Leiden University

Introduction

Leiden University - the facts

  • The first university in the Netherlands, founded 8 February 1575
  • Motto: Discover the world at Leiden University.
  • Internationally renowned research university
  • 11 Research profile areas, 7 faculties
  • Top 100 university (THE, QS)
  • Honours College: Leiden University College The Hague
  • Member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a partnership with other prominent research universities
  • 6 English-taught bachelor's programmes
  • 40+ Dutch-taught bachelor's programmes
  • 80 Dutch and English-taught master's programmes with almost 200 specialisations
  • 24,500 students
  • 110 nationalities

Academic fields

Leiden has faculties in the fields of:
  • Archaeology
  • Governance and Global Affairs
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Science

Research profile themes: focus on interdisciplinarity

Leiden University has appointed 6 profile themes for research carried out within the university. These themes, all areas in which our researchers excel, transcend the traditional boundaries between disciplines and faculties. They offer opportunities for top-level fundamental research whilst at the same time reflecting key societal and global concerns of the 21st century.

These research themes are:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Health, Life and Biosciences
  • Health across the Human Life Cycle
  • Law, Democracy and Governance: Legitimacy in a Multilevel Setting
  • The Asian Challenge
  • The Global Interaction of Civilizations and Languages
  • Integration of research and teaching

Teaching at Leiden University is closely integrated with research. We believe that a complete educational programme comprises a bachelor's and a master's stage. The master's stage has a one-year master's programme and a challenging two-year research master's variant. These constitute the preparation for the following stage: the PhD.


Strategic partnerships

Leiden University collaborates in a wide range of partnerships, through which we are able to amass expertise across the borders of disciplines and academic fields. Interdisciplinary collaboration is not restricted to scientific fields within the University; we also have partnerships with other research institutions, non-profit organisations, government authorities and the business sector.


Core values

We firmly believe in promoting the following core values, both within and outside the University:

  • freedom of spirit, thought and expression
  • independent development of knowledge
  • societal responsibility
  • integrity

Our academic staff are guided in their professional activities by the principles of academic integrity and by the scientific foundation of their actions and pronouncements.

Students of our University develop into responsible academics, fully aware of the ethical consequences of academic research and innovation, and of their conduct in society. In their dealings with society we expect them to demonstrate responsible leadership and to subscribe to the core values of our University.


In line with our tradition, our University continues to strive for innovation, in an environment that is constantly changing. Developments in science and society are a source of immense inspiration for both our staff and our students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Dutch

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc Astronomy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

In the course of the master’s programme, you learn to independently evaluate information in a critical manner and to conduct academically sound research in your particular field of study. You may choose to specialise by conducting your major research project in either theory, observation or instrumentation, or a combination of these subjects, and by emphasising the appropriate courses . [+]

Specialisations - Astronomy and Education - Astronomy and Science Communication and Society - Astronomy and Science-Based Business - Research in Astronomy From September 2015 there will be two added specialisations: - Astronomy: Astronomy and Instrumentation - Research in Astronomy, Cosmology The focus of the MSc in Astronomy in Leiden is on: Knowledge and understanding of the origin, structure and evolution of galaxies, including both processes within the nuclei of the galaxies and the universe of which they are a part. Knowledge and understanding of the origin, structure and evolution of stars, including the interstellar medium, circumstellar gas and dust, and planetary systems. These goals are achieved through courses in which you acquire knowledge about the diverse subjects and insights into how they are related, and through research projects in which you concentrate on one or more aspects of research currently being carried out by our scientists. The Leiden programme is particularly known for its emphasis on the interface between observation and theory: interpretation, modeling and simulation. In the course of the master’s programme, you learn to independently evaluate information in a critical manner and to conduct academically sound research in your particular field of study. You may choose to specialise by conducting your major research project in either theory, observation or instrumentation, or a combination of these subjects, and by emphasising the appropriate courses . Reasons to Choose Astronomy in Leiden 1. The Leiden Astronomy Department (the ‘Sterrewacht’) is the largest and oldest in the Netherlands. It has a strong international reputation, and it is widely known to turn out graduates and PhDs of the highest quality. 2. Research at the cutting edge of modern astronomy is an integral part of the MSc programme. Research students graduate with a broad knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, but may specialise in observation, theory or instrumentation. Other specialisations allow the student to specialise in business and management, communication or education. 3. The Sterrewacht provides a thoroughly international atmosphere. It has close ties with other astronomy institutes in Europe and in the U.S. Its students and staff have access to the most advanced observation facilities in the world. Many students, postdocs and staff come from abroad, and there are regular visits by guests from all over the world. 4. The large number of faculty staff and the relatively small number of students guarantee students a high degree of interaction with and personal attention from the senior staff. 5. With its modest size and open, international character, the Sterrewacht provides a very congenial, informal atmosphere, in which social activities flourish. 6. The Leiden programme is particularly appreciated for its emphasis on the interface between observation and theory: interpretation, modeling and simulation. [-]

MSc Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Master specialisation Animal Biology and Disease Models offers a research-oriented education in animal biology with a strong focus on the generation of fundamental scientific knowledge that can lead to the improvement of human health. [+]

The Master specialisation Animal Biology and Disease Models offers a research-oriented education in animal biology with a strong focus on the generation of fundamental scientific knowledge that can lead to the improvement of human health. Important aspects of animal development and the interaction of animals with the environment can be studied at different often integrated levels ranging from the molecular, genetic and cellular levels to the organismal and population levels. An important part of the master education is a research project, which can be chosen from a large variety of topics, including animal behaviour, embryonic development, evolution, cancer development, and defense against bacterial infections. Research questions can be tackled with a multidisciplinary approach, combining disciplines such as molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry, microscopy, cell physiology, morphology and behavioural biology. Research approaches exploit recent genomic and technological advances, for example expanding genomic sequence information, genomics and proteomics technology and confocal laser scanning microscopy which enables the study of molecules in living cells and multicellular organisms in unprecedented detail. Different animal models can be studied, including the zebrafish as a model for animal behavior and human development and disease. Reasons to Choose Biology in Leiden The MSc programme is a collaboration of the Institute Biology Leiden, the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre and the Institute of Environmental Sciences giving the programme a very broad and diverse scope. The choice of courses and internships is further increased by the embedding in the Faculty of Science and the connections with the Leiden University Medical Centre and Bioscience-based companies that are also located in the Bioscience Park. All MSc specialisations combine a solid educational programme with the focus on hands-on research, providing a balanced training. Biology in Leiden offers an international academic environment and world-class research. In Leiden, you can combine training in biological research with training in communication, education or science-based business. [-]

MSc Chemistry

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. Chemistry researchers in Leiden take a fundamental approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems in human health and environmental issues. [+]

Specialisations Chemistry and Education Chemistry and Science Communication and Society Chemistry and Science-Based Business Research in Chemistry Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. Chemistry researchers in Leiden take a fundamental approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems in human health and environmental issues. In the Master of Science specialisations in Communication, Education or Science-Based Business, specific career opportunities in science-related professions can be explored. Within the first four specialisations students have the choice of three major research areas: - Biological Chemistry - Design & Synthesis - Physical & Theoretical Chemistry The aim of each programme is to train the student as an independent scientist and to develop the necessary skills and proficiency to advance his/her career. All specialisations are intended for students with an internationally recognised bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry. The Master of Science programme guarantees thorough research training founded on a profound theoretical basis. Master of Science students in Leiden work in an environment with many internationally renowned researchers and are able to operate on the international market. All students with a Master of Science degree are admissible to a PhD programme. Reasons to Choose Chemistry in Leiden - The Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is highly acclaimed for the international character of its education with a young and enthusiastic research staff. - The LIC offers tailor-made individual study programmes. - Students become true members of internationally renowned multidisciplinary research teams. - The Chemistry MSc programme offers ample opportunities for research projects in distinguished groups worldwide or in an industrial environment. - The high standard of education ensures excellent job prospects in research or industry. [-]

MSc Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

As of September 2014 the Core Computer Technologies and Computer Science Theory and Advanced Technologies specialisations will be offered jointly in a new specialisation: Smart Computing for Science and Society. [+]

Specialisations - Bioinformatics - Computer Science and Science Communication and Society - Computer Science and Science-Based Business - Smart Computing for Science and Society As of September 2014 the Core Computer Technologies and Computer Science Theory and Advanced Technologies specialisations will be offered jointly in a new specialisation: Smart Computing for Science and Society. Reasons to Choose Computer Science in Leiden - The programme offers stimulating, significant and innovative research in the field of Computer Science - Research at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) has an excellent international reputation. - The strength of the programmes is the individual approach: an individually tailored programme will be designed for each student. - The researchers and assistants are easily accessible. Students and staff work closely together in a research-oriented environment. - Students with an MSc in Computer Science are admissible to a PhD programme. - It provides students with a thorough computer science background that will allow them to pursue careers in research or industrial environments. [-]

MSc Crime and Criminal Justice

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden + 1 more

Criminal justice is a rapidly expanding field of academic study central to the research programme and mission of The Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology at Leiden University. [+]

Criminal justice is a rapidly expanding field of academic study central to the research programme and mission of The Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology at Leiden University. The concept of criminal justice alludes to the system of principles, rules, practices and institutions through which the state administers sanctions against socially undesirable behaviour. The aim of this one-year full-time master’s programme in Criminal Justice is to equip its graduates with an advanced understanding of criminal justice by providing a multidisciplinary programme addressing key institutions, processes and cross-national issues on crime (prevention), law and policy. A unique feature of the programme is its international comparative perspective, which involves an in-depth analysis of differences in criminal justice systems, legislation, and policies between common law and civil law countries. Moreover, special attention will be paid to the major role The Netherlands have played in the development of national and supra-national crime legislation. The programme provides students with an unique opportunity to study the field of criminology, criminal law and the reciprocal relationship between them from a cross-national and multidisciplinary perspective. This way, students will be challenged to in-depth theoretical, normative and empirical analyses of differences in criminal justice systems, crime (prevention) law and policymaking. The highly skilled staff take the students straight to the heart of various pressing cross-national criminal justice issues: not just through lectures, but also through fieldtrips to such institutions as prisons, the Council of State, Europol and the European Parliament. The various courses offer both a theoretical and practical insight into criminal justice, and apply empirical research methods to study them. Therefore, during the courses the students will not only have the privilege to learn from academic scholars as well as from professionals working in the criminal justice. The students will also be challenged to intensively work with (inter)national empirical research. By the end of this Master students will have an advanced notion of the complex field of criminal justice and are able to critically reflect upon and think about how legislation, prevention, detection, maintenance, judgment and sanctions can be kept in congruence with one another. They are also able to take into consideration the findings of criminology and the forensic sciences, the internationalisation of law, the demands and ideals of the Rule of Law, social developments, the expectations of the citizen and the requirements of effectiveness. [-]

MSc Crisis and Security Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Den Haag

Students of the Master’s programme in Crisis and Security Management (CSM) will become familiar with the causes of different forms of threats to security, with patterns of responses to these threats, with strategies of prevention and with ‘best practices’. [+]

Security is one of the most important responsibilities of a state. In recent years, however, the capacity of national governments to protect citizens and to secure critical infrastructures has come under pressure. Students of the Master’s programme in Crisis and Security Management (CSM) will become familiar with the causes of different forms of threats to security, with patterns of responses to these threats, with strategies of prevention and with ‘best practices’. In the master’s programme students will have the opportunity to develop a broad approach with an international perspective or to focus on the specific security questions in The Netherlands. [-]

MSc Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Research Master’s programme in Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies at Leiden University is designed to teach students to independently derive a research question from the existing insights in the discipline of Education and Child Studies and, through conducting scientific research, contribute to the development of new fundamental theoretical insights or well-grounded practical theories, which have the primary aim of advancing the Educational Sciences as an academic discipline. [+]

The Research Master’s programme in Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies at Leiden University is designed to teach students to independently derive a research question from the existing insights in the discipline of Education and Child Studies and, through conducting scientific research, contribute to the development of new fundamental theoretical insights or well-grounded practical theories, which have the primary aim of advancing the Educational Sciences as an academic discipline. The programme is concluded with the preparation of an article which, in terms of its level, would be ready for submission to a refereed international scientific journal. The Research Master’s programme trains students for functions in the public or private sector in which advanced research skills and substantial practical research experience are among the qualifications required (research agencies or research departments in businesses or governmental organisations). At the same time the programme is a solid preparation for functions or educational courses in which scientific research is performed for an academic dissertation and doctoral degree. [-]

MSc Education and Child Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden + 1 more

In this master's programme, students choose a specialization in one of the disciplines of the pedagogical sciences. Scientific training of students is at the forefront in all specializations. [+]

Specialisations - Applied Neuroscience in Education and Child Studies - Child and Adolescent Forensic Studies - Child and Family Studies - Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies - Coach for learning and development - Educational Studies - Learning Problems and Impairments This programme is an academic training, in which the connection between theory, research and practice is central. Students learn evidence-based solutions to problems that arise in education and training. From the outset students will choose one of the above specialisations. All specialisations share the practice of the empirical research in common. The rest of the year students delve into the scientific knowledge in the area of your preference, do an internship,and do a Masterproject, which carried out through a survey and a report on the subject. This programme is primarily comprised of Dutch-speaking students, but when international students are enrolled, classes are taught in English. [-]

MSc ICT in Business

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The specific focus of the Master’s in ICT in Business is on the alignment of ICT and management. [+]

The specific focus of the Master’s in ICT in Business is on the alignment of ICT and management. The programme builds on a solid foundation of computer science that students bring from their bachelor’s education, and expands this knowledge and augments it with concepts and methods from the field of management. The Master’s in ICT in Business aims at providing a deeper understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities engendered by the rapid changes in information and communication technology (ICT) and its applications over recent years. These changes have caused major changes for individuals, organisations and industries. The internet, and information systems and communication technology in general, have radically impacted our personal and professional lives. Communication technology has challenged our thinking on physical, geographical and industry boundaries, on distance, speed and communication, on how we live, work, learn, communicate and play. New business models have emerged, as have new types of entrepreneurship and new forms of leadership. ... [-]


MSc Industrial Ecology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Industrial Ecology programme has a strong international focus and the common language is English. The study programme consists of a two-year curriculum. <br /> [+]

The Industrial Ecology programme has a strong international focus and the common language is English. The study programme consists of a two-year curriculum. The first year focuses on the core concept of Industrial Ecology. It contains compulsory modules covering the three disciplines of Industrial Ecology, in addition to elective modules. Each discipline is equally represented in the core programme. Courses and modules are practice-focused and are taught and examined in classes by means of project teamwork, presentations and written examinations. The programme provides possibilities for exchange with foreign universities and companies. The second year of the programme consists of compulsory group projects and an individual research assignment culminating in an MSc thesis. [-]

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Den Haag

The two-year MSc Programme in International Relations and Diplomacy offers a unique blend of academic education in international relations and political science with practical graduate education and training in international negotiation and diplomacy. [+]

The two-year MSc Programme in International Relations and Diplomacy offers a unique blend of academic education in international relations and political science with practical graduate education and training in international negotiation and diplomacy. The programme is offered jointly by the Institute of Political Science of Leiden University and the prestigious Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in the Hague. Clingendael’s objective is to promote the understanding of international affairs, and the institute devotes special attention to European co-operation, international security, and diplomacy. In the current era of global interdependence, collaborative efforts are needed to meet the most pressing challenges in international politics, security and economics. Increased transnational channels of communication, global trade and capital flows characterise an increasingly interconnected world of both nation states and non-state actors. The resulting challenges to global governance can be met most effectively by patterns of international and transnational co-operation and diplomacy. [-]

MSc Life Science and Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

<strong>Life Science & Technology</strong> researches the processes in the living cell. [+]

Specialisations

- Life Science and Education - Life Science and Science Communication and Society - Life Science Research and Development - Life Science-Based Business Development In recent decades, life science research has enabled enormous breakthroughs in our understanding of fundamental molecular and cellular processes and mechanisms of life. The MSc programmes in Life Science & Technology in Leiden and Delft are complementary. Life Science & Technology researches the processes in the living cell. The cell is the building block of life, the smallest unit with the characteristics of living systems. Increased knowledge of the mechanisms of the cell can lead to a cleaner industry, better medicines, new methods for combating diseases and isolating enzymes for the development of improved foodstuffs. The programme consists of three parts: - Research internship - Compulsory programme - Electives Knowledge about genomic organisation, studies of protein-protein interactions and the characterisation of molecular structures have become central in modern life science research and technology. This knowledge forms the basis of the molecular understanding of health and disease. It finds important applications in innovative health care, in the pharmaceutical industry and in so-called ‘red’ biotechnology, and is the focus of the Leiden programme. ... [-]


MSc Mathematics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory is the research specialisation of the MSc in Mathematics aimed at students who wish to acquire a profound knowledge of one of the areas within pure mathematics. [+]

Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory is the research specialisation of the MSc in Mathematics aimed at students who wish to acquire a profound knowledge of one of the areas within pure mathematics. There is a strong theme dealing with algebra and number theory (viz. the international ALGANT study programme), as well as a strong theme dealing with topology and geometry. Much of the contents of the courses offered in this specialisation is directly inspired by the instructors’ own research. The research of the Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory cluster tries to bridge the gap between abstract theory and the world of algorithms and applications. It might be viewed as number theory in the broadest sense, ranging from discrete dynamical systems to arithmetic geometry and motives, with a strong emphasis on algebraic methods and a direct interest in the computational aspects of the theory. The cluster also has a cryptology component. [-]

MSc Media Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Media Technology MSc programme is a common initiative of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science within the Faculty Science and the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts. [+]

The Media Technology MSc programme is a common initiative of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science within the Faculty Science and the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts. It is an environment where students, artists and researchers are allowed to formulate their own scientific questions. They are encouraged to translate personal inspirations and curiosities into their own manageable and compact research projects. The programme recognises creativity as an important factor in scientific innovation. It aims to be a place where students, artists and scientists conduct research by creating innovative solutions, inspired by results and principles of science. To achieve this, the curriculum focuses on creative exploration and on the understanding of science and technology. The programme encourages its students to draw from the knowledge available throughout Leiden University and the Art Science Interfaculty in The Hague. Key concepts throughout the programme are creativity, technology and scientific research. The programme’s goal is to stimulate innovation and creativity in scientific research by the innovative application of technology. Media Technology can be said to deliver ‘autonomous scientists’, just as art academies deliver autonomous artists. Science by creating Science is meant to generate knowledge, in a rational and sensible way. Many research methods exist to do this. We believe that ‘science by creating’ can play an important role alongside other methods. By applying technology in fresh ways, one learns new things; new methods and alternative insights are discovered. We see this as a valid and productive way of doing research. Consequently, student projects in which actual products are realised are important in the Media Technology MSc programme. However, the process of researching while creating the product is as important as the product itself. The projects always lead to a working end-product or proof of concept that contains a media component: visual, auditive or otherwise. Most often, a scientific paper is also produced that describes the scientific advancements resulting from the project. Students are encouraged to submit these papers to international journals, conferences and arts festivals. Reasons to choose Media technology in Leiden 1. We promote and facilitate autonomous and creative scientific research. 2. Research in our programme may result in scientific papers, but also in art installations, designs, computer programmes, etc. [-]

MSc Physics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The MSc programme in Physics offers four two-year research specialisations and three specialisations that are more broadly oriented, and combine at least one year of the the physics curriculum with training in which specific career opportunities in science-related professions can be explored [+]

The MSc programme in Physics offers four two-year research specialisations and three specialisations that are more broadly oriented, and combine at least one year of the the physics curriculum with training in which specific career opportunities in science-related professions can be explored: 1. Research in Physics - Research in Experimental Physics - Research in Physics, Casimir pre-PhD - Research in Physics, Cosmology - Research in Theoretical Physics 2. Physics and Science Based Business 3. Physics and Science Communication and Society 4. Physics and Education The Leiden Master’s Programme in Physics is offered by the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION), an excellent place to study the foundations of nature. Reasons to Choose Physics in Leiden The programme places a strong emphasis on research training. Students can spend up to 60% of their time on research projects. Leiden University is known for its top-level international research and excellent research groups, both theoretical and experimental, in which master’s students participate during their research projects. Many master’s students obtain their degree with a publication in an international refereed journal. The programme offers a wide choice of individual profiles. Four specialisations have been defined within programme of the Master. Moreover, the Research Specialisation has predefined streams for Experimental Physics, Theoretical Physics, Cosmology, as well as a fast ‘pre-PhD’ stream for continuing with Ph.D. research within the Casimir Research School. Individual plans can always be discussed with the study adviser and submitted to the Board of Examiners for approval. The close connection between the MSc programme and the Leiden Institute of Physics results in an open atmosphere, in which students are invited to attend lectures and symposia and to participate in scientific discussions. Students can start in the MSc programme at any time throughout the year, although preferably in September or February. [-]

MSc Political Science

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The MSc in Political Science aims to provide its students with a deep and comprehensive understanding of political issues, focusing on the theme of ‘Conflict and Cooperation’. [+]

The MSc in Political Science aims to provide its students with a deep and comprehensive understanding of political issues, focusing on the theme of ‘Conflict and Cooperation’. Conflict and Cooperation Conflict and cooperation, however opposed these concepts may seem, are the most important ingredients of politics. This holds true whether you look at the political order from a national or an international perspective. The Institute of Political Science of Leiden University is proud to present a Master’s in Political Science with the theme of Conflict and Cooperation (start September 2013). This Master’s programme offers students modules and seminars with an (inter)national Conflict and Cooperation focus. Why Political Science in Leiden? - We offer a programme that presents the opportunity to create your own profile. - This Master’s has a unique curriculum in the sense that it gives you the possibility to advance your academic and professional skills. - Every seminar or module of the Master’s programme is approached from a disciplinary focus, including the methods employed in political science. - As one of the largest institutes in Europe, Leiden’s Institute of Political Science encompasses a wide range of research interests. - The academic staff teaching at the Institute of Political Science is international and skilled in many different areas of political science. - The city of Leiden is a very popular student city, with a vibrant student life. [-]

MSc Political Science and Public Administration (research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

A unique, two-year master’s programme designed for students willing to challenge themselves and take their studies to the next level: this is the Research Master’s (MSc) in Political Science and Public Administration. [+]

A unique, two-year master’s programme designed for students willing to challenge themselves and take their studies to the next level: this is the Research Master’s (MSc) in Political Science and Public Administration. The programme offers you unsurpassed and thorough academic training that will provide useful no matter what your future career intentions are. A strong focus on skill development and the ability to conduct independent research is at the core of this research master’s. The programme distinguishes between four types of courses: substantive courses, methodological courses, advanced research seminars and finally thesis preparation in the Thesis Laboratory. The programme features a selection of two specialisations: Political Science or Public Administration. While each course or seminar within the specialisations deals with a specific topic or field of research, the programme grants you considerable freedom to pursue your own specific interests. Regardless of the choice of specialisation, you will attend several courses on the philosophy of science and courses on both qualitative and quantitative methods of research. In addition, there are specific courses aimed to enhance skills such as presentation and reporting. The end product of the programme is a thesis meeting the criteria for publication in a scholarly journal, as well as a proposal for further research that conforms to the standard criteria of funding agencies. [-]

MSc Psychology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

In this specialisation you develop all the practical and intellectual skills necessary to apply psychological knowledge to real-life problems in working environments and organisations. [+]

In this specialisation you develop all the practical and intellectual skills necessary to apply psychological knowledge to real-life problems in working environments and organisations. Are you interested in addressing and remedying important practical problems in society? Do you want to help raise people’s performance levels? You can use the knowledge you acquire in this programme in the following areas: Cognitive Enhancement - Optimising the cognitive capabilities of people of all ages - Advice on the optimal circumstances for performance and learning - Studying the effects of drugs on human performance Cognitive Ergonomics - Developing accident-prevention programmes, e.g. safety research in industry and traffic - Developing user-friendly tools and interfaces - Improving decision-making processes: psychology and law, including the topics of eyewitness memory, false confessions and jury decision-making The main emphasis is on translating theory into practice. The aim of this master’s specialisation is to provide you with a maximum of hands-on experience starting on the very first day. [-]

MSc Psychology (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The MSc in Psychology (Research) is a two-year programme that is focused on acquiring research skills in a particular field of psychology. [+]

The MSc in Psychology (Research) is a two-year programme that is focused on acquiring research skills in a particular field of psychology. The programme provides students with a rigorous training in the methodological and practical skills necessary to carry out scientific research on human behaviour. Students gain hands-on experience with how psychological theory can contribute to the analysis and solution of practical problems and how the application of existing theory guides further theoretical development. Students can specialise in the psychological subdiscipline of their choice, but are also trained in a broad multidiscipinary research approach. Students can focus on one of the specialisations within the master’s programme: - Clinical and Health Psychology - Cognitive Neuroscience - Developmental Psychology - Social and Organisational Psychology Students who wish to expand their expertise in the domain of Brain and Cognition can choose from a wide range of elective courses offered within and outside the Institute of Psychology. [-]

MSc Public Administration

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Master’s program in Public Administration builds on topical research in public sector management, public policy, domestic and international and European governance. [+]

Specialisations - Governing Markets: regulation and competition - International and European Governance - Public Management: Between Politics and Policy The Master’s program in Public Administration builds on topical research in public sector management, public policy, domestic and international and European governance. The program provides students with in-depth understanding of the functioning of administrations in Europe, at the national level, in comparison with other European countries and in the multi level context of the European Union. Several core courses ensure that students master the most important theoretical and analytical approaches in the analysis of institutions, as well as essential analytical skills. Specialization and elective courses allow students to learn more about performance evaluation and networking in the public sector, the relationship between politicians and civil servants, international organizations and their approaches to governance or the way public policy is made and implemented in the European Union’s multi level system. [-]

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MA African Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The MA in African Studies­ – unique in the Netherlands – is a multidisciplinary study, which offers you the chance to take an in-depth look at the African continent from a variety of perspectives. [+]

The MA in African Studies­ – unique in the Netherlands – is a multidisciplinary study, which offers you the chance to take an in-depth look at the African continent from a variety of perspectives. You will study the major historical, cultural, socio-economical and political factors currently affecting the continent, which will give you a solid knowledge base upon which to build post-graduation. The renowned academic staff, excellent library, museum facilities in the vicinity and interesting possibilities to carry out fieldwork in Africa make this MA a truly rewarding programme. The programme has a good connection to both African linguistics and to Africanist social science, and thus gives you unique options to study African languages and cultures in a broad perspective. You have the opportunity to develop your own profile, both in the coursework and in writing your master’s thesis. During this programme you eventually choose to focus on one of two main disciplines: - African History - African Literature At the end of the programme you will have acquired a detailed knowledge and understanding of your chosen discipline. The aim is that you will be able to work independently and collate discipline-relevant academic literature and sources to assess their quality. These skills will be then be used to formulate clear and substantiated research questions, and to expound clear research results – both orally and in writing. You will graduate with the ability to set up and execute a research project under expert supervision. [-]

MA African Studies (research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The two year Research Master African Studies is unique in the Netherlands. The programme bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences. [+]

The two year Research Master African Studies is unique in the Netherlands. The programme bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences. As a result you can develop in-depth knowledge about different aspects of the African continent and its peoples, at the same time you are not bound by boundary constraints of any of the more traditional disciplines focusing on Africa. During your studies you focus on a particular region on the African continent and contextualise and embed your regional orientation in a broad set of theoretical perspectives. This approach prepares you very well for further research after you have completed the studies, for instance in a PhD programme. The Research Master African Studies is a joint programme of the African Studies Centre and Leiden University. After graduation you will be qualified to work as a junior researcher at a research institute, as a policy advisor and consultant to NGOs and other Africa oriented organisations, or you can start your own PhD research.The programme is taught by leading African Studies scholars from all the relevant institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders. The Research Master’s is based at the African Studies Centre, which is the only academic research institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa, and regularly hosts African scholars through its visiting fellowship programme. Offering a seminar programme and with an extensive library, it is a unique place for research students. You will also be taught by academics from: - Leiden University - The Research School CERES - The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) - The Universities of Wageningen, Utrecht, Groningen, Amsterdam (UvA and VU) and Leuven There are two types of disciplines – thematic and regional – and you must choose one discipline from each type and develop your research proposal accordingly. [-]

MA Archaeology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Master’s Programme in Archaeology at Leiden University is the most diverse in the Netherlands. [+]

Specialisations - Archaeological Heritage and Museum Studies - Archaeology and Anthropology of the Americas - Archaeology of Europe and Historical Archaeology - Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East - Bioarchaeology and Material Culture Studies From September 2015 the specialisations will be reorganised and added to: - Archaeology and Anthropology of Mesoamerica and the Andes - Archaeology of the Caribbean and Amazonia - Archaeology of the Near East - Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Middle Ages and Modern Period - Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology - Heritage Management in a World Context - Heritage of Indigenous Peoples - Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology - Material Culture Studies - Museum Studies - Palaeoecology - Palaeolithic Archaeology - Prehistory of North-Western Europe The Master’s Programme in Archaeology at Leiden University is the most diverse in the Netherlands. There are several regional and thematic specialisations and the education programme is directly linked to ongoing research. The faculty staff are involved in projects all over the world, with a strong emphasis on field archaeology. There is an additional focus on ecology and geology, which is combined with iconological and historical studies, as well as with ethno-archaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. In-depth knowledge of a specific cultural area is combined with ongoing debates in general theory, the development of new methods and the advancement of the use of information technology in the discipline. Master of Arts or Master of Science Students who choose the Bioarchaeology and Material Culture Studies specialisation receive a Master of Science degree in Archaeology. For all other specialisations students receive a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology. [-]

MA Archaeology (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Research Master’s Programme in Archaeology focuses on the research areas that are strongly represented in Leiden. The heart of the programme is organised around the excellent research with which Leiden has made a name for itself internationally. [+]

Specialisations - Archaeological Heritage in a Globalising World (research) - Bioarchaeology (research) - Human Origins (research) - Prehistoric Farming Communities in Northwestern Europe (research) - Religion and Society in Native American Cultures (research) - The Transformation of the Roman World (research) - Town and Country in the Mediterranean Region and the Near East (research) The Research Master’s Programme in Archaeology focuses on the research areas that are strongly represented in Leiden. The heart of the programme is organised around the excellent research with which Leiden has made a name for itself internationally. The research master’s is an advanced two-year postgraduate programme. It distinguishes itself from the regular master of arts courses in that it engages the student in top quality interdisciplinary research and emphasises the acquisition of research skills. Methodological, theoretical and scientific-philosophical aspects will be highlighted within the general, communal part of the research master’s programme. There are four different specialisations, centred on four research projects that reflect the broad spectrum of research undertaken within the department: - Human Origins - Prehistoric Farming Communities in North-Western Europe - Religion and Society in Native American Cultures - Town and Country in the Mediterranean Region and the Near East Three new programmes will run as of the academic year 2014-2015: - The Transformation of the Roman World in Europe and the Mediterranean - Archaeological Heritage in a Globalizing World: Critial Perspectives and Management Strategies - Bioarchaeology: Exploring Archaeological Questions with Biological Data Within the specialisations, courses are aimed at the intensification and broadening of the knowledge base and the development of research and publication skills. Research master’s students are stimulated to visit international conferences, contribute to international workshops within the department and abroad, and to take courses outside the department at related (international) institutions. Career The research master’s programme forms an excellent preparation for an academic career in archaeology. Graduates can, for instance, apply for a paid research traineeship, but they are also eligible for archaeological functions at consultancies or in public service. Similarly to academics in other fields, graduates might find employment in positions not directly or indirectly related to their field: journalism, publishing, public relations and international organisations. [-]

MA Arts and Culture

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 18 months September 2016 Netherlands Leiden + 1 more

The MA in Arts and Culture in Leiden is unique in the Netherlands for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and for the diversity of the optional tracks available. [+]

Specialisations - Architecture - Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies - Design and Decorative Art Studies - Early Modern and Medieval Art - Museums and Collections The MA in Arts and Culture in Leiden is unique in the Netherlands for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and for the diversity of the optional tracks available. You learn to consider modern art and design as links between media, cultures and communities. You also discover how sculpture, architecture and visual arts were applied together in the Renaissance and Baroque periods as a means to convince the viewer. In this programme, it is not only the art object itself that is key; the commissioner of the work and the reactions of the public also play a central role. A binding theme is the effect of works of art on the viewer and the ways in which the medium of art works contribute to this. This broad approach ensures you become familiar with different methods and allows you to connect with other disciplines such as anthropology, natural sciences, theology and gender and international studies. Reasons to choose Arts and Culture in Leiden - Leiden has a unique teaching programme. - You have a broad range of options. - The programme is personally-tailored and small-scale. - You benefit from contacts with eminent national and international institutions. - Leiden students become sought-after employees. [-]

MA Arts and Culture (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

Based on the premise that the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, this programme includes the study of media, art and literature. [+]

Based on the premise that the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, this programme includes the study of media, art and literature. The Research Master’s in Arts and Culture distinguishes itself from other MA programmes in the Netherlands by its intense collaboration with the MA in Media Studies and the MA in Literary Studies (research) this joint teaching programme gives you the opportunity to acquire a valuable range of skills, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical. Photography, film and the so-called new media are well-known paradigms of media, but painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, etc., are also viewed as specific media. All these contribute to the formation of cultures. These formations in and by media change through history, and are therefore studied in this programme in a historical perspective. Media are seen as the building blocks of culture because it is in and through media that cultures are shaped. The programme pays close attention the content of what is being shaped by media (human subjectivity and behaviour, rituals, politics, etc.). Paying close attention should be taken literally: the Leiden Research Master’s considers cultural artefacts as objects for close reading, that should be understood with as much sensitivity as possible. The research master’s offers a flexible programme that encourages you to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective, but also gives you considerable freedom to follow disciplinary courses within your ‘home discipline’. You can focus on Art and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, and can opt for an interdisciplinary focus applied to a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary), or an approach that concentrates on a single discipline. All students follow compulsory joint theoretical and methodological courses. [-]

MA Asian Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden + 1 more

Both the two-year and one-year MA programmes in Asian Studies offer further specialisation in a country, region, or aspect of Asia. This structure allows us to accommodate students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds, objectives and expectations. [+]

Specialisations - Chinese Studies - East Asian Studies - History, Arts and Culture of Asia - Japanese Studies - Korean Studies - Politics, Society and Economy of Asia - South Asian Studies - Southeast Asian Studies Depending on your background and interests, in the Master’s programmes in Asian Studies you will be able to deepen and broaden your knowledge of Asia as a whole or one of the regions within Asia. You will be able to focus on acquiring in-depth knowledge of the history, language and culture of Asian societies, or the contemporary developments in the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing region. In your course you will benefit from the breadth and depth of Asian studies research in Leiden, which is unparalleled in the Netherlands and combines the very best of Asia-related research in North-West Europe. The different specialisations offered within this programme cater for students both with and without prior proficiency in one or more Asian languages. Both the two-year and one-year MA programmes in Asian Studies offer further specialisation in a country, region, or aspect of Asia. This structure allows us to accommodate students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds, objectives and expectations. Thematic specialisations on Asia These one-year specialisations each focus on a thematic approach to Asian Studies. These specialisations do not require prior knowledge of a relevant language, although students have the option of making a start with learning one of the many Asian languages taught at Leiden University. History, Arts and Culture of Asia is for students interested in humanities approaches to pre-modern, modern or contemporary Asia. Expertise in Leiden on modern Asia covers all Asian regions. Politics, Society and Economy of Asia is intended for students interested in social science approaches to modern or contemporary Asia. Students are free to choose a specific region or to cover all Asian regions. Specialisations on South Asia, Southeast Asia These one-year specialisations each focus on a particular region of Asian Studies. These specialisations do not require prior knowledge of a relevant language, although some individual courses require knowledge of a classical or modern Asian language. Students have the option of making a start with learning one of the many Asian languages taught at Leiden University. South Asian Studies is for students interested in pre-modern, modern or contemporary South Asia, in fields such as history, literature or religious studies. The focus of the programme is on India and Sri Lanka. Southeast Asian Studies is for students interested in one or more aspects of Southeast Asia, such as history, literature or religious studies. Expertise in Leiden is concentrated on Indonesia, but also covers the other Southeast Asian countries. Specialisations on China, Japan, Korea These specialisations offer the possibility for in depth study of one of the countries in East Asia. Contrary to the other specialisations, these specialisations require advanced knowledge of the relevant language. - Chinese Studies, - Japanese Studies, or - Korean Studies These two-year programmes are for students with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese studies, Japanese studies or Korean studies, depending on the choice of programme. The programmes emphasise disciplinary specialisation, and focus on developing fluent classical or modern language skills, with a year spent at a university in the relevant country. Advanced proficiency is required in the language in question. Students are expected to use primary materials in the language of their study when writing their MA thesis. The number of places in the Japanese Studies specialisation is limited. East Asian Studies is a one-year programme for students interested in China, Japan, or Korea, specifically in fields such as history, sociology, philosophy, economics, linguistics, politics and international relations. Advanced knowledge of a modern or classical East Asian language is required. The programme is similar to that of the related two-year specialisations, with the advantage that it allows students to choose from a broader range of elective courses, including those on other Asian regions or countries than that of their specialisation. [-]

MA Asian Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

Asian Studies scholarship in Leiden has a justly deserved worldwide reputation. Its breadth and depth are not only unparalleled in the Netherlands, but represent the very best of Asia-related research and teaching in Europe and beyond. [+]

Asian Studies scholarship in Leiden has a justly deserved worldwide reputation. Its breadth and depth are not only unparalleled in the Netherlands, but represent the very best of Asia-related research and teaching in Europe and beyond. In the Research MA in Asian Studies, you may focus on a specific region, choosing between China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia. Alternatively, you may conduct your research with the primary emphasis not on a region but rather on a discipline, focusing on such topics as politics, religion, art and material culture, languages, and literature, regionally or cross-regionally.Both approaches to research offer the opportunity to work extensively in primary languages, but do not demand this. Naturally, given the renowned expertise of the Leiden teaching faculty, the programme offers broad opportunities to explore both vibrant, present-day Asia and its historical past. The programme, while directing special attention to regions and interregional relations, uses an inherently comparative Area Studies approach. Asian Studies (research) therefore not only encourages intra-Asian comparisons, but closely co-operates with Middle Eastern Studies (research). This co-operation is institutionalised, for example, through a common introductory course on Area Studies. [-]

MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilisations provides comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day research on the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Near East. [+]

Specialisations - Assyriology - Classics - Egyptology - Hebrew and Aramaic Languages and Cultures The Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilisations provides comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day research on the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Near East. This MA programme is unique in the Netherlands in the breadth of its subject matter, the historical periods covered and the multidisciplinary approach of its study. From the beginning of history in Egypt and Mesopotamia up to the Medieval texts in Neo-Latin, Coptic or Hebrew. Characteristic for the MA is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations that the texts allow. The Leiden programme distinguishes itself from other similar master’s programmes by offering expertise in the world of the Hebrew Bible, emerging Christianity, ancient Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and Greco-Roman Antiquity, all seen from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme introduces a wide variety of research methods, all of them well-represented in the research carried out at Leiden University. The combined study of sources of different nature is a particularly exiting research approach, because it may lead to new interpretations of the past. Traditional philology with its intimate knowledge of languages and texts, while still indispensable, is enriched by social history and economic theory, comparative literature, the study of religion in an anthropological perspective and, of course, archaeology and material culture. [-]

MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Leiden

The Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilisations provides intensive and comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day research on the civilisations of Greece and Rome and the Ancient Near East. [+]

The Leiden programme distinguishes itself from other similar master’s programmes by consistently integrating the world of the Hebrew Bible, emerging Christianity, the cuneiform cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and Greco-Roman Antiquity within their broader context. The amount of specialisations available is also unparalleled. There are 4 specialisations within this programme: • Assyriology (research) • Classics (research) • Egyptology (research) • Hebrew and Aramaic Studies (research) As a graduate of a two-year research master’s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme.The programme makes creative use of a plethora of methods, all of them well-represented at Leiden University. Traditional philology with its intimate knowledge of languages and texts, while still indispensable, is enriched by social history and political theory, comparative literature, the study of religion in an anthropological perspective and archaeology and material culture. Classics refers to the multidisciplinary study of the Greek and Roman world, including Latin literature of the modern period, Ancient Philosophy, Ancient Judaism, Emerging Christianity and Ancient History. [-]

MA Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Netherlands Leiden

In this specialisation we are interested in the impact of globalisation on environment, culture and economy. [+]

In this specialisation we are interested in the impact of globalisation on environment, culture and economy. Students can study different aspects of globalisation by choosing one of the two tracks within this specialisation: - Environment and Development - Global Economy and Culture Environment and Development This track covers the complex relations between people and nature. It does so in terms of present modes of resource use as well as in terms of future projections; ideas on how to bring about a better, sustainable world. The aim of Environment and Development is to equip you with knowledge and skills that will enable you to analyse the interactions between societies and both urban and rural environments and to engage in activities aimed at the formulation of various types of solutions for existing environment-and-development problems. Often these activities are implemented under the banner of development. Global Economy and Culture This track emphasises the multi-scalar connections between the economic and the political and between institutional and non-institutional policy-making. It also addresses the responses to such policies by social movements, or ordinary citizens, and the creation of alternative markets in which factors other than sole profitability are important. [-]

MA Dutch Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

This programme is taught in Dutch. [+]

Specialisations - Dutch Discourse Studies - Dutch Language, Culture and Society - Dutch Linguistics - Modern Dutch Literature - Older Dutch Literature This programme is taught in Dutch. [-]

MA History

Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Netherlands Leiden

The Leiden University Institute for History has a broad and wide-reaching academic scope. The Master’s Programme in History is an accurate reflection of this academic range and offers you the chance to obtain a degree based on your own particular interests and ambitions. To enable you to pursue your own interests as much as possible, the various specialisations have a thematic focus. Within these specialisations there are also possibilities to concentrate on Maritime History, Political Debate or Economic History. [+]

Specialisations: - 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. [-]

MA History (research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The two-year Research Master’s in History offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. With five specialisations on offer—each containing a number of specific subjects—you will pay specific attention to the development of theories on historical processes, historiography and methodology of historical research. [+]

Specialisations: - Ancient History (research) » - Colonial and Global History (research) » - Europe 1000-1800 (research) » - Migration and Global Interdependence (research) » - Political Culture and National Identities (research) » As a graduate of a two-year research master’s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme.The two-year Research Master’s in History is an outstanding preparation for a PhD in history within or outside Leiden University. You write an elaborate thesis under the supervision of an expert in the field which potentially serves as an excellent starting point for a PhD dissertation. You experience the riches and challenges of academia not only via frequent meetings with your tutor, but also during the seminars in which staff members and research master’s students discuss one another’s research findings and exchange scholarly views and insights. You are encouraged to spend the third semester of your research master’s abroad taking a few optional courses and conducting research for your thesis. Those who aim for a position outside academia will discover that the depth and scope of the Research Master’s in History allows you to successfully venture on a career in education, administration, heritage, journalism, business, and many more. [-]

MA International Relations (Humanities)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The MA in International Relations provides you with the contextual knowledge and analytical ability to study and comprehend the vast diversity and complexity of our rapidly changing world. Our MA programme offers a specialisation in International Studies, and a European Union Studies specialisation that are unique in the Netherlands. [+]

Specialisations - European Union Studies - International Studies The MA in International Relations provides you with the contextual knowledge and analytical ability to study and comprehend the vast diversity and complexity of our rapidly changing world. Our MA programme offers a specialisation in International Studies, and a European Union Studies specialisation that are unique in the Netherlands. In European Union Studies we offer the only general MA-level study of the European Union in the Netherlands. It is an interdisciplinary programme in which you will concentrate on issue that make up the core concern of European integration. Our interdisciplinary International Studies is anchored within the humanities. We bridge the gap between relations among states (international relations), and developments within states. We look beyond the well-known policies and institutions of the Western world, and take very seriously the cultures, ideas and beliefs that underlie the current processes of global change. In both programmes we offer a combination of fresh theoretical insights and practical knowledge and experience, giving ideas and beliefs the place they deserve in European and global politics. Six reasons to choose International Relations in Leiden: - We focus on current global and regional issues, which provides you with the knowledge and the analytical abilities to study and comprehend the diversity and complexity of today’s rapidly changing world; - We give you the option of either focusing on core issues of the European integration process or of going beyond the Western world and studying other parts of the world; - We believe that ideas matter! The curriculum takes seriously the ideas and beliefs that underlie contemporary political changes; - Our two specialisations avoid theory for the sake of theory, but offer instead a challenging mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experience provided by specialist, academic researchers and experts with direct experience in policy-formulation and policy-making; - We are the only university in the Netherlands to offer this wealth of area specialists and the extensive range of contacts among national and international government and non-government institutions. Close to The Hague, the legal capital of the world, we benefit from the proximity to the material and human resources concentrated in a centre of government. - Upon graduation, you may have access to the prestigious MA in International Affairs at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, Bologna. [-]

MA Latin American Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The aim of the MA in Latin American Studies is to ensure you graduate with state-of-the-art knowledge about key academic issues that are currently under discussion in Latin America in the fields of modern history, literature or linguistics. PLEASE NOTE: This programme is taught in Spanish. [+]

The master’s programme of Latin American Studies has three disciplinary tracks. You choose your focus at the start of your course.

Public Policies in Latin America

If you choose for Public Policies in Latin America (modern Latin American history), you will have the chance to study the fast changing nature of current state-civil society relations in this region. Special attention is paid to such issues as the formulation and application of public policies dealing with problems in fields such as education, citizens’ security, poverty alleviation, indigenous groups, gender issues, health, and environment, and the ways civil society interacts with these initiatives. Students can conduct for instance fieldwork research on specific programmes implemented by state agencies as well as by local governments, NGOs, and citizens’ initiatives in several Latin American countries. By conducting interviews with citizens, policy-makers, and experts on the specific topic of study, you will obtain a unique experience in Latin America. ... [-]


MA Latin American Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Research Master’s in Latin American Studies is a multi-disciplinary two-year programme that addresses cutting-edge debates around key social and cultural issues of present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region. PLEASE NOTE: This programme is taught in Spanish. [+]

The Research Master’s in Latin American Studies is a multi-disciplinary two-year programme that addresses cutting-edge debates around key social and cultural issues of present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region. You will come in contact with disciplinary interpretations about current issues in the field of modern history, literature, as well as in the social sciences. The programme provides you with a solid preparation in formulating and implementing a comprehensive academic investigation in Latin America or the Caribbean region in one of the mentioned disciplinary fields. Due to the long existing tradition at Leiden University of teaching and conducting research in Latin America and the Caribbean, the programme counts on a staff with a well-established international reputation. Distinguished Leiden scholars have joined forces to offer a well-balanced programme on this vast region, which also gives you the chance to carry out your own research in a Latin American or Caribbean country of your choice. This master’s, with its strong research orientation, is the only one of its kind in the Netherlands: no other master’s in the country congregates so many sub-regions of the Americas and disciplines in a single academic programme, making it the only accredited research master’s in this field in the Benelux. A substantial part of the programme is taught in Spanish, while some courses can be in English. You can choose to write your papers and thesis in Spanish, English or Portuguese. As a graduate of a two-year research master’s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme. This programme, with its strong research orientation, is the only one of its kind in the Netherlands: no other Master’s in the country congregates so many sub-regions of the Americas and disciplines in a single academic programme, making it the only accredited Research Master in this field in the Benelux. Due to the department’s long tradition of research and teaching at Leiden University, the staff has built up a well established international reputation. The programme also maintains a broad network of active contacts throughout Latin America, capable of offering you support during your research period. You will have the possibility to carry out research at various locations, including: Argentina: - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Brasil: - Universidade de Sao Paulo - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco Chile: - Universidad de Chile - Universidad Diego Portales - Universidad de Santiago de Chile Mexico: - Universidad Iberoamericana But we also offer possibilities in many other Latin American countries.... [-]


MA Linguistics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

Within the master’s you can focus on the description of languages, or, alternatively, you can study language from a theoretical perspective. [+]

The 1-year MA Linguistics programme offers ten specialisations, which are listed below. Within the specialisations there are many ways in which you can create your own unique master’s programme, adapting the content to reflect your own specific field of interest. Specialisations - Chinese Linguistics - Comparative Indo-European Linguistics - English Language and Linguistics - French Language and Linguistics - German Language and Linguistics - Italian Language and Linguistics - Language and Communication - Language Diversity of Africa, Asia and Native America - Theoretical Linguistics and Cognition - Translation in Theory and Practice (Dutch/English) Leiden University offers an inspiring environment for a Master’s in Linguistics, especially because there is no other academic institution in the Netherlands where as many distinct languages and theoretical approaches are offered. Leiden University is particularly well equipped for the study of human languages in all their diversity. There is no other academic institution in the Netherlands or in the neighbouring countries where as many distinct languages are taught and studied, from well-known modern languages such as English, French and Italian to less familiar ones such as African languages, Native American languages and Indonesian. Besides this broad range of languages, a further characteristic of the Leiden MA Linguistics programme is the diversity of theoretical approaches to and perspectives on the study of language. Within the master’s you can focus on the description of languages, or, alternatively, you can study language from a theoretical perspective. Leiden University has a strong tradition in a number of approaches to language variation and language change, for example in the areas of syntax, phonology, semantics, historical linguistics and language and communication. You can also concentrate on the more practical aspects of language, such as translation or text analysis from a communicative perspective. During your time in Leiden you will be able to profit from the research expertise of the members of Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). This institute has a high and long-standing international reputation, with many researchers who have been awarded prestigious grants and academic prizes. Teaching at LUCL is in small-scale groups, which means that students benefit from a high level of personal attention. After obtaining their MA degree, Leiden linguists are able to analyse linguistic problems at an academic level, and are in demand for their communicative and practical skills, such as their command of a specific language, their knowledge and skills in translating, and their communicative and editorial talents. [-]

MA Linguistics (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Research Master’s in Linguistics is a specialised research-based programme run by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). [+]

The Research Master’s in Linguistics is a specialised research-based programme run by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). Tapping into the vast array of languages taught and studied at Leiden—more than at any other academic institution in the Netherlands or neighbouring countries—you will have access to internationally-renowned research programmes led by senior researchers, many of whom have been awarded prestigious academic grants. As a graduate of a two-year research master’s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme.What can you expect from the programme? At the core of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) you’ll discover academic excellence, diversity and research. With a strong tradition in applying various approaches to language variation and language change—in syntax, phonology, semantics and other fields—you will concentrate on developing your academic path through original research. Each year, for example, LUCL appoints five to ten PhD students, mostly within externally-funded projects, who continue the research methods they were taught in the MPhil programme. In addition, numerous conferences, workshops and lecture series are organised and attended by the faculty’s multi-national staff and student body. The Research Master’s in Linguistics provides you with a large and varied selection of subjects and languages. As a result, you have the choice to focus your study programme on a certain theme, or to create your own specialisation. [-]

MA Literary Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The MA in Literary Studies offers separate programmes in the literatures of English, French, German and Italian. [+]

Specialisations - English Literature and Culture - French Literature and Culture - German Literature and Culture - Italian Literature and Culture The MA in Literary Studies offers separate programmes in the literatures of English, French, German and Italian. The focus lies on medieval, early modern and modern literature for English and French, on early modern literature for Italian and on modern literature for German. In all cases it is possible to combine a disciplinary with an interdisciplinary approach. This may relate to the relation between different media, between literature and philosophy, or between literature and history.The one-year MA is closely connected to the MA in Media Studies, the Comparative Literature and Literary Theory specialisation, and the MA in American Studies. The MA courses are given by scholars with expertise in terms of the period (middle ages, early modern, modern, post-modern and post-colonial) but also in terms of rhetoric, semiotics, intermediality, inter-cultural history and cultural analysis. Particularly in the case of the German and Italian specialisations, it is possible to follow courses elsewhere in the Netherlands. The one-year MA is closely connected to the MA in Media Studies, the Comparative Literature and Literary Theory specialisation, and the MA in American Studies. [-]

MA Literary Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

Based on the premise that the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, this programme includes the study of media, art and literature. [+]

Based on the premise that the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, this programme includes the study of media, art and literature. The Literature specialisation distinguishes itself from other MA programmes in the Netherlands by its intense collaboration with the MA programmes in Media Studies and the Research Master’s in Arts and Culture ; this joint teaching programme gives you the opportunity to acquire a valuable range of skills, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical. Photography, film and the so-called new media are well-known paradigms of media, but painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, etc. are also viewed as specific media. All these contribute to the formation of cultures. These formations in and by media change through history, and are therefore studied in this programme in a historical perspective. Media are seen as the building blocks of culture because it is in and through media that cultures are shaped. The programme pays close attention the content of what is being shaped by media (human subjectivity and behaviour, rituals, politics, et cetera). Paying close attention should be taken literally: the Leiden research master’s considers cultural artefacts as objects for close reading, that should be understood with as much sensitivity as possible. The research master’s offers a flexible programme that encourages you to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective, but also gives you considerable freedom to follow disciplinary courses within your ‘home discipline’. You can focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, and can opt for an interdisciplinary focus applied to a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary), or an approach that concentrates on a single discipline. All students follow compulsory joint theoretical and methodological courses. [-]

MA Media Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

<strong>Media Studies</strong> in Leiden has four specialisations, each of which considers the different forms of the media, and how these inter-relate. [+]

Specialisations - Book and Digital Media Studies - Comparative Literature and Literary Theory - Film and Photographic Studies - Journalistiek en nieuwe media Media Studies in Leiden has four specialisations, each of which considers the different forms of the media, and how these inter-relate. You will study the media from a broad perspective, from literature, film and photography to the new media. This breadth will give you ample opportunity to create cross-connections between the different specialisations. As a student of the Media Studies programme in Leiden you will study present-day media forms and how these are related to one another, while at the same time investigating the roots of this relatively new field. One of these roots is Film Studies that has since the sixties borrowed from Literature Studies such methodologies as ‘author theory’ and ‘textual analysis’. The specialisation in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, focuses upon literary techniques and practices from an intermedial perspective. Like Book and Digital Media Studies, Comparative Literature is concerned with the history of the book as a vehicle for information and with present-day adaptations of this medium. Within Film and Photographic Studies, too, you study the relationship between art forms and media: what do literature, film and photography have in common and what is specific to these three fields? What is their narrative potential? Comparative Literature also shares with Journalism and New Media an interest in the sources and modern versions of rhetoric, while the audiovisual branch of journalism is related to film and photography, both documentary and aesthetic. Within Media Studies you have every opportunity to bring together the different elements of the programme through your choice of electives. If you wish to make a broader study of the interconnections between the different media, the Research Master’s in Literary Studies is a good option as this programme forms a bridge between the Literary Studies, Media Studies and Arts and Culture programmes. [-]

MA Middle Eastern Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The <strong>MA in Middle Eastern Studies</strong> covers virtually the entire Middle East, both in time and in geography. [+]

The MA in Middle Eastern Studies covers virtually the entire Middle East, both in time and in geography. This is unique for the Netherlands, and extremely rare elsewhere. If you are interested in Middle Eastern languages, literature, religion and history, you will discover that developments in modern times take a central place in the study of these disciplines. The MA in Middle Eastern Studies exposes you to research covering the history, literature, languages and politics of the Arab, Persian and Turkish world, with special attention for the field of Islamic law, anthropology, philology and the modern Middle East. You can specialise in one of five different areas, each of which can be further tailored to your field of interest by opting for a particular disciplinary approach, such as linguistics, anthropology, history, literary studies, or the Modern Middle East; or by choosing a particular geographic region, such as Morocco or Central Asia; or alternatively by concentrating on a particular historical period, such as the Middle Ages or the twentieth century. - Arabic Studies - Islamic Studies - Turkish Studies - Persian Studies - Modern Middle East Studies [-]

MA Middle Eastern Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Research MA in Middle Eastern Studies allows you to focus on a region, such as the Arab world, North Africa, Turkey and the Persian world, or on a discipline, such as history, politics, religion, languages and literature, both regionally and cross-regionally. [+]

The Research MA in Middle Eastern Studies allows you to focus on a region, such as the Arab world, North Africa, Turkey and the Persian world, or on a discipline, such as history, politics, religion, languages and literature, both regionally and cross-regionally. Middle Eastern and Islamic studies in Leiden have a justly deserved worldwide reputation. Their breadth and depth are not only unparallelled in the Netherlands, but represent the very best of Middle Eastern and Islam-related research and teaching in Europe and beyond. The programme, while paying special attention to regions and inter-regional relations, draws upon a comparative Area Studies approach. Middle Eastern Studies (research) not only encourages intra-Middle East comparisons, but closely co-operates with Asian Studies (research). This co-operation is institutionalised, for example, through a common introductory course on Area Studies. Within Middle Eastern Studies, it is possible to focus on: - Turkish Studies; - Arabic Studies; - North African Studies; - Persian Studies; - Islam; - Eastern Christianity; - Modern Middle East Studies. It is also possible to combine courses, allowing thus for more flexibility and a wider view on the region. [-]

MA North American Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The strengths of Leiden MA programme lie particularly in African-American history and literature, U.S. political history and foreign policy, and immigrant and ethnic studies in the U.S. [+]

The strengths of Leiden MA programme lie particularly in African-American history and literature, U.S. political history and foreign policy, and immigrant and ethnic studies in the U.S. Graduates in North American Studies go on to a variety of careers in teaching, journalism, radio and TV, politics, government, publishing and research, as well as other fields that call for academic training and skills.In the Netherlands, Leiden is a leading center of research in American Studies, and has an international faculty and student body. The Leiden history department has the Netherlands’ only endowed chair in American history, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair of U.S. History and Culture, occupied by Professor Adam Fairclough. Master’s students who graduate in American Studies will be able to: - critically analyse American historical and literary texts, and place them in a cultural and historical context; - conduct independent multidisciplinary research in the field of American Studies (including Canada), thereby showing the ability to comprehend and apply relevant theoretical insights and methodological approaches; - apply knowledge of North American history, literature and culture, to contemporary social, political, literary and cultural developments. [-]

MA Philosophy

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2016 Netherlands Leiden + 1 more

The specialisation Philosophy of Humanities offers students the opportunity to further studies on the interface between scholarship in the humanities and philosophy. [+]

The specialisation Philosophy of Humanities offers students the opportunity to further studies on the interface between scholarship in the humanities and philosophy. A particular focus is the relation between philosophical thought and European culture, and the programme also covers questions about the relationship between language and thought, and between philosophy, literature and art. The specialisation Philosophy of Humanities has three fields of particular interest. The first focus is on the philosophical historical reflection on what Nietzsche called European nihilism. If scholarship is no longer guided by a philosophical, artistic and spiritual reflection, his diagnosis was, it will revert to the economy. The second field of interest is the relation between philosophy and language. Just as poetry, philosophy shows that languages are not interchangeable, that language is more than a sheer instrument. What is the relation between philosophical thought and the language in which it has been expressed? How is philosophical thought related to the historical context? What are the circumstances in terms of which these ideas should be understood? The third field of interest is the philosophical reflection on art, especially on the transition from traditional art to modern art. What is the impact of this transition? What does it mean? What are its motives? Are both art and philosophy searching for new ways to come to terms with life in a constantly expanding reality? The study of art will benefit from the critique of metaphysics in Nietzsche, as well as from the history of philosophical aesthetics from Kant to Heidegger and modern French philosophers. The destruction of the traditional aesthetic concept of art, accomplished by these philosophers, reflects the way in which art itself has changed. [-]

MA Russian and Eurasian Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

The Leiden MA programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies is unique in the Netherlands in that it offers students a well-balanced combination of several disciplines. [+]

The Leiden MA programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies is unique in the Netherlands in that it offers students a well-balanced combination of several disciplines. You can study Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or instead focus on the political, historical and economic background of the region. You are at liberty to combine these two angles into an individual programme. Leiden University has been studying Russia and the Slavic world since 1913, which has earned us an excellent international reputation. For some courses knowledge of Russian is obligatory. Reasons to study Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University: - The programme offers a unique selection of courses found nowhere else in the Netherlands. - You have a broad range of options to customise your individual programme. - You will benefit from the expertise of specialists from the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, the Leiden University Institute for History and the Institute for Cultural Disciplines as well as visiting professors and external specialists at the University of Amsterdam. - We offer an international study environment, including a limited number of competitive scholarship and internship programmes in Russia, Georgia and other countries. - Upon graduation, you will have a profound knowledge of either the linguistics, literature and culture, or the history, politics, international relations, and economy of the Russian and Eurasian region. [-]

MA Theology and Religious Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Leiden

During the course of the one-year Master’s Programme in Religious Studies you learn to independently evaluate information in a critical manner and to conduct academically sound research in a particular field of study. [+]

Specialisations - Biblical Studies (discontinued) - Christianity - Islam - Judaism - Religion, Culture and Society During the course of the one-year Master’s Programme in Religious Studies you learn to independently evaluate information in a critical manner and to conduct academically sound research in a particular field of study. The themes which are offered in the different master’s fields are closely interwoven with the research conducted within the Leiden University Institute for Religious Studies. In this way you will develop a well-founded vision of present-day academic developments in their specialist field. Why choose Religious Studies in Leiden? 1. The Leiden University Institute for Religious Studies provides a stimulating and dynamic context for the study of religion. 2. The Institute’s research and teaching programmes have been positively evaluated by international review committees and rank among the best in Europe. 3. The Institute’s small scale gives it an informal and personal atmosphere. The individual approach applied in the master’s programme allows you to derive the maximum benefit from your master’s study. 4. The master’s programme is a flexible programme, allowing students to pursue their individual interests. 5. The Leiden Institute for Religious Studies is located close to the University Library and is a short distance from other important university facilities. The picturesque old centre of Leiden with its charming canals is on just a few minutes walking distance. [-]

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