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What will I learn?

The specialisation Global Political Economy of the master’s in International Relations at Leiden University provides you with a cutting-edge understanding of the world economy and its social and political foundations.

Why study Global Political Economy at Leiden University?

The Global Political Economy specialisation offers students exciting and rigorous explorations of the world economy that bring critical perspectives to bear on some of the most important issues of our times. As a student in the Global Political Economy specialisation, you will address such key concerns as the determinants of economic growth, poverty, and inequality; the changing organization, operation, and logics of global industries; environmental sustainability and equity challenges arising from features and effects of global capitalism; and implications of the world market for the vitality and future of democracy.

Explore today’s international challenges

The interests and dynamics governing the global economy generate impacts felt across the full range of human endeavours – from politics and the economy to civil society and culture. With its commitment to multidisciplinarity and its attention to diverse theoretical traditions and geographical and societal standpoints, the Global Political Economy specialisation imparts the ideas and skills you need to explore and contribute to debates and discussions on the contemporary world economy, positioning you to contribute insights and analysis that will bring value to a wide range of professional and scholarly pursuits. ​

Benefit from unique expertise

You will benefit from the close contacts between the University and national and international government institutions in The Hague, as well as the unique wealth of area studies at Leiden University.

Career prospects

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

What our graduates do

The master’s programme in International Relations offers outstanding preparation if you are looking for a profession that requires comprehensive knowledge of world affairs and strong analytical and critical-thinking skills.

Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • Policy advisor, at a ministry of foreign affairs
  • Communications manager and project assistant at an NGO promoting reconciliation and peace
  • Consular spokesperson at a ministry of foreign affairs
  • Consultant at an NGO
  • Project manager at a company specialising in geo-services, international development and project management
  • PhD candidate and research assistant
  • Communications officer at an international student federation
  • Research analyst at a consultancy firm
  • Product manager at a multinational company
  • University relations manager at an education intermediary
  • Senior immigration expert at a multinational accountancy and consultancy firm

Your qualifications

Your degree will qualify you for a wide-range of roles in almost every sector of the employment market. Many of our graduates work for public services, research institutes, international organisations, government bodies, NGOs, education, communications, policy development, political institutes and academia, amongst others.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,47,386) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

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

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

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