International Relations and Diplomacy, M.Sc. | Leiden University | Den Haag, Netherlands
M.Sc. On Campus

International Relations and Diplomacy

24 months
17750 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The International Relations and Diplomacy MSc programme at Leiden University offers you a unique blend of academic education in international relations and political science with practical graduate education and training in international negotiation and diplomacy.


The International Relations and Diplomacy MSc programme is taught jointly by Leiden University’s Institute for Security and Global Affairs, the Institute of Political Science and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.

The location of The Hague is beneficial for this master’s programme in terms of substantive focus and the various links to international institutions located in this city. As one of the partners, Clingendael’s objective is to promote the understanding of international affairs, and the institute devotes special attention to European co-operation, international security, and diplomacy.

In the current era of global interdependence, collaborative efforts are needed to meet the most pressing challenges in international politics, security and economics. Increased transnational channels of communication, global trade and capital flows characterise an increasingly interconnected world of both nation states and non-state actors. The resulting challenges to global governance can be met most effectively by patterns of international and transnational co-operation and diplomacy.

Career prospects

The MSc IRD prepares you specifically for a career in international diplomacy, international government and non-governmental organisations, national or international public administration, ‘think tanks’ and research institutions, international interest associations or international business. Some of these include:

  • The European Stability Mechanism
  • The European Parliament
  • PwC
  • Accenture
  • Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands
  • Universitat Leiden
  • Cordaid
  • IBM

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • European Integration
  • Diplomacy: Theory and Practice
  • International Negotiations
  • Quantitative Research methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • International Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

Language requirement does not apply for: 

This requirement does not apply for

  • students who have completed their education in any one of the following countries: Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia
  • graduates of the following English-language institutions in the Netherlands:
    • University College Utrecht
    • University College Maastricht
    • Amsterdam University College
    • Leiden University College, and
    • Roosevelt Academy
  • graduates of the following English-language programs in the Netherlands:
    • University of Twente: European Studies Specialization (Public Administration)
    • University of Maastricht: European Studies
    • Webster University (Leiden Campus)
    • University of Tilburg: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Other requirements

General requirements

You can apply for admission if you have:

  • A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university in political science, international relations, international law, public administration, economics, sociology or history.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants with prior education in other fields, but with outstanding academic qualities, or with professional experience in the area of international relations and diplomacy, may be admitted to the programme. The number of students admitted to this programme is limited.
  • Demonstrated excellence in prior academic education.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17750 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Den Haag

780 - 1170 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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