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Public Management and Leadership (MSc)

About the programme

In the Public Management and Leadership specialisation within the Public Administation master's programme, you study such core themes as: leadership behavior in public organizations; decision-making by political leaders and top-level civil servants; and the changing interactions between government and citizens in a society that is increasingly characterized by declining trust in government, polarization, and digitalization.

Programme overview

The 1-year Master of Public Administration/PML specialisation builds on two core courses followed by every MPA student: Public Institutions and Public Policy&Values, which give you an understanding of cutting-edge research in the field of public administration. Four specialisation-specific courses, one elective, and a preporatory Research Design course fill out your first three study blocks and prepare you to write your culminating master’s thesis in Block 3 and 4.

Courses are offered during two semesters: September-January and February-June.

Specialisation courses

Check the e-prospectus for the official course listing.

Educational methods

In the Master of Public Administration, Public Management and Leadership specialization, you experience a combination of classic and innovative teaching methods:

  • Most courses consist of lectures that offer a degree of interaction and room for discussions;
  • Lectures are complemented with hands-on working groups in which the focus is on active application to practice and development of practical management and leadership competences.

This is a full-time programme. 

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 study and student support.

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