MA History

Leiden University

Program Description

MA History

Leiden University


  • Ancient History
  • Archival Studies
  • Colonial and Global History
  • Europaeum programme European History and Civilisation: Leiden-Oxford-Paris Programme
  • Europe 1000-1800
  • Migration and Global Interdependence
  • Political Culture and National Identities

Its strong international orientation and focus on the study of European and non-European history in a global context gives the Leiden MA in History a unique character in the Netherlands. The wide range of chairs in history which include most European and non-European areas, combined with the unique archive material available in Leiden University and in nearby The Hague facilitates a study of nearly all areas of the world.

The Leiden University History department has a very committed teaching staff. Students consistently give the highest grades to their lecturers and professors in their course evaluations, Moreover, MA courses are given in small groups, enabling personal attention to the individual student.

The Leiden History department has a broad and well balanced range of chairs in:

  • Ancient History;
  • Medieval History;
  • Dutch History;
  • Early Modern History;
  • Contemporary History;
  • American History;
  • Maritime History;
  • Social History;
  • Economic History.

    Adjacent departments in the Faculty of Humanities have chairs in Latin American, African, Turkish, Indonesian, Indian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese History, enabling students to study Dutch, European and non-European history in a global context.

    Leiden University is close to The Hague, not only the seat of the national library and the national archives, but also the centre of government, politics and international organisations. Leiden University probably offers the best opportunity to explore this world, study it, find trainee posts and eventually jobs. Even in our age of internet and globalisation, real distances still matter.

    Leiden University has a long tradition in the history of European expansion. Today, this tradition is still flourishing but in a new form, as the history of globalisation and migration, while still maintaining Leiden’s old expertise in the history of Asia and making use of the unique archives in Leiden and The Hague.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Oct. 15, 2016
Start date Feb. 2017
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Oct. 15, 2016
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR

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