M.Sc. On Campus

Intelligence and National Security

12 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Intelligence and National Security at Leiden University will give you a thorough understanding of the modus operandi of these agencies, their interaction with the surrounding world, and the challenges they face.


About Intelligence and National Security at Leiden University

Intelligence agencies play a profoundly important role in protecting national security.  They are tasked with acquiring the information that policymakers need to take the decisions that keep societies safe and protect state security and democratic order.  But they are also controversial. Their dependence upon secrecy often comes into conflict with the democratic values of openness and government accountability. Their methods, such as the collection of vast amounts of data from the internet, can conflict with the right to privacy. And increasingly, since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, they have been called upon by policymakers not just to watch the world, but secretly, to change it. How do states negotiate this tension? What do they expect from their agencies? How do they keep them in line? From the moment intelligence and security services have been institutionalized, it has been debated who in the broader democratic state is politically responsible for these organizations, who manages them, who gets to set their priorities and requirements, and who – within the democratic state – receives their reports and briefings

By studying the history, theory and practice of intelligence in the 21st Century, you will navigate the evolution of intelligence work to meet new security challenges, and you will learn the methods, techniques and forms of critical thinking that equip future intelligence analysts with the ability to weigh hypotheses, detect patterns, and derive logical conclusions about the world. You will also explore intelligence in its wider societal and political context, how they cooperate with other agencies and institutions and analyze and evaluate how intelligence services should be governed and held to account in democratic societies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intelligence
  • National Security
  • Cyber Security
  • IT Security
  • Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
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  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (resume)
  • Language proficiency
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 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.

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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