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Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (research) (MA)

Career preparation

Our goal is to prepare you to make a difference in your future career.

Knowledge and skills

The research master’s programme in History at Leiden University aims to equip you with a range of important skills and knowledge that will help you achieve your personal career goals. Whichever your area of expertise, you will have a broad and global context to your knowledge and critical-thinking skills that can be applied to the most complex conceptual problems.

Relevant professional experience

During your studies you will have ample opportunity to gain experience studying, working, or conducting research at an organisation or institution. This experience is highly valued within international organisations. In class, we encourage every student to participate in discussions with fellow students and lecturers to develop their confidence articulating ideas. Regular events throughout the year, including an Employment Café, present opportunities to network with alumni and explore internship and job opportunities.


Many of our students choose to do an internship during their study. Internships are a great way to gain invaluable first-hand experience in your area of interest before you decide on making it a career. In recent years students from the research master in Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (Research) have been doing internships at the following organisations:

  • Museum Boerhave
  • MAS (Museum aan de Stroom Antwerpen)
  • Dutch Embassy Egypt
  • Dutch Embassy New Zealand
  • Ministry of Security and Justice
  • ING Huygens
  • IISG
  • Heineken
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland
  • Stichting Ontmoeting met Buitenlandse Vrouwen te Den Haag
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory N.V.

Humanities Career Service

Our staff can help you identify both the career that is right for you, and the necessary steps to get you there. Our team at Humanities Career Service provide all Leiden University humanities students with professional advice and guidance on everything from internships and career planning to job applications. Humanities Career Service also organises regular workshops on topics such as effective interview skills and creating a successful CV.

Humanities Career Event

Each year, the Faculty of Humanities organises a Humanities Careers Event. This all-day event is your chance to learn everything you can about how to find the job you want and successfully attain it. The event includes workshops on a wide range of topics as well as opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers and attain tips, information and potential job leads.

Check out the video of the Humanities Career Event 2019!

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