Information about the Institute of Political Science to help you on your way!

The Institute of Political Science


Executive Board of the Institute of Political Science

Programme directors of the master's programmes:

Research Master in Political Science & Public Administration:
Prof. dr. P. Kopecký 

Master in Political Science:
Dr. N.J.G. van Willigen 

Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners deals with individual requests to deviate from the official Course & Examination Regulations. ›  Read more

Teaching Committees

The Teaching Committees advise the institutional and faculty councils about everything that concerns the bachelor's and master's programmes. They deal with various issues related to programme quality control, including the discussion of individual course evaluations, the yearly approval of the Course & Examination Regulations, the educational programme, and proposals for reforms.

If you have suggestions, please contact your student representative or send your suggestions to one of the representatives. E-mails are dealt with confidentially and teachers and professors do not have access to this mailbox.

Click here for the members of the committee, email addresses and more information.

Political Science Study Association

The Political Science study association SPIL organizes lectures, book sales, trips abroad, etc.

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Electronic systems that you need to use during your studies


Blackboard is the digital system that professors use to post announcements concerning their course, electronic articles, course manuals, etc. You must enroll yourself for your courses on blackboard by clicking the link below. Please note that enrolment on blackboard is necessary to read important course information, but is not the same as official course registration (about which you will be informed by the secretariat or the electronic course prospectus). Official course registration does not lead to automatic Blackboard enrollment.

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The Institute of Political Science uses the program Turnitin to detect plagiarism in students’ written work. All written work (including short assignments/essays, comprehensive final papers, and theses) must be submitted by the student through Turnitin (besides a printed copy), which can be accessed via the relevant course in Blackboard. Turnitin compares texts submitted by students with an extensive database of source documents, including papers and theses of other students and electronic documents on the internet, and evaluates the texts for similarities. For each text submitted by a student, the instructor receives a report from Turnitin on identified similarities and will on this basis take any necessary action.

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Student Support

Admissions Office

For all matters concerning your application, registration and payment of tuition fees, please contact Leiden University’s Admissions Office.

Contact details 

Student Services Center

Students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences can contact the FSW Student Services Center with questions. The The SSC is located on the ground floor of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
Opening hours: Monday- Thursday from 10.00-14.00 hrs and Friday from 10.00-12.00 hrs.
T: +31 (0)71 527 7779

Study adviser Political Science master's programmes

The study adviser gives advice to students about their study planning and study progress. In case of personal, medical or family circumstances students can talk to their study adviser to discuss the situation, the need for professional help, the consequences for their study progress, and the possible options for minimizing study delay.

The study adviser for the master's programmes is

Ms. Drs. Alma Caubo.

International Student Counsellor/Student Psychologists

Ms. Jantien Delwel:

Student psychologists

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences


All classes in the Political Science master's programme are taught in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences unless it is indicated otherwise in the e-prospectus.

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
The Netherlands

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Master Thesis Lab

The Master Thesis Lab is located on the 6th floor of the Pieter de la Court building (Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden) and offers students of the Faculty of Social Sciences a quiet work space when working on their thesis. It also offers assistance when students have statistical or methodological questions.

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Last Modified: 23-05-2017