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The two Master's programmes in History offer 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.

News and events

Chinese government hands out award to Leonard Blussé

Professor emeritus Leonard Blussé, of the Institute for History, has won the ‘Special Book Award of China’. The Chinese government awards this prize to translators, writers and editors who have contributed to making China better known among non-Chinese.

Dr. P.A. Tiele Foundation thesis prize 2016

The Dr. P.A. Tiele Foundation awards the thesis prize to the best graduate thesis in the field of book history. It is the objective of the Dr. P.A. Tiele Foundation to promote the study of the book in the Netherlands. This is done by installing professorships, enabling and publishing research and organizing symposia, congresses and lectures, and since 2007, by awarding remarkable theses.

Become a buddy in the new Humanities Master's buddy programme

Every year, international students flock to Leiden to obtain their Master’s degree. To facilitate their integration into the university and student life in Leiden, the Humanities Faculty has set up the Humanities Master’s Buddy Programme. Our aim with this programme is to welcome new students and create a social and academic network from day one. Be a buddy - register now!