the labour market preparation in the CSM-programme.

Additionally, the portfolio has to be accompanied by a reflection paper. In the specialisation courses and common courses students have to produce short interim reflection papers, that serve as the basis for the final reflection paper. In the final reflection paper, students reflect on their learning pathway in terms of (research skills) and general insight in Crisis and Security Management as developed during the programme. That way, they show their competency of self-directed learning and the ability to critically reflect on their competencies and achievement as a (future) reflective, academically trained security professional.

A defense meeting in which the portfolio and reflection paper will be presented and discussed, is part of this course and function as the formal final step in order to graduate.

Course Objectives

After finalizing this course, students will be able to:

(1) Reflect critically upon one’s own academic and professional knowledge, skills and conduct.

(2) Show awareness of the importance of transferable skills and the ability to reflect upon one’s own transferable skills.

(3) Show an attitude aimed at a high level of self-directed and autonomous learning and functioning.


On the right side of programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of Instruction

Guidelines regarding the assignments to be included in the portfolio, the elements to be addressed in the interim and final reflection paper(s) and the topics to be discussed during the defense meeting, will be announced on the Brightspace page of this course, in the syllabi of the specialisation courses and main courses of the programme and discussed during the courses.

Total study load 28 hours for writing the final reflection paper and the defense meeting

In the other courses, a substantial amount of time is reserved for writing and discussing the interim reflection papers.

Assessment method

Passing this course is obligatory in order to graduate.

Handing in the research portfolio and the final reflection paper, according to the guidelines that will be published on the Brightspace page of this course, is a condition to be admitted to the defense meeting.

Students can only pass the course if they:

(1) Obtained a passing grade (5.50 or higher) for the reflection paper, 90% of total grade (2) Obtained a passing grade (5.50 or higher) for the defense meeting, 10% of total grade

If a student does not pass this course, students will be offered a resit opportunity to improve (1) the reflection paper, and/or (2) the defense.

Reading list



Register for every course and workgroup via uSis.
Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results.

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. Important information about the course is posted here.
After enrolment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


Dr. Jelle van Buuren