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Political Science: International Organisation (The Hague)

This specialisation focuses on the interplay of international rules and institutions, non-governmental organisations, and national governments in light of today's security issues.

Do you want to deepen your knowledge of international relations and global governance? Are you interested in the dynamics of inter-governmental cooperation and institution building? Do contemporary security issues such as the spread of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the emergence of new great powers have your attention? This programme is designed for you: it combines substantive courses in political science and international politics with skills-oriented courses on policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation. You study in one of the most highly ranked departments of political science in Europe. Your lecturers are scholars from many different countries with expertise in all important areas of international politics. Several staff members have practical experience in foreign policy formation, diplomacy, and international organisations. You will be based in The Hague, the political capital of The Netherlands and seat of many important international organisations, including European Union and United Nations agencies, treaty organisations and prominent non-governmental organisations.

Preliminary Info

We advise you to try to complete your Studielink registration as soon as possible in order to be able to use all university facilities and to complete your course registration in uSis. Your acceptance to the university should be “unconditional” before your classes start.

Registration for courses (September 2019 start)

In the 1st semester students follow two Common Courses, one Core Course and one Seminar. Registration takes place by the Student Services Centre (SSC) in the Hague in August 2019.

In the 2nd semester students follow one Seminar, the Thesis Seminar or the Internship Project and Seminar. Students register themselves for the Thesis Seminar of their specialistion after the general information meeting in December 2019.

Please note that official course registration in uSis does not lead to automatic Blackboard enrollment. You must enroll yourself on Blackboard for your courses. Click this link for instructions.

Registration for courses (February 2020 start)

In their first semester students follow two Mandatory Courses and two Seminars. Registration for these courses will be taken care of by the SSC in January 2020.

In the second semester (September 2020-January 2021) students follow a Thesis Seminar (20 EC) plus a Core Course (10 EC).

Please note that official course registration in uSis does not lead to automatic Blackboard enrollment. You must enroll yourself on Blackboard for your courses. Click this link for instructions.

Course and Examination Regulations

CER

Start February 2019

Welcome back

All February 2019 intake students follow a master thesis seminar (20 EC) plus their specific core course (10 EC) in the first semester of the academic year 19-20. Students will be registered for both of these components by the SSC in August.
Please check in your UsiS overview whether you are registered correctly in time before the start of the academic year!
We advise you to try to complete your Studielink re-enrollment as soon as possible in order to be able to use all university facilities.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Dynamics of International Organisation 10
Thesis Seminar International Organisations - Fall 2019 20
Thesis Seminar Political Science - Fall 2019 Information and Deadlines

Start September 2019

Welcome meeting Master IO (September start):

We would like to invite our new MSc students to a welcome meeting on Monday, September 2, 2019. The meeting will take place from 10.00-10.30 a.m. in Wijnhaven Building, room 3.48. During this meeting you will be informed about the Institute and the programme.

The first lecture , 'Great Debates', will be also on Monday 2 September, 11:00-13:00 in room 3.10.

For information about registration please consult the Preliminary Info

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block I - Mandatory Course

Great Debates in Political Science (The Hague, Fall) 5
Dynamics of International Organisation 10

Block II - Mandatory courses

Methods in Political Science (The Hague, Fall) 5
The Politics of Policy-Making: National and International Challenges 10

Block III - Mandatory Course

Policy Evaluation in National and International Contexts 10

Block III & IV

Thesis Seminar International Organisation - Spring 2020 20
Thesis Seminar Political Science - Spring 2020 Information and Deadlines
Internship Project Seminar and Thesis - Spring 2020 (September intake) 30

Start February 2020

Welcome meeting Master IO (February 2020 start):

We would like to invite our new MSc students to a welcome meeting, Tuesday 4 February 2020, 11.15 - 13.00h in room t.b.a.
During this meeting; which includes lunch, you will be informed about the Institute and the programme.

For information about registration please consult the Preliminary Info

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block III

Great Debates in Political Science (Spring, The Hague) 5
The Politics of Policy-Making: National and International Challenges 10

Block IV

Methods in Political Science - The Hague (Spring) 5
Policy Evaluation in National and International Contexts 10

Block I & II - students follow the core course of their specialisation in block I, as well as the thesis seminar or Internship

Internship Project Seminar and Thesis - Fall 2020 (February intake) 30

Career Preperation Module

Career Preparation Module

You have chosen to pursue the MSc in Political Science. But what’s next, once you are a freshly graduated political scientist? Where do we find political scientists on the job market?
Political Science does not prepare you to to one specific career. You find political scientists in many different fields on the job market. Political Science alumni work for the Dutch government, for the media, in large international corporations, in international organisations, at embassies, in academia or they start their own business in consultancy.
Preparing for the job market starts already during your studies by reflecting on your own interests, your possibilities, and of course your capacities. There are many choices to make on the basis of that. The choices you make, during your studies – the courses you take, the (research) assignments you conduct, the (extra) activities you do, the questions you ask yourself – all give direction to your future career. This module on Career Preparation pays attention to important components of a student’s career orientation and preparation for the job market.

You can read more on BlackBoard page Career Preparation Political Science (CPPS-POL-0000FSW) make sure you signed up for this helpful tool.
Your MSc in Political Science is designed as a one year programme. To ensure you will be fully prepared for your future professional career, we strongly advise you to seize all opportunities offered within and outside of your programme to fine tune your career preparation.

The module on Career Preparation consists of several components offered throughout the coming year of your master studies: an Introductory/Welcome session, various workshops and events, a Skills course, an optional Internship Track, assignments and activities within regular master courses, and elective modules and workshops that students may take in the extra-curricular space.

Within each component the focus lies on different questions and topics. We expect a pro-active participation in the elements.

Curricular:

Several courses from the Master Political Science contain components (i.e. lectures about the working field by political science alumni) and/or assignments (i.e. writing of policy memos, case studies, advisory reports) that are relevant to the students’ orientation on the job market and preparation for their further career.
There is also the possibility of doing an Internship Track (30 EC) during which students pursue a research internship for three months. This offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in an (international) organisation, is a component of the master programme that fits into the module on Career Preparation. For more information see the Prospectus.

Co-Curricular:

If you would like to combine your MSc in Political Science with a professional programme focused on Leadership, take a look at the International Leiden Leadership Programme read more
If you are a Dutch student and you would like to improve your leadership qualities, you can sign up for the Dutch language leadership programme. read more
An extra course offered to the Faculty of Social Sciences students to support their professional skills is Professional and Personal Impact

Extra-Curricular:

Keep track of activities offered by SPIL, the study association for Political Scientists, as well as FSW’s Career Services. You can find event data on their websites.

Useful links:

Career Service Leiden University Leiden University Career ZoneCareer Services EventsWork & Life SkillsJob Application Skills

Your contacts – Study Advisers:

Master Specialisations Leiden:
Students A to K: Daniëlle Lovink - d.j.m.lovink@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Students L to Z: Rally Schwachofer - r.j.t.m.s.schwachofer@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Master Specialisation The Hague (International Organisation):
Ester J.M. Blom e.j.m.blom@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Competency Requirements

The Master Political Science Admissions Committee may have requested that the applicant demonstrates competency in Research Design in Political Science. You can find this on your Statement of Admission.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to Research Design in Political Science (SPOC) 3