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

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the research MA Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year.

For this master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin the master’s programme on 1 September 2020. The following additional conditions apply:

  • You will need a minimum of 165 ECTS of the 180 bachelor’s ECTS to get admission to start the master’s programme of your choice. 
  • You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2020 at the latest.

This option does not apply for students from non-EER countries, students from applied universities or who are following a pre-master’s programme.

Enrol in and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):

  1. Please contact the Humanities Admissions Office and mention which master's programme you would like to apply for and that you would like to make use of the option for the special circumstances due to the corona crisis. More information about obtaining the missing ECTS will be shared via your current bachelor's progamme.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before 15 June
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s programme before 1 September.

Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 30 September 2020 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
 
You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2020 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

Questions

If you have any questions about admission and enrolment, please use the online contact form to contact the Student Affairs Front Office, using ‘Admission request’ as the subject.

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in History or a comparable degree with a relevant specialisation. 

If you can demonstrate a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a degree mentioned above, you may be eligible.

All applicants must:

  • have a bachelor’s degree from a research university that matches the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including general academic skills;
  • be able to conduct independent empirical research;
  • be able to read academic literature and critically reflect on it;
  • have a knowledge of general history and be able to present their findings (based on critically reading the literature or on empirical research) in a systematic and analytical manner;
  • be able to write a thesis with proper references to the literature.

You may be asked to submit a writing sample, that shows your knowledge, understanding and skills.

In addition, applicants must also meet the following qualitative admission requirements:

  • Have sufficient knowledge of languages (other than English) relevant for study and research within the chosen specialisation;
  • Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for their entire bachelor’s programme, and a grade for the bachelor’s thesis of an 8 or higher;
  • Affinity with and suitability for scholarly research in the specific field of the programme/specialisation;
  • Demonstrable motivation to study and suitability for the particular Research MA programme/specialisation.

The qualitative admission requirements will be implemented as follows:

  • You are asked to provide a transcript of records and diploma of the relevant obtained academic degree.
  • Affinity with the field should be demonstrated by a “Research Proposal”. All applicants are required to submit a Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words, accompanied by an annotated bibliography of at least five (5) items, outlining the topic or field of research that the applicant wishes to pursue at Leiden University, and indicating the names of one or two faculty members who might guide that research.
  • Your motivation and suitability for your chosen specialization should be demonstrated by a well-argued and structured motivation letter in which the applicant indicates why he/she wants to follow the History programme and convincingly discusses what makes the applicant a good candidate for the research MA programme. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

Language requirements

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

  • A minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 25 is required for each of the four components
  • C2 Proficiency (former CPE) or C1 Advanced (former CAE) 185. 5

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

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