Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Crisis and Security Management

Leiden University · Campus The Hague

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements available at http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/crisis-and-security-management/en/introduction

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Crisis and Security Management

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 involved in the management of these incidents to avoid or minimize disastrous consequences. Also there are less visible but not less important threats, like (organised) crime, political and religious radicalism, anti-social behaviour, and fear of crime.

We expect governments at all levels of society – from national government to European Union, from local police to international organisations – to protect citizens from these threats. If a threat materialises, we expect governmental elites to manage the crisis. In the aftermath of critical breakdowns governments are 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.

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. Public opinion often views the criminal justice system as inadequate or ineffective. As a result governments increase their efforts in ‘the fight against crime’. Another consequence is the existence of a large market in private security. For decades different forms of private security have grown, also in public domains.

Students of the Master’s programme in Crisis and Security Management (CSM) will become familiar with the causes of different forms of threats to security, with patterns of responses to these threats, with strategies of prevention and with ‘best practices’. In the master’s programme students will have the opportunity to develop a broad approach with an international perspective or to focus on the specific security questions in The Netherlands.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,006 (2017-2018)
International students
€ 16,600 (2017-2018)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

International Studyline Team