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What will I learn?

The two-year Advanced MSc IRD programme offers you a unique blend of academic education in international relations and political science with practical graduate education and training in international negotiation and diplomacy.

You attend a wide range of courses, develop your analytical and research skills, take on an internship, write your master’s thesis, and build your network with experts in relevant fields. Upon graduation you are prepared to take on positions in international organisations, politics, and diplomacy; or for PhD research.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The Advanced MSc. IRD is a programme taught jointly by Leiden University’s Institute for Security and Global Affairs (Faculty Governance and Global Affairs), the Institute of Political Science (Faculty of Social Sciences) and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.

The location of The Hague is beneficial for this master’s programme in terms of substantive focus and the various links to international institutions located in this city. As one of the partners, Clingendael’s objective is to promote the understanding of international affairs, and the institute devotes special attention to European co-operation, international security, and diplomacy.

In the current era of global interdependence, collaborative efforts are needed to meet the most pressing challenges in international politics, security and economics. Increased transnational channels of communication, global trade and capital flows characterise an increasingly interconnected world of both nation states and non-state actors. The resulting challenges to global governance can be met most effectively by patterns of international and transnational co-operation and diplomacy.

Reasons to choose International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University

  • You gain broad multidisciplinary perspectives in the programme, which is taught jointly by the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, the Institute of Political Science and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.
  • You study in The Hague, centre of international diplomacy and ‘international city of peace and justice’.
  • The strong academic orientation of the programme and its professors is balanced by the practice-oriented insights of guest lecturers working in the field.

Career prospects

The MSc IRD prepares you specifically for a career in international diplomacy, international government and non-governmental organisations, national or international public administration, ‘think tanks’ and research institutions, international interest associations or international business.

Skills after graduation

In view of the range of courses the students attend, their analytical and research skills, possible internship experience, master’s thesis, and contact with experts in relevant fields, graduates of this programme possess a high level of academic education and preparation for relevant positions in international organisations, international politics, and diplomacy. The programme also aims to prepare students for possible continued academic training within the framework of a doctoral programme.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,400.00 (14,05,493) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


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

You can apply for admission if you have:

  • A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university in political science, international relations, international law, public administration, economics, sociology or history.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants with prior education in other fields, but with outstanding academic qualities, or with professional experience in the area of international relations and diplomacy, may be admitted to the programme. The number of students admitted to this programme is limited.
  • Demonstrated excellence in prior academic education.

Proof of thorough proficiency in English: IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 or Cambridge CPE/CAE 185.

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


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