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Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (MA)

In Leiden University’s master’s in Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence you will study processes of migration, urbanisation, economic development and global interaction through time.

Start in February 2024

You can apply now to start the programme in February. The deadline is 15 October for students who need a visa or residence permit, and 15 November for students who do not.

A top-ranked 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 Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence?

Do you want to explain the refugee crisis? The economic crisis? Persistent inequality (according to gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality)? Crime and urbanisation?  In this History master’s degree you will focus on processes that are subjects of heated current societal and political debates. You will study them from a comparative and historical perspective (covering the period 1500 until today) and place them in the wider frameworks of the development of trade networks, the emergence of multinationals, economic growth and stagnation, and regional unification.

Why choose Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence at Leiden University?

  • Learn to understand and contribute to current debates about migration, urbanisation, globalisation, crime, economic growth and inequality and put these debates in a historical and comparative perspective
  • Study the movement of people, goods, services, capital, and ideas, and demographic, spatial, political, institutional, and legal, opportunities and restrictions
  • Become an academic researcher, a well-informed politician or policy maker,an employee of a NGO, European or national organisation, a critical journalist, or an inspiring teacher.
  • Include gender, class, religion, sexuality and race/ethnicity in your study and of processes that create equality/inequality and freedoms and slavery.
  • Benefit from the expertise of an international team of enthusiastic teachers.

Learn more about the study programme

Choose from three specialisations

The Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence programme offers three specialisations:

  • The Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence general programme is focused on urbanisation, migration and economic development in a global and comparative context. 
  • Economic history studies from many different angles a very elementary question: how did economies manage to unleash an unprecedented increase in affluence? Economic growth has been a blessing for many, is a hope for many more and a challenge for future generations. 
  • The interdisciplinary programme Governance of Migration and Diversity offers you the knowledge of migration experts in several fields of study, from Leiden University, Delft University and Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE).

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme?
Check the entry requirements

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 25 Goverment and semi-government organisations
  • 20 Education
  • 15 Research
  • 10 Communication and marketing
  • 5 IT
  • 5 Welfare and health
  • 5 Industry
  • 5 Consultancy
  • 5 Information management
  • 5 Business services

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence 2016-2020.

NVAO accredited programme

History Degree

Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of History. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in History and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Find out more about the career prospects

Nadia Bouras about her research

Nadia Bouras is an expert in the field of the migration and integration of Moroccan people in the Netherlands and lectures on the Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence programme. In this video, she talks more about her research. 

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