Security is one of the most important responsibilities of a state. In recent years, however, the capacity of national governments to protect citizens and to secure critical infrastructures has come under pressure. Providing security is one of the most important responsibilities of a state. In recent years, however, the capacity of national governments to protect citizens and to secure critical infrastructures has come under pressure.
Serious incidents such as terrorist attacks, urban riots, disasters, political scandals and industrial accidents do not occur frequently. But when they do, they demand full attention of all those involved in the management of these incidents to avoid or minimize physical, social and political consequences. The same holds for less ‘spectacular’ but no less important threats, such as (organised) crime, political and religious radicalisation, anti-social and violent behaviour, etcetera.
We expect governments at all levels of society – from national governments to the European Union, and from local police to international organisations – to protect citizens from these threats. If a threat materialises, we expect the authorities to manage the crisis. In the aftermath of critical breakdowns, governments are also expected to investigate what went wrong and to make sure it will never happen again. All these activities fall within the scope of security and crisis management. However, we do not only look at states and governmental organisations.
Building a just, safe and secure society is a high-ranking priority in most western countries. It is a prominent task of the state, but it cannot be done by the state on its own. There are more actors that play a role. Think of non-governmental organisations or even individual citizens that can be and, increasingly, are involved in crisis and security management. Also think of the growing private security industry and the increasing role of social media.
During this one year multi-disciplinary Master programme, students will become familiar with the causes of different forms of crises and threats to security, with patterns of responses and governance of these phenomena, and policies and strategies to prevent threats, incidents or crises. In the master’s programme students will be confronted with the insights of various academic disciplines and a combination of theory and practice. The focus is on both global and so-called ‘glocal’ issues, as well as local and national (Dutch) ones. The Master thesis project provides students the opportunity to specifically focus on one particular type of crisis or security issue and how certain actors deal with it.
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 and other private companies in the field of crisis and security management.
This specialisation prepares students for a career in the rapidly expanding domain of local, national and international security and safety management. In recent years, there has been a rising demand for professionals with a background in crisis and safety management, both in the public and private sector. Students with this specialisation can apply for jobs in policymaking departments, local and provincial government, international organizations and NGOs, consultancy agents, and private industry.
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 activities 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.
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