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Q&A about the minor Public Administration: Multi-Level Governance

You’re about to start your minor at Leiden University. Make sure you are well prepared and get your studies off to a good start.

What is the minor Public Administration: Multi-Level Governance about?

In the 21st century, societies are confronted with large and complex transboundary problems, such as climate change, migration, security, and since recently a global pandemic. Whether we manage to address these problems successfully depends to a large extent on the decisions, policies, and organizational capacities of national governments, international organizations, and their cooperation with a host of citizen groups and non-governmental organizations at the local, national and international levels of governance. In this minor, we offer insights of theories and practices of public administration on how today’s major challenges can be analysed and understood. 

What skills do you learn during this minor? And how can you use these skills in daily life?

The minor enables students to assess and conduct proper social scientific research to critically investigate public administration and to offer solutions to current and future challenges of governance.

They benefit from the insights other related academic disciplines offer, for a better understanding of the functioning of the public sector.

Dr. Rik de Ruiter, lecturer European Union Politics and Policy, on the minor Public Administration: Multi-level Governance:
'More than ever it is crucial for students interested in the functioning of government and governance to understand how the interaction between EU member states and EU institutions produces policy outcomes that affect every single citizen of the Union'

What kind of student are you looking for?

Students who have a deep interest in engaging with societal issues and are intend on acquiring the necessary academic skills and competences and to apply them to real-world problems and practices. Students should also be open to and get acquainted with multiple disciplines, such as political science, and international relations.

What are the most important skills a student needs to have to start with this minor?

Attention for the interactions between public and private actors at various levels of governance, and an understanding of how research is conducted in public administration.


Questions on the minor in relation to one’s own main study and or questions on personal circumstances and planning can be directed at the Study advisors BSc Public Administration

Questions on content and coherence of the programme can be directed at the programme coordinator, Dr. V.E. Pattyn

What is a minor?

A minor is a structured package of topics with which you can broaden your knowledge and competencies or focus more sharply on a specific area. Most minors last a semester and will earn a student 30 credits, which is often equal to the total elective quota. However, given that for some programmes this total quota is only 15 credits, every minor can be ‘half followed’. In terms of their degree of difficulty, minors are mainly suitable for third-year bachelor’s students.

There are limited places available on minors and these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. So make sure to apply on time. Register via uSis from 3 May 13:00 hrs. up to and including 15 July 2021.

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