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History (MA)

At Leiden University, we have one of the world's leading centres for the study of European and non-European history. The master’s in History is your opportunity to access this world-class expertise.

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QS University Subject Rankings 2021 - History

A top-ranked programme

According to the QS World University Rankings 2021, History at Leiden University is rated 1st in continental Europe and 15th in the world.

Why study History at Leiden University?

With such a broad curriculum, the History master’s programme offers you the chance to specialise in niche subject areas not offered elsewhere. A flexible format also allows you to tailor your degree to suit your career goals. To help you develop a cohesive area of expertise, the programme offers seven specialisations each with their own thematic focus. Within your specialisation, you even have the added option of focusing on 

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Leading scholars and an individualised approach

At Leiden University, you learn from some of the leading scholars in the field. We have a specialised faculty 'chair' in almost every area of European and non-European history, while covering almost all periods form Classical Antiquity to the present. Small-scale classes and intensive mentoring ensure you benefit from their expertise both in and outside of the classroom.

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Global and comparative approach

All subjects in the master’s in History have a strong international orientation. Whichever your focus area, you will acquire a broad, comparative dimension to your knowledge and connect this to the latest global events. This approach to learning is not only unique to this programme but brings you a far broader understanding and an aptitude for critical thinking both of which are highly valued by employers today.

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 22 Government and semi government organisations
  • 14 Education
  • 12 Research
  • 8 Information management
  • 6 IT
  • 5 Financial institutions
  • 5 Communication and marketing
  • 5 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 4 Business services
  • 3 Welfare and health
  • 16 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA History 2016-2020

NVAO accredited programme

History degree

History at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in History and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Governance of Migration and Diversity

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The MA History specialisation Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence offers the interdisciplinary programme Governance of Migration and Diversity in which you will be taught by migration experts from Leiden University, Delft University and Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE).

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