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Culture and Politics (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

The MA in International Relations programme offers outstanding preparation for students seeking a profession that requires comprehensive knowledge of world affairs and strong analytical and critical-thinking skills.

Examples of the diverse roles of our graduates include:

  • Policy advisor, at a ministry of foreign affairs
  • Communications manager and project assistant at an NGO promoting reconciliation and peace
  • Consular spokesperson at a ministry of foreign affairs
  • Consultant at an NGO
  • Project manager at a company specialising in geo-services, international development and project management
  • PhD candidate and research assistant
  • Communications officer at an international student federation
  • Research analyst at a consultancy firm
  • Product manager at a multinational company
  • University relations manager at an education intermediary
  • Senior immigration expert at a multinational accountancy and consultancy firm

Your qualifications

Your master's will qualify you for a wide-range of roles in almost every sector of the employment market. Many of our graduates work for public services, research institutes, international organisations, government bodies, NGOs, education, communications, policy development, political institutes and academia, amongst others.

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Yoanna Daskalova

Graduated in MA Culture and Politics

Yoanna Daskalova

“I graduated from BA International Studies with a focus area Europe and was eager to continue delving into my particular area of interest – the intersection of culture and international politics. I was immersed into critical cultural approaches to studying the interplay between the two disciplines and was therefore especially excited to start the MA International Relations with specialization in Culture and Politics. I was very happy with my choice since my professors and courses were immensely enriching both on academic and personal level.”

Interdisciplinary skills

“I am currently working as a Communications Manager of European projects in the field of medical innovations and research. Admittedly, the scientific field I operate in is not directly related to my academic background. However, the interdisciplinary nature of both my BA and MA and my developed ability to translate complex issues into understandable language having graduated from these programs, are allowing me to comfortably switch between sectors and be satisfied with the results.“

Excellent communication skills

“My education at Leiden University has equipped me with excellent communication skills to be applied in interactions with colleagues and partners, during internal and external presentations and especially while composing written communication materials such as newsletters, brochures and any type of relevant content.“

Kent Moore

Graduated in International Relations

Kent Moore

"Being from my own cultural background, from the U.S., I came to Leiden with a certain view on the world. Through studying International Relations I acquired much more cultural sensitivity about certain issues. I learned about the impression the U.S. leaves on the world, which opened up my world to different viewpoints.”

Recruiting students for our study abroad programmes

"I currently work at CISabroad, a studying abroad organization that has affiliations with over 200 U.S. universities. For the most part I recruit students for our study abroad programmes, but I also arrange the logistics of some of the student trips abroad."

Inspirational lecturers

" As a lecturer I found Lindsay Black very inspirational. He is a very smart man and I owe him a drink or two for being so helpful during the process of writing my thesis."

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 16.0 % ICT
  • 16.0 % Education
  • 16.0 % Research
  • 11.0 % Consulting
  • 11.0 % Non-profit (e.g. at an idealistic organisation)
  • 11.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 21.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 65.0 % found a job within two months
  • 70.0 % found their first job at academic level

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