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History

The History Master consists of the following specialisations:

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

Programme

Programme

Literature Seminar (10 EC)
Students commence their programme with a Literature Seminar, whether starting in September or February.

Research Seminar (10 EC)
Students follow one Research Seminar in the first semester of their programme. Students starting in September follow their Research Seminar in the Fall Semester, students starting in February in the Spring Semester.

Optional Courses (10 EC)
Students follow one or two optional courses. All MA courses offered at level 400 or higher can be followed as optional course. These may comprise MA courses offered by Leiden University and those offered by other (foreign) universities. Alternatively, students can also opt for an internship. For more information about the different possibilities, see the specific MA Optional Courses page.

Thesis and exam (30 EC)
The Master’s Programme will be concluded by a MA-thesis. Students are guided in writing their thesis by thesis supervisors. Half way the first semester a student commences with the thesis and has to ask a member of staff active in the field of his/her specialisation to act as their thesis supervisor. In the Overview of Staff, divided by specialisation, possible supervisors can be identified. The thesis is written in the second semester.
Before graduation students sit for a final exam for which they defend their thesis and answer questions on additional literature.

Thesis Seminar
Students are expected to take a thesis seminar. This seminar consists of a number of meetings in which students are given the opportunity to present their work and to comment on the work of others. The seminar aims at providing students with some additional support in the writing process as well as achieving further uniformity where practical matters are concerned.

Optional Courses

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester (Fall Semester)

Literature Seminar

Current Debates in Medieval and Early Modern History I 10
Global Intellecual History before Modernity: Challenge or Madness? 10
Understanding the Archives 10
Essential Readings in Economic History 10
Migration and Integration 10
Politiek Debat 10
Political Culture and National Identities 10
Navigating History: New Perspectives on Maritime History 10

Research Seminar

From Top to Toe: the Body in Antiquity 10
Epigraphy 10
The Biography of Archives 10
The Body Politic in Late Medieval Society 10
The Wars of Religion in a Transnational Context: 1550-1650 10
Maritime treasures. Diving into maritime history and archeology 10
From Dawn to Sunset: The Rise and Fall of Iberian Empires, 1415-1999 10
The Business of Empire: Colonial and Imperial Entrepreneurship, 1415-1974 10
History of Migration and Diversity 10
You Are What You Eat: Gender, Class, Ethnicity and Food Culture 10
Political Eloquence 10
Scholarly Virtues and Vices: Writing the History of the Humanities (1850-2000) 10
History of Human Rights 10
The European Civil War, 1914-1945 10
The State in Africa 10

Second Semester (Spring Semester)

Literature Seminar

Current Debates in Medieval and Early Modern History II 10
Globalization and its Impact. Intercultural Contact in the Ancient World 10
Globalization and Empire 10
Understanding the Archives 10
Migration and Integration 10
Political Culture and National Identities 10

Research Seminar

Central Europe and the Russian Empire during the long 19th century 10
International Relations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe 10
The End of Politics? Roman Political Culture in Late Antiquity 10
Protest:A Transnational Perspective 10
Connecting Dreams: Europe in Africa, Africa in Europe 10
The Decolonization War in Indonesia, 1945-1950: Written and Oral Sources 10
The Making of a Criminal Migrant: Migration, Gender and Otherness, 1700-1940 10
Numismatics: A Practical Guide 10
The Russian Revolution Revisited 10

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Objectives

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;
  • 2) To enable students to develop the following academic and professional skill:
  • Independent academic reasoning and conduct,
  • The ability to analyse complex problems,
    -Academic reporting;
  • 3) To prepare students for an academic career and further education;
  • 4) To prepare students for a career outside academia.

Programme

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.

Structure

  • Literature Seminar 10 EC
  • Research Seminar 10 EC
  • Optional Course 10 EC
  • Thesis, Thesis Seminar and Exam 30 EC

Specialisations

The Master History programme has the following specialisations:
Ancient History
Archival Studies
Europe 1000-1800
Europaeum Programme – European History and Civilisation: Leiden-Oxford-Paris Programme
Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence
(with subtracks Economic History & Governance of Migration and Diversity)
Colonial and Global History
(with subtrack Maritime History)
Political Culture and National Identities
(with subtrack Political Debate)

Requirements for graduation in the specialisation

Masterlanguage

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