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In the Bachelor's in Security Studies you study 21st century security challenges and learn to devise strategic solutions for a complex world. 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.
You study at Leiden University, one of the leading universities in continental Europe. The programme is located in The Hague, the international city of peace, justice and security.
As a Security Studies student, you can expect a full working week of about 40 hours. You will spend an average of 12 hours in-class and the rest of the time in independent study. You attend lectures focused upon a particular topic; the lectures are complemented by labs in which the material is discussed in greater depth and with more student input, for example in solo or group presentations.
At every stage of the Bachelor's of Security Studies, you will learn by 'exploring, understanding, and doing' security. This means that you will:
After a broad introduction to security and safety in modern society, you gain insight into different vulnerabilities and threats, the actors involved, and approaches to safety and security issues. You study two complex real life case with local, national, regional and global dimensions: Syria, and Fukushima.
During the Skills Labs in you acquire knowledge and skills. You develop both academic and professional skills in small groups of about 15 international students. Guided by a tutor you learn to analyse texts, construct arguments, re?ect on your work, give and receive feedback and practice leadership and teamwork skills.
In your second year you learn about the strategies necessary to protect the vital interests in society and to ensure stability, welfare and prosperity. In doing so, you will study three security and safety challenges: Terrorism & Counter-terrorism, Cyber Threats & Risk Management and War & Peace Building. You will also explore the underlying themes of Law and Security, Economics of Security and Governance of Security.
Each security and safety challenge and underlying theme in this year are taught through pleanry lectures and Course Labs. These Course Labs are connected to the subjects and aim to provide deeper understanding of the lectures in an interactive way.
You have exceptional freedom to tailor your studies to your goals in Year 3, enabling you to qualify for a specialised master's programme, or to prepare for entering the labour market. You have the opportunity to study abroad or do an internship, you can choose to deepen your knowledge and skills via a minor or elective from FGGA or another Leiden faculty; or you can take your minor at another university in the Netherlands or abroad. You conclude the programme by writing an individual thesis.
After completing the programme and after following a master's programme, you might pursue your career in areas such as think tanks, government bodies, NGOs, or the police, as well as in the private sector, where security issues are increasingly important. You will benefit from the networks built during the programme and through your presence in The Hague, as well as in the private sector, where strategic roles with respect to security are becoming increasingly important as well.
Your employer might be an international organisation, non-profit organisation, a ministry, a business, or an educational institute concerned with the implementation of, or giving advice on, security strategies.
Graduates may take up positions such as:
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Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.
We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!
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