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Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present (research) (MA)

In the research master Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present at Leiden University you will be at the forefront of a new approach to understand how politics and identities in Europe are conceived.

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 Politics, Culture and National Identities (research) at Leiden University?

You will be part of a research master's programme that takes a broad, comparative approach to the study of the political and national identities of a number of European countries spanning the period 1800 to 2010. The programme also takes an international perspective by looking at the relations between different European countries instead of the more usual nationalistic historiography.

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Explore the evolution of national identities

You will examine the evolution of the Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present of countries such as the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany or Russia – and how these countries influenced each other through 'cultural transfer': the adoption of examples from other countries and the inspiration they engender.

Contribute to current debates

Your understanding of how national identities and political views have evolved will enable you to make a valuable contribution to the debates that continue to dominate both public and academic forums, including discussions about the EU, democracy and populism.

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.

Admission and Application

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 50 Research
  • 25 Government and semi-governments organisations
  • 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

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Politics, Culture and National Identities (research) degree

Politics, Culture and National Identities (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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