Global Political Economy (MA)
When you apply for admission, you’ll be asked to submit several documents.
Required application documents
You’ll need to submit the following documents:
Please upload a copy of the page(s) in your passport containing your personal details and photograph. If you are from the EU/EEA, you can submit a copy of your identity card instead. Please upload copies of both sides.
If you are a non-EU/EEA national already living in the Netherlands, upload copies of both sides of your Dutch residence permit.
Your CV (curriculum vitae) must be written in English and should contain your basic personal data, as well as a clear overview of your educational and professional history to date.
You can apply for admission before receiving the results of your English language test. However, a sufficient result will then be a condition of your eventual admission. Of course, if you already have your English language test results, you can upload them directly.
- Digital copies of diplomas and transcripts are initially required. Once you have been admitted, we will inform you how to submit certified copies.
- The documents must be in the original language. If they are not in English, Dutch, German or French, they must be accompanied by official translations into one of these languages.
- If you have not yet completed your current programme, state your expected graduation date and submit copies of all transcripts obtained to date plus an official list of subjects still to be completed.
A clear indication in your motivation letter of the focus area(s) of the programme that you wish to study (700-1500 words). In the motivation letter, the student should list the courses in International Studies they have taken, including the course objectives and key readings
This programme requires two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from an academic member of staff.
- Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead paper, signed and (for verification purposes) they must bear the full contact details of the applicable referee.
- Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies.
Option 1. Uploading the letter yourself
You can upload the letter(s) of recommendation in the online application portal (uSis).
Option 2. Sent by your referee
Your referee can send the letter directly to the university, as follows:
1. Your referee must clearly state your name and student number in the letter.
2. He or she should send the letter to us, either:
- digitally, by uploading the letter in our contact form
- by posting it to:
Leiden University Admissions Office
“Gravensteen” Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden, the Netherlands
3. Complete this form and upload it in the online application system (uSis), instead of your letter of recommendation.
Applicants who have not completed components worth at least 30 EC in the field of International Studies as noted above are required to submit a 1,250 word essay as part of the admission process. Please see the instructions on how to write the essay.
In the essay, make use of the following literature:
- J. Baylis, S. Smith, P. Owens (eds.), The Globalization of World Politics. An Introduction to International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 (6th edition).
- A. Hurrel, On Global Order. Power, Values, and the Constitution of International Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- M. Nayak and E. Selbin, Decentering International Relations. London: Zed Books, 2010.
- J. Ravenhill, Global Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 (4th edition).