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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 6 September 2016, 11.30-13.00 in room 1A03.

Registration for courses
IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR COURSES IT IS IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE YOUR STUDY REGISTRATION IN STUDIELINK BEFORE AUGUST 1 !!

Political Science Specialisation

In the first semester students attend two compulsory core courses (5 EC each) and two elective seminars (10 EC each).

Registration for compulsory courses
Registration for the compulsory courses ‘Conflict and Cooperation: Classics’ and ‘Advanced Academic and Professional Skills’ is possible from Tuesday 16 August 10.00 a.m. until Tuesday 23 August 10.00 a.m. Registration takes place through Usis.
For the workgroups of these two compulsory courses Research Master students will be registered in uSis by the secretariat before the start of the semester.

Registration for elective seminars
In the first semester students in principle follow the two seminars which are ear marked 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 study advisor as soon as possible.)

Public Administration Specialisation

In the first semester students attend two compulsory core courses (5 EC each) and four elective seminars (5 EC each).

Registration for compulsory courses
Registration for the compulsory courses ‘Public Institutions’ and ‘Advanced Academic and Professional Skills’ is possible from Tuesday 16 August 10.00 a.m. until Tuesday 23 August 10.00 a.m. Registration takes place through uSis.
For the workgroups of ‘Advanced Skills’ Research Master students will be registered in uSis by the secretariat before the start of the semester.

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. dr. 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 15 August until Monday 22 August.

Please note that official course registration in Usis does not lead to automatic Blackboard enrollment. You must enroll yourself on Blackboard for your courses. For more information about Blackboard please see the link below.

Extra meetings in the Hague

Semester 1: every 2 weeks meeting with Dr. J. Schalk & Prof.dr. S. Groeneveld for Public Administration and Political Science Research Master students:

  • Friday 15.00 - 17.00 Prof.dr. S. Groeneveld SBS A.2.02 16-sep
  • Friday 15.00 - 17.00 & Dr. J. Schalk SBS A.2.02 30-sep
  • Friday 15.00 - 17.00 Prof.dr. S. Groeneveld SBS A.2.02 14-okt
  • Friday 15.00 - 17.00 & Dr. J. Schalk SH.Plein 4-nov
  • Friday 15.00 - 17.00 Prof.dr. S. Groeneveld SBS A.2.02 18-nov
  • Friday 15.00 - 17.00 & Dr. J. Schalk SBS A.2.02 2-dec
  • Friday 15.00 - 17.00 Prof.dr. S. Groeneveld SBS A.2.02 16-dec

Year 1

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.

Welcome Meeting

Welcome lunch meeting ReMa:
We would like to invite you to a welcome lunch meeting on Tuesday, September 6 from 11.30 a.m. -13.00 p.m. in 1A03 (in the Pieter de la Court building on the first floor, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden). During this meeting the programme director, Prof. Dr. P. Kopecky, will inform you about the programme, and you will meet your fellow research master students of the second year of the programme who will tell you about their experiences so far.

Please check the Preliminary Info and the course descriptions for details about course registration.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Semester 1: Political Science Specialisation

Mandatory Courses for the Political Science Specialisation

Conflict and Cooperation: Classics - Fall 2016 5
Advanced Academic & Professional Skills - Fall 2016 5

Electives block I, for the Political Science Specialisation (please select 1 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 Study Advisor via caubo@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Political Communication and Media Effects 10
Conflict and Cooperation: Applying Game Theory in International Relations 10
Crisis Management 10
Preventing Terrorism in Multicultural Europe 10

Electives block II, for the Political Science Specialisation (please select 1 from the list below)

Consensus and Conflict in the Netherlands 10
Multiculturalism and Democracy (recommended for the Research Master) 10

Semester 1: Public Administration Specialisation

Mandatory Courses for the Public Administration Specialisation

Public Institutions* 5,0
Advanced Academic & Professional Skills - Fall 2016 5

Electives for the 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

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
Personalisation of Politics 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 - Political Science

Advanced Methodology 5
Proposal Lab 5
Public Opinion and Political Decision-Making 10
International Cooperation and Institutions 10

Semester 1 - Public Administration

Advanced Methodology 5
Proposal Lab 5
Inside the EU - Governance and Accountability 10
International Cooperation and Institutions 10

Semester 2 - Political Science and Public Administration

Philosophy of Science 5
Replication Workshop 5
Political Science and Public Administration RM Thesis 20

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 .