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Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present (MA)

About the programme

During the one-year master’s programme in Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present you will be studying an academic field that is an entirely new research area, putting you at the forefront of a new way of thinking about European history.

Programme structure

  • Literature Seminar, 10 EC
  • Research Seminar, 10 EC
  • Research Workshop, 5 EC
  • Academic Skills and Thesis Seminar, 5 EC
  • Optional Courses, 10 EC
  • Thesis and Exam, 20 EC


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 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.

Eric Storm

Researcher and University Lecturer

Eric Storm

"The History Department of Leiden University has an excellent international reputation. We have a large staff with experts for almost all periods of history. We teach in small groups and highly value freedom of choice. The specialization Politics, Culture and National Identity deals with the period from the French Revolution to the present. We assume that politics, culture and national identity are closely interrelated and study these topics accordingly. Most courses deal with politics and culture of one national context in Europe or North America, however, we also try to overcome a traditional inward looking approach by adopting a comparative perspective."

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