BSc Security Studies

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Program Description

Security challenges such as terrorism and cybercrime rank among the most pressing issues of our time. In the Bachelor’s in Security Studies you study 21st-century security challenges and learn to devise strategic solutions for a complex world.

Why study Security Studies?

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.

In this bachelor programme you will also study various crises and crisis management. Crises are unforeseen situaties which require impactful decisions in times of stress and chaos. How do govenments and private actors work together to prevent, response to, and recover from crises such as natural disasters and pandemics? For example, in the course Case study: Fukushima, students will look into the Fukushima nuclear disaster that happened in 2011 in Japan and in the course Vital interests we will further discuss the SARS epidemic. 

Why Securities Studies at Leiden University?

This English-taught programme challenges you to combine critical thinking with a practical attitude and helps you to develop into an all-around, academically trained, highly employable security specialist.

  • The study in The Hague, a global hub of security expertise and home to organizations such as Europol.
  • Highly international in terms of students and lecturers, bringing broad perspectives to the classroom.
  • The Leiden programme offers you opportunities to match your future ambitions.

Is this the programme for you?

  • Do you read the international news with interest, seeking the interaction between global (security) events and their effect on people, nations, and organizations?
  • Are you an engaged and curious critical thinker?
  • Are you stimulated to find solutions to the crucial security and safety issues that arise every day?
  • Do you want to learn from leading academics and security professionals?

Then the Bachelor’s in Security Studies is for you!

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national an ... Read More

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you. We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose! Read less
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