Research Methods 1 (Block 4):
Following the restructuring of the bachelor’s programme that has applied from the academic year 2021-2022, the course “Research Methods 1” is now offered under the name “Introduction to Research Methods”. Students who participated in the “Research Methods 1” course before but did not manage to pass the course should follow “Introduction to Research Methods” as a substitute course (in block 4). Please take a look at the Introduction to Research Methods e-guide (under the year 1 tab) to learn more about what is expected from you. For exceptions, please contact the Board of Examiners.
Research Methods 2 (Block 1):
Following the restructuring of the bachelor’s programme that has applied from academic year 2021-2022, Research Methods 2 will no longer be offered. Students who still have to pass Research Methods 2 are required to follow both Quantitative Research Methods (block 1) and Qualitative Research Methods (block 3) during this academic year. Please take a look at the Quantitative or Qualitative Research Methods e-guides (under the year 2 tab) to learn more about what is expected of you per course. For exceptions, please contact the Board of Examiners.
Research Methods 3 (Block 3):
Following the restructuring of the bachelor’s programme that has applied from academic year 2021-2022, this will be the last year that this course will be given. Only students who have passed Research Methods 2 in one of the previous academic years should take Research Methods 3 in block 3 this academic year.
Students following this course will watch seven pre-recorded lectures and read the literature provided on Brightspace. Additionally, four walk-in sessions are organised for those seeking extra help with their papers. These sessions are not mandatory and will be used to answer any questions students have.
The final grade for this course is based on both a mid-term paper (25%) and a final research paper (75%). In order to pass this course you will need to pass the final research paper with a 5.5 or above and achieve a combined grade (mid-term paper (25%) ) & final research paper (75%)) of 5.5 or above.
Students who participated in this course before but did not manage to pass it, keep their passed partial grades during year 2022-2023. Students who previously failed the attendance requirements are not required to attend the walk-in sessions as they are not mandatory.
Please only register for the lectures of Research Methods 3 in uSis. After that, you will automatically have access to the right Brightspace course page.
For exceptions, please contact the Board of Examiners.
Governance of Security (Block 3):
Following the restructuring of the bachelor’s programme that has applied from academic year 2021-2022, Governance of Security as a second year’s course will not be offered anymore. This second year course is replaced with the Governance of Security course that is now offered during year three. Although the name stayed the same, the set-up and level of the course has changed. Therefore, students cannot carry over grades previously obtained for the course Governance of Security (up until 2021-2022 a year 2 course) to the Governance of Security (currently a year 3 course) of the academic year 2022-2023. Please take a look at the Governance of Security e-guide (under the year 3 tab) to learn more about what is expected from you.
Career preparation in bachelor Security Studies
In addition to offering you a solid university education, Leiden University aims to prepare you as well as possible for the labour market, and in doing so contribute to the development of your employability. In this way, it will become easier for you to make the transition to the labour market, to remain employable in a dynamic labour market, in a (career) job that suits your own personal values, preferences and development.
'Employability' consists of the following aspects that you will develop within your study programme, among others:
1. Discipline-specific knowledge and skills
Knowledge and skills specific to your study programme.
2. Transferable skills
These are skills that are relevant to every student and that you can use in all kinds of jobs irrespective of your study programme, for example: researching, analysing, project-based working, generating solutions, digital skills, collaborating, oral communication, written communication, presenting, societal awareness, independent learning, resilience.
This concerns self-reflection in the context of your (study) career, including reflecting on the choices you make as a student during your studies, what can you do with your knowledge and skills on the labour market?
In addition, reflecting on your own profile and your personal and professional development. Who are you, what can you do well, what do you find interesting, what suits you, what do you find important, what do you want to do?
4. Practical experience
Gaining practical experience through internships, work placements, projects, practical (social) assignments, which are integrated into an elective, minor or graduation assignment.
5. Labour market orientation
Gaining insight into the labour market, fields of work, jobs and career paths through, for example, guest speakers and alumni experiences from the work field, career events within the study programme, the use of the alumni mentor network, interviewing people from the work field, and shadowing/visiting companies in the context of a particular subject.
Employability in bachelor Security Studies
You will also find these employability elements in your study programme. Examples of subjects that pay attention to this are:
Discipline-specific knowledge and skills
Shared transferable skills
Labour market orientation