MA in History - Europe 1000-1800



What will I learn?

During the master in Europe 1000-1800 at Leiden University you will focus on the momentous cultural and political transformations that characterised Europe between 1000-1800.

Why study Europe 1000-1800 at Leiden University?

You will join a master's programme in which you will study areas of history which are unique in the Netherlands, including British, Iberian and Central European history. Explore the history of Europe across a range of areas, particularly the Habsburg world, or specialise in the history of the Low Countries during a period when it was one of Europe’s major commercial, cultural and political hubs.

Learn from leading scholars

The programme is taught by inspired academics currently engaged in large-scale research projects on issues directly related to the master in Europe 1000-1800, including feuds and factions, the Burgundian nobility, war memories and identity formation. They will teach you how to think comparatively about the transformations in politics, culture and religion that took place during 1000-1800. You will also engage closely in current scholarly debates, honing your ability to analyse and critique the latest academic ideas and theories.

Access to unique resources

During your studies you will be able to benefit from the easy access to the excellent library and archival resources available in Leiden and The Hague, where you can study many primary sources and secondary studies. You will learn how to conduct quality research and develop the skills to write your own, independently researched MA thesis.

History Degree

Europe 1000-1800 at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of History. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in History and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

Your master will qualify you for roles in almost every sector of the employment market. Many of our graduates work for cultural institutions, research institutes, journalism, publishing, education, for public services, communications, policy development, and management.

Examples of the diverse roles of our graduates include:

  • Senior assistant at the European Union
  • Consultant
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • History teacher at a secondary school
  • Project manager at a text agency
  • Digital education officer at a museum
  • Policy advisor at a local council
  • Editor at a publishing house
  • Web journalist at a multimedia publishing house

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (15,65,433) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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