M.Sc. On Campus

Political Legitimacy and Justice

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Political Legitimacy and Justice MSc programme at Leiden University focuses on legitimacy and justice—political philosophy’s core themes. Immersing yourself in theories, methods, and complex cases, you will make the leap from opinion to analysis.


Some think that political legitimacy and justice are synonyms; others argue that they are not necessarily the same and can even contradict one another. You will investigate these concepts and their implications—systematically and logically. You will be confronted with challenging cases and learn to tackle these analytically and thoroughly.

As you will discover, asking the right questions and employing proper argumentation are just as important as your conclusions. 

The Political Legitimacy and Justice MSc programme at Leiden University addresses questions that are fundamental to every society. How do we arrive at ethics and morals of what is ‘good’ and what is ‘right’? How do communities balance protection of the public and the private spheres, both on a domestic and on a global level? What do we do when individual rights seem to run counter to collective interests? How does a political philosopher conceptualise freedom and equality?

Our Master specialisation Political Legitimacy and Justice at Leiden University does not offer all the answers, but it will help you develop and sharpen your own perspective.

You study in one of the most highly ranked departments of its kind in Europe. Your lecturers are scholars from many countries with expertise in various areas of political science.

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:

  • Legitimacy and Political Obligation 
  • Great debates in Political Science 
  • Methods in Political Science 
  • Contemporary Debates on Justice
  • Contestation of International Authority
  • States, Citizens and Migrants

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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