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Public Administration: Economics and Governance

The MSc Public Administration offers 3 specialisations:

  1. International and European Governance (IEG)

  2. Public Management and Leadership (PML)

  3. Economics and Governance (EG)

This master’s is a fulltime day programme taught in English. Only students of the MSc Public Administration can participate in the courses of Public Administration. However, once enrolled in the Master, students can only start their master's thesis after completing their bachelor's thesis.

The Economics and Governance specialisation of the Master in Public Administration teaches you to formulate problem-solving approaches to concrete policy issues found at the intersection between economics and public administration. This specialisation is a unique joint offering of the Department of Economics and the Institute of Public Administration.

Specialisation: E&G

Please consult the programme overview of the Master Public Administration for the September and February intake to see which courses you follow in each block. Your study load is 15 ECTS per block. The core and skills-oriented courses are offered twice per year and the specialisation courses are offered once per year. Please note: the range of electives differs per block II and block IV. You can find the overview on the right side under 'Files'.

  • In your first block, you follow one core course Public Institutions (5 ECTS) and two specialisation courses (2x5 ECTS).

  • In your second block, you follow one core course Public Policy and Values (5 ECTS), one skills-oriented course Research Design (5 ECTS), and one elective (5 ECTS).

  • In your third block, you follow two specialisation courses (2x5 ECTS) and start on your Master's Thesis (5 of 20 ECTS).

  • In your fourth block, you work fulltime on your Master's Thesis (15 of 20 ECTS).*


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block 1

Public Institutions 5
Research Methods: Applied Empirical Economics 5
Welfare State Economics 5

Block 2

Research Design 5
Public Policy and Values 5
Elective (see below) 5

Block 3

Public Institutions 5
Economics of Regulation 5
Political Economy in International Perspective 5

Block 4

Research Design 5
Public Policy and Values 5
Elective (see below) 5

Master thesis Public Administration

Master's Thesis Public Administration 20


Markets and Competition Policy 5
EU Policymaking and Implementation 5
Comparative Public Management 5
Data-driven Policymaking 5
Managerial Economics, Business and Politics 5
Markets in the Welfare State 5
Regulation and Governance (elective) 5
Lobbying and Public Affairs in Theory and Practice 5


Board and co-participation

The programme Public Administration has a programme board that consists of:

  • Programme coordinator, responsible for the content of the programme amongst other things: Dr. R. (Rik) de Ruiter.

  • Student member of the board, who brings in the student perspective of the programme board: R. (Rassoul) Coelen

The Master Public Administration has a Programme Committee (OLC). This is a co-participation body that consists of academic staff as well as students.

Study counseling and support

The study advisers from your programme can help you out with programme related questions and problems, like if you fall behind with your studies, your study planning, examination rules and regulations etc. Please see below:

  • Personal circumstances:
    By this we mean: illness, disability, special circumstances within the family, pregnancy and certain board activities. If you’re not sure about your situation, please also come by the study advisers.

  • Other study related issues:
    Study progress, rules and regulation Institute of Public Administration/ University, problems with thesis.

Furthermore, there are also:

  • Student counselors: they answer your questions and help you out with problems where different regulations and legal conditions play a role;

  • Student psychologists: they can for instance help you with fear of failure, procrastination, hindering thoughts and they also provide study skills workshops and support groups for students who write their thesis.

You’re always welcome to come by the study advisers first if you are in doubt as to whom you should turn to.

Other important departments:

  • The Board of Examination is, among other things, responsible for the organization of exams and they also check up on the fulfillment of the Regulations for Teaching and Examinations. Furthermore, the Board of Examination also processes individual requests from students regarding their programme. For individual questions to the Board, please read the rules and regulations.

  • The Education Services Centre (OSC) takes care of the registration of study and education information and is available for students by telephone and at the desk during their opening hours.


  • The study advisers are the first point of contact within the programme. Please speak to them first, if you are not sure where to turn to regarding the options below.

  • The university offers different portals where you can discuss your question or complaint.

  • Do you have a questions, suggestion or complaint about a specific course, exam or about the study programme and time schedule? Please check the complaints page of your programme.

  • Every faculty has a complaints coordinator: the assessor of the Faculty (student member of the Board). He or she is the complaints coordinator for all other complaints.

Study association

The study association Bestuurskundige Interfacultaire vereniging Leiden (B.I.L.) forms a link between students and the Institute and organizes several activities for students.

Transitional arrangement

Regulations and Governance (E&G February 2020 cohort and earlier)
Due to the restructuring of the Economics and Governance program the course Regulations and Governance is no longer offered from the academic year of 2021-2022 onwards.

Students from the E&G February 2020 cohorts and earlier who did not finish this course follow one of the following electives as a substitute for Regulations and Governance: Markets and Competition Policy or Markets in the Welfare State. If they have already followed one of these courses as an elective they can choose another course to follow as an elective.


More information on the welcome will be anounced soon.

Career preparation

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