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MA History

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program Description

MA in history student

Study an MA in History at Leiden University

The Leiden University Institute for History has a broad and wide-reaching academic scope. The masters program in history offers you the chance to obtain a degree based on your own particular interests and ambitions.

This masters of arts program enables you to pursue your own interests as much as possible, the various specializations have a thematic focus. Within these specializations there are also possibilities to concentrate on maritime history, political debate or economic history. Its strong international orientation and focus on the study of European and non-European history in a global context gives the Leiden MA in History a unique character in the Netherlands.


  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Dutch History
  • Early Modern History
  • Contemporary History
  • American History
  • Maritime History
  • Social History
  • Economic History

The wide range of chairs in history which include most European and non-European areas, combined with the unique archive material available in Leiden University and in nearby The Hague facilitates a study of nearly all areas of the world.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the General Academic Skills
  • Comparable qualities in the field of knowledge, understanding and skills with those acquired upon graduating from the bachelor’s program History from Leiden University
  • Ability to conduct independent empirical research
  • Ability to read academic literature and reflect critically on it
  • Knowledge of general history and the ability to present findings (based on a critical reading of the literature or based on empirical research) in a systematic and analytical manner
  • Ability to write a thesis with proper references to the literature. Applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample, proving these qualities in the field of knowledge, understanding and skills. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Degree & diploma

Master of Arts in History

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With a long and rich history, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Students may choose to study from 7 faculties and 3 campuses, watch this video to learn what Leiden can offer you!

Leiden University

Leiden University

Services & Facilities

Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Location & accommodation

leiden the Netherlands

Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands

Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...

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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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