History (research)


The two-year Research Master’s in History at Leiden University offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. With five 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.

As a graduate of a two-year research master’s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme.The two-year Research Master’s in History is an outstanding preparation for a PhD in history within or outside Leiden University. You write an elaborate thesis under the supervision of an expert in the field which potentially serves as an excellent starting point for a PhD dissertation.

You 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.
You are encouraged to spend the third semester of your research master’s abroad taking a few optional courses and conducting research for your thesis.

Those who aim for a position outside academia will discover that the depth and scope of the Research Master’s in History allows you to successfully venture on a career in education, administration, heritage, journalism, business, and many more.

Since 2013 Research Master students can participate in a new initiative of Leiden University in cooperation with the Sorbonne (Paris) and Charles University in Prague leading to a separate additional master certificate in European Society and Politics issued by the Europaeum Association of leading European Universities. Check out the full description of the Europaeum Vaclav Havel Programme or the summary on the left site of this website.

Master details

  • Degree Master of Arts in History (research)
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English. Classes for which reading knowledge of Dutch is required may be taught in Dutch.
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60139

Prof.dr. Judith Pollmann

Judith Pollmann

“I am involving students in the development of new research projects. It’s really exciting to trial new ideas with the students, and I think we all get a lot out of it.”

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