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Study programme

When deciding what to study you undoubtedly read a lot of information about your study programme. Leiden University employs various systems to provide information about programmes and courses and to facilitate communication between lecturers and students.

The Prospectus contains information about all the courses within your study programme. Here you can find all you need to know about your programme. Via the online learning environment Brightspace you can communicate with your lecturers and submit assignments.

Programme structure

The Security Studies programme consists of mandatory core courses (150 EC) and an elective space (30 EC). You can use the elective space to do a minor, an exchange or an internship. Completion of the degree in 3 years assumes that a student completes 60 EC per year. We recommend a study pace of 15 EC per block.

  Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1

Introduction to security & safety

Skills lab

Case study: Syria

Skills lab

Case study: Fukushima

Skills lab

Integrated project 1

Research methods 1

Year 2

Vital interests

Research methods 2

Terrorism & Counterterrorism

Law & Security

Cyber threats

Governance of security

War & peace building

Economics of Safety and Security

Year 3 Elective space (internship, electives, minor, study abroad) Elective space (internship, electives, minor, study abroad)


Integrated project 2

Research methods 3



First year

In the first year of the programme you will receive a thorough introduction to the broad field of Safety and Security Studies with 8 mandatory core courses. For all first year courses, see the e-Prospectus.

Second year

During the second year you will learn about the strategies necessary to protect society’s vital interests and ensure stability, welfare and prosperity. You will also explore the underlying themes of Law & Security, Economics of Safety and Security, and Governance of Security.

Third year

In your third year, you will personalize your degree by choosing your own specialization in the first semester. You can specialize by following a minor, study abroad or doing an internship. You will complete your degree with an integrated research project and your bachelor’s thesis on a related topic.


Your study advisor or coordinator is an expert on all aspects of your study programme, for example exam regulations, planning, academic issues, study delay etc.

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