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Leiden University is a research-intensive university, and the same also applies for The Hague. Our basic principle is that our research should be an integral and recognisable part of our teaching, and that our teaching and research should be closely interwoven. Our research in The Hague meets the same high standards of quality and integrity as the research carried out in Leiden.


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 often informed by an interdisciplinary approach. In line with this premise, no fewer than six faculties are represented at the Wijnhaven location. The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is even located fully in The Hague. Housing these faculties - including LUMC - in one building makes it easier to respond to interdisciplinary issues. The master's programme in Engineering and Policy Analysis, offered by our partner TU Delft, is also located in Wijnhaven.  

The Hague is also home to the Montesquieu Institute, which focuses on research on constitutional developments in Europe. The Grotius Centre of the Faculty of Law is active in such fields of research as international law, internal criminal law, peace and security, and human rights. 

Research themes matching The Hague

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

Working and studying for a PhD

The Hague is home to a unique Dual PhD Centre, which focuses on the combination of work and obtaining a PhD, offering external PhD candidates the opportunity to devote part of their working time to scientific research. The research carried out by these candidates features a theme that is relevant to their professional field. 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. The Centre offers a unique opportunity for the PhD candidate, the employer and for academia.  

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