MSc in Cybersecurity Governance



What will I learn?

In the track Cybersecurity Governance, you will be familiarized with the breadth, depth and complexity of cybersecurity challenges. This track seeks to provide you state-of-the art with knowledge of governance and regulatory strategies available to address these challenges.

What does this master's programme entail?

In a world that increasingly relies on networked digital technologies, cybersecurity has become a pressing concern. In recent times, academics, governments and organisations have come to realize that cybersecurity is not only a technical issue, but also involves questions of governance and policy making, law and regulations, politics and international relations, and economics and psychology. This is the only dedicated programme in the Netherlands that focuses on the governance and regulatory dimensions of this field.

In this track you will

  • Be familiarized with the breadth, depth and complexity of cybersecurity challenges;
  • Study and discuss novel challenges such as fake news and disinformation and their fundamental implications for our understanding of truth and the rule of law in democratic societies;
  • Be provided with knowledge of the state-of-the art of governance and regulatory strategies available to address these challenges;
  • Follow one course on the technical foundations of cyberspace.

Career prospects

The combination of academic and professional skills taught in the CSM prepares you for a wide variety of careers in the rapidly expanding domain of security and crisis management, including public or private sector and policy-making positions.

Skills after graduation

Once you have obtained your master diploma, you will be ideally equipped to enter the labour market. Because of your specialist knowledge and skillset you will have a world of options available to you, both in the public and in the private sector. There are, for instance, many strategic and challenging opportunities working for a ministry, embassy, European institute, NGO, or local administration but also plenty of opportunities working for consultancy firms or working as a consultant for private security companies.

Positions held by our alumni

CSM graduates find employment in both the public and private sector, in a wide variety of positions. In the three months after graduation, almost 63% of graduates land their first job. After the first year, this is nearly 92%.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€14,000.00 (12,37,077) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


Leiden University Campus The Hague

Wijnhaven Building,

Turfmarkt 99, DP,



2511, 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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