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Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

Your master will qualify you for roles in almost every sector of the employment market. Many of our graduates work for public services, research institutes, business services, banking and financial services, communications, education, advisory work, policy development, management, co-ordination, editing and information services.

Examples of the diverse roles of our graduates include:

  • Senior assistant at the European Union
  • Consultant
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • History teacher at a secondary school
  • Project manager at a text agency
  • Digital education officer at a museum
  • Policy advisor at a local council
  • Editor at a publishing house
  • Web journalist at a multimedia publishing house

Your qualifications

The MA in History offers outstanding preparation for students seeking a profession that requires in-depth knowledge of history and strong academic skills, with a focus on analytical and writing skills.

Teaching qualification

If you are interested in a career in teaching, you may be eligible to follow a teacher-training master's at the ICLON Graduate School of Education once you have graduated from the master programme in History. You must speak fluent Dutch and there are other, additional entry requirements.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

Nathan Levy

Graduated in Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (MA History)

Nathan Levy

"The Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence MA-track led me to consider my current employment by providing high-quality and engaging teaching on the subject of migration, and the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of leading migration historians such as Marlou Schrover. Moreover, in following the Governance of Migration and Diversity sub-specialisation, I was exposed to multidisciplinary perspectives which helped me secure a PhD position at Erasmus University after I graduated."

Alice Eaton

Graduated in Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (MA History)

Alice Eaton

"I work as an Editorial Assistant for Sweet Cherry Publishing, a small independent children's book publisher based in Leicester. I read many manuscripts and sort out the good from the bad. I also edit books, making sure they make sense as a whole and correct spelling and grammar. I use my analytical skills to decide what is good. I need to be able to tell my manager what works, and why."

Working with a diverse range of people

"I also read a great many books in a short space of time, something that I had begun to develop during my studies. I create short reports on my opinions of them; again, something I learnt during my studies. Working with a diverse range of people for my MA helped me to develop my teamwork and presentation skills, both of which I need for my job."

A fascinating subject to study

"I decided to study Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence because I am very interested in migration and the history of migratory movements. I wrote my BA dissertation about the movement of Dutch East-Indians to the Netherlands, the research for which introduced me to Leiden and then made me think a master's in this field would be a fascinating subject to study and Leiden was the best place for me."

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA in History.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 18.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 17.0 % Education
  • 14.0 % Research
  • 6.0 % Industry
  • 6.0 % ICT
  • 5.0 % Non-profit (e.g. idealistic organisations)
  • 4.0 % Communication
  • 4.0 % Consultancy
  • 4.0 % Journalism
  • 4.0 % Business services
  • 3.0 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 3.0 % Publishing and the book industry
  • 13.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 74.0 % found a job within two months
  • 65.0 % found their first job at academic level

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