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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.

Diploma requirements (starting in February 2022)

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

Students with a Bachelor in History from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission. 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

Diploma requirements (starting in September 2022)

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

Students with a Bachelor in History from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission. Students must apply in Studielink. 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 are required to submit a writing sample, such as a BA Thesis, capstone project or final paper, 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

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of a bachelor’s degree in History from Leiden University on the basis of the requirements specified above.

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for a pre-master programme tailored to your individual background (taught in Dutch). After submitting your application in Studielink, the Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be directly admitted to the master’s programme or whether you will first need to complete a pre-master’s programme. It is not possible to apply for a pre-master’s programme directly. Once you have completed the imposed pre-master programme, you will be admitted to the Master’s programme. 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, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.

English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: academic modules only 
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We can accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic year 2021-2022, but not yet for 2022-2023 pending national decision-making. As soon as further information is available this webpage will be updated.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta, 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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