Security Studies

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
In the Bachelor's in Security Studies you study 21st century security challenges and learn to devise strategic solutions for a complex world.

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locatieDen Haag
typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
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.
Minor Safety, Security and Justice
Security challenges rank among the most pressing issues of our times. Ruth Prins offers an introduction to our brand new bachelor's programme: Security Studies.
On 1 April 2017 nearly hundred prospective students of Security Studies joined us in The Hague during the Experience Day. They joined lectures, talked with staff and learned about the study programme.
Studying at Leiden University

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

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 challenges
  • 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

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Experience Day Security Studies Den Haag
Are you interested in learning more about the challenging Bachelor programme in Security Studies? Then join our Experience Day on Wednesday 13 February! Get a taste of Security Studies and our campus in The Hague by visiting seminars, meeting students and staff.
Open Dag Leiden
Op de Open Dag maak je kennis met alle bacheloropleidingen van de Universiteit Leiden. Oriënteer je op één of meer bachelorstudies tijdens de presentaties en bezoek de Informatiemarkt. Je kunt al je vragen stellen aan studenten en studieadviseurs. En ontdek of Leiden jouw studentenstad is.


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minor Minors at Leiden University

As a bachelor's student at Leiden University you can chose from a wide range of different areas for your optional subjects. You can use this opportunity to broaden or deepen your programme.

A minor is one of the ways you can personalise your programme.
A minor is a related, logical package of subjects. The minor element in your programme has to be logical in terms of structure and cohesion, with introductory subjects, followed by a summary of the main themes in the field, so that students who are less familiar with the field are able to follow the courses. In Leiden minors carry 30 study credits, but it is also possible to study for half this number of credits.

minor Minor Intelligence Studies

In the minor Intelligence Studies attention is being paid to the structure, working methods and the qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques used by intelligence and security agencies.

Furthermore, the programme offers the choice to a specific focus on cyber intelligence, the services of the superpowers during the Cold War, quantitative analysis techniques used in intelligence, intelligence failures, and the position and powers od intelligence services in the democratic legal order.

The minor offers classes from guest lecturers, who either worked or still work in the field of intelligence. Their expertise as (former) employees of the Dutch secret services, scientific researchers, business experts or as other intelligence professionals provides students with a lot of practice examples.

minor Minor Security, Safety and Justice

The minor Security, Safety and Justice will provide you with the basic academic knowledge to understand the background of these questions better, with an emphasis on the “security” element.

The minor SSJ enables you to broaden your horizon regarding current topics in society.
The knowledge basis is multidisciplinary, and centers around three broad academic themes:


These themes are chosen because they are connected to specific academic fields. Security is related to criminology, antiterrorism, and security management; safety is directly related to the technical and sociological aspects of security management; and justice relates to legal studies. Knowledge of all of these fields is necessary to understand security and safety issues. In that way, the minor SSK is multidisciplinary, combining technical and non-technical topics.

minor Minor Global Affairs

The minor Global Affairs aims to provide students with the tools and knowledge to understand the most important global trends and challenges.

In the minor students will explore the relationship between geo-political shifts and power instruments in International Relations: in the political/ military as well as in the financial/economic domain. We will address the current situation in international diplomacy and the solutions it could or should provide in this radically changed environment which continues to change rapidly.


taal van onderwijs100% en
case study, excursion, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research project, poster presentation, practicum, tutorial, working group, self study
At every stage of the Bachelor's of Security Studies, you will learn by 'exploring, understanding, and doing' security. This means that 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
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden
honours-/excellence program Honours College Tackling Global Challenges

This honours programme Tackling Global Challenges offers a three year, 30 EC package. A combination of didactical principles is used to reach the aims of the programme.

Current challenges require new thinkers, potential leading experts and public leaders to solve crises at global and local level. The Honours Track has the goal of educating students on how current problems play out among government, science and society and give them the skills to tackle some of these issues theoretically, based on academic literature, and practically, at a local level. The learning experience is thereby based on interactive activities, such as visits to the Dutch parliament, the European Parliament, (public) organizations in The Hague as well as scenario planning and a simulation game.

Students are asked to go beyond the boundaries of their own field of study, look at themes, issues and trends in society that require a combination of scientific disciplines and analytical lenses. The programme links analysis or existing patterns to a future outlook. While using their own field of study to understand old and new issues, students are also expected to understand and integrate the contributions from other disciplines. Students are further involved in shaping the programme, in suggesting and preparing topics of analysis and discussion.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 10800

It is important to us that you are sure Security Studies is the right programme for you. To this end, you will follow an online matching procedure that compares your expectations and skills against the content of the programme. The procedure results in a non-binding advice as to whether the programme is a good fit for you. For students with a diploma from a Dutch educational institution, completing the matching procedure is a mandatory requirement for enrollment in the BSc Security Studies.
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estimated monthly costs

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326kamerhuur in Den Haagrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1194totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


119 studenten volgen deze opleiding
33% daarvan is vrouw
117 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
33% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Den Haag

31524studenten studerend
17582studenten woonachtig   
€ 326gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Security Studies aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met uit 5.
bron: Universiteit Leiden
student tevredenheid
aantal eerstejaars 122
ervaren contacttijd per week 6-12
doorstroom naar tweede jaar
diploma binnen 4 jaar
werk op niveau in 1,5 jaar

Studie in cijfers

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Na de studie

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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.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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:

  • Security Policy Officer at a government organisation
  • Consultant advising public and private organisations on security
  • Risk Manager at a public or private organisation
  • PhD student in the security domain
  • Strategic Advisor on security strategies at a public or private organisation
  • Researcher in the security domain at a university


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