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Global Order in Historical Perspective (MA)

The specialisation Global Order in Historical Perspective of the master’s in International Relations at Leiden University focuses on examining the historical processes behind the evolution of the global order.

Master International Relations at Leiden University

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A top-ranking programme

Our staff are comprised of leading historians, area studies specialists and international relations experts. According to the QS World University Rankings 2021, History at Leiden University is rated 1st in continental Europe and 15th in the world.

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Why study Global Order in Historical Perspective at Leiden University?

In this Master’s programme you will explore the historical origins and contemporary evolution of global order. Interrogating the ways in which global order has changed over time provides key insights into contemporary challenges in international politics. The specialisation focuses on the historical trajectories of key global institutions, norms and ideas, especially from the perspectives of the Global South. In doing this, you will also critically evaluate the overarching idea of the ‘liberal world order’.

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Dr. Karen Smith on studying the MA International Relations at Leiden University

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Humanties focus

During the MA International Relations you will draw on a multiplicity of perspectives and expertise across the Faculty of Humanities, and examine a range of different issues, from politics and ideologies to the evolution of international law and diplomacy, the emergence of civil society and the rise on non-state actors. The master’s degree in International Relations also explores the development of institutions such as the UN, which structure interactions and power relations within the international system.

In which sectors do students find jobs?

  • 43 Government and semi-government organisations
  • 29 Consulting
  • 14 Media and journalism
  • 14 Education

The chart above is based on alumni data from the MA International Relations - Global Order in Historical Perspective 2016-2020.

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International Relations Degree

Global Order in Historical Perspective 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).

Additional MA in International Affairs

During your studies, you are eligible to apply to the prestigious master’s in International Affairs at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Bologna.

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