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Governance of Violence (MSc)

About the programme

In the Master's programme Crisis and Security Management, you will study contemporary security challenges from both local and global points of view, gaining a deep understanding of the ‘wicked problem’ of security and crisis topics in a complex and globalising world.

Programme overview

This full-time one-year Master’s programme is unique in the Netherlands because of the combination of the common courses and the track courses, and the emphasis on both academic and professional skills. There is ample room to gain in-depth and extensive knowledge and to develop vocational skills. Every track includes 4 track modules as well as 3 common courses.  

When applying for the programme, you need to submit your preferred specialisation. A specialisation consists of a coherent set of courses aimed towards gaining specific skills and knowledge.

By selecting one specialisation that suits your interest, you will be able to become a security professional with specialized knowledge and skills combined with a deep understanding of the general field. During the year, you cannot switch specialisations since these consist of a coherent set of courses aimed towards gaining specific skills and knowledge.



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.”

Multidisciplinary programme

The Master of Science programme in Crisis and Security Management is an academic programme that emphasises the ability to understand and analytically apply multidisciplinary insights from Security Studies, Public Administration, Political Science, Law, International Relations and other disciplines to challenges of crisis and security management.

Teaching methods

Usually, people enrol in a course to obtain more knowledge and insights but you would also like to work on your skillset. This master allows you to do both. Learning by doing is central to this master. This includes innovative teaching methods such as serious gaming. You will learn how to work together in teams, how to present findings to different audiences and how to self-direct your learning. Theoretical knowledge is always enriched with real-life cases enabling students to become academically trained professionals.

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.

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