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Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present (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 public services, research institutes, business services, banking and financial services, communications, education, advisory work, policy development, management, co-ordination, editing and information services.

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.

Emma van der Schrier

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

Emma van der Schrier

"After the summer holidays, I will begin working as a lecturer in History and Social Science at the Christelijk College De Populier in The Hague. Having completed my master’s in Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present (Political Debate specialisation) last year, I started the VHO Social Sciences teaching master’s in September."

Historical concepts linked to current events

"The combination between these two fields is exactly what I valued during my Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present master’s. The ability to link historical concepts to current social and political events makes the master’s very valuable. These links often come to the fore in the Political Debate specialisation. In my daily work, I constantly get my students to ponder this connection. Many current social issues have a historical basis, so it’s crucial to have a strong grasp of these foundations to better understand the current situations."

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. 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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