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

Admission requirements

On this page you will find the admission requirements for this programme.

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year.

For this master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin the master’s programme on 1 September 2020. The following additional conditions apply:

  • You will need a minimum of 165 ECTS of the 180 bachelor’s ECTS to get admission to start the master’s programme of your choice. 
  • You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest.

This option does not apply for students from non-EER countries or students from applied universities.

For this master’s programme, this means that you will be allowed to complete your premaster programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and start with your master’s programme on 1 September 2020. You will have to complete your pre-master programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest. The following additional condition applies:

  • For admission to the master’s you should have no more than 15 EC unfinished credits from your pre-master’s programme. If a BA-thesis is part of your premaster, you should have finished the BA thesis before the start of the Master programme.

Enrol in and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):

  1. Fill in this form before 15 June.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before 15 June
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s programme before 1 September for a maximum of one month.

Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 31 August 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
 
You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

Questions

If you have any questions about admission and enrolment, please use the online contact form to contact the Student Affairs Front Office, using ‘Admission request’ as the subject.

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

Students with a Bachelor in History from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission, if at least the appropriate specialisation course is completed. Students must apply in Studielink, preferably no later than 1 month before the start of the programme. There is no need to submit an application for admission using the online application portal.

If you can demonstrate a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a degree mentioned above, you may be eligible.

All applicants must:

  • have a bachelor’s degree from a research university that matches the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including general academic skills;
  • have completed historical courses on relevant topics for the chosen specialisation and of sufficient level (around 45 EC);
  • be able to conduct independent empirical research;
  • be able to read academic literature and critically reflect on it;
  • have a knowledge of general history and be able to present their findings (based on critically reading the literature or on empirical research) in a systematic and analytical manner;
  • be able to write a thesis with proper references to the literature.

You may be asked to submit a writing sample, that shows your knowledge, understanding and skills.

Applicants who have completed the following degrees including the coursework specified below are considered to have fulfilled the admission requirements:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Languages and Cultures of South and Southeast Asia, including the combined programme in History worth 60 credits;
  • a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in International Studies, including
    • BA Thesis on a historical subject,
    • the following optional courses which are part of the bachelor’s programme History:
      • BA-Werkcollege (BA History, second year) or Elective on historical subject (BA International Studies, second year) (10 EC)
      • Completed a BA-Seminar (BA History, third year) in the BA History (either as an extra pre-master-course or as an extra Elective in the BA International Studies) (10 EC)
  • a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges, with
    • a major in Human Diversity: track Global and Contemporary History or a major in World Politics: track Global History

Applicants are requested to provide the Board of Admissions with information demonstrating that the applicant possesses the same level of knowledge, understanding and skills as
holders of a degree in History from Leiden University.

A completed pre-master's programme (taught in Dutch). Read more here

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:

  • A minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 25 is required for each of the four components
  • C2 Proficiency (former CPE) or C1 Advanced (former CAE) 185. 5

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

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