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History: Ancient History

New MA students (including those still in the admittance procedure) are required to attend the MA Introduction.
6 September 14:00 – 17:00 and 7 September 14:00 – 17:30 (Huizinga Building room number t.b.a.). Students starting September 2017 (for more information please contact the coordinator of studies Esther Buizer)


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Literature Seminar

Coping with Versnel: Debating Ancient Religions 10
Globalization and its Impact. Intercultural Contact in the Ancient World 10

Research Seminar

From Top to Toe: the Body in Antiquity 10
The End of Politics? Roman Political Culture in Late Antiquity 10

Optional Courses

Epigraphy 10
Greek Papyrology 10
Numismatics: A Practical Guide 10
Optional Courses (MA History) 10

MA Thesis

MA Thesis Seminar (Ancient History) 0
MA Thesis History & Final Exam 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;

  • 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.


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
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


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