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Crisis and Security Management (MSc)

About the programme

In CSM you focus on management/governance of such highly complex security challenges as privacy, terrorism, or cyber-attacks: their social and political impacts, the diminishing role of national authorities, and new developments such as social media.

Programme overview

The 1-year MSc CSM programme includes mandatory courses  as well as a broad variety of electives that enable you to tailor the programme to your career or (future) research interests. The elective courses are taught in small groups so you get an optimal learning experience. Your programme culminates with writing a master thesis.

For more information on the courses, please visit the e-Prospectus.

Nicolas Castellon

Cyber Security Professional

Nicolas Castellon

“The Master has opened many doors for me academically and professionally. I selected this master’s program as it offered a governance perspective into crisis and security issues that other traditional degrees did not offer.”

Educational methods

In the CSM you will enjoy a combination of  classic and innovative teaching methods:

  • Most courses consist of lectures but offer a degree of interaction and room for discussions that are facilitated by real-time voting systems;
  • You participate in ‘serious gaming’ about crisis management to gain insight into the high pressure strategic crisis managers deal with.

This is a full-time programme; you can expect to spend about 3 days per week on campus, depending upon how the courses are scheduled.

Student support services

Sometimes students need extra support or advice before or during their studies at Leiden University. This may take many forms: maybe you need the help of a Study Advisor, or to speak with a student psychologist about personal issues, or you experience chronic illess such as physical or psychological difficulties or dyslexia.

Here is an overview of university study and student support.