MA History (research)

General

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Program Description

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.

Specialisations

  • 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.

Study abroad

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.

Curriculum

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:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/master/history-research/admission-and-application

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national an ... Read More

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you. We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose! Read less
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