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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.

Alice Eaton

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

Alice Eaton

"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."

“I currently work as an International Conversion Adviser at UWE Bristol. I work with a diverse team to provide information to students and help to make them feel welcomed and supported by the university prior to their arrival. This process goes from the initial enquiry right up to the final enrolment.“

Analyzing as an essential skill

“A large part of my MA was reading texts from different sources and analyzing it to gain an answer. Much of what I do in my job is the same: I analyze industry reports, information from regional offices and student feedback to see what trends are rising within higher education, and what we can do to meet these trends as well as improve our services. Being able to critique my own work is essential, because higher education is constantly evolving and I need to be able to adapt to these changing circumstances in order to make the student experience as positive as possible. This was a skill I learned during my time at Leiden, as was the need to make the university experience for international students as seamless and positive as possible.”

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."

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA (Cities,) Migration and Global Interdependence 2015-2019.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 25.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 20.0 % Education
  • 15.0 % Research
  • 10.0 % Communication and marketing
  • 5.0 % IT
  • 5.0 % Welfare and health
  • 5.0 % Industry
  • 5.0 % Consultancy
  • 5.0 % Information management
  • 5.0 % Business services

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 59.0 % found a job within two months
  • 64.0 % found their first job at academic level

Career preparation

Find out how this programme exactly prepares you for your future career at Career preparation.

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