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 are your first point of contact within the programme. They can help you with study-related questions and problems, such as study delay, planning and choices, thesis issues, internships, exchange, rules and regulations etc. Please inform them of personal circumstances, especially when they affect your studies and/or wellbeing. Examples include (acute or chronic) illness, disability, family circumstances, pregnancy, top-level sport and certain board activities.
Depending on your question or problem, the study advisers might forward you to the:
Student counsellors. They help you with any questions or problems you might have concerning combining studying with top-level sport, a disability or pregnancy/with children, academic delay, complaints and financial matters.
Student psychologists. They can help you with study-related and personal problems. They also provide mindset and study skills courses and workshops, and support groups for students who are writing their thesis.
Board of Examiners. The board of examiners is responsible for examination and monitors the level of exams and elective courses/packages, including adherence to the rules and regulations, granting exemptions and taking measures with regard to fraud, plagiarism etc. For individual requests to the board, please read the rules and regulations.
Educational Service Centre (OSC). The OSC is responsible for the organisation of exams and exam facilities, registration of final grades and processing of requests in uSis, diploma requests, transcripts and schedules. They can be reached at the desk and by telephone during opening hours, and via email 24/7.
The study advisers are the first point of contact within the programme. Please inform them about your complaint first so they can forward you the right contact person, department or procedure.
The university offers different channels 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.
The study association Bestuurskundige Interfacultaire vereniging Leiden (B.I.L.) forms a link between students and the Institute and organizes several activities for students.
Research Methods (IEG and PML February 2020 cohort and earlier)
Due to the restructuring of the program the course Research Methods is no longer offered from the academic year of 2021-2022 onwards. If you are still in need of this course please conact Study Advice before September 1st, 2022.
PML specialization courses (PML February 2021 cohort and earlier)
Due to the restructuring of the Public Management and Leadership program the courses Strategic Public Management and Collaboration and Leadership and Organisational Behaviour are no longer offered from the academic year of 2022-2023 onwards.
Students from the PML February 2021 cohorts and earlier who did not finish (one of) these courses follow the following courses instead:
Strategic Public Management and Collaboration follow: Collaborative Governance and Citizen-State Interactions
Leadership and Organisational Behaviour: Politicians and Public Managers and Leadership in Organizations
Students that have obtained partial grades from one of the courses please contact Voet, J. van der (Joris). NB In principle partial grades will not remain valid in the new academic year.
On behalf of the Board and staff of the Institute of Public Administration of Leiden University, we would like to welcome you to the Master of Public Administration (MPA).*
We organise a welcome meeting for our new MPA students on Friday 2 September 2022 at Wijnhaven. During this meeting, you will become acquainted with the overall programme and your specialisation. The programme and specialisation coordinators, study adviser and student mentors will provide you with essential information, from course overviews and thesis to career services and extracurricular activities.
The programme is as follows:
14.15 – 15.00 Optional: information session for new students at Leiden University Room 3.50
15.00 – 15.15 Walk-in Room 2.02
15.15 – 15.45 Welcome by Dr. Rik de Ruiter, programme coordinator of MPA, and Jolanda den Heijer, study adviser Room 2.02
15.45 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 16.45 Economics & Governance: presentation by Prof. Olaf van Vliet, specialisation coordinator, and student mentor Room 2.02
16:00-16.45 International & European Governance: presentation by Dr. Rik de Ruiter, specialisation coordinator, and student mentor Room 3.60
16.00-16.45 Public Management & Leadership: presentation by Dr. Joris van der Voet, specialisation coordinator, and student mentor Room 3.48
16.45 – 17.00 Class of September 2022 picture Courtyard Wijnhaven
16.45 – 18.15 Drinks & pub quiz Wijnhaven Restaurant*
- For new students at Leiden University we offer an information session. During this session, we will inform you on course and exam enrolment, schedules, rules and regulations, facilities and other useful resources.
For newly arriving international students, Leiden University offers a Warm Welcome Service. We also recommended you to participate in the HOP week (the official orientation programme of Leiden University in The Hague), Orientation Week Leiden - OWL (in English) and/or EL CID (in Dutch).
Do you want to challenge yourself next to your master, are you interested in leadership and would you like to increase your societal impact? Then apply for the Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP): an Honours Programme of 15 EC between November and June (registration in September). If you are interested, sign up for the LLP Orientation Seminar on 19 September.
You can find the weblinks to the MyStudymap, uSis, Brightspace and MyTimetable here and in the Prospectus. Please find (other) practical information on Getting started! and Information for new students.
We look forward to meeting you on 2 September!
Ms. Tineke Choi, MSc
Ms. drs. Jolanda den Heijer
Ms. Charlotte Rosalie, MA
Study advisers Institute of Public Administration
- Please note: this information only applies to students who (are eligible to) start with MSc Public Administration on 1 September 2022. If you start in February, more information will follow in December.*