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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 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. at an idealistic organisation)
  • 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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