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Europaeum Programme European History and Civilisation (MA)

About the programme

The Europaeum Programme: European History & Civilisation leads to a Master of Arts in History diploma awarded by Leiden University, with an additional certificate presented by the Europaeum, an association consisting of ten leading European universities.

Programme structure

The programme is divided into trimesters, the first and most intensive will take place at Leiden University, where you will be required to follow two exclusive Europeaum courses, an optional course, and commence your MA-thesis. The main goal of this experience is to provide future European and World leaders and scholars with knowledge and an international experience.

First trimester, Leiden University—September  to December

  • Europaeum – Historiography (5 EC)
  • Introduction to the History of States and Nations in Europe (5 EC)
  • Optional Course History (10 EC)
  • Two review meetings: where you shall present your work to both by your peers and the coordinators from Paris, Oxford and Leiden. 
  • Proposal for a MA-thesis, under supervision of an academic member of the Leiden History Department

Second trimester, Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)—January to March

  • Transatlantic Relations and Identities (10 EC)
  • Europe through the Ages/The historic foundations of Europe: identities and civilizations (10 EC)
  • French Language Course
  • March Meeting: review of your work-in-progress

Third trimester, Oxford University—April to June

The third trimester will take place at Oxford and includes personal supervision for the individual thesis, as well as exclusive weekly seminars. These weekly seminars will be tailor-made for Europaeum students. The activities at Oxford University will be concluded by the MA thesis (20 EC). You will be invited to participate in the optional Europaeum Spring School as well.


During this programme you can also select an optional course from a wide range of possibilities. For an overview of all or our electives, please check the online studyguide.

Please note that this guide only covers the courses taught in Leiden and that it applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

Latest knowledge

All courses are taught by academics who are active researchers. The curriculum is regularly updated to reflect contemporary academic debates and the very latest insights. Regular seminars are held presenting students with our researchers' latest findings. Your research thesis is often linked to one of the research projects of our faculty members, who play an active role in every individual's education, acting as mentors and community builders.

Paul van Trigt

University Lecturer

Paul van Trigt

"The Europaeum programme takes you to three of Europe's most prestigious universities - Leiden, Paris Sorbonne and Oxford. During this year, you will take courses in modern European history and write a master thesis on a self-chosen topic. On top of that, you will have extended your social and academic network to researchers and public figures in these three countries. The programme will provide you with in-depth knowledge and different approaches to European history."

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme?

Check the entry requirements

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