Universiteit Leiden

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Leiden University is a research-intensive university; the same also applies to research in The Hague. Our guiding principle is that all the teaching at the University should have a recognisable basis in and connection with the research carried out at the University.


The research conducted in The Hague – like that in Leiden – comprises both long-term and fundamental, curiosity-driven research as well as policy research, which is generally more short-term.

Interdisciplinary approach

Research and teaching in The Hague are informed by an interdisciplinary approach. The University believes it is important that both teaching and research are offered at the location in The Hague, whether or not in the form of partnership

Themes matching The Hague

The long-term research programmes in The Hague are conducted at the Institute for Public Administration and focus on themes that match the capital city: public management, comparative policy analysis, security governance, and international and European governance. The multidisciplinary Centre for Modern Urban Studies (MUS) also offers programmes that focus on changes in modern-day large cities.


Campus The Hague is also home to the Montesquieu Institute, that focuses on European constitutional developments. The Grotius Centre of the Faculty of Law is actively engaged in such fields as international law, internal criminal law, peace and security, and human rights.  

Work and a PhD

Working and studying for a PhD at the same time? It’s possible at the Dual PhD Centre. The Centre focuses on external PhD candidates who devote part of their working time to scientific research on a theme from their professional practice. The Centre helps them develop a research plan, provides training and ensures that their research fits within a scientific discipline and graduate school and that it ties in with the research of a potential supervisor. A unique opportunity for the PhD candidate, the employer and for science.