International Relations: International Studies
This one-year Master of Arts in International Relations, specialisation International Studies offered by the Faculty of the Humanities of Leiden University, discusses the pivotal theoretical and practical issues in international politics today, thereby providing students with the contextual knowledge and the analytical abilities to study and comprehend the diversity and the complexities of our rapidly changing world. International Studies takes a special interest in the encounter, the interactions between global and national ideas, cultures, and policies.
The programme (60 ECTS total – 30 ECTS per semester) consists of a Core Course specialisation and two general core courses (Ideas in World Politics and Regionalism in World Politics) as well as a combined thesis seminar and methods course and a Thesis. The remaining 20 EC (10 EC per semester) can be acquired by choosing electives or an internship.
Students can focus on one of four areas by choosing a Core Course specialization and electives:
Culture and Politics
Global Conflict in the Modern Era
Global Order in Historical Perspective
Global Political Economy
Please note that there may be additional entry requirements for electives that are offered by other departments, and that the number of places available for MAIS students might be limited. Also make sure you read the details under ‘more info’ for more detailed information about the curriculum and your options.
All students except graduates from the Leiden BA in International Studies and graduates from the LUC The Hague Liberal Arts and Sciences BA with a major in World Politics or Human Diversity have to apply for admission, see mastersinleiden.
Students of the February 2016, September 2016, and February 2017 intakes please refer to the more info tab for a full overview of the curriculum.