Public Administration

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• Economics and Governance
• Governing Markets: regulation and competition
• International and European Governance
• Public Management: Linking Politics and Policy

The Institute of Public Administration focuses on the functioning of various political-administrative systems locally, nationally, and internationally, the relationship between politics and administration, the organisation of the civil service, issues of ethics, and policy analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of institutions for the functioning and reform of political-administrative processes.

The Master’s program in Public Administration builds on topical research in public sector management, public policy, domestic and international and European governance.
Students following this program can choose between the specializations:
• Governing Markets: Regulation and competition
• International and European Governance
• Public Management: Linking Politics and Policy

The program provides students with in-depth understanding of the functioning of administrations in Europe, at the national level, in comparison with other European countries and in the multi level context of the European Union. Several core courses ensure that students master the most important theoretical and analytical approaches in the analysis of institutions, as well as essential analytical skills. Specialization and elective courses allow students to learn more about performance evaluation and networking in the public sector, the relationship between politicians and civil servants, international organizations and their approaches to governance or the way public policy is made and implemented in the European Union’s multi level system.

Career opportunities:
The combination of academic and professional skills taught in the master’s programme makes Leiden graduates excellent candidates for positions in national and international Public Administration as well as for managerial positions in the private sector. Many of them also find their way to consultancy organisations.

The study association B.I.L. (abbreviation for Bestuurskundige Interfacultaire vereniging Leiden) organises activities, like ‘speed dates’ with companies and organisations, several visits during the year (e.g. International Criminal Court) and alumni diners on a regular basis. Participating in these activitities gives you a good idea of your future possibilities.

Leiden University Career Zone
The Leiden University Career Zone is a website for students and alumni of Leiden University to support their (study) career planning.

Search year for Non-EU students
After obtaining your degree, non-European students can apply for a residence permit under the Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment (Zoekjaar afgestudeerde) scheme. This allows you to spend a period of up to twelve months in the Netherlands to find employment.

Some figures about graduates of Public Administration

Did you know that… ?
53 % of our alumni found a job within two months after graduation?
77 % of our alumni found a job within six months after graduation?
Over 60 % of our alumni has a job for which the MSc Public Administration or a closely related studies was a requirement?
Our alumni work on average 38 hours per week and have a gross monthly salary of more than € 3.000?

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phone.: 071 527 11 11
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