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MA in European Politics and Society


What will I learn?

In the unique two-year international joint Master’s programme in European Politics and Society (EPS) you will be able to study at four major European research universities in four beautiful cities: Prague, Leiden, Krakow and Barcelona.

Interested in Europe and its role in the World

The EPS Programme gives you the possibility to acquire high-level pluri-disciplinary knowledge and skills, with a central focus on the societal, political, and economic processes that have formed contemporary Europe and determine its role in the international environment.

Through its student population the programme fosters exchange among diverse European and non-European cultures, and offers a unique learning experience to both EU and non-EU students. The EPS Programme thus contributes to building a real trans-European community of students, experts and academia that deal with current European challenges.

Multidisciplinary two year joint Master at four top European Universities

You will start this programme with a range of introductory courses in Prague, the second semester focuses on EU related courses and language tuition, and will be taught in Krakow or Leiden. In the third and fourth semesters, you will be able to choice between four different study tracks reflecting the diverse expertise of the Consortium members (Prague, Krakow, Barcelona, and Leiden). Each track combines various elective courses, research methods training, and an internship with an advanced research dissertation supervised by key staff from each Partner University.

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a Master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

Your Master's programme will qualify you for roles in almost every sector of the employment market. Many of our graduates work for public services, research institutes, business services, banking and financial services, communications, education, advisory work, policy development, management, co-ordination, editing and information services.

Examples of the diverse roles of our graduates include:

  • Senior policy advisor at the European Union
  • Senior policy advisor for national Government
  • Senior policy advisor for multinationals or NGOs
  • Embassy staff
  • Consultant
  • Development worker
  • Academic researcher
  • PhD candidate
  • Policy advisor for central and local Government
  • Policy advisor for businesses
  • Policy advisor for NGOs
  • Journalist

Your qualifications

The Master’s programme in European Politics and Society offers outstanding preparation for students seeking a profession that requires in-depth knowledge of European affairs and strong academic skills, with a focus on analytical and writing skills.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at international organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (15,81,786) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

More details

Start date

4 September 2023


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

The deadline for scholarship applicants is on 28th February 2021 and for self-paying students on 30th April 2021.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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