International Organisation

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

Please note that this specialisation is currently being taught in Leiden. As of September 2017, lectures and other study activities will take place in Leiden University’s facilities in The Hague.

Studying International Organisation

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 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 home to many important international organisations, including European Union and United Nations agencies, treaty organisations, and prominent non-governmental organisations. The Hague has a vibrant student and cultural life and is beautifully situated near beach and sea.

What Leiden University and The Hague have to offer

  • Leiden University’s Institute of Political Science is one of the largest political science departments in Europe. You will meet an outstanding staff with an active research agenda in IO, as well as considerable expertise in area studies.
  • The International Organisation specialisation will help develop your understanding of how the world is governed. It addresses some of the most fascinating issues in the realm of conflict and cooperation at the international level.
  • The IO offers a solid intellectual preparation for working professionally on issues of global governance.
  • Besides studying interesting themes, you will also familiarise yourself with the state-of-the-art in political science literature and methodology.
  • All courses are taught in small groups, allowing for personal contact with your fellow students, as well as your instructors.
  • The Hague harbours the main national political institutions of the Netherlands and many international organisations. The city also proposes a wide variety of cultural, sports and leisure activities.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Political Science
  • Degree Master of Science in Political Science
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location The Hague
  • Croho/isat code 60203

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