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Global Order in Historical Perspective

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Global Order in Historical Perspective MA programme offered at Leiden University focuses on examining the historical processes behind the evolution of the global order.


During this Global Order in Historical Perspective MA programme offered at Leiden University you will gain insights in the pursuit of global justice and the variety of ethics, ideologies, institutions and norms that underpin the international political system.

You will engage with different trajectories of states, organisations and peoples, examining how they are manifested in power relations and interact at different points across time to order the world.

You will draw on a multiplicity of perspectives and expertise across the Area Studies of the faculty of Humanities, and examine a range of different issues, from politics and ideologies to the evolution of international law and diplomacy, the emergence of civil society and the rise on non-state actors.

The MA also explores the development of institutions such as the UN and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which structure interactions and power relations within the international system.

Global Order in Historical Perspective 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

  • Policy advisor, at a ministry of foreign affairs
  • Communications manager and project assistant at an NGO promoting reconciliation and peace
  • Consular spokesperson at a ministry of foreign affairs
  • Consultant at an NGO
  • Project manager at a company specialising in geo-services, international development and project management
  • PhD candidate and research assistant
  • Communications officer at an international student federation
  • Research analyst at a consultancy firm
  • Product manager at a multinational company
  • University relations manager at an education intermediary
  • Senior immigration expert at a multinational accountancy and consultancy firm


Accredited by: NVAO in: the Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Course Global Order in Historical Perspective
  • Ideas in World Politics
  • Thesis and Methods in International Relations and Research
  • Regionalism in World Politics
  • MA Thesis Global Order in Historical Perspective

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

All applicants must:

  • have 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
  • prior education which includes components worth at least 30 EC that are comparable in level, content and course objectives to the following courses of the bachelor’s programme International Studies at Leiden University

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

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