Students starting in September: read the information on this page carefully before continuing
Registration for elective seminars
Registration is possible from Tuesday 19 August 10.00 a.m. until Sunday 24 August. Please send an email with your full name, student number and your preference for 2 seminars in the first semester to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an auto-reply with a confirmation that we have received your email. You will be informed about the seminars for which you have been registered before September 1.
Please note that each seminar has a maximum number of participants and we cannot guarantee placement in the seminars of your choice. If fewer than 5 students register for a seminar, we cannot guarantee that it will take place. Assignment to a seminar is on a first come first served basis. The time at which your email is received by the secretariat is crucial. In case you cannot be assigned to your preference(s) due to capacity considerations, we will contact you.
Registration for core courses
For ‘The Classics’ course students do not need to register. The Institute’s secretariat will place students in workgroups after the first collective class meeting in which the procedure will be explained to you.
For the ‘Advanced Skills’ workgroups students need to register in Usis in October.
Optional: Transferring to the Research Master
It is possible to apply for transfer to the Research Master after the first semester of the MSc Political Science. Students who want to switch need to fulfill the admissions requirements of the research master: http://www.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/political-science-research/en/entry-requirements. Application deadline for students who want to switch to the research master once they have started in the Master Political Science is December 1 (online application system on the above mentioned website). We strongly advise students who consider transferring from the Master Political Science to the Research Master to take the two elective seminars that are recommended for the Research Master in their first semester (see e-Prospectus). Students should mention that they are considering a switch to the Research Master in the email with their seminar preferences to the Institute Secretariat. Please make an appointment with study advisor Drs. Alma Caubo in case you have any questions and/or want to discuss your concerns.
The Master Political Science offers two core modules:
Conflict and Cooperation: Classics will address contemporary political conflict, the philosophical approaches to political conflict and the nature and effectiveness of political institutions in resolving political conflict. Major classic works in political science will be studied. Advanced Academic and Professional Skills aims at advancing the skills for various professions at an academic level, such as policy advisor, civil servant, or political assistant, whether in NGOs, interest groups, political parties or government and international agencies. The seminar will focus on oral skills and written skills, which will be applied during the classes.
Specialization through Choice: Build your own Profile
The master program in Conflict and Cooperation allows students to specialize through their own choices of seminars (subject to availability). Students will gain advanced knowledge on a variety of empirical or normative approaches in political science. Seminar topics range from human rights, conflict management, distributive justice to political conflict and the media to elections and coalitions in a national context. Students may opt to complete the program with a thesis or an internship which includes a substantive research report.
Those opting for a thesis will follow the Thesis Seminar during the second semester. In the Thesis Seminar students apply theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills to a theme related to conflict and cooperation. Preparations for the thesis start during the month of January (designated for self-study). The thesis may take the form of a theoretical analysis, literature study, quantitative or qualitative empirical research, or a case study. Students write a thesis on the findings of individual research (length between 12.000 and 16.000 words).
The teachers that are mentioned in each course are appointed by the Board of Examiners to conduct examinations.
The Department expects the highest scholarly effort and achievement from students. Students’ academic work will be evaluated per assignment and per course. This includes both oral and written assignments. Timely completion of degree requirements is expected.
More information on grading, graduation and other information can be found on the website of Political Science.
More information on the entry requirements of the programme can be found on Masters in Leiden.
More information about a variety of subjects can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Please contact the Student Services Center Faculty of Social Science for administrative affairs such as a certified transcript or a statement of registration.