Focus on your own specific interests
The two-year research master in History at Leiden University offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. During your studies, you will 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.
- Political Culture and National Identities (research) (MA)
- Colonial and Global History (research) (MA)
- Europe 1000-1800 (research) (MA)
- Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (research) (MA)
- Ancient History (research) (MA)
Participate in the Europaeum Vaclav Havel MA Programme
Selected students will also be able to participate in the Europaeum Vaclav Havel MA Programme, an initiative of Leiden University in cooperation with the Sorbonne (Paris) and Charles University in Prague which leads to a separate additional master certificate in European Society and Politics issued by the Europaeum Association of leading European Universities.
You are encouraged to spend the third semester of your research master's abroad taking optional courses and conducting research for your thesis. Leiden University has a large network of options for your studies abroad.
The Research Master programme in History (two year, 120 EC) will provide opportunities to acquire general disciplinary knowledge and skills at master's degree level as well as specific research skills. Much attention will be paid to the development of theories on historical processes, argumentation, historiography and methodology of historical research. The research master's thesis should provide the basic components for a future PhD-thesis.
The programme is as follows:
- Literature Seminar (10 EC)
- Two Research Seminars (20 EC)
- Historical Theory (10 EC)
- Research Skills (10 EC)
- Tutorial (10 EC): The tutorial will prepare you for writing your thesis.
- Research School Courses (10 EC): Research School courses offer training in both methodology and area specific knowledge.
- Two Optional Courses (20 EC): These may comprise Research Seminars offered by Leiden University or by other (foreign) universities. Alternatively, you can also opt for an internship.
- Classics: For those students who will not go abroad within their Optional Course space, it is obligatory to fill 10 EC with the Classics course.
- Thesis and exam (30 EC)
Admission and Application
We invite motivated students from around the world to apply for the Master of Arts in History (Research). Admission requirements may vary per specialisation, please visit the specialisation of your interest to find out more about the entry requirements:
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