Leiden University and Campus The Hague

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The Institute of Public Administration is part of Leiden University. The institute is located at Campus The Hague, combining the best of two worlds: the knowledge and the facilities of Leiden University and the proximity of the political, cultural and economic heart of the Netherlands as The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State.

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is the oldest university in the Netherlands. Over 17,000 students, of whom about one tenth come from abroad, and 4,000 university staff members make Leiden a very lively and entertaining place and a true student town. Leiden is a beautiful historic municipality with many 17th century houses; the city centre is crisscrossed with boat-lined canals, which are bordered by red brick roads. In short, Leiden is a small and friendly town, but with all the conveniences of a large city.

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Campus The Hague lies at a mere fifteen minutes distance. Although, The Hague is bigger than Leiden it is becoming more student friendly with the introduction of our new campus in 2012 as well as Leiden University College (established in 2010). The city has some small streets in the town centre that may be dated from the late Middle Ages and several spacious streets boasting large and luxurious 18th-century residences. Studying in the political, cultural and economic heart of the Netherlands brings several advantages: lectures from practitioners to internships.

The Institute of Public Administration

The Institute of Public Administration focuses on classic or core themes of study. These include 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.

MSc. in Public Administration

Upon entering the MSc in Public Administration students can choose amongst different tracks.

  1. International and European Governance
  2. Public Management: Between Politics and Policy
  3. Governing Markets: Regulation and Competition

The institute offers an intellectually exciting learning environment with high academic standards. The focus is not just on knowledge transfer but also on debate and critical thinking, whereby the students’ ability to think independently is greatly stimulated. The ratio of academic staff members to students is about 1 to 8. Therefore, students enjoy many contact hours with teaching staff, as well as lots of chances to attend classes given by professors. Leiden University also provides all the facilities that a modern student requires: from modern ICT and computer facilities, study areas and libraries, cafeterias and various support services. Together, these factors result in academic excellence!

Incoming students can also choose courses from our MSc in Crisis and Security Mananagement and those who have a good command of the Dutch language can also join the courses of our Dutch-taught MSc in Management van de Publieke Sector.

The MSc Program Public Administration is a one-year programme (60 ECTS). Courses are offered during two semesters: September-January and February-June. All courses are taught in English.


The Leiden programme can take 8-10 students per year from partner institutions. Incoming students can be hosted during the first and second semester. Outgoing students go abroad for an extra semester, added to their Master in Leiden. Students can choose courses from the compulsory part and from each of the specializations.


Contact persons
Prof. dr. Frits van der Meer
Endowed professor

Prof. dr. Casper van den Berg
Associate professor

Ms. Jolanda den Heijer
Study advisor

Ms. Sofie Delpeut
Study advisor

Ms. Tineke Choi
Study advisor


Instituut Bestuurskunde
2 Schouwburgstraat
The Hague, 2511 VA