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Political Science and Public Administration (Research)

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.

Preliminary Info

Welcome Meeting

The welcome meeting (with lunch) for all research master students is Tuesday 1 September 2015, 11.30-12.30 in the Bestuurskamer/Board Room (1A41).

Registration for courses
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION IN STUDIELINK BEFORE AUGUST 1 AT THE LATEST IN ORDER TO BE REGISTERED FOR YOUR COURSES!

Political Science Specialisation
In the first semester students attend two mandatory core courses (5 EC each) and two elective seminars (10 EC each).

Registration for mandatory courses
Research Master students will be registered in uSis by the secretariat for the workgroups of the two mandatory courses: ‘The Classics’ and ‘Advanced Skills’. Workgroup registration for The Classics takes place after the first collective class meeting. Workgroup registration for Advanced Skills takes place in October.

Registration for elective seminars
In the first semester students in principle follow the two seminars which are recommended for the Research Master (see e-Prospectus). Research Master students will be registered for these two seminars in uSis by the secretariat. (If you would like to choose a different seminar please consult the Institute’s Secretariat ultimately before August 12th by sending an e-mail to instituutsbureaupolwet@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.)

Public Administration Specialisation
In the first semester students attend two mandatory core courses (5 EC each) and four elective seminars (5 EC each).

Registration for mandatory courses
Research Master students will be registered in uSis by the secretariat for the workgroups of ‘Advanced Skills’. Workgroup registration for Advanced Skills takes place in October.

Registration for elective seminars
In the first semester students attend four elective seminars (see e-Prospectus). These may be chosen upon approval of the Public Administration programme director, prof. S. Groeneveld. Students must submit their choice for these four seminars by sending an e-mail to s.m.groeneveld@cdh.leidenuniv.nl, from Monday 17 August until Monday 24 August.

Year 1

Welcome Meeting

The welcome meeting (with lunch) for all research master students is Tuesday 1 September 2015, 11.30-12.30 in the Bestuurskamer / Board Room (1A41on the first floor next to the servicedesk).

Please check the preliminary info and the course descriptions below for details about course registration.

The program information in the e-prospectus is subject to change. We advise students to check the e-prospectus pages regularly throughout the academic year.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Semester 1: Political Science Specialisation

Mandatory Courses for the Political Science Specialisation

Conflict and Cooperation: Classics - Fall 2015 5
Advanced Academic & Professional Skills - Fall 2015 5

Electives for the Political Science Specialisation (please select two from the list below)

Research Master students in principle follow the seminars which are recommended for the Research Master. If you would like to choose a different seminar please contact the Institute’s Secretariat before August 12th via instituutsbureaupolwet@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Political Communication and Media Effects 10
Distributive Justice: From Local to Global Issues 10
Transnational Politics of Human Rights (recommended for the Research Master) 10
Political Parties and Democracy: Conflict and Cooperation (recommended for the Research Master) 10
Crisis Management 10
Consensus and Conflict in the Netherlands 10
Conflict and Cooperation: Applying Game Theory in IR 10
Conflict and Intervention 10
Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 10

Semester 1: Public Administration Specialisation

4 Seminars of 5 EC each of the MSc Public Administration to be chosen upon approval of the Programme Director of the Public Administration track, Prof. S. Groeneveld, s.m.groeneveld@cdh.leidenuniv.nl

link: https://studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/studies/show/4155/public_administration

Advanced Academic & Professional Skills - Fall 2015 5
Public Institutions 5

Semester 2: Political Science & Public Administration Specialisation

Institutions and Institutionalism I: Political Perspectives 5
Methods: Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis 5
Institutions and Institutionalism II: Organizational Perspectives 5
Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis 5
Cabinet Government 10

Year 2

The program information in the e-prospectus is subject to change. We advise students to check the e-prospectus pages regularly throughout the academic year.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Semester 1

Proposal Lab 5
Advanced Methodology 5
Federalism in Post-conflict Societies (Political Science Specialisation) 10
Policy Formulation in the EU (Public Administration Specialisation) 10
International Cooperation and Institutions 10

Semester 2

Philosophy of Science 5
Replication Workshop 5
Political Science and Public Administration RM Thesis Lab 5
Political Science and Public Administration RM Thesis 15

More info

The Research Master programme totals 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Students are expected to earn approximately 30 ECTS credits per semester. One credit equals 28 hours of study, including lectures, reading, writing papers, and preparing for tests and examinations.

Examiners:
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 .