12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The European Union Studies MA programme at Leiden University covers the EU's broad geographical sweep from an interdisciplinary perspective.


The Global Conflict in the Modern Era specialisation of the MA International Relations at Leiden University engages you with the scholarly debates about global conflict today and in the recent past.

During this European Union Studies MA programme at Leiden University you will explore the security measures that have been instituted locally, regionally and globally in the modern world. You will study the patterns of war and peace in the modern world from a multidisciplinary angle, incorporating history, political and social science and area expertise.

The programme examines the core concepts and dominant approaches to the study of war, to subsequently move onto more recent and critical takes on these phenomena. You will also explore the theoretical and empirical explanations for war and peace, that have been offered by the academic scholarship.

In addition you will investigate war, terrorism, insurgency and genocide as prevalent modes of violent expression. Are these phenomena driven by political considerations? Or are there other explanations for the use of violence?

European Union Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of International Relations. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in International Relations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

  • Communications manager and project assistant at an NGO promoting reconciliation and peace
  • PhD student
  • unior advisor on public affairs at a communications and consultancy firm
  • Research assistant at a legal institute
  • Junior advisor on PR at a consultancy firm
  • Programme assistant at an NGO promoting Eastern European interests and development
  • Research analyst at a consultancy firm
  • Project officer at an embassy in the Netherlands
  • Project manager at a company specialising in geo-services, international development and project management

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • History of European Integration 
  • Institutions of the EU
  • EU Law 
  • Economics of the EU  
  • Regionalism in World Politics  
  • Thesis Seminar and Methods in International Relations Research 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a research university that matches the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including general academic skills;
  • the bachelor’s degree should be in the field of social sciences, humanities, law or economics, and;
  • a completed minor in European Union Studies at Leiden University or components worth at least 30 credits in the field of contemporary European studies with comparable content and course objectives.         

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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