Students follow one or two optional courses, with a total of 10 ETCS. All MA courses offered at level 400 or higher can be followed as ‘Optional Course’. These may comprise MA-courses offered by Leiden University (including any Literature and Research seminars offered by the Department of History, subject to availability of space) and those offered by other universities.
You can either follow one course of 10 ECTS or two of 5 ECTS. It is advisable to take these courses in the first semester of the programme, but it is possible to take them in the second semester, provided you start already with the thesis in the first semester.
Please note that although the titles of both Literature Seminars differ, the content will be essentially the same. I.e. it is not allowed to take one of the two as an Optional Course.
For a list of the optional courses offered by the History department, see the Overview of Optional Courses