International Relations and Diplomacy (MSc)
About the programme
In the 1st year, the core courses give you a foundation in international relations, diplomacy and negotiation, and advanced research methods; an internship and research paper wrap up the year.
Year 2 provides you with knowledge in more specific subfields such as international law, political economy, non-western diplomacy, and mediation. You practice research design, develop a thesis proposal and present your independent research in a thesis.
In the Advanced MSc IRD, you:
- Take part in an intensive and highly interactive style of teaching;
- Find that small programme size and diversity of co-students results in truly international perspectives;
- Actively prepare for and participate in seminar-format classes;
- Complete classroom work, individual research, and written assignments in close collaboration with other students and lecturers;
- Spend about 2-3 days per week on campus.
The academic year is divided into two semesters: September to January and January to June.
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 illness such as physical or psychological difficulties or dyslexia.
Here is an overview of university Student Support Services.