International Organisation, M.Sc. | Leiden University | Leiden, Netherlands
M.Sc. On Campus

International Organisation

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This International Organisation MSc programme at Leiden University focuses on the interplay of international rules and institutions, non-governmental organisations, and national governments in light of today’s most pressing issues of security and prosperity.


Do you want to deepen your knowledge of international relations and global governance? Are you interested in the dynamics of inter-governmental cooperation and institution building? Do contemporary security issues such as the spread of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the emergence of new great powers have your attention? 

At this International Organisation MSc programme at Leiden University you will cover various aspects of global governance from multiple perspectives. To study international organisation (IO) is to study the norms, rules, and institutions that (are designed to) shape relations between states and contacts across state borders, and how they affect people's lives, the destiny of nations, and the fate of the planet. As a student of IO, you learn to apply a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies to the analysis of these institutions and the politics that surround them.

You will take an in-depth look at issues of war and peace, intervention and conflict resolution, political economy (trade, finance, development), human rights, and environmental sustainability. You will develop a clear understanding of the agendas and behaviour of governments and other state actors, intergovernmental organisations (such as the United Nations), regional organisations (such as the European Union or the African Union), and non-state actors such as NGOs and multinational corporations. And you will be stimulated to think like a social scientist and acquaint yourself with the discipline's tried and tested methods and theories.

You study in one of the most highly ranked departments of political science in Europe. Your lecturers are scholars from many different countries, with expertise in all areas of international politics. Several staff members have practical experience in foreign policy formation, diplomacy, and international organisations. You will be based in The Hague, the political capital of The Netherlands and home to many important international organisations, including European Union and United Nations agencies, treaty organisations, and prominent non-governmental organisations. The Hague has a vibrant student and cultural life and is beautifully situated near beach and sea.

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:

  • Dynamics of International Organisation 
  • The Politics of Policy-Making: National and International Challenges 
  • Policy Evaluation in National and International Contexts 
  • Great debates in Political Science
  • Methods in Political Science
  • Thesis Seminar 

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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