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Public Administration

You are about to start your Master's programme in MSc. Public Administration at Leiden University in The Hague, The Netherlands. Make sure you are well prepared and get your studies off to a good start.

Dear students, 

We live in difficult times. One year ago, you probably imagined a different start of your Master. A year ago it was still possible – without having to respect social distancing protocols – to follow classes, travel without restrictions, work on group research projects, discuss readings in person with fellow students, and disagree with your teachers and confront them with your arguments. A year later we need to deal with health, societal and economic problems of a scale we did not encounter in Europe for a very long time.

At Leiden University, your university, we are not yet ready to go back to ‘normal’ (academic) life, but we do want you to reap all the learning benefits of your university education. And what does ‘normal’ mean in the (post-)Corona era? It is too early to fully oversee all the economic, social and cultural consequences of the Corona pandemic. However, even in these difficult and restrictive times we as public administration scholars at Leiden University see it as our task to equip you to understand the impact of this crisis. How do policies addressing the crisis come about? What are the economic consequences of those policies? How are these policies embedded in international multi-level governance structures? What are the roles of bureaucracies and public leaders in implementing these policies?

At the same time, we also want to encourage students to critically think about other major challenges our societies are confronted with, such as environmental problems, increasing diversity and inclusion, and international geopolitical tensions. To cope with these challenges, we need experts to understand how policies are designed, decided upon, and implemented. With your choice for the master’s programme in Public Administration, you showed your commitment to becoming such an expert. We promise that we are going to do our utmost to allow you to develop skills and knowledge in order to become a professional who can help societies to cope with the major challenges of the 21st century.

We look forward to welcoming you in the heart of The Hague. See you in September!

Rik de Ruiter – Programme Director Master Public Administration

Within the master’s programme of MSc. Public Administration (MPA), we greatly value face-to-face interaction. This does not only benefit the quality of our education, but also helps students feel connected to the university, the programme and their fellow students. Therefore, we have chosen to offer a blend of online and offline education during the first semester of academic year 2020-2021 (subject to change if government guidelines change). 

This means that classes of our specialisation courses are expected to take place on our locations in The Hague (approximately 3,5 hours per week). Of course, we pay extra attention to walking routes, class sizes and hygiene in the buildings in line with the COVID-19 measures of the Dutch government. The classes of the core courses, with larger student groups, will be offered online. Later this week you can access the schedules for lectures and exams for academic year 2020-2021 online. 

A mentorship programme aims to help you connect with the university, programme and fellow students during the first semester of academic year 2020-2021. The student mentor of your respective specialisation will also organise individual and group activities online and on location. 

It may happen that you are not able to participate in (part) of the education on location. Think of national travel bans prohibiting you to come to the Netherlands, but also personal circumstances. Students experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home. We will discuss with the teachers how you can proceed with your master’s programme as unhindered as possible. For example, the online classes will be recorded so they can also be accessed at a later time. If you are unable to participate in (part of) the education on location, please inform the study advisers on the reason(s) and (expected) timeframe(s) as soon as possible. You can also contact them for other questions.

We will organise a welcome meeting per specialisation on Friday 28 August in Wijnhaven, The Hague. You will receive an invitation by email by the end of this week at the latest. This email will not only contain the programme, times and location of the welcome meeting, but also practical information on introduction weeks, course registration and more. We look forward to welcoming you!

In addition to the Public Administration courses, the curriculum also gives room to our three Master specialisations:

  • Economics and Governance
  • International and European Governance
  • Public Management and Leadership

In the overview below you can find our Academic Staff teaching in the Master Public Administration or one of the specialisations: 

Academic Staff Master Public Administration

  • Johan Christensen Assistant Professor

    Johan Christensen is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Public Institutions in block 1 of the Master Public Administration. Johan's research focuses on the role of experts and expertise in public policy-making, both at the national and European levels.

  • Caelesta Braun Professor Public Governance and Civil Society

    Caelesta Braun is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Public Institutions in block 1 of the Master Public Administration. Caelesta’s main fields of research include political advocacy, interest group politics, public decision-making, bureaucratic politics and regulatory governance.

  • Arco Timmermans Professor by special appointment Public Affairs

    Arco Timmermans is Professor by special appointment in Public Affairs at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Public Policy and Values in block 2 of the Master Public Administration. Arco Timmermans' research is on the dynamics of the public and political agenda. He analyzes how interest groups play the game of obtaining or avoiding public and political atention, how they form lobbycoalitions, and how they find access to venues for influence

  • Valérie Pattyn Assistant Professor

    Valérie Pattyn is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration, and Programme Director of the Bachelor in Public Administration. In addition to her role as director of the Bachelor in Public Administration, Valérie teaches the course Public Policy and Values in block 2 of the Master Public Administration. Valérie Pattyn’s research interests lie at the intersection of knowledge and public policy and include evidence-informed policymaking, knowledge production and use in policy, and policy advising.

  • Vasileios Karakasis Lecturer/External PhD candidate

    Vasileios Karakasis is a lecturer and PhD- candidate at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Public Policy and Values in block 2 of the Master Public Administration. In the context of his PhD research project, Vasileios is conducting a qualitative analysis to explore the “policy paradigms” that enlighten the opinion leaders of countries in the face of isolated crisis events, especially when these occur in the context of a protracted conflict.

  • Dimiter Toshkov Associate Professor

    Dimiter Toshkov is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Research Design in block 2 of the Master Public Administration. Dimiter's main fields of research are European Union politics, comparative public policy, and research methodology. 

  • Brendan Carroll Assistant Professor

    Brendan Carroll is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Research Design in block 2 of the Master Public Administration. Brendan examines how member states’ administrative structures adapt to and seek to influence evolving EU policies through their role in the implementation of regulatory policy.

  • Dovile Rimkute Assistant Professor

    Dovilė Rimkutė is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Research Design in block 2 of the Master Public Administration. Dovilė's research interests cover a range of regulatory governance topics, however, EU-level regulatory agencies and risk regulation take a central role.

Academic Staff Master Specialisation Economics and Governance

  • Madalina Busuioc Associate Professor

    Madalina Busuioc is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Regulation and Governance in block 1 of the Master specialisation Economics and Governance. Madalina's main research interests are in the area of (risk) regulation and governance, with a particular emphasis on the study of bureaucratic agencies operating both at the national and EU levels, public accountability, agency independence and the institutional design, and practices, of multi-level co-operation.

  • Maarja Beerkens Director of Education/Assistant Professor

    Maarja Beerkens is Assistant Professor and Director of Education of all the Bachelor - and Master programmes at the Institute of Public Administration. Maarja teaches the course Regulation and Governance in block 1 of the Master specialisation Economics and Governance. Maarja Beerkens' research focuses on governance issues, regulation, and empirical policy analysis and evaluation. Her field of interest lies in higher education and science policy in which she has published academically as well as conducted policy advising in different parts of the world (Armenia, Botswana, EU countries). 

  • Pierre Koning Associate Professor

    Pierre Koning is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of the Law Faculty and teaches the course Welfare State Economics in block 1 of the Master specialisation Economics and Governance. Pierre holds a chair in Labour Economics that is sponsored by the GAK Institute. Until December 2015, Pierre was employed as a Chief Science Officer at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands.

  • Marike Knoef Professor Empirical Microeconomics

    Marike Knoef is Professor of Empirical Micro-Economics at the Department of Economics of the Law Faculty and teaches the course Welfare State Economics in block 1 of the Master specialisation Economics and Governance.

  • Olaf van Vliet Professor by special appointment Comparative Welfare State Analysis

    Olaf van Vliet is Professor by special appointment Comparative Welfare State Analysis at the Department of Economics and at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Political Economy in International Perspective in block 3 of the Master specialisation Economics and Governance. Olaf is the coordinator of the Economics and Governance specialisation of the Master in Public Administration and head of the Department of Economics of the Law Faculty. Olaf's research and teaching interests include comparative political economy, welfare state reform, income inequality, globalization, European integration and labor economics.

  • Peter van Wijck Associate Professor

    Peter van Wijck is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of the Law Faculty and teaches the course Economics of Regulation in block 3 of the Master specialisation Economics and Governance. Peter’s research is focussed on the economic analysis of criminal justice, dispute resolution, tort and competition law.

  • Hendrik Vrijburg Assistant Professor

    Hendrik Vrijburg is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the Law Faculty and teaches the course Economics of Regulation in block 3 of the Master specialisation Economics and Governance. Hendrik is interested in Public Finance and Applied Econometrics in general, with a focus on taxation. He has published on tax competition and tax coordination.

Academic Staff Master Specialisation International and European Governance

  • Anchrit Wille Associate Professor

    Anchrit Wille is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Architectures of International and European Governance in block 1 of the Master specialisation International and European Governance. Anchrit's research topics include executive politics, political-administrative relationships, political participation, and trust in government.

  • Alexandre Afonso Associate Professor

    Alexandre Afonso is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Global challenges and Public Policies in block 1 of the Master specialisation International and European Governance. Alexandre's work focuses on the comparative political economy of labour markets and welfare states in Europe and has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of European Public Policy, Socio-Economic Review, European Journal of Political Research, and Governance, among others. 

  • Rik de Ruiter Associate Professor

    Rik de Ruiter is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and Programme Director of the Master Public Administration. Rik teaches the course Decsision-Making in Multi-level Governance Systems in block 3 of the Master specialisation International and European Governance. Rik’s current research focuses on the politics, governance and policy of the European Union, both at the supranational and national level. He is especially interested in the involvement of national parliaments in the European integration process.

Academic Staff Specialisation Public Management and Leadership

  • Petra van den Bekerom Assistant Professor

    Petra van den Bekerom is Assistant Professor in Public Management at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Strategic Public Management and Collaboration in block 1 of the Master specialisation Public Management and Leadership. Petra's research interests include the external management of public organizations, public sector performance, and citizens’ performance perceptions of public organisations. Petra is particularly interested in the question to what extent public management can contribute to public service performance.

  • Kohei Suzuki Assistant Professor

    Kohei is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Strategic Public Management and Collaboration in block 1 of the Master specialisation Public Management and Leadership. Kohei's research examines how bureaucratic structures and administrative reforms affect policy outcomes, bureaucratic behavior, and broader governance outcomes with a comparative perspective.

  • Sandra Groeneveld Professor Public Management

    Sandra Groeneveld is a Professor in Public Management of the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Sandra Groeneveld: Leadership and Organisational Behaviour in block 3 of the Master specialisation Public Management and Leadership. Sandra's research interests include the structure and management of public organizations, focusing particularly on questions of representative bureaucracy, diversity management, leadership and organizational change. 

  • Joris van der Voet Assistant Professor

    Joris van der Voet is Assistant Professor in Public Management at the Institute of Public Administration and teaches the course Leadership and Organisational Behaviour in block 3 of the Master specialisation Public Management and Leadership. Joris' research interests concern organizational change in public sector organizations, leadership, cutback management, and employee motivation.

Your Master's Programme in MSc. Public Administration

Your Master's programme in Public Administration starts with a welcome meeting. During the welcome, the programme director and study advisor provide you with more information on your education programme, extracurriculair activities and career support. The student mentor will organise several information sessions for new students at Leiden University to familiarise them with important rules and digital systems, such as uSis and Brightspace. 

Soon you will follow the first classes of the courses of block 1. Part of the classes will be offered online. Some of the classes are recorded so you can (re)play them whenever it suits you. Other classes are live and require active participation. The university strives to offer part of its education on the campus in The Hague – taking the 1,5-meter distance rule into account.  

Every student has to get acclimatised at the beginning of a new study programme. Some students have to get used to following education again. Other students are still getting settled in their new homes and areas. Again other students have to get accustomed to studying remotely. You can contact the study advisors with any question you may have on study planning, personal circumstances, studying with a disability, extra challenges next to your studies or something else. Furthermore, a student assistant will help you get acquainted within the university and assist you with practical information. 

Practical information for MSc. Public Administration students

Below you can find useful information for the start of the Master Public Administration (MPA). We answer general questions regarding courses, registration, schedules and literature. Make sure you carefully read the instructions before you start registering for courses. Also check Getting started! and Information for new students to get a head start.

You can find the courses for your Master’s programme in the Prospectus. The information includes course descriptions, modes of instruction and assessment methods.

September intake

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Core courses (35 ECTS)

Public Institutions

Research Design

Thesis

Thesis

Public Policy and Values

Track courses (20 ECTS)

Track course 1

 

Track course 3

 

Track course 2

Track course 4

 

Elective (5 ECTS)

 

Elective

 

 

Please note: there are three courses per block, except for the block in which you write your thesis.

Brightspace is the new digital learning environment at Leiden University per academic year 2020-2021. You can find the course manual and/or other course information and materials here. Once you have registered in uSis, you will automatically be enrolled for the related Brightspace course offerings. Your course offerings will be listed in Brightspace under 'My Courses'. The Brightspace course offering is usually published one to two weeks before the course start date.

You can find the course codes in the Prospectus, which you need in order to register for courses. Click on the course in the Prospectus that you wish to follow and look up the catalogue number (e.g. 6454754A for ‘Public Institutions’). Open uSis and register for the course with this code. Please register for one series of workgroups (WGR) and lectures (LEC) (whatever is applicable) as well as the exams so they appear in your personal schedule in uSis.

Please contact the Educational Service Centre (OSC). Please state your name, student number, programme, specialisation and course(s) in question.

You can register in uSis four weeks prior to the start of the course until one week after the start. This means that at this moment (from August on) you can only register for the courses from the first block (starting in September). If you decide to drop a course, please deregister in uSis.

Please consult Schedules 2020-2021 for the schedules of lectures and exams. If you register for courses in uSis, you can find your personal timetable including (changes in) times and locations there.

(Part of) the literature is available in the course descriptions in the Prospectus. You can buy (second-hand) books via bookshops or Bol.com for instance. You can find the articles in the catalogue from the University Library. You can find additional literature in the course manuals on Brightspace.

Help

Do you need help with registering in uSis? Please consult the uSis Student selfservice or FAQ. Do you still need help? Then consult Where can I go if I cannot register for courses?

More information for Master's students

On our studentwebsite you can find a short introduction to the most important matters that you have to deal with as a Master's student from Leiden University. 

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