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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 Blackboard you can communicate with your lecturers and submit assignments.

 The Course and Examination Regulations (OER in Dutch) and the Rules and Regulations set by the Boards of Examiners (R&R) can be found on the page Faculty and study programme regulations.

The programme is 120 EC in extent and consists of several course-work modules for a total of 82 EC, and a master’s thesis research project of 38 EC. The course-work modules cover methodological issues, foundational and advanced business related topics, and foundational and advanced ICT related topics. Elective courses on ICT, business and governmental topics allow students to individualise their programme and accommodate their specific interests. In addition, there are possibilities to customise the programme through international exchange programmes.

The curriculum depends on the student’s background. Students with a business background follow the foundation courses on ICT (15 ECTS total). Students with an ICT background follow the foundation courses on Business (15 ECTS total). Students with a Bachelor degree ‘Informatica & Economie’ from Leiden University are exempted from the courses in the foundation modules. These students follow additional electives instead for 15 ECTS. Students who choose for the specialisation ICT in Business need to take all courses from the Module specialisation ICT in Business (24 ECTS in total), whereas students who choose for the specialisation ICT in the Public Sector take all courses from the Module specialisation ICT in the Public Sector (24 ECTS in total).

There are two specialisations:

  • ICT in Business
  • ICT in the Public Sector

Courses are given in Leiden and The Hague. We advise students to find housing in Leiden. The courses are normally offered in a combination of (guest)lectures, company visits, case work, lab work, and student presentations. Many activities are based on team work. The 120 ECTS  programme structure is as follows:

Main courses

EC

LEVEL

Training Cross Cultural Management

0

n.a.

Research Methods

5

500

Applied Research Methodology

4

500

Global Business game

1

400

Module Foundation Business or Module Foundation ICT (see below)

15

500

Leading and Managing People

5

500

Capstone Cases[1]

4

500

ICT Architectures

6

500

Systems Development

3

500

ICT Enabled Process Innovation

3

500

Software Development and Product Management

6

500

Advances in Data Mining

6

500

Module specialisation ICT in Business or ICT in the Public Sector (see below)

24

500

Master Thesis Research Project

38

600

Total

120

 
 

[1] As of September 2020 the course Capstone Cases is 4 EC worth (it was 3 EC). Students who have followed a previous version of this course before September 2020 but have not yet passed it, can still get 4 EC (instead of 3 EC) under the condition that they take the extra two Consultancy classes that will be organized in the new Capstone Case course. Arrangements for this need to be made via the programme coordinator.

Module Foundation Business

EC

LEVEL

Strategy

5

500

Marketing

3

500

Technology and Operations Management

4

500

Accounting

3

500

Total

15

 

 

 

Module Foundation ICT

EC

LEVEL

Business Intelligence

3

500

Process Modelling

3

500

Foundations of Software Testing

6

500

Cyber Security

3

500

Total

15

 

 

Module specialisation ICT in Business

EC

LEVEL

Managing Innovation

3

500

Financial Management

3

500

Entrepreneurship

3

500

Systems Optimisation

3

500

Managing the Digital Business

3

500

Electives (see below)

9

500

Total

24

 

 

Module specialisation ICT in the Public Sector

EC

LEVEL

 

 

 

Digital Government Citizen Interaction

3

500

Data-Driven Policy Making

3

500

Regulatory Governance for Data Science

6

500

Role of IT in Public Administration

6

500

Electives (see below)

6

500

Total

24

 

Electives

The electives allow you to individualize your programme and accommodate special interests. Examples: Lean Six Sigma, Regulatory Governance in Data Science, Consultancy Skills and Management Science. Taking electives abroad. More information about electives: see here.

The programme schedule is intense (with a regular course load of two academic years).

For detailed curriculum information, see our e-prospectus.

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