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International Relations



September - February 


1 year



Leiden University’s MA in International Relations offers a comprehensive understanding of current global and regional issues, providing an outstanding platform for a career in the international arena. The programme is characterised by a challenging combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. We are the only university in the Netherlands to offer this wealth of area specialists and the extensive range of contacts with national and international government and non-government institutions.


  • Culture and Politics
  • European Union Studies
  • Global Conflict in the Modern Era
  • Global Order in Historical Perspective
  • Global Political Economy


Positions in international government, non-government and for-profit spheres. There is an increasing demand for young people with language skills and the knowledge to operate across nations and cultures.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A bachelor’s degree in the field of social sciences, humanities, law or economics.

English proficiency**

IELTS: 6.5 / TOEFL internet-based: 90

Faculty of Humanities

1 & 2

year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.