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History (MA)

At Leiden University, we have one of the world's leading centres for the study of European and non-European history. The master’s in History is your opportunity to access this world-class expertise.

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QS University Subject Rankings 2021 - History

A top-ranked programme

According to the QS World University Rankings 2023, History at Leiden University is rated 1st in continental Europe and 17th in the world.

Why study History at Leiden University?

The Master's programme in History enables you to learn from some of the leading scholars in the field. With a broad curriculum and flexible design, the programme allows you to tailor your degree to suit your career goals. You will be able to specialise in niche subject areas that aren't offered anywhere else, including European and non-European history spanning from Classical Antiquity to the present.

The programme is unique in its international orientation. This approach allows you to gain a broader and critical understanding of history and how it relates to the latest global events. This will help you become a well-rounded professional who is highly sought after by employer today.

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Research Master History

Do you want to get more out of your studies? Are you particularly interested in doing research? Do you want to pursue a career in academia after your studies? Consider the History Research MA!

What are your career prospects?

This Master's prepares you for a wide range of roles in almost every sector of the job market. Our graduates work at different types of organisations, such as research institutes, international organisations, government bodies, NGOs and academia. Jobs include policy officer, consultant, history teacher and PhD candidate.

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Is History the programme for you?

Are you interested in the past and how it continues to influence today's world? Do you want to specialise in subject areas not offered anywhere else? Then History at Leiden University is the right Master's programme for you. Find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme by checking the admission requirements.

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Leading scholars and an individualised approach

At Leiden University, you learn from some of the leading scholars in the field. We have a specialised faculty 'chair' in almost every area of European and non-European history, while covering almost all periods form Classical Antiquity to the present. Small-scale classes and intensive mentoring ensure you benefit from their expertise both in and outside of the classroom.

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Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme?

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Global and comparative approach

All subjects in the master’s in History have a strong international orientation. Whichever your focus area, you will acquire a broad, comparative dimension to your knowledge and connect this to the latest global events. This approach to learning is not only unique to this programme but brings you a far broader understanding and an aptitude for critical thinking both of which are highly valued by employers today.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 22 Government and semi government organisations
  • 14 Education
  • 12 Research
  • 8 Information management
  • 6 IT
  • 5 Financial institutions
  • 5 Communication and marketing
  • 5 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 4 Business services
  • 3 Welfare and health
  • 16 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA History 2016-2020

NVAO accredited programme

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History degree

History at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in History and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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