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Ancient History (MA)

Admission requirements

On this page you will find the admission requirements for this programme.

Diploma requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree.

Knowledge, understanding and skills comparable to those acquired upon graduating from the Bachelor’s programme in History from Leiden University.

  • Students with the following Bachelor degrees will be automatically admitted and need to apply through Studielink only:
    • Bachelor’s degree in History from Leiden University
    • Bachelor’s degree in Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean World from Leiden University
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University, 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).

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in Languages and Cultures of South and Southeast Asia from Leiden University, including the combined programme in History worth 60 ECTS, will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application.
  • Applications with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (Leiden University) with a
    • Major in Human Diversity: track Global and Contemporary History or
    • Major in World Politics: track Global History
      will be admitted. They do however need to submit an online application.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in History of a university of applied science (HBO) will be admitted after completing the pre-master’s programme.

Language requirements

Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). For a list of exceptions, see the website on language requirements.

Exams accepted

Cambridge English Exam equivalences

  • Programme requiring IELTS 6.5 = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), with a minimum grade of C
  • Programme requiring IELTS 7.0 or higher = Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)


Other exam criteria

  • Exam results may not be more than two years old.
  • Institutional exams, such as ITP-TOEFL, cannot be accepted.
  • Chinese students who need a Nuffic certificate should take either an IELTS or a TOEFL IBT exam.


You may be considered exempt from submitting one of the above-mentioned English exam results if:

  • You have an (English-taught) International Baccalaureate.
  • You completed your secondary or higher education in the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada).
  • At the discretion of the Board of Admissions, you are a Dutch student with pre-university education (VWO) level English.

In exceptional cases, students who otherwise qualify for an exemption but whose application documents cast doubt on their English proficiency may be asked to sit an English exam.

Submitting your exam results

All English exam results must be uploaded to the online application system.

Your English exam results must be checked for authenticity by the Admissions Office before the deadline for applying for a visa/residence permit (if applicable), or before the start date of your programme. To make this possible, please do the following:

  • TOEFL exam: tell ETS to send your original results report to Leiden University Admissions Office – institution code 0504.
  • Cambridge certificate: send your ID number and your “secret number” (check the Candidate Results Online service) to the Leiden University Admissions Office.
  • IELTS: a scanned exam result is sufficient - no further steps will be required.

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