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International Relations and Diplomacy (MSc)

The Hague

The International Relations and Diplomacy programme gives you a unique combination: a thorough academic education in international relations and political science with practice-based training in international negotiation and diplomacy.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In our era of global interdependence collaborative efforts are needed to meet the most pressing challenges in international politics, security and economics. This multidisciplinary programme, which gives you insights from two faculties - the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs and the Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences, plus the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael -  prepares you to understand how challenges to global governance can be met most effectively by  co-operation and diplomacy.

Reasons to choose International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University

  • You gain broad multidisciplinary perspectives in the programme, which is taught jointly by the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, the Institute of Political Science and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.

  • You study in The Hague, centre of international diplomacy and ‘international city of peace and justice’.

  • The strong academic orientation of the programme and its professors is balanced by the practice-oriented insights of guest lecturers working in the field. 

Why Leiden University?

Madeleine Hosli

Professor International Relations

Madeleine Hosli

"International relations and diplomacy are particularly fascinating areas of study, as our globe is so highly interconnected; you realise that only collaborative efforts are adequate to meet the most urgent challenges in global politics, security and economics."

International Relations and Diplomacy: the right programme for you?

  • Do you want to know the role of diplomacy and negotiation in facilitating international relations?
  • Do you want a broad multidisciplinary education that looks at international relations from both a governance and a political science perspective?
  • Do you want to contribute to international relations as either a practitioner working in a diplomatic organisation/NGO, or as an academic or researcher, creating new knowledge in this important field?   

Then this is the study for you!

Admission and Application