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Europaeum Programme European History and Civilisation (MA)

The Europaeum programme: European History and Civilisation is a unique one-year master’s programme offered by Leiden University, Université Paris I – Panthéon/Sorbonne and the University of Oxford.

A top-ranked programme

According to the QS World University Rankings 2022, History at Leiden University is rated 1st in continental Europe and 16th in the world.

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Why study European History and Civilisation at Leiden University?

During the Europaeum programme you will focus on exploring the processes, values and ideas that shaped Europe from medieval to modern times. You may tailor the programme to match your specific interests or research requirements.

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Study at three prestigious universities

You will spend a trimester at each of the three prestigious academic partner institutions, receiving specialist courses, lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. During your studies you will develop the specific research skills and knowledge to produce a significant piece of your own quality research in this field.  You will graduate with a certificate from the Europaeum, an association of Europe's top ten universities, in addition to your MA in History degree from Leiden University.

Please note that a maximum of 10 places will be made available on this programme; the Admissions Board ranks the requests on the fulfilment of the Admission Requirements.

Post-Brexit: Leiden and Oxford

As a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, most students from the EU who are starting a programme of study from 2021/22 will pay fees at the ‘Overseas’ rate. However, in December 2020, the UK government issued guidance stating that those EU, other EEA, Swiss nationals and their family members who are covered by citizens’ rights provisions and who have been granted settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU settlement scheme may be eligible for ‘Home fee’ status and student support, subject to meeting the residency requirements. The UK Government has not yet published regulations on fee status, so the details are presently unclear. The University of Oxford is therefore unable to update its own regulations for assessing students’ fee status until the government regulations are published.

The University of Oxford will be able to provide further guidance about fee status assessments and student support available for EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 once further information is announced by the UK Government. Students should regularly check this website for updates.

History Degree

The Europaeum programme: European History and Civilisation 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). You will also receive an additional certificate presented by the Europaeum.

Find out more about the career prospects

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 22 Government and semi-government
  • 14 Education
  • 12 Research
  • 8 Information management
  • 6 IT
  • 5 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 5 Financial institutions
  • 5 Communication and marketing
  • 4 Business services
  • 3 Welfare and health
  • 16 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA History 2016-2020

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