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Art History (MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Art History at Leiden University, you need to meet the following admission requirements.

You are eligible to apply for the MA Arts and Culture if you have:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Art History or from a foreign research university of an equivalent level; or
  • a bachelor’s degree from a research university (equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree) in a Humanities or Archaeology programme related to Arts and Culture; and
  • completed at least 40 EC (or equivalent) on relevant courses of sufficient level in the field of Art History and/or Museum Studies which demonstrate:
    • knowledge and understanding of the history of art production in western and non-western cultures and of different forms of art, architecture and design;
    • knowledge and understanding of the history, theories and practices in the field of art in a global perspective or museum studies and of the relevant contexts in which art works or art museums, institutes and heritage sites function.
    • art historical skills, such as the ability to give well-founded criticism to academic art-historical texts.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Art History on the basis of the requirements specified above.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a research university that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for a pre-master’s programme tailored to your individual background. After submitting your application in Studielink, the Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be directly admitted to the master’s programme, whether you will first need to complete a pre-master’s programme, or whether your deficiencies are considered too extensive and you can therefore not be admitted at all. It is not possible to directly apply for a pre-master’s programme. 

The language requirements for a pre-master's programme are identical to the language requirements for the master's programme for which admission has been requested. These requirements must be met before the start of the premaster.

Once you have completed the imposed pre-master’s programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme. For more information about the individual pre-master’s programme, please contact the Coordinator of Studies.

Applicants with a degree from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO) or equivalent are not eligible for admission to the Master’s and pre-master’s programme.

Students with a Bachelor of Art History from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission, if at least the appropriate specialisation course is completed. Students can apply in Studielink. There is no need to submit an application for admission using the online application portal.

Language requirements

February 2024 intake

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:

  • IELTS: 7.0; with a score of at least 7.0 for each component.
    • We do not accept IELTS Academic online.
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator.
  • TOEFL (Internet based) 100, with a score of at least 25 for each components.
    • We are not able to accept The TOEFL IBT Home Edition™, except in the following situations only:
      You took the test before 1 Sept 2022 (and it is not more than 2 years old), or you are unable to take an in-person test on location because test centres are inaccessible or closed due to unsafe conditions in a country.
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.

Note that English test results may not be more than two years old.

You do not have to submit an English proficiency test if you have completed your education in the USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta; or if you have obtained an English-taught International Baccalaureate™; or if you have completed a Dutch VWO diploma or an English-taught bachelor at a Dutch research university.

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.

From September 2024:

The following requirements apply: 

  • IELTS Academic modules only, on paper or on computer: 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 for each separate component score.
    • We do not accept IELTS Academic online.
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator.
       
  • TOEFL internet based: 90 overall, with at least 20 for each separate component.
    • We are not able to accept The TOEFL IBT Home Edition™, except in the following situations only:
      You took the test before 1 Sept 2022 (and it is not more than 2 years old), or you are unable to take an in-person test on location because test centres are inaccessible or closed due to unsafe conditions in a country.
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency, or C1 Advanced (180), with a minimum score of 169 for each separate component.

Note that English test results may not be more than two years old.

You do not have to submit an English proficiency test if you have completed your education in the USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta; or if you have obtained an English-taught International Baccalaureate™; or if you have completed a Dutch VWO diploma or an English-taught bachelor at a Dutch research university.

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to 
English language proficiency
.

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