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History: Archival Studies

New MA students (including those still in the admittance procedure) are required to attend the MA Introduction.
September 1st 09.15 – 10.00 (students starting September 2015)
February 1st 09.15 – 10.00 (students starting February 2016)

If you have questions concerning this meeting or your plan of studies before this date, please contact the coordinator of studies Esther Buizer


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Literature Seminar

Understanding the Archives 10

Research Seminar

The Invisible Hand. Colonial Collections Revisited 10
Paradigm Shift? Archival Concepts and Archival Functions in the 21st Century 10

Optional Courses

Optional Courses (MA History) 10

MA Thesis

MA Thesis Seminar (Archival Studies) 0
MA Thesis History 30

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The programme has the following objectives:

  1. To enable students to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of history;
    1. To enable students to develop the following academic and professional skill:
      -Independent academic reasoning and conduct,
      -The ability to analyse complex problems,
      -Academic reporting;
    2. To prepare students for an academic career and further education;
    3. To prepare students for a career outside academia.


The Master programme in History (60 EC) offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. With several 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.


  • Literature Seminar 10 EC

  • Research Seminar 10 EC

  • Optional Course 10 EC

  • Thesis, Thesis Seminar and Exam 30 EC


The Master History programme has the following specialisations:

Ancient History
Archival Studies
Europe 1000-1800
Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (with subtrack Economic History)
Colonial and Global History (with subtrack Maritime History)
Political Culture and National Identities (with subtrack Political Debate)
Europaeum programme European History and Civilisation: Leiden-Oxford-Paris Programme

Requirements for graduation in the specialisation


The language of instruction and examination of the programme is English and Dutch. Students are expected to have an adequate command of the language of instruction of the programme.

Coordinator of studies

Esther Buizer