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Study choice & careers advice

Your choice of study programme can determine your career path and your future. It is therefore understandable that you might have doubts about your chosen Bachelor’s programme, or find it difficult to choose a Master’s programme. The advisers at the Career Service are on hand to offer help and advice.

If your studies are not progressing as you’d hoped, or if you risk being issued with negative BSA, you must always speak first to your study adviser! Your next step might be to look into alternative study programmes with a study choice adviser from the Career Service.

Study choice tests

The Career Service makes use of various tests when helping you determine your ideal study choice. These include www.icaresprofessional.com, www.icares.com, as well as various tests of personality, competences and values. These tests may form part of an individual career or study choice trajectory.

Choice of Bachelor and Master programme

Bachelor choice

You can find full details of all Leiden University Bachelor’s programme on bachelors.leiden.edu. The Prospectus also has a wealth of information about individual programmes and courses. 

The websites below can come in handy when researching  Bachelor’s programmes in the Netherlands: 

Master choice

Obtaining your Master’s degree is the culmination of your university studies. You can choose do a Master in Leiden, elsewhere in the Netherlands, or anywhere in the world. 

Master in Leiden

Leiden University has around 70 study disciplines which together offer 250 different Master’s specialisations. You can choose to follow a Master’s programme that directly follows on from your Bachelor, or a Research Master. Be aware that for a Research Master you will generally have to go through an admission and/or selection procedure. 

On mastersinleiden.nl you can find an overview of all the Master’s programmes offered by Leiden University, as well as practical information about how to apply, student registration, student finance and much more. 

Master elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad 

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from Leiden University and want to do a Master’s programme elsewhere you will have to go through an application and/or selection procedure. You can find more information on the website of the university in question. 

For Master’s options in the Netherlands see: studies-in.nl.

You can also choose to do part, or all, of your Master’s programme abroad. A period of study abroad is actually recommended if you are doing a two-year (research) Master’s programme in Leiden. You can find more information on our Study Abroad site

For Master’s options worldwide see: mastersportal.eu

Tips for choosing your Master’s programme 

  • Start researching your options as early as possible.
  • Attend an information session about your (intended) Master’s programme.
  • Speak to students currently following your intended Master’s programme.
  • Look into the career prospects for graduates of the programme.
  • Speak to alumni of your intended programme about their experiences and careers.
  • Make a list of pros and cons before making your final decision.
  • Check that you meet the admission criteria for your intended programme.
  • Make a careful note of application deadlines and don’t miss them!

Other options after your Bachelor 

Entering the job market

You could look for a job directly after your Bachelor studies. This could represent the end of your academic career or just a break before continuing onto a Master’s programme at a later date.

University Bachelor’s degrees have a different profile to Bachelor’s degrees from universities of higher professional education (Hbo). In addition to knowledge and experience a university Bachelor’s programme also teaches academic skills, whereas a Hbo Bachelor’s programme teaches more practical skills. Employers tend to prefer academics with a completed Master’s degree and a more defined profile. 

Temporarily discontinuing your studies 

For more information about taking a year out, for example between your Bachelor’s and Master’s programme, please refer to our web info on ‘temporarily discontinuing your studies’. 

After your Master

Entering the job market

After obtaining your Master’s degree you could of course decide to do a second Master’s programme. However you are, in principle, ready to enter the job market. You can find more information on (preparation for) the job market on the LU Career Zone.

Continuing your studies

You could opt to continue studying after obtaining your Master’s degree. Leiden University offers a range of post-Master and professional courses at the Juridisch PAO (in Dutch) and ICLON

Many other Dutch universities offer post-Master and professional courses: 

Doing a PhD

After graduation you could continue your academic career by doing a PhD. Take a look at Leiden University’s research areas and current PhD vacancies

MA entry requirements for BA International Studies students

Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities offers many master’s programmes for students of International Studies. Check out the list below to see which choices you need to make in order to be directly admissible to one of our MA programmes.

To learn more about admission and application, please visit the Admission and Application pages.

Questions?

For questions related to the programme content you can contact the Coordinator of Studies from the relevant programme. You will find their details on the programme pages.

For all other questions, you can get in touch by emailing.

Please note: this information on this page is correct as of February 2018.

Master's programmes

Entry requirements

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University who have completed all area courses for Africa are considered to have fulfilled the entry requirements. They do, however, need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

Applicants who are in possession of a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University and who completed 40 EC of optional courses which are part of the Bachelor’s programme Art History are considered will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University who have completed all area courses for either East Asia or South and Southeast Asia and wrote their BA Thesis and/or completed optional courses worth 10 EC on either East Asia or South and Southeast Asia will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University who have completed all area courses for South and Southeast Asia, and wrote their BA Thesis and/or completed optional courses worth 10 EC on South and Southeast Asia are considered to have fulfilled all entry requirements. They do however need to submit an online application.

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Specialisaties

Toelatingseisen

Je bent toelaatbaar tot een lerarenopleiding als je in het bezit bent van een bachelor- en masterdiploma (of een doctoraaldiploma) in het schoolvak. Als je een vooropleiding hebt gevolgd die niet geheel aansluit bij het betreffende schoolvak, kan worden vastgesteld of je toch toelaatbaar bent. Daarbij kunnen aanvullende vakinhoudelijke eisen gesteld worden.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University and who wrote their bachelor’s thesis on a historical subject and completed the following optional courses which are part of the bachelor’s programme History:

will be admitted.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application. Applicants should have completed components at the bachelor’s level equivalent to at least 30 EC in the field of International Relations with comparable content and course objectives (e.g. Global History (5 EC), Introduction to Area Studies (5 EC), Cultural Interaction: A Global Perspective, (5 EC), International Economics (5 EC), International Politics (5 EC), Politics of a specific area (i.e. Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Russia and Eurasia, South and Southeast Asia) (5 EC)).

Specialisations

European Union Studies

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application. Applicants should have a completed minor in European Union Studies at Leiden University or components worth at least 30 credits in the field of contemporary European studies with comparable content and course objectives.

Entry requirements

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University who have completed all area courses for Latin America and the programme’s Spanish or Portuguese language classes, will be admitted.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

Applicants who possess a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University, and who are interested in this MA specialisation are requested to contact the coordinator of studies (stucolinguistics@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Specialisation

Entry requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University who

  • have completed all area courses for the Middle East,
  • completed the minor ‘Islam: Religion and Society’ and
  • wrote their BA Thesis and/or completed optional courses worth 10 credits on the Middle East

are considered to have fulfilled all entry requirements. They do however need to submit an online application.

Specialisation

Entry requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University who

  • have completed all area courses for the Middle East, and
  • wrote their BA Thesis and/or completed optional courses worth 10 credits on the Middle East

are considered to have fulfilled all entry requirements. They do however need to submit an online application.

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Entry requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University who have completed all area courses for North America, and wrote their BA Thesis on North America and/or completed at least one optional course worth 10 ECTS which is included in the pre-master programme in American Studies will be admitted. They do, however, need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

Applicants who are in possession of a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University or in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges from Leiden University and who completed courses in philosophy with a total course load of at least 35 EC will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application.

Specialisations

Entry requirements

No direct admission, all students need to submit an online application.

Entry requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University who have completed all area courses for Russia and Eurasia, and the programme’s Russian language classes (20 EC), and who wrote their BA Thesis and/or completed optional courses worth 10 EC on Russia and Eurasia will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application.

Entry requirements

Applicants with an academic Bachelor Degree in Humanities or Social Sciences, who successfully finished the minor ‘Religion in a changing World’, will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application.

Research master's programmes

For all research master's there is no direct admission.

Master Programmes

60 % of our International Studies students choose to do a Master’s Programme after graduation.

MA/MSc/ MRe Programme Title University
MA African Studies SOAS, University of London
MA  Asian Studies Leiden University 
MSc Asian Studies Lund University 
MRes African Studies University of Birmingham 
MA China Studies Yenching Academy, Peking University
MA Chinese and Korean Studies  Ruhr-University of Bochum
MSc Communication Science University of Amsterdam (UvA)
MSc Conflict, Power and Politics  Radboud University Nijmegen
MA International Relations: Conflict Studies and Human Rights Utrecht University
MA  International Security Sciences Po
MSc Crisis and Security Management Leiden University 
MSc Culture, Organisation and Management Vrije Universiteit (VU)
MA Education for Global Development Erasmus Mundus (Joint Master) 
MSc Education and Child Studies Leiden University 
MA European Studies: East European Studies University of Amsterdam (UvA)
MA European Union Studies Leiden University 
MA Comparative Public Governance (European Studies double degree)  UT
MA European Public Affairs Maastricht University
MSc  Finance Vrije Universiteit (VU)
MSc  Global Business and Sustainability Erasmus University Rotterdam
MA Globalisation and Development Studies Maastricht University
MA History of Society Erasmus University Rotterdam
MA Global Studies University of Gothenburg
MSc Globalization and Sustainable Development Trondheim
MSc Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations Bocconi
MA History Leiden University 
MSc International Hospitality Business Glion Institute of Higher Education
MA Human Geography University of Amsterdam (UvA)
MA International Humanitarian Action  RUG Groningen/Stockholm
MSc Industrial Ecology TU Delft
MA International Affairs John Hopkins School of Advanced  International Studies
MSc International Comparative and International Politics KU Leuven
MSc International Business Economics and Management  KU Leuven
MA International Development Studies University of Amsterdam (UvA)
MA International Development Studies Utrecht University
MA International Development Wageningen University & Research
MSc International Relations Humboldt Universität, Freie Universität Berlin
& Universität Potsdam 
MA International Relations Central European University
MA  International Relations Leiden University 
MSc International Public Management & Policy  Erasmus University Rotterdam
MA International Studies on Media, Power and Difference Universitat Pompeu Fabra
MA International Public Management and Policy Erasmus University Rotterdam
MA International relations & regional studies Tartu University
MA International Security  University of Warwick
MA International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (Erasmus Mundus)  University of Glasgow
MA International Development Sciences Po
MA Literature Today Utrecht University
MSc International Land and Water Management Wageningen University & Research
MA  Latin American Studies University of Amsterdam (UvA)
MiM Management HEC Paris
MA Media Studies Utrecht University
MSc Management in the Energy Industry Luiss Business School
MA Medical Anthropology and Cultural Sociology University of Amsterdam (UvA)
MA Middle Eastern Studies Leiden University 
MA Modern East Asian Studies University of Duisburg-Essen
MA Middle Eastern Studies (M.A. Nahoststudien) University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
MA New Media and Digital Culture  University of Amsterdam (UvA)
MA North American Studies Leiden University 
MA Peace Studies University of Innsbruck
MA  Philosophy, Politics and Economics Leiden University 
MSc Political Science Leiden University 
MA International Organisations Leiden University 
MSc Psychology University of Amsterdam (UvA)
LLM  Public International Law Utrecht University
MSc Public Administration Leiden University 
MSc Public Policy and Human Development MERIT Maastricht
MA  Russian and Eurasian Studies Leiden University 
MSc Security, Conflict and International Development  Leicester University
MA Social Policy for Development International Institute of Social Studies - Erasmus University Rotterdam 
MA Russian and Eurasian Studies Leiden University 
MSc Sociology Utrecht University
MSc Sociology of Policy in Practice Leiden University 
MA  Sustainable Development Uppsala University
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