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Public Management (MSc)

About the programme

In the PM specialisation you focus on the external/internal management of public organisations, and examine such core public management themes as public performance, managerial networking, change management, public leadership, HR, workforce diversity, and employee motivation.

Programme overview

The 1-year Master of Public Administration/Public Management 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 practical Research Design and Research Methods courses fill out your first three study blocks and prepare you to write your culminating master’s thesis in Block 4.

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

Check the e-prospectus for the official course listing.

Educational methods

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

  • Most courses consist of lectures but offer a degree of interaction and room for discussions;
  • Most of the instruction happens in small scale working groups in which active participation and preparation are expected.

This is a full-time programme; you can expect to spend about 2-3 days per week on campus. In the MPA programme you may also anticipate having a schedule that is based on late afternoon and evening classes, depending upon the specific course schedule of the academic year in which you study.

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.