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
  • Honours College: Leiden University College The Hague
  • Member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a partnership with other prominent research universities
  • 10 English-taught bachelor's programmes
  • 40+ Dutch-taught bachelor's programmes
  • 80 Dutch and English-taught master's programmes with over 250 specialisations
  • 26,900 students
  • 3600 international students
  • 115 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:

MA

MA African Studies

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 Master’s programme in African Studies at Leiden University is an advanced area studies qualification that combines world-class scholarship with practice-based learning.

Customised learning

This multidisciplinary programme offers you the opportunity to explore the African continent from a wide range of perspectives: historical, literary, cultural, socio-economical and political. At Leiden, relevance and real-world issues are at the fore. During your programme you will analyse current events as they unfold and explore issues from a broad, comparative and global perspective. You will be able to pursue the issues and subject areas that interest you most by designing your own project and thesis.... [-]


MA African Studies (research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 research master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives.

A multidisciplinary approach

The research master in African Studies at Leiden University bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences. The programme combines disciplines from the humanities, such as history and literary studies, with disciplines from social sciences, in particular: political science; anthropology; and economics. As a result you have the opportunity to 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.... [-]


MA Archaeology (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 programme in Archaeology is the most diverse in the Netherlands. Benefit from our extensive experience and reputation in archaeological research.

Choose Archaeology at Leiden University:

Our research master's programme offers interesting regional and thematic specialisation possibilities. It stimulates extra-talented and  motivated  students by exposing them to cutting edge research and making them part of it. The programme helps you to find your  own place in the  wide world of archaeological careers, and equips you with all the 21st century professional and transferable skills you need.Our research facilities and labs, field schools and excavation projects, experimental archaeology projects and the national research schools (ARCHON, OIKOS) offer excellent opportunities for every prospective researcher.... [-]


MA Arts and Culture

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 18 months February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 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. [+]

The master in Arts and Culture at Leiden University is your chance to acquire a world-class, customised qualification within the field of Arts and Culture.

Customised education

A unique programme in terms of its diverse and interdisciplinary range of subjects, the master in Arts and Culture offers you the choice of three specialisations. Each explores different themes from a comparative and global perspective. A broad range of electives allows you to further customise your degree. We encourage every student to pursue the academic areas they are passionate about.

Learn from the leading minds in the field

At Leiden University, you are joining one of the world's leading universities. In the MA in Arts and Culture, you learn from internationally-respected researchers at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) as well as eminent scholars and practitioners from our network of academic and cultural institutions. You will benefit from this network both in what you learn, and in how, with opportunities for internships, exchange programmes and a line-up of regular visiting speakers.... [-]


MA Arts and Culture (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 Arts and Culture research master at Leiden University is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates art history and theory with literary studies and media studies.

An international focus

The master in Arts and Culture (Research) stands out by its global character, focus on applied arts, and integrated study of the visual arts and architecture. You will benefit from the programme's intense collaboration with the Media Studies and Literary Studies masters.

A flexible curriculum

You can choose to focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, or explore a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern or Modern and Contemporary). The programme's flexibility will encourage you to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective. During your studies you will acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.... [-]


MA Asian Studies

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 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. [+]

The master’s programme in Asian Studies at Leiden University offers an outstanding qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

Choose from eight specialisations

The Asian Studies master's programme offers one-year specialisations on East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the History, Arts and Culture of Asia and the Politics, Society and Economy of Asia and two-year specialisations on China, Japan, Korea.

Learn from internationally-acclaimed scholars

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned and spans the whole of Asia. Small classes give you direct and regular contact with your lecturers. You will learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field, many of whom are at the leading edge of Asia-related research.... [-]


MA Asian Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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. [+]

The research master's programme in Asian Studies gives you access to Leiden University's leading expertise in the countries of Asia from their politics and literature to their languages.

Benefit from Leiden’s renowned expertise

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's Asia Studies (Research) programme offers access to unique resources and expertise. Asian Studies at Leiden University has a reputation for excellence that is unmatched in Europe. You can choose subjects from a curriculum that spans virtually the entire Asian region both in geography and time.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

You will be able to focus your studies on a region, such as China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia, or on a discipline, such as politics, religion, art and material culture, languages and literature, with the option to work with a primary language. A comparative, area studies approach to learning encourages a broader, contextual understanding of the issues at hand. The programme not only encourages intra-Asian comparisons, but cooperates closely with the Middle Eastern Studies (Research) programme. This cooperation is institutionalised, for example, through a common introductory course on Area Studies.... [-]


MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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. [+]

The master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations at Leiden University covers the entire range of present-day research on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Ancient Near East.

 

Choose from four specialisations

This master's programme distinguishes itself from similar programmes by consistently integrating Greek and Roman Antiquity, the world of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, emerging Christianity, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and the cuneiform cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, into their broader context. The number of specialisations on offer at Leiden University is unparalleled.

Use a wide range of research methods... [-]


MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) programme at Leiden University covers the entire range of present-day research on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Ancient Near East.

Choose from four specialisations

The research master's programme distinguishes itself from other similar master's programmes by consistently integrating Greek and Roman Antiquity, the world of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, emerging Christianity, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and the cuneiform cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, within their broader context. The number of specialisations offered by the Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) programme is unparalleled.... [-]


Ma Dutch Studies

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This program is taught in Dutch. The master's degree Neerlandistiek / Dutch Studies welcomes students from home and abroad, and is practiced in Leiden in the full multidisciplinary range, from the Middle Ages to the present. [+]

The master's degree Neerlandistiek / Dutch Studies welcomes students from home and abroad, and is practiced in Leiden in the full multidisciplinary range, from the Middle Ages to the present. The subject covers all areas in the world where Dutch language and culture play a role or play and is placed in an international and interdisciplinary context. You can do research to your favorite author or to translate literature, study changes in Dutch, engage in the argumentative and rhetorical aspects of language, or learn more about the history and art history of the Low Countries. Within your specialization, you will deepen in topics that are in line with current research themes. Upon completion of the master's degree, you are likely to find work at a company or institution as an editor, language advisor or communications specialist. Depending on your pre-primary education and the choices you make, there is also the first-level teacher education at your fingertips. Specializations Dutch Discourse Studies Dutch Language, Culture and Society Dutch Linguistics Modern Dutch Literature Older Dutch Literature tuition fees EU / EEA, Dutch, Swiss or Surinamese: around € 1,984. Other: around € 16,400. Interested? Hvis du ønsker at vide mere, måske vedrørende vores specialiseringer, kan du komme i kontakt eller besøge programets introduktionsside på vores hjemmeside: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/neerlandistiek/nl/introduction. Blandt de emner du vil tage med dette program, kan du finne følgende: Pragmatics and grammar: language as a tool for social influence Language contact, language planning and nationalism Rhetorical Fireworks: a Canon of Dutch Speeches Strategic... [-]

MA History

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Leiden University Institute for History has a broad and wide-reaching academic scope. [+]

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

Seven specialisations and a flexible curriculum

With such a broad curriculum, the master’s programme in History offers you the chance to specialise in niche subject areas not offered elsewhere. A flexible format also allows you to tailor your degree to suit your career goals. To help you develop a cohesive area of expertise, the programme offers seven specialisations each with their own thematic focus. Within your specialisation, you even have the added option of focusing on Maritime History, Political Debate or Economic History.... [-]


MA History (research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The two-year Research Master’s in History offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. [+]

The research master in History at Leiden University offers five specialisations in which you will focus on historical processes, historical research, historiography and methodology.

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... [-]


MA International Relations

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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. [+]

The master programme in International Relations at Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities offers a comprehensive understanding of the complexities defining today's world, providing an outstanding platform for a career in the international arena.

Define your area of expertise

Join the only master's programme in the Netherlands to offer five unique specialisations within the field of international relations. With a broad curriculum and flexible design, the International Relations programme allows you to tailor your degree to suit your career goals. Five specialisations are available, each with their own thematic focus, and each with further scope for customisation. You will be able to specialise in areas ranging from the European integration process to the global political economy.... [-]


MA Latin American Studies

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 programme in Latin American Studies at Leiden University offers in-depth expertise on the Latin American region. 

Explore current developments in Latin America

Taught by scholars from Leiden University's internationally-acclaimed Faculty of Humanities as well as our partner universities in Latin America, the master in Latin American Studies explores the most current social, political, linguistic and cultural developments shaping Latin America today.

You may choose from one of three disciplinary tracks:

Public Policies in Latin America Cultural Analysis in Latin America Language Variation and Bilingualism

Fieldwork research in Latin America

All courses take a comparative, area studies approach to ensure a critical understanding of the issues studied – many of which are unfolding as you study them. A research trip to Latin America immerses you in one of the region's languages and cultures, while developing your ability to conduct high-quality scientific research and communicate professionally and effectively.... [-]


MA Latin American Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 two-year interdisciplinary research master in Latin American Studies addresses cutting-edge debates on the social and cultural issues in present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region.

An interdisciplinary approach

Leiden University's Latin American Studies (research) programme is your opportunity to explore the social, cultural, and historical narratives shaping present-day Latin America. Taught by international researchers, this interdisciplinary programme centers around the theme Latin American Modernities: Resistance, Revival and Change.

Focus on one of three specialist areas

Explore the different forms of modernity in Latin America within one of three areas: culture and identity, state-society relations, and literature, arts and media. A comparative, area studies approach to research provides a broader, global context to current issues in Latin America.... [-]


MA Linguistics

Campus Full time Part time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The master’s programme in Linguistics at Leiden University is by any measure among the best in Europe, offering linguistics expertise that covers all corners of the world and the choice of ten areas of specialisation [+]

The master’s programme in Linguistics at Leiden University is by any measure among the best in Europe, offering linguistics expertise that covers all corners of the world and the choice of ten areas of specialisation.

An unmatched curriculum

Within the master’s programme in Linguistics, you may choose one of ten specialisations, each offering a wide range of courses. You will examine issues from a broad range of perspectives and diverse theoretical approaches, including descriptive, experimental, theoretical and applied. You have the opportunity to choose from the widest selection of languages offered by any institution in the region. With an unmatched curriculum and flexible programme design, at Leiden you can truly customise your qualification to match your interests and career goals.... [-]


MA Linguistics (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Leiden University Research Master’s in Linguistics focuses on language diversity in the world. This diversity is apparent both in the vast array of languages that you can study, and in the wide range of linguistic approaches used to study these languages. The Research Master’s in Linguistics is a specialised two-year research-based programme run by the renowned Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). [+]

The research master’s programme in Linguistics at Leiden University combines leading expertise with a flexible programme format.

Study the linguistic subfields that interest you

During this two-year research master’s programme you will be able to choose from the largest selection of languages offered in Europe and an exceptional range of linguistic approaches including historical, descriptive, formal, cognitive, sociolinguistic, experimental and corpus-based studies. You will be able to explore sub-fields including phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse, or pragmatics.

Develop your research skills

An important aspect of this programme is developing your ability to conduct original and innovative research. You will have to opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and lecture series organised in Leiden, all of which will help you forge an outstanding start to your career. Small classes ensure that you have plenty of direct contact with your lecturers and a high level of guidance and support throughout your studies.... [-]


MA Literary Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

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

The master's programme in Literary Studies at Leiden University offers you a specialised qualification in one of four languages and cultures or a comparative perspective on literature and culture, with each programme offering considerable scope for individual customisation.

Customise your degree

We believe that freedom plays an important role in unlocking potential. The master’s programme in Literary Studies has a high degree of flexibility to enable you to tailor the programme to your particular interests. Your curriculum could include a single or combined major and electives from other specialisations – even other master’s programmes. You are also free to go abroad for  a specific university course or an internship in order to deepen or widen your focus.... [-]


MA Literary Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 two-year Literary Studies (research) master at Leiden University integrates the study of media, art history and literary theory to bring you a unique and relevant qualification.

Customise your degree

Create your own specialised area of expertise within the interdisciplinary master's programme in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University. An expansive curriculum and flexible programme format give you the freedom to tailor your studies to reflect specific interests or career goals. Focus your studies on a medium, discipline, genre, or period in time. You will be able to study subjects and courses not available elsewhere.

Choose your research theme

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MA Media Studies

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism. [+]

The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism.

Choose from four interdisciplinary specialisations

The master in Media Studies offers four specialisations. Each specialisation explores a different medium in-depth, including how it interrelates with other media forms. You will also get the opportunity to investigate the roots of this relatively new academic field.

An individual approach to learning

At Leiden University, you will learn from acclaimed scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Our lecturers are dedicated to ensuring you reach your goals during your studies. At Leiden, you also have world-class resources at your fingertips, from famous collections of original manuscripts and periodicals to one of the Netherland’s oldest photo collections.... [-]


MA Middle Eastern Studies

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies capitalises on this expertise in every way. [+]

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies capitalises on this expertise in every way.

A brand new Arabic wall poem thanks to the celebration of 400 years Arabic in Leiden.

Learn from leading researchers in the field

When you choose the master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies, you learn from internationally-respected academics. These active researchers bring you both in-depth knowledge on the most relevant topics in the field and the latest insights, often from their very own research.

Choose your area of interest... [-]


MA Middle Eastern Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's master's in Middle Eastern Studies (Research) offers you unmatched resources and expertise. [+]

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's master's in Middle Eastern Studies (Research) offers you unmatched resources and expertise.

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Leiden University has a reputation for a breadth and depth of expertise that is unmatched in Europe. You can explore subjects that span virtually the entire Middle East both in time and geography.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

This two-year research master's programme allows you to freely combine subjects from seven focus areas: Turkish Studies; Arabic Studies; North African Studies; Persian Studies; Islam; Eastern Christianity; and Modern Middle Eastern Studies.... [-]


MA North American Studies

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Taking an integrated approach to the study of the United States, the master's programme in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas in U.S. history, culture, and literature, with special attention to the influence of the past on contemporary social, political and cultural developments. [+]

Taking an integrated approach to the study of the United States, the master's programme in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas in U.S. history, culture, and literature, with special attention to the influence of the past on contemporary social, political and cultural developments.

While the programme focuses on the U.S., you will also explore the role the U.S. plays in the region and in the world, as well as the impact of the region and the world on developments in the U.S.

Key areas of the programme

The key areas and major issues in the history, literature and culture of the U.S.that the programme explores in-depth include:

Slavery and African-American emancipation struggles; U.S. political history and international relations; Immigration and ethnicity; Identity and memory politics. ... [-]

MA Philosophy (60EC)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The one-year master’s programme in Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to offer you an advanced training in different philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking. [+]

The one-year master’s programme in Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to offer you an advanced training in different philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking.

Four specialisations; an expansive curriculum

The master in Philosophy offers you the choice of four specialisations, each provides a broad overview of the most important philosophical branches, including their historical development and recent topical debates. Contrasting philosophical methodologies are explored, including continental and analytical philosophy. Electives within each specialisation investigate everything from logic, mind and cognition, to ethics, politics and cultural philosophy.... [-]


MA Philosophy (120EC)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The two-year master's programme in Philosophy at Leiden University investigates the fundamental principles underpinning human knowledge while cultivating your capacity for reason and sound argumentation. [+]

The two-year master's programme in Philosophy at Leiden University investigates the fundamental principles underpinning human knowledge while cultivating your capacity for reason and sound argumentation.

This demanding and high-level programme is ideal for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of a particular discipline with complementary understanding of its philosophical foundations combined with further honing of their analytical thinking skills. 

Five specialisations; five academic disciplines

The master in Philosophy offers you the choice of five specialisations: humanities, law, natural sciences, political science, and psychology. Each specialisation delves deep into the philosophical foundations and methodological approaches underpinning that discipline. Content incorporates the very latest academic theory and the field’s historical development across a number of branches of philosophy.... [-]


MA Russian and Eurasian Studies

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia. [+]

The master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia.

Learn from leading researchers in the field

This one-year master’s programme explores Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or politics, history and economics. Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities has been studying Russia and the Slavic world since 1913. Scholars from around the world come to Leiden University to study and teach this fascinating field. During your studies, you will learn from our faculty members as well as visiting international scholars.... [-]


MA Theology and Religious Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective. [+]

The master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective.

A comparative approach

This one-year MA programme offers you the best of Leiden University, from outstanding teachers to world-class resources including its library's famous collections. A comparative approach is taken to the study of theories and concepts, which are applied to real-world empirical findings. Topics are explored from a wide range of disciplines from history to sociology.

Customise your degree

The multidisciplinary programme offers an expansive curriculum through which you can explore religion as well as tailor your degree to reflect your interests. You will be able to choose between two specialisations:... [-]


MSc

MSc Astronomy

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Leiden Observatory offers a challenging two-year master’s programme in Astronomy, leading to the MSc degree in Astronomy. [+]

The master's programme Astronomy covers observations using the world’s most powerful ground- and space-based telescopes, theoretical astrophysical and astrochemical modeling, large scale simulations, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In this two-year master’s programme in Astronomy you get access to cutting edge research in modern astronomy. Main focus areas include galaxies and the structures in which they are embedded, exoplanets, and star and planet formation. With seven challenging specialisations to choose from, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers within academia, industry and the public sector.... [-]


MSc Biology

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 MSc Biology programme is a collaboration between the Institute of Biology Leiden, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the Institute of Environmental Sciences, giving the programme a broad and diverse scope.

 

What does this master's programme entail?

The knowledge that you acquire during this programme supplies an important contribution to the overall understanding of life and has a great value to the society. For example, with your knowledge about DNA, you’re able to work on topics, such as upscaling the agricultural yields and developing new antibiotics by the means of fungi and bacteria. The programme offers four research specialisations, which optionally can be combined with a specialisation in communication, education or business. ... [-]


MSc Biomedical Sciences

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master Biomedical Sciences deals with all normal and abnormal processes in the human body. The primal goal of the program is to better understand diseases in order to improve existing therapeutic interventions and/or suggest new ones. [+]

The Master Biomedical Sciences deals with all normal and abnormal processes in the human body. The primal goal of the program is to better understand diseases in order to improve existing therapeutic interventions and/or suggest new ones.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The Master Biomedical Sciences deals with all normal and abnormal processes in the human body. The primal goal of the program is to better understand diseases in order to improve existing therapeutic interventions and/or suggest new ones.

Besides the common programma, which teaches you the basic knowledge you need about research in Biomedical Sciences, your programme is further defined by one of the specialisations:... [-]


MSc Chemistry

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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. [+]

Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. During this programme you will learn to take a fundamental approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems in human health and environmental issues.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The aim of this two-year programme is to train you as an independent scientist and to develop the necessary skills and proficiency to advance your career. The Master’s programme in Chemistry offers you access to cutting edge research. The research is concentrated in two major research areas:

Chemical Biology: within this research area you will study fundamental biological and biomedical problems to understand physiological processes at the molecular level and to gather more knowledge on human health and illnesses. Energy & Sustainability: within this research area you will focus on the development of new sources of sustainable energy and the use of storage of energy. For example you will be working on the development of a new generation of catalysts for the production of solar fuels. ... [-]

MSc Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The programme offers stimulating, significant and innovative research in the field of Computer Science, including recent advances in Data Analytics and Natural Computing. [+]

This two-year master’s programme offers stimulating, significant and innovative research at an internationally renowned institute and combines theoretical, experimental and applied approaches.

What does this Master’s programme entail?

The two-year master’s programme in Computer Science offers six specialisation which combine excellent theoretical teaching with possibilities for applied work with industrial relevance. This is achieved by intensive collaboration with companies at the Leiden Centre of Data Science. Course themes include topics such as Evolutionary Algorithms, Neural Networks, Databases and Data Mining, Swarm-Based Computation, Bayesian Networks, Multimedia Systems, Embedded Systems and Software, Advanced Compilers and Architectures, Bio-Modeling and Petri Nets.... [-]


MSc Crime and Criminal Justice

Campus Full time Part time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

Criminal Justice is a one-year Master’s at the renowned Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme focuses on criminology, criminal law and their mutual relationship. [+]

Criminology and Criminal Justice is a one-year Master’s at the renowned Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme focuses on criminology, criminal law and their mutual relationship. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary scope. Criminology and Criminal Justice This programme focuses on legitimacy and effectiveness of criminal justice systems around the world and the challenges they face in a globalising world. Applying a comparative perspective, criminal justice systems are analysed regarding their ability to deal with crimes that take place both within and beyond their national borders. Transnational crimes like human trafficking and terrorism increasingly demand coordinated criminal justice responses on a European or international level. The comparative study of criminal justice institutions therefore includes the study of supra-national bodies. Comparative and multidisciplinary perspectives The Criminal Justice Master distinguishes itself by its international comparative perspective, analysing criminal justice systems, legislation and policies in common law and civil law countries. The programme is unique both in its comparative and multidisciplinary focus. Students from all over the world with different backgrounds, such as Criminology, Social sciences, Law, Political sciences, and Philosophy, critically engage themselves with important questions in small-scale groups. Leiden Law School is located in two beautifully renovated national monuments in the historic heart of the medieval city of Leiden. Leiden is the place to study Criminal Justice because of its vicinity to the Hague: international city of peace and justice. Broad understanding with room for individual focus Due to the Criminal Justice Master’s unique multidisciplinary and comparative... [-]

MSc Crisis and Security Management

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands The Hague Leiden + 1 more

During the one year multi-disciplinary master program students will become familiar with the political and social dimensions of the governance of (in)security and crises. [+]

As crises arising from terrorism, civil war, and natural disasters dominate world news it is no surprise that security and crisis management - including the perception of risk - is at the top of the global societal and governance agenda

What does this master programme entail?

During this multidisciplinary career-relevant master’s programme you become familiar with the political and social dimensions of the governance of (in)security and crisis. You study contemporary security challenges from both local and global pointsof view and gain deep understanding of the ‘wicked problem’ of security and crisis topics in a complex and globalising world. The combination of theory, practical insights and analytical skills prepares you for work in public or private organisations.... [-]


MSc Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide and how to situate them within the complex global challenges of diversity, sustainability and digitalisation. [+]

The Master's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide and how to situate them within the complex global challenges of diversity, sustainability and digitalisation.

Study global problems on small scale

The Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology teaches students how to do research into the ways in which people experience and cope with global problems at the small scale of their everyday. You will study people who may live lives that are economically fragile, in environments damaged by pollution or disaster or feel they lack the rights of full citizens in the country where they live. However, they manage to survive, keep up hope and laugh with each other despite these difficulties. You will learn to research how people acquire the resilience that allows them to cope with them, and how they maintain continuity in a world that is often difficult to handle.... [-]


MSc Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The aim of this programme is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines. [+]

The aim of the research master’s programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines.

Graduates are able to design, conduct and evaluate applied scientific research, and in doing this can make the link between (clinical) practice and science.

The programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies is designed in such a way that it can explicitly serve as preparatory training for a PhD position. The programme also offers the opportunity to specialise in the field of social work and youth care, which meets society’s need for academics who are trained in evidence based clinical assessment and treatment for children and families with psychological problems... [-]


MSc Education and Child Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

In the master programme in Education and Child Studies students can choose a specialisation in one of the sub disciplines of Education and Child Studies. All specialisations prioritize the students’ academic education. [+]

In the master programme in Education and Child Studies students can choose a specialisation in one of the sub disciplines of Education and Child Studies. All specialisations prioritize the students’ academic education.

The master programme in Education and Child Studies is an academic programme that focuses on the link between theory, research and practice. Students are taught to seek evidence based solutions to problems occurring in child rearing and education. Students choose a specialisation from the start. All specialisations have one course in common, a course on the practice of empirical research. The rest of the year is spent deepening the students’ scientific knowledge in the field of their choice, doing an internship and completing a master’s project in which students carry out their own research and prepare a written report of their research project.... [-]


MSc ICT in Business

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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. Specialisations ICT in Business ICT in Public Sector and Governance 5 reasons to choose ICT Business at Leiden University The programme offers a managerial focus on ICT and Business, combining the reputation of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) with that of the RSM Erasmus University (ranked in the top-3 in Europe). Both the faculty and the department have a strong international focus. This master’s offers a seamless transition from most bachelor’s programmes in Computer Science. Graduates of the master’s programme have excellent career opportunities, and typically multiple employment offers upon... [-]

MSc Industrial Ecology

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Industrial Ecology is an emergent scientific discipline that promotes a systemic approach to human problems, integrating technical, environmental and social aspects. [+]

The Master of Science in Industrial Ecology (IE) offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge to achieve global prosperity within the planetary boundaries.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Industrial Ecology is an emerging scientific discipline that takes a systemic approach to environmental problems. An interdisciplinary approach, integrating technical, environmental and social frames of reference, is essential for sustainable development. The Master in Industrial Ecology is a co-operation between Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. Both universities are at the forefront of the field of Industrial Ecology.... [-]


MSc International Relations and Diplomacy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands The Hague Leiden + 1 more

In today’s unpredictable political climate international relations are increasingly important. The MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy is uniquely designed to bring you multidisciplinary insights and practical skills essential to negotiation and diplomacy. [+]

In today’s unpredictable political climate international relations are increasingly important. The MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy is uniquely designed to bring you multidisciplinary insights and practical skills essential to negotiation 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. This unique Master’s programme is collaborative in nature: taught jointly by  Leiden University’s Institute for Security and Global Affairs (Faculty Governance and Global Affairs), Institute of Political Science (Faculty of Social Sciences) and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.... [-]


MSc Life Science and Technology

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Life Science & Technology educates MSc students in fundamental academic and applied technology elements within Life Sciences. [+]

The cell is the building block of life, the smallest unit with the molecular characteristics of living systems. Increased knowledge of the mechanisms of the biomolecular and biochemical processes in the cell can lead to better medicines, new methods for combating diseases.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The basis of the two-year master’s programme in Life Science and Technology is formed by research carried out in the life sciences and chemistry groups of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC). Researchers take a science-based approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems as encountered in personalized medicine, systems biology and sustainable use of biological sources. Starting from day one, and during the whole master programme you are a member of a research team in the LIC. Guided by a personal mentor, the student assembles a tailor-made educational programme for optimal training to become a life sciences professional.... [-]


MSc Mathematics

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master’s programme in Mathematics in Leiden focuses on analysis, probability and statistics, number theory and (arithmetic) geometry. [+]

The master’s programme Mathematics focuses on analysis and number theory. From applied to fundamental research, and from algebra to data science, our master’s programme spans these fields entirely.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The two-year programme has two components: an analysis-oriented component with topics such as dynamical systems, differential equations, probability theory and stochastics, percolation and mathematics in the life sciences, and an algebra/geometry-oriented component with topics such as algebraic number theory, algebraic geometry, algebraic topology and cryptology. The goal of each programme is to train the student as an independent researcher, and to develop the necessary skills and proficiency to advance your career.... [-]


MSc Media Technology

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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 master’s programme is the place where science and creativity meet. You are encouraged to formulate your own scientific questions and translate personal inspirations and curiosities into research projects.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In this master’s programme we offer you a  place where students, artists and scientists do 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 you to draw from the knowledge available throughout Leiden University and the ArtScience programme of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. After graduation you are prepared for any future career involving creative and critical thinking, and in particular prepares them for a future in scientific research.... [-]


MSc Physics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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. [+]

This master’s programme offers you a research intensive tailor-made study path on current topics in experimental and theoretical physics at an institute of international renown.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The master’s programme is intimately related to the scientific research carried out at the Leiden Institute of Physics. You will spend approximately 50% of your programme on research, as a member of one of our top-level international research groups. We offer five research specialisations, with emphasis on either experimental or theoretical physics, which train you as an independent researcher. We also offer three specialisations that put Physics in broader societal contexts and train you for careers where a Physics background is an asset. Each of these specialisations aims at providing a combination of research independence and content proficiency that fully prepares you for a successful professional development for your professional development.... [-]


MSc Political Science

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Study power and politics as they impact everyday lives in a top-ranked, selective programme. [+]

Choice is at the very heart of politics. War or peace, left or right, liberty or security, sovereignty or integration, consensus or conflict—choices matter. Choice is also key to your education. Choose an intellectually challenging programme in which you develop your knowledge and expertise in the study of politics. Choose a respected, selective programme that fits your future ambitions. Choose the MSc programme in Political Science at Leiden University.

 

By doing an MSc in Political Science in Leiden or The Hague, you will benefit from an advanced grounding in the fundamentals of political analysis and advanced training in essential academic and professional skills. There are six specialisations and two cities from which to choose.... [-]


MSc Political Science and Public Administration (research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

In this interdisciplinary research master’s students will be able to choose between a specialisation in political science or public administration, while also following courses in a combined curriculum. [+]

This unique, two-year master’s programme is designed for students willing to challenge themselves and take their studies to the next level. 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 are at the core of this research master, which features a selection of two specialisation tracks:

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MSc Psychology

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The master’s programme in Psychology focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills. [+]

The master’s programme in Psychology focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills. The distinctive feature of the Leiden master’s programme is that the teaching is not restricted to only the functioning of psychological processes; these processes are always connected to their behavioural consequences, with the aim of understanding self-regulation and behavioural control. In this way, students not only develop their knowledge of psychology as a science, but also learn to apply this knowledge in order to understand practical problems and to develop effective interventions for dealing with these problems..

Profile of the master's programme in Psychology... [-]


MSc Psychology (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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.

Specialisations

Clinical and Health Psychology (research) Cognitive Neuroscience (research) Developmental Psychology (research) Social and Organisational Psychology (research)

Profile of the research master's programme in Psychology

This 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.... [-]


MSc Public Administration

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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

Want to understand how to address humankind’s most pressing issues - big challenges arising from climate change, technological innovation, economic and political crises - from the perspective of governance? The MSc in Public Administration is for you!

 

What does this master programme entail?

The main question you focus on in the MPA is: How can we address humankind’s most pressing problems from the perspective of governance? Governance has many definitions;  within the context of the MPA it concerns the management, steering, and coordination of political, administrative, economic, and social actors, as well as the formal and informal regimes and policy processes within which they act, towards addressing collective social problems at regional, national, and international levels.... [-]


MSc Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Statistics is the art of drawing conclusions about phenomena in which chance plays a role. The randomness may arise through a variety of reasons: the intrinsic random nature of a phenomenon, unavoidable noise in an experiment, conscious randomisation of experimental or measurement units, or as a best approximation to a too complex reality. [+]

This two-year master’s programme provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling, data analysis and data science.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The two-year master’s programme in statistical science provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling and data analysis. The programme consists of a core programme shared by all students, and specialisation specific courses, electives, an internship or research project and master’s thesis. You can specialise in either life and behavioural sciences, where the emphasis is on the application in multidisciplinary environments, or in data sciences where you focus more on data mining, pattern recognition and deep learning.... [-]


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MA Archaeology

Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

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

Archaeology in Leiden encompasses the study of societies and cultures from the past, aiming to reconstruct and revive them. Make a meaningful contribution to resolving present-day societal issues such as migration, globalisation and climate change, using your interest in the past.

Leiden's Faculty of Archaeology

Leiden’s Archaeology master’s degree has the most diverse programme in the Netherlands. Leiden also boasts the only independent Faculty of Archaeology in the Netherlands. The study programme offers various regional and thematic specialisations and the teaching programme is closely linked to ongoing research.

Our academic staff are involved in research all over the world, with a strong focus on field research. In addition, the programme emphasises ecology and geology, combined with both iconology and historical studies, as well as ethno-archaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. A combination with modern museum practices and developments in archaeological heritage management broadens your scope even more.... [-]


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