Security Studies (BSc)
Graduates of the unique Security Studies programme at Leiden University are attractive candidates for a broad range of employers, in a field that is growing and offers excellent prospects for academically trained security strategists.
What are your skills after graduation?
The three-year bachelor programme Security Studies provides students with the knowledge, skills and mindset to thoroughly analyse contemporary security and safety issues and devise strategic solutions in a complex and interconnected world. You understand the role of a wide range of stakeholders concerned with security, such as nations, businesses, and individuals; and the influence of institutions and the media. Your academic and professional abilities make you suitable for a master programme or entering the job market.
"After graduating from Security Studies in 2023, I started working as a Risk Advisory consultant at Deloitte Sweden. As part of my job, I am able to apply the skill set that I developed through the Security Studies program on a daily basis, by thoroughly and critically analysing the IT environments of our clients from a risk-based perspective. Moreover, the Cyber Security Governance Essentials minor which I took during the elective space has provided me with topical knowledge of the field of cybersecurity that definitely helps me better understand the various technical and non-technical issues that organisations face when it comes to implementing digital technologies into their day-to-day business operations."
"After graduating from the BSc Security Studies and the MSc Crisis and Security Management, I embarked on my career as a policy officer at the Ministry of Justice and Security. The freedom of the Security Studies programme and its plethora of innovative assignments helped me greatly in my job search. Today, I find myself working on the very topics I delved into during my studies. Furthermore, the insights and skills I acquired during the programme have provided me with noticeably fresh and relevant perspectives, enhancing my performance in my role. As a policy officer, I need to be analytical and well-informed, and the Security Studies program has equipped me to excel in this capacity."
Your career prospects
Graduates of this bachelor programme are eligible to various master programmes at Leiden University or elsewhere. Security Studies guarantees entry to one of the six specialisations of the MSc Crisis and Security Management (CSM) at Leiden University.
Once you have successfully completed your master programme, you will have earned the title of Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Arts (MA). This master's degree will increase your chances of finding a job or academic-level position.
Security Studies graduates often end up working in public and (semi-)private organisations. Careers include risk consultants, security policy makers or managers, trainees, research and financial compliance officers.
During your studies, the Leiden University Career Zone can provide you with professional advice and guidance concerning (international) internships and jobs, courses in career planning and job applications. The faculty has its own career advisor who can advise you regarding employers and alumni contacts. They can assist you in exploring your individual interests and abilities, in doing so guiding you towards the most appropriate internship and job.