Ancient History (MA)
To be eligible for the MA Ancient History at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.
The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:
Students with a Bachelor in History or Ancient Near Eastern Studies (track The Ancient Near Eastern World) from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission. Students must apply in Studielink, preferably no later than 1 month before the start of the programme. There is no need to submit an application for admission using the online application portal.
If you can demonstrate a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a degree specified above, you may be eligible.
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
- a bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the General Academic Skills, and
- have completed historical courses on relevant topics for the chosen specialisation and of sufficient level, to an equivalent of approximately 45 EC;
- be able to conduct independent empirical research;
- be able to read academic literature and reflect critically on it;
- have a knowledge of general history and be able to present their findings (based on a critical reading of the literature or based 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, proving the qualities in the field of knowledge, understanding and skills.
Applicants who have completed the following degrees including the coursework specified below are considered to have fulfilled the admission requirements:
- a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Languages and Cultures of South and Southeast Asia, including the combined programme in History worth 60 credits;
- a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in International Studies, including
- BA Thesis on a historical subject,
- the following optional courses which are part of the bachelor’s programme History:
- BA-Werkcollege (BA History, second year) or Elective on historical subject (BA International Studies, second year) (10 EC)
- Completed a BA-Seminar (BA History, third year) in the BA History (either as an extra pre-master-course or as an extra Elective in the BA International Studies) (10 EC)
- a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges, with
- a major in Human Diversity: track Global and Contemporary History or a major in World Politics: track Global History
Applicants are requested to provide the Board of Admissions with information demonstrating that the applicant possesses the same level of knowledge, understanding and skills as
holders of a degree in History or Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Leiden University.
Completed the pre-master's programme (taught in Dutch). Read more here.
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, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.
English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old!
- IELTS: academic modules only
- TOEFL: internet based
- We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
- We are able to accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™ for admission to the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
- Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria
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.