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 first semester you follow three mandatory courses: ‘Great Debates in Political Science (5 EC)’ and the Core Course of your specialisation (10 EC) in block 1 and ‘Methods in Political Science (5 EC)’ in block 2 (for the title of your specialisation’s Core Course please check the e-Prospectus: block I September/October). On top of that you choose one elective seminar (10 EC) in block 2 (November/December).
For the three mandatory courses, the Student Service Center will register you in uSis.
For the elective seminar in block 2, you can register yourself* in uSis. Registration is possible from Monday, 14 October, 10.00 hrs. until Sunday, 21 October, 23.59 hrs.
Elective seminars have a maximum number of participants. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. If less than 8 students register for a seminar, it may be cancelled by the Director of Studies.
In the 2nd semester students follow one Elective Seminar and the Thesis Seminar or they take the Internship and Internship Project Seminar. Students register themselves for the Thesis Seminar from 9 December 10:00h until 20 December 23:59h. and for the Elective Seminar from 20 January 10:00h until 26 January 23:59h.
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)
Course and Examination Regulations
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.
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.
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
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.
Career Service Leiden University
Leiden University Career Zone
Career Services Events
Work & Life Skills
Job Application Skills
Your contacts – Study Advisers:
Master Specialisations Leiden:
Students A to K: Daniëlle Lovink - firstname.lastname@example.org
Students L to Z: Rally Schwachofer - email@example.com
Master Specialisation The Hague (International Organisation):
Ester J.M. Blom firstname.lastname@example.org