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Culture and Politics (MA)

The specialisation Culture and Politics of the Master’s in International Relations at Leiden University encourages critical perspectives on complexities of culture as an inextricable part of global politics.

Master International Relations at Leiden University

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Why study Culture and Politics at Leiden University?

The Culture and Politics specialisation considers the cultural dynamics of power, dominance, and resistance. As part of the specialisation you will study the relationship between political concepts and a large variety of cultural forms. The specialisation also examines the transnational production, distribution, and consumption of culture, problematising “national” cultural and “soft power” policies. You will learn methods drawn from fields like linguistics, media and cultural studies which will be useful for analysing the political significance of material and phenomena both conventional and unconventional to the study of international relations.

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Benefit from unique expertise

You will benefit from the wealth of opportunities and expertise offered by the various Institutes and Centres that comprise the Humanities Faculty at Leiden University, uniquely and solidly situating your study of the cultural dynamics of global politics in a humanities-based perspective. You will also benefit from close contacts between the University and national and international government institutions in The Hague.

Heloísa Mundt

Graduated in 2022

Heloísa Mundt

"I decided to join Culture and Politics because it brings a unique perspective to the study of International Relations through innovative elements, such as emotions, art, and religion. It has provided me with a new, more sensitive view of how we politically experience the world in our daily lives. I particularly enjoyed the multicultural environment I found at Leiden University, as well as the fact that my peers came from various academic backgrounds. The programme has encouraged me to pursue a PhD so that I can dig deeper into the knowledge I have discovered."

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Additional MA in International Affairs

With an MA in International Relations from Leiden University you are eligible to apply to the second year of the prestigious MA in International Affairs at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy. Admitted candidates receive a full year’s credit towards this two-year MA. The MA in International Affairs is a research-focused programme where students have the flexibility to personalise their curriculum and focus on those contemporary issues in international affairs that are of the greatest importance and aligned with their career interests. Courses at SAIS Europe emphasise economics, political science, history and foreign language proficiency, providing a cross-disciplinary approach.

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 33 Government and semi-government organisations
  • 17 Non profit
  • 17 Financial institutions
  • 8 IT
  • 8 Education
  • 8 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 8 Consultancy
  • 1 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA International Relations - Culture and Politics 2016-2020.

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International Relations Degree

Culture and Politics at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of International Relations. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in International Relations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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