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Europe 1000-1800 (research) (MA)

In this research master at Leiden University you will focus on the important cultural and political transformations that characterised Europe between 1000-1800.

A top-ranking programme

According to the QS World University Rankings 2023, History at Leiden University is rated 1st in continental Europe and 17th in the world.

Why study Europe 1000-1800 (research) at Leiden University?

You will join a research master's programme in which you will study areas of history not covered by other Dutch history departments, including British, Iberian and Central European history as well as the political and cultural history of the Netherlands. You will learn how to think comparatively about the transformations in politics, culture and religion that occurred during this era.

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Learn from leading scholars

During the programme you will engage closely in current scholarly debates, honing your ability to analyse and critique the latest academic ideas and theories. The programme is taught by inspired academics currently engaged in large-scale research projects on issues directly related to the MA, including feuds and factions, the Burgundian nobility, war memories and identity formation.

Admission and Application

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Access to unique resources

During your studies you will also be able to benefit from easy access to the excellent library and archival resources available in Leiden and The Hague, where you can study many primary sources and secondary studies.

Is this programme for you?

If you are interested in dedicating more time to in-depth research, or are thinking of a future in academic or non-academic research, you should consider choosing the Research MA over the MA. A love for reading and discussing intensively with your fellow students, as well as conducting your own research, is essential. If, moreover, you are ambitious and not averse to hard intellectual work, you have what it takes to complete this programme successfully.

Join an active student community

As a Research MA student, you will become part of a close-knit community of other students across the different History Research MA specialisations. A dedicated Research MA room provides a quiet place to study and keep your books on campus, as well as camaraderie with your fellow Research MA students. Monthly drinks and other activities give you a chance to make friends, create collaborations, and build your academic network.

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Leiden Medievalists Blog

Leiden University is home to many specialists studying the history, culture, art, archaeology and languages of the Middle Ages. On the Leiden Medievalists Blog you will read articles by Leiden University researchers from various disciplines, including History, Art History, Archaeology, Book History, Anglo-Saxon Studies, Dutch Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, and Middle Eastern Studies.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 50 Research
  • 25 Government and semi-government
  • 12 Consultancy
  • 6 Financial institutions
  • 6 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 1 Other

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

Europe 1000-1800 (research) degree

Europe 1000-1800 (research) at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a research master’s degree in History and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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