M.Sc. On Campus

Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Investigate why and how people mobilise around group identities, as well as the institutional arrangements for resolving or reducing ethnic conflict. Apply to the Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development MSc programme at Leiden University. 


Organising diversity is one of today’s main challenges. Ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural differences are on the agenda worldwide, often because of the violent conflicts that ensue. Why and how do these conflicts arise, where do these turn into bloodshed? What are the mechanisms for fostering stability and peace, both within and between states? How should we understand phenomena such as nationalism, federalism, multiculturalism and separatism? A multidisciplinary and international team of social scientists will work with you in order to clarify and explain these issues, each from his/her own expertise.

This Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development MSc programme at Leiden University offers a structured, intensive curriculum balancing substantive and skills-oriented courses, including a number of elective seminars, plus a research thesis.

This specialisation prepares you to combine the insights and rigour of social science with the practical skills needed to make a difference in the world of foreign policy formation, implementation, and evaluation.

Career prospects

  • public administration
  • international affairs specialist
  • journalism
  • law enforcement
  • teacher/professor
  • legislative staff member
  • lobbyist
  • political analyst
  • politician
  • public policy researcher
  • campaign management
  • news correspondent
  • sales and marketing
  • speech writer
  • urban and regional planner
  • non-profit organizations

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Governance and Diversity in Developing Countries 
  • Great Debates in Political Science 
  • Methods in Political Science 
  • Crisis Management
  • States, Citizens and Migrants
  • Contestation of International Authority

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree in Political Science (from a recognised university)
  • a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline

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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