• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Security challenges such as terrorism and cybercrime rank among the most pressing issues of our time. In the Security Studies programme from Leiden University you study 21st century security challenges and learn to devise strategic solutions to a complex world.
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Overview

Why study Security Studies ?

International terrorism, cybercrime, natural disasters and other issues affect the security and safety of millions each day. In Security Studies you learn to unravel security challenges by focusing on the political, historical and societal context in which they arise, as well as the effect of governance, institutions, and the media. You gain an academic perspective, and the ability to think critically about complex issues while taking all relevant factors of specific security challenges into account.

In this Security Studies programme from Leiden University you will also study various crises and crisis management. Crises are unforeseen situaties which require impactful decisions in times of stress and chaos. How do govenments and private actors work together to prevent, response to, and recover from crises such as natural disasters and pandemics? For example, in the course Case study: Fukushima, students will look into the Fukushima nuclear disaster that happened in 2011 in Japan and in the course Vital interests we will further discuss the SARS epidemic. 

Why Security Studies at Leiden University?

This English-taught programme challenges you to combine critical thinking with a practical attitude and helps you to develop into an all-round, academically trained, highly employable security specialist.

  • International community
  • Interdisciplinary approach security and safety challenge
  • Research-led and practice-oriented
  • Three-step teaching philosophy: Explore, Understand and Do
  • Combination of lectures and skills labs; where academic and professional skills are trained in small groups
  • Taught in the Centre of The Hague; the international City of Peace, Justice and Security

Is this the programme for you?

  • Do you read the international news with interest, seeking the interaction between global (security) events and their effect upon people, nations and organisations?
  • Are you an engaged and curious critical thinker?
  • Are you stimulated to find solutions to the crucial security and safety issues that arise every day?
  • Do you want to learn from leading academics and security professionals?

Your career prospects

Do you want to follow a full academic programme? After obtaining your bachelor’s degree you can continue with a master’s programme. Once you have successfully completed your master’s you will have earned the title Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Arts(MA). Your master’s diploma will increase your chances of finding a job or academic-level position.  

Your future workplace will depend upon your interests, knowledge and skills, and on the elective choices you’ve made during your study. Students who complete this programme find themselves prepared for a wide range of sectors and occupations. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

At every stage of the Bachelor’s of Security Studies, you will learn by ‘exploring, understanding, and doing’ security. This means that, throughout the programme, you will:

  • explore by identifying crucial events, stakeholders and the cultural and historical context of real-life safety and security cases
  • increase your understanding by identifying relevant theoretical lenses and applying them to these cases
  • use your knowledge to assess and design strategies and solutions to security and safety challenges

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Generally speaking, you have to submit an application for admission if:

  • You are an international student (you have a non-Dutch diploma).
  • You are a Dutch student without the Dutch VWO diploma or a final diploma from a Dutch university or hogeschool (university of applied sciences)
  • You are a holder of a propedeuse diploma from a university of applied sciences (HBO)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11800 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Den Haag

  • 780 - 1170 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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