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Europe 1000-1800 (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 cultural institutions, research institutes, journalism, publishing, education, for public services, communications, policy development, and management.

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.

Adam Langham

Graduated in Europe 1000-1800 (MA History)

Adam Langham

"I work as an International Transport Coordinator for Kuehne & Nagel AG in Luxembourg, and am involved in pharmaceutical logistics. I organise the transportation of pharmaceutical goods via sea and airfreight."

An extremely international environment

"I am in constant communication with colleagues, customers and suppliers around the world which makes the job very varied and dynamic. My work environment is extremely international and I have the opportunity to speak multiple languages daily."

Excellent reputation

"The most useful skill I learned in my master's at Leiden University is the ability to sift through large quantities of information, and to deduct what is relevant and should be prioritized. I chose for Leiden University as it has an excellent reputation and I have a strong historical interest in the Middle Ages."

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.

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA Europe 1000-1800 / Medieval and Early Modern European History 2016-2020.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 18 % Education
  • 9 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 9 % Research
  • 9 % Wholesale and retail
  • 9 % IT
  • 9 % Communication and marketing
  • 9 % Consultancy
  • 9 % Business services
  • 9 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 9 % Information management
  • 1 % Other

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 82 % found a job within two months
  • 91 % found their first job at academic level

Career preparation

Find out how this programme exactly prepares you for your future career and check our career preparation activities.

The master’s programme in History at Leiden University aims to equip you with a range of important skills and knowledge that will help you achieve your personal career goals. Whichever your area of expertise, you will have a broad and global context to your knowledge and critical-thinking skills that can be applied to the most complex conceptual problems.

Many of our students choose to do an internship during their study. Internships are a great way to gain invaluable first-hand experience in your area of interest before you decide on making it a career. In recent years students from the History MA have been doing internships at the following organisations:

  • Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
  • KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies)
  • Dutch Embassy in Jakarta
  • Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
  • Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael
  • Maritime Museum Rotterdam
  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Security and Justice
  • Municipal Archives Amsterdam

Our staff can help you identify both the career that is right for you, and the necessary steps to get you there. Our team at Humanities Career Service provide all Leiden University humanities students with professional advice and guidance on everything from internships and career planning to job applications. Humanities Career Service also organises regular workshops on topics such as effective interview skills and creating a successful CV.

The Humanities Career Service offers you various (online) workshops, webinars and info sessions. Check our overview of career activities

The Leiden University Career Zone is an online career portal that helps you to prepare for the job market. Here you can find information, tools and tips to help you gain more personal insight, learn about the job market, develop your application skills, plan your academic and professional career, find job vacancies and discover what the Career Service can do for you.

Join the Mentor Network to contact alumni with experience on the labour market and ask them for advice. More than 1200 alumni are happy to help you!

Jelle on finding an internship via Leiden University's Mentor Network

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