Leiden University

Introduction

Leiden University - the facts

  • 7 faculties spread across Leiden and The Hague
  • 14 English-taught bachelor's programmes
  • 200+ English-taught programmes
  • 444 years of tradition and innovation
  • Top 100 research-focused university
  • 16 Nobel Prize winners
  • 120 nationalities
  • +26,000 students

Academic fields

Leiden has faculties in the fields of:

  • Archaeology
  • Governance and Global Affairs
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Science
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences

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Student life & Student cities

If you want to study at Leiden University, you can choose between the best of two cities: Leiden and The Hague. Leiden is a real student city. If you didn’t know better you might think that the historic and lively city of Leiden was made for students. Its atmospheric and compact centre has everything that students could wish for: from university buildings to student pubs, and from student accommodation to student associations. Studying and living in The Hague broadens your perspective on the world and quickly gives you an international network. Studying in a city full of embassies, multinationals and international courts certainly has its advantages!

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Student support

International student advisers

The international student advisers are a good place to go when you need assistance during your stay in the Netherlands. Students in both locations of Leiden University have access to these specialised advisers. In many cases they will be able to provide the information you need, or will refer you to the relevant services. You can consult the advisers on a variety of matters, ranging from financial concerns, settling down issues, academic issues and health insurance to dealing with external housing agents or finding a family doctor.

Student counsellors

We have a number of specialised student counsellors available. They can help in legal and financial matters, but can also assist you in developing study-related skills. The skills package that is offered involves individual counselling and workshops designed to support you in your academic performance. Topics covered include thesis writing, time management, stress management and planning. Additionally, our counsellors are available to help resolve study and personal problems, should this be needed.

Departmental study advisers and coordinators

Each department has its own study advisers/coordinators who can answer questions about matters that are related to the study programme of your choice. You can consult the study adviser/coordinator on issues such as timetables, exam grades, choice of subjects and application for graduation.

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Housing

Leiden University is not campus-based and the university buildings and student housing are therefore spread throughout the cities of Leiden and The Hague. The cities themselves are the campus. Living and learning in either location will give you first-hand experience of Dutch life, and direct access

to student life and the regular comings-and-goings of the cities. Most students rent a room or share an apartment with others.

As an international student, house hunting in the Netherlands can present additional challenges. You can independently look for housing via private landlords or housing associations. There are a number of housing organisations that can assist, such as DUWO. You can also apply for a housing offer through the university Housing Office. Here you will be assisted in finding accommodation in Leiden or The Hague. Accommodation ranges in location, size, number of people with whom you share facilities and rental fees.

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This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Dutch

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Programs

This school also offers:


MA African Studies

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The MA in African Studies­ – unique in the Netherlands – is a multidisciplinary study, which offers you the chance to take an in-depth look at the African continent from a variety of perspectives. [+]

The master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is a multidisciplinary area study programme, which offers you the opportunity to examine the African continent in depth.

Customised learning

This multidisciplinary programme offers you the opportunity to explore the African continent from a wide range of perspectives: historical, literary, cultural, socio-economical and political. At Leiden, relevance and real-world issues are at the fore. During your programme, you will analyse current events as they unfold and explore issues from a broad, comparative and global perspective. You will be able to pursue the issues and subject areas that interest you most in designing your own project and thesis.... [-]


MA African Studies (research)

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Research Master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives. [+]

A multidisciplinary approach

The research master in African Studies at Leiden University bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences. The programme combines disciplines from the humanities, such as history and literary studies, with disciplines from social sciences, in particular: political science; anthropology; and economics. As a result, you have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge about different aspects of the African continent and its peoples, at the same time you are not bound by boundary constraints of any of the more traditional disciplines focusing on Africa.

Develop your research skills

Within this research master, you will focus on developing your research skills, and you will have an entire year (of which six months consists of fieldwork) to execute your own research project which offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights into working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects. You will take in-depth courses that will guide you through social theory, methodology development, and proposal writing; you will write a scientific publication, and practice your debating and presentation skills. This will enable you, upon graduation, to initiate independent PhD or policy research, advise and participate in policy development and implementation, or offer training to businesses.... [-]


MA Archaeology

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Join our versatile programme: combine ecology and geology with iconology and historical studies; broaden your scope further by exploring modern museum practices and archaeological heritage management. [+]

Archaeology in Leiden encompasses the study of societies and cultures from the past, aiming to reconstruct and revive them. Make a meaningful contribution to resolving present-day societal issues such as migration, globalisation and climate change, using your interest in the past.

Leiden's Faculty of Archaeology

Leiden’s Archaeology master’s degree has the most diverse programme in the Netherlands. Leiden also boasts the only independent Faculty of Archaeology in the Netherlands. The study programme offers various regional and thematic specialisations and the teaching programme is closely linked to ongoing research.

Our academic staff are involved in research all over the world, with a strong focus on field research. In addition, the programme emphasises ecology and geology, combined with both iconology and historical studies, as well as ethnoarchaeological, anthropological and experimental approaches. A combination of modern museum practices and developments in archaeological heritage management broadens your scope even more.... [-]


MA Archaeology (Research)

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This two-year programme focuses on top-quality interdisciplinary research and the acquisition of high-level research skills. This offers a strong basis for an academic career in archaeology. [+]

The Research Master’s programme in Archaeology is the most diverse in the Netherlands. Benefit from our extensive experience and reputation in archaeological research.

Choose Archaeology at Leiden University:

The two-year master's programme in Archaeology (research) is organised around the excellent research for which Leiden has reached international renown. There are 7 different focus areas, centred on the research projects that reflect the broad spectrum of research undertaken within the Faculty:

Human Origins Prehistoric Farming Communities in Europe Town and Country in the Mediterranean Region and the Near East Religion and Society in Native American Cultures Archaeological Heritage in a Globalising World The Transformation of the Roman World Bioarchaeology ... [-]

MA Arts and Culture

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 18  February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The Master programme in Arts and Culture at Leiden University is unique in the Netherlands for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the diversity of optional tracks. [+]

The master of Arts and Culture at Leiden University is your chance to acquire a world-class, customised qualification within the field of Arts and Culture.

Customised education

The Master of Arts and Culture at Leiden University is personally-tailored and offered within small scale seminars giving you a high degree of contact with lecturers and fellow students. The programme is broad, it covers arts from throughout the world and arts forms, media and disciplines from the past and the present. Our programme enables you to learn about the influence of art on society and to analyse the effect of works of art on their environment. With these skills you will become an attractive employee for a diverse range of employers in the art field and beyond.... [-]


MA Asian Studies

Campus Full time 1 - 2  February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Both the two-year and one-year MA programmes in Asian Studies offer further specialisation in a country, region, or aspect of Asia. This structure allows us to accommodate students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds, objectives and expectations. [+]

The master’s programme in Asian Studies at Leiden University offers an outstanding qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

Choose from eight specialisations

The Asian Studies master's programme offers one-year specialisations on East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the History, Arts and Culture of Asia and the Politics, Society and Economy of Asia and two-year specialisations on China, Japan, Korea.

Internationally-reputed scholars

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. Learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field, many of whom are at the leading edge of Asia-related research.... [-]


MA Asian Studies (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master's in Asian Studies (Research) brings you access to Leiden University's leading expertise in the countries of Asia from their politics and literature to their languages. [+]

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's Master's in Asia Studies (Research) offers access to unmatched resources and expertise. The two-year Master's in Asian Studies (Research) consists of compulsory core courses, electives, workshops, presentations, and an MA thesis.

Benefit from Leiden’s renowned expertise

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's Asia Studies (Research) programme offers access to unique resources and expertise. Asian Studies at Leiden University has a reputation for excellence that is unmatched in Europe. You can choose subjects from a curriculum that spans virtually the entire Asian region both in geography and time.... [-]


MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilisations provides comprehensive training covering the entire range of present-day research on the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Near East. [+]

The master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations at Leiden University covers the entire range of present-day research on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Ancient Near East.

Choose from four specialisations

A feature of the Master is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations that the texts allow.

Use a wide range of research methods

The programme introduces a wide variety of research methods: traditional philology with its intimate knowledge of languages and texts, while still indispensable, is enriched by social history and economic theory, comparative literature, the study of religion in an anthropological perspective and, of course, archaeology and material culture.... [-]


MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Research MA in Classics and Ancient Civilisations at Leiden University covers the entire range of present-day research on the civilisations of Greece and Rome and the Ancient Near East. [+]

The Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) programme at Leiden University covers the entire range of present-day research on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Ancient Near East.

Choose from four specialisations

The Research Master's programme distinguishes itself from other similar master's programmes by consistently integrating the world of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, emerging Christianity, the cuneiform cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt (ancient, antique and late-antique) and Greco-Roman Antiquity within their broader context.

The number of specialisations on offer at Leiden University is also unparalleled.

Use a range of research methods... [-]


Ma dutch studies

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This program is taught in Dutch. The master's degree Neerlandistiek / Dutch Studies welcomes students from home and abroad, and is practiced in Leiden in the full multidisciplinary range, from the Middle Ages to the present. [+]

The master's degree Neerlandistiek / Dutch Studies welcomes students from home and abroad, and is practiced in Leiden in the full multidisciplinary range, from the Middle Ages to the present. The subject covers all areas in the world where Dutch language and culture play a role or play and is placed in an international and interdisciplinary context. You can do research to your favorite author or to translate literature, study changes in Dutch, engage in the argumentative and rhetorical aspects of language, or learn more about the history and art history of the Low Countries. Within your specialization, you will deepen in topics that are in line with current research themes.

Upon completion of the master's degree, you are likely to find work at a company or institution as an editor, language advisor or communications specialist. Depending on your pre-primary education and the choices you make, there is also the first-level teacher education at your fingertips.... [-]


MA History

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The History Master at Leiden University has a strong international orientation and focus on the study of European and non-European history in a global context, this is unique in the Netherlands. [+]

The Master of History at Leiden University has a wide-reaching academic scope. Its strong international orientation and focus on the study of European and non-European history in a global context gives the Leiden MA in History a unique character in the Netherlands.

Seven specialisations and a flexible curriculum

With such a broad curriculum, the master’s programme in History offers you the chance to specialise in niche subject areas not offered elsewhere. A flexible format also allows you to tailor your degree to suit your career goals. To help you develop a cohesive area of expertise, the programme offers seven specialisations each with their own thematic focus. Within your specialisation, you even have the added option of focusing on Maritime History, Political Debate or Economic History.... [-]


MA History (research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Research Master History at Leiden University offers five specialisations in which you will focus on historical processes, historiography and methodology of historical research. [+]

Focus on your own specific interests

The two-year research master in History at Leiden University offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. During your studies, you will 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.

Specialisations

Political Culture and National Identities (research) (MA) Colonial and Global History (research) (MA) Europe 1000-1800 (research) (MA) Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence (research) (MA) Ancient History (research) (MA) ... [-]

MA in Arts and Culture (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master's programme in Arts and Culture (research) at Leiden University is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates art history and theory with literary studies and media studies. [+]

The Arts and Culture research master at Leiden University is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates art history and theory with literary studies and media studies.

An international focus

The MA in Arts and Culture (research) stands out by its global character, focus on design and applied arts, and integrated study of the visual arts and architecture. You will benefit from the programme's intense collaboration with the MA in Media Studies and the MA in Literary Studies.

A flexible curriculum

You can choose to focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, or explore a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary). The programme's flexibility will encourage you to adopt a interdisciplinary perspective.... [-]


MA in North American Studies

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This master's takes an integrated approach to the study of U.S. history, culture, and literature and its influence on contemporary social, political and cultural developments. [+]

Taking an integrated approach to the study of the United States, the master's programme in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas in U.S. history, culture, and literature, with special attention to the influence of the past on contemporary social, political and cultural developments.

The Master's in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas of North American history and literature.

Explore in-depth major issues in the history, literature and culture of the U.S., including African-American history and literature, U.S. political history and foreign policy, immigrant and ethnic studies, and public memorialisation.

An integrated approach is taken to all topics, with connections made between North American history, culture and literature, and contemporary developments.... [-]


MA International Relations

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The MA in International Relations provides you with the contextual knowledge and analytical ability to study and comprehend the vast diversity and complexity of our rapidly changing world. [+]

The master programme in International Relations at Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities offers a comprehensive understanding of the complexities defining today's world, providing an outstanding platform for a career in the international arena.

Define your area of expertise

We are the only university in the Netherlands to offer this wealth of area specialists and the extensive range of contacts with national and international government and non-government institutions. Located close to The Hague, the legal capital of the world, we benefit from the proximity to the material and human resources concentrated there.

Specialisations

Culture and Politics (MA) European Union Studies (MA) Global Order in Historical Perspective (MA) Global Political Economy (MA) Global Conflict in the Modern Era (MA) ... [-]

MA Latin American Studies

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Taught by leading international scholars, the Master's in Latin American Studies combines in-depth knowledge with advanced language training. [+]

The Master's in Latin American Studies at Leiden University offers advanced language skills, specialised knowledge and real-world experience of Latin American culture and society.

Explore current developments in Latin America

Taught by scholars from Leiden University's internationally-acclaimed Humanities department as well as our partner universities in Latin American, this master's offers the latest insights on the social, political, linguistic and cultural developments shaping Latin America.

You may choose from one of three disciplinary tracks:

Public Policies in Latin America Cultural Analysis in Latin America Language Variation and Bilingualism

Fieldwork research in Latin America... [-]


MA Latin American Studies (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The two-year multi-disciplinary MA in Latin American Studies (Research) addresses cutting-edge debates on the social and cultural issues in present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region. [+]

The two-year interdisciplinary research master in Latin American Studies addresses cutting-edge debates on the social and cultural issues in present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region.

An interdisciplinary approach

Leiden University's Master's in Latin American Studies (Research) is your opportunity to explore the social, cultural, and historical narratives shaping present-day Latin America.

Taught by international researchers, this multidisciplinary programme centres around the theme 'Latin American Modernities: Resistance, Revival and Change'.

Focus on one of three specialist areas

Explore the different forms of modernity in Latin America within one of three areas: culture and identity, state-society relations, and literature, arts and media. A comparative, area studies approach to learning provides a broader, global context to all issues.... [-]


MA Linguistics

Campus Full time Part time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The MA Linguistics at Leiden University is concerned with the knowledge, structure and use of language, and trains you to systematically identify, describe and analyse language phenomena. [+]

The master’s programme in Linguistics at Leiden University is by any measure among the best in Europe, offering linguistics expertise that covers all corners of the world.

An unmatched curriculum

The MA in Linguistics at Leiden University offers a wide range of perspectives on language. You will learn to systematically identify, describe and analyse language phenomena and to apply this knowledge to a specific area of interest, ranging from theoretical and experimental approaches to linguistics, to language documentation, language comparison, language learning, communication, or the translation between languages.

Enter the Linguistics field from your own main interest: a specific language, analytical curiosity, theoretical interest or translating ambitions. In the Translation specialisation, expertise with the latest translation tools will launch your translator's career. Benefit from access to the Experimental Linguistics labs, such as EEG, Eyetracking and a Babylab. You can do fieldwork, an internship, or an individual research project. Become part of the linguistics community at Leiden University. ... [-]

MA Linguistics (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master's in Linguistics (Research) at Leiden University combines an expansive curriculum with leading expertise and a flexible programme format. [+]

The research master’s programme in Linguistics at Leiden University combines leading expertise with a flexible programme format.

Study the linguistic subfields that interest you

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is an institute with a long-standing international reputation for excellence.

Our two-year research master's capitalises on this expertise. Choose from the largest selection of languages offered in Continental Europe and an exceptional range of linguistic approaches including comparative, historical, descriptive, theoretical, experimental and formal. Explore sub-fields including phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, discourse, or pragmatics.... [-]


MA Literary Studies

Campus Full time Part time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The Leiden University Master's in Literary Studies offers separate one-year programmes in English, French, German and Italian literature and culture, as well as Literature in Society. [+]

The Leiden University Master's in Literary Studies offers separate one-year programmes in English, French, German and Italian literature and culture, as well as Literature in Society. This master's is an excellent way of deepening and broadening your knowledge of the literature and culture of your specialisation, thus becoming a true specialist.

Customise your degree

All courses are taught in the language of your specialisation. The Master's programmes in English, French, German and Italian literature cover the entire range of these literatures, from medieval to early modern, modern and contemporary.

You will benefit from courses given by experts in terms of the period (middle ages, early modern, modern, post-modern and post-colonial) but also in terms of rhetoric, semiotics, intermediality, inter-cultural history and other approaches current in Literary Studies.... [-]


MA Literary Studies (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This two-year research master's integrates the study of media, art history and literary theory to bring you a unique and relevant qualification. [+]

The two-year Literary Studies (research) master at Leiden University integrates the study of media, art history and literary theory to bring you a unique and relevant qualification.

Customise your degree

Create your own specialised area of expertise within the interdisciplinary master's programme in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University. An expansive curriculum and flexible programme format give you the freedom to tailor your studies to reflect specific interests or career goals. Focus your studies on a medium, discipline, genre, or period of time. You will be able to study subjects and courses not available elsewhere.

Choose your research theme

... [-]

MA Media Studies

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism. [+]

The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism.

Choose from four interdisciplinary specialisations

The master in Media Studies offers four specialisations. Each specialisation explores a different medium in-depth, including how it interrelates with other media forms. You will also get the opportunity to investigate the roots of this relatively new academic field.

An individual approach to learning

At Leiden University, you will learn from acclaimed scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Our lecturers are dedicated to ensuring you reach your goals during your studies. At Leiden, you also have world-class resources at your fingertips, from famous collections of original manuscripts and periodicals to one of the Netherland’s oldest photo collections.... [-]


MA Middle Eastern Studies

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies capitalises on this expertise in every way. [+]

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies capitalises on this expertise in every way.

A brand new Arabic wall poem thanks to the celebration of 400 years Arabic in Leiden.

Learn from leading researchers in the field

The Middle Eastern Studies programme can help turn you into an authority on what has been for many years a region of constant political, ethnic and religious upheaval. Learning from renowned, internationally respected academics, you will delve into a wide range of relevant and contemporary topics. These can include the history, cultures and languages of Turkey, Persia and Israel, about Islam and all things Arabic, as well as international relations and the political economy of the Middle East.... [-]


MA Middle Eastern Studies (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's Master's in Middle Eastern Studies (Research) offers you unmatched resources and expertise. [+]

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's master's in Middle Eastern Studies (Research) offers you unmatched resources and expertise.

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Leiden University has a reputation for a breadth and depth of expertise that is unmatched in Europe. You can explore subjects that span virtually the entire Middle East both in time and geography.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

This two-year research master's programme allows you to freely combine subjects from seven focus areas: Turkish Studies; Arabic Studies; North African Studies; Persian Studies; Islam; Eastern Christianity; and Modern Middle Eastern Studies.... [-]


MA Philosophy (60EC)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The MA Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches to offer you an advanced training in philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking. [+]

The one-year master’s programme in Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to offer you an advanced training in different philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking.

Four specialisations; an expansive curriculum

The master in Philosophy offers you the choice of four specialisations, each provides a broad overview of the most important philosophical branches, including their historical development and recent topical debates. Contrasting philosophical methodologies are explored, including continental and analytical philosophy. Electives within each specialisation investigate everything from logic, mind and cognition, to ethics, politics and cultural philosophy.... [-]


MA Philosophy (120EC)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

This Philosophy MA at Leiden University is intended for students in a particular academic discipline, who are interested in the philosophical foundations and methodological aspects of that discipline. [+]

The two-year master's programme in Philosophy at Leiden University investigates the fundamental principles underpinning human knowledge while cultivating your capacity for reason and sound argumentation.

The two-year programme aims to give students a broad and deep knowledge of and insight into philosophy, a number of its branches, and their historical development.

Additionally, the programme aims to give students advanced academic skills in the interpretation of texts, the analysis and solution of conceptual problems and the communication of ideas and viewpoints to specialist and general audiences. The Leiden Institute for Philosophy has strong international links with philosophy departments worldwide, resulting in an active programme of visiting scholars and lecturers.... [-]


MA Russian and Eurasian Studies

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This programme explores Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or politics, history and economics. [+]

The master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia.

Learn from leading researchers in the field

Leiden University's faculty has been studying Russia and the Slavic world since 1913. Scholars from around the world come to Leiden University to study and teach in this fascinating academic field. During your master's, you will learn from accomplished faculty from Leiden University as well as visiting international scholars from our partner universities.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

A flexible degree format means that you can focus your studies on the region's language, literature and culture, or on its politics, history, international relations and economics. You can also combine elements from the two specialisations, and study courses at other top universities abroad.... [-]


MA Theology and Religious Studies

Campus Full time Part time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective. [+]

The master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective.

A comparative approach

This one-year MA programme offers you the best of Leiden University, from outstanding teachers to world-class resources including its library's famous collections. A comparative approach is taken to the study of theories and concepts, which are applied to real-world empirical findings. Topics are explored from a wide range of disciplines from history to sociology.

Customise your degree

The multidisciplinary programme offers an expansive curriculum through which you can explore religion as well as tailor your degree to reflect your interests. You will be able to choose between two specialisations:... [-]


MSc Astronomy

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Astronomy covers observations using the world's most powerful telescopes, theoretical astrophysical and astrochemical modeling, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space. [+]

The master's programme Astronomy covers observations using the world’s most powerful ground- and space-based telescopes, theoretical astrophysical and astrochemical modelling, large-scale simulations, and laboratory experiments that mimic conditions in space.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In this two-year master’s programme in Astronomy, you get access to cutting-edge research in modern astronomy. Main focus areas include galaxies and the structures in which they are embedded, exoplanets, and star and planet formation. With seven challenging specialisations to choose from, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers within academia, industry and the public sector.... [-]


MSc Biology

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The MSc Biology programme is a collaboration between the Institute of Biology Leiden, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the Institute of Environmental Sciences, resulting in a broad and diverse scope. [+]

The MSc Biology programme is a collaboration between the Institute of Biology Leiden, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the Institute of Environmental Sciences, giving the programme a broad and diverse scope.

What does this master's programme entail?

The knowledge that you acquire during this programme will provide an overall understanding of life and how this can be of great value to the society. For example, with your knowledge about DNA, you will be able to work on important topics such as enhancing sustainability in agri- and horticulture, or developing new antibiotics by using fungi or bacteria. The programme offers four research specialisations, which optionally can be combined with a more practical-oriented specialisation in communication, education or business. The master's programme also involves training general skills that will be important for your future career, be it in academia, industry or government.... [-]


MSc Chemistry

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. Chemistry researchers in Leiden take a fundamental approach to finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems in human health and environmental issues. [+]

Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. You will learn to take a fundamental approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The aim of this two-year programme is to train you as an independent scientist and to develop the necessary skills and proficiency to advance your career. The master's programme in Chemistry offers you access to cutting edge research.

The research is concentrated in two major research areas:

Chemical Biology: within this research area you will study fundamental biological and biomedical problems to understand physiological processes at the molecular level and to gather more knowledge on human health and illnesses. Energy & Sustainability: within this research area you will focus on the development of new sources of sustainable energy and the use of storage of energy. For example, you will be working on the development of a new generation of catalysts for the production of solar fuels. ... [-]

MSc Computer Science

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This master's programme offers stimulating, significant and innovative research at an internationally renowned institute and combines theoretical, experimental and applied approaches. [+]

This two-year master’s programme offers stimulating, significant and innovative research at an internationally renowned institute and combines theoretical, experimental and applied approaches.

What does this Master’s programme entail?

The Computer Science master's programme offers six specialisations that combine excellent theoretical teaching with possibilities for applied work with industrial relevance. This is achieved by intensive collaboration with companies at the Leiden Centre of Data Science. Course themes include topics such as Evolutionary Algorithms, Neural Networks, Databases and Data Mining, Swarm-Based Computation, Bayesian Networks, Multimedia Systems, Embedded Systems and Software, Advanced Compilers and Architectures, Bio-Modeling and Petri Nets.... [-]


MSc Crime and Criminal Justice

Campus Full time Part time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The programme Criminal Justice is a one-year Master's and focuses on criminology, criminal law and their mutual relationship. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary scope. [+]

Criminology and Criminal Justice is a one-year Master at the renowned Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme focuses on criminology, criminal law and their mutual relationship. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary scope.

Crime and crime prevention

As a student in this programme , you will thoroughly study the concept of criminal justice: the system of principles, rules, practices and institutions through which the state administers sanctions against socially undesirable behaviour. The programme addresses key institutions, processes and cross-national issues on crime and crime prevention, law and policy. The Criminal Justice Master's distinguishes itself by its international comparative perspective, analysing criminal justice systems, legislation and policies in common law and civil law countries.... [-]


MSc Crisis and Security Management

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands The Hague Leiden + 1 more

During this multidisciplinary Master's programme Crisis and Security Manangement (CSM) you become familiar with the political and social dimensions of the governance of (in)security and crisis. [+]

In CSM you focus on management/governance of such highly complex security challenges as privacy, terrorism, or cyber-attacks: their social and political impacts, the diminishing role of national authorities, and new developments such as social media.

What does this master programme entail?

You study contemporary security challenges from both local and global pointsof view and gain deep understanding of the 'wicked problem' of security and crisis topics in a complex and globalising world. The combination of theory, practical insights and analytical skills prepares you for work in public or private organisations.

You learn from members of the Institute of Security & Global Affairs plus guest lecturers from many fields and organisations.... [-]


MSc Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master's program in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide and how to situate them within the complex global challenges of diversity, sustainability, and digitalization. [+]

The Master's program in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide and how to situate them within the complex global challenges of diversity, sustainability, and digitalization.

Are you interested in how people create the world around them? Do you want to conduct three-month ethnographic research on a socially relevant topic of your own choice anywhere in the world?

Study global problems on small scale

You you feel engaged with a particular group of people or society or you have a socially relevant question in mind which you want to explore? This master's programme enables you to develop a research on a topic of personal preference. Possible topics vary from the fate of LGBT refugees to initiatives of global sustainable tourism, from water management in African gold mines to digitalisation of heritage in Holland, from kickboxing Muslimas to storytelling in the Caribbean.... [-]


MSC Cyber Security

Campus Part time 1 - 2  February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The executive master’s programme in Cyber Security takes a multidisciplinary approach that helps you develop effective and sustainable solutions to cyber risks and threats. [+]

The executive master’s programme in Cyber Security takes a multidisciplinary approach that helps you develop effective and sustainable solutions to cyber risks and threats.

Why study Cyber Security?

This programme is designed for highly educated professionals (computer scientists, lawyers, policy makers) with several years of professional experience in and/or affinity with issues in the field of cyber security.

The programme of the Cyber Security Academy The Hague (CSA) will teach you to make connections between technical, legal and social scientific aspects of cyber security, so you can come to effective and sustainable solutions for cyber risks and threats. Subsequently, you will be able to contribute effectively to sustainable strategies for digital defensibility and security of society as a whole, including organisations and citizens.... [-]


MSc Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The aim of this programme is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines. [+]

The aim of the research master’s programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines.

Graduates are able to design, conduct and evaluate applied scientific research, and in doing this can make the link between (clinical) practice and science.

The programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies is designed in such a way that it can explicitly serve as preparatory training for a PhD position. The programme also offers the opportunity to specialise in the field of social work and youth care, which meets society’s need for academics who are trained in evidence-based clinical assessment and treatment for children and families with psychological problems.... [-]


MSc Education and Child Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

This programme focuses on the link between theory, research and practice. Students are taught to seek evidence-based solutions to problems occurring in child-rearing and education. [+]

In the master programme in Education and Child Studies students can choose a specialisation in one of the sub-disciplines of Education and Child Studies. All specialisations prioritize the students’ academic education.

The master programme in Education and Child Studies is an academic programme that focuses on the link between theory, research and practice. Students are taught to seek evidence-based solutions to problems occurring in child rearing and education. Students choose a specialisation from the start. All specialisations have one course in common, a course on the practice of empirical research. The rest of the year you will spend deepening your scientific knowledge in the field of your choice. You will fulfil an internship and complete your master's project in which you will undertake your own research and prepare a written report of this research project.... [-]


MSc ICT in Business

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The modern IT professional plays an important role in making a company successful. In this programme you familiarize yourself with the latest developments in ICT and you will learn how to translate them to added value for companies and customers. [+]

The specific focus of the Master’s in ICT in Business is on the alignment of ICT and management. The programme builds on a solid foundation of computer science that students bring from their bachelor’s education, and expands this knowledge and augments it with concepts and methods from the field of management.

The master's specialisation ICT in Business is designed to provide a flexible framework for graduate study in information management and is of particular interest to participants wishing to pursue a (international) business career involving both ICT and Management. You will analyse how ICT enables innovations in all business areas including marketing, operations, finance, strategy and IT itself. You will learn how to benefit from your Computer Science knowledge by applying this knowledge on a managerial level.... [-]


MSC ICT in Business and the Public Sector

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

In this two-year master’s programme, you will expand your knowledge of ICT and develop business and organisational skills that are essential to becoming a modern IT professional. [+]

In this two-year master’s programme, you will expand your knowledge of ICT and develop business and organisational skills that are essential to becoming a modern IT professional.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Rapid changes in ICT and its applications over the last years have caused major changes for organizations, industries, and individuals. The Internet, information systems, and communication technology, in general, have radically impacted our professional and personal lives. They challenged our thinking on physical, geographical and industry boundaries, on distance, speed and communication. This programme provides you with a deeper understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities in this area, with a specific focus on the management and alignment of ICT in a business and socio-technical context.... [-]


MSc Industrial Ecology

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Industrial Ecology offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge to achieve global prosperity. [+]

The Master of Science in Industrial Ecology (IE) offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge to achieve global prosperity within the planetary boundaries.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Industrial Ecology is an emerging scientific discipline that takes a systemic approach to sustainability problems. An interdisciplinary approach, integrating an engineering, environmental and social science perspective is essential for sustainable development. The Master in Industrial Ecology is a co-operation between Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. Both universities are at the forefront of the field of Industrial Ecology.... [-]


MSc International Relations and Diplomacy

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands The Hague Leiden + 1 more

This programme offers a unique blend of academic education in international relations and political science with practical graduate education and training in international negotiation and diplomacy. [+]

You attend a wide range of courses, develop your analytical and research skills, take on an internship, write your master’s thesis, and build your network with experts in relevant fields. Upon graduation you are prepared to take on positions in international organisations, politics, and diplomacy; or for PhD research.

What does this master’s programme entail?

This two-year MSc-programme is offered jointly by the Institute of Political Science of Leiden University and the prestigious Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael in The Hague.

Clingendael's objective is to promote the understanding of international affairs, and the institute focuses specifically on European co-operation, international security, and diplomacy.... [-]


MSc Life Science and Technology

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The cell is the building block of life. Increased knowledge of the mechanisms of the biomolecular and biochemical processes in the cell leads to better medicines, new methods for combating diseases. [+]

The cell is the building block of life, the smallest unit with the molecular characteristics of living systems. Increased knowledge of the mechanisms of the biomolecular and biochemical processes in the cell can lead to better medicines, new methods for combating diseases.

What does this master’s program entail?

The basis of the two-year master's programme in Life Science and Technology is formed by research carried out in the life sciences and chemistry groups of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC). Researchers take a science-based approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems as encountered in personalized medicine, systems biology and sustainable use of biological sources. Starting from day one, and during the whole master programme you are a member of a research team in the LIC. Guided by a personal mentor, the student assembles a tailor-made educational programme for optimal training to become a life sciences professional.... [-]


MSc Mathematics

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This programme focuses on analysis and number theory, offering specialisations in both themes. The staff participate in leading research projects and offer high-quality teaching. [+]

This programme focuses on analysis and number theory, offering specialisations in both themes. The staff participate in leading research projects and offer high-quality teaching.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The Leiden Mathematical Institute aims at excellence both in research and in education. Many well-known Dutch mathematicians were or are included in the staff and you will be studying in a leading research group.

The two-year programme is tailor-made, depending on your individual background and your personal ambitions.

Students who have obtained a MSc degree in mathematics possess a thorough theoretical basis, know how to work in a multinational environment, and are able to operate on the international market. Courses are taught at a high level, and each of the tracks is completed with an individual research project combined with a thesis.... [-]


MSc Media Technology

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Media Technology MSc programme is a common initiative of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science within the Faculty Science and the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts. [+]

The Media Technology master’s programme is the place where science and creativity meet. You are encouraged to formulate your own scientific questions and translate personal inspirations and curiosities into research projects.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In the Media Technology master's programme we offer you a place where students, artists and scientists do research by creating innovative solutions, inspired by results and principles of science. To achieve this, the curriculum focuses on creative exploration and on the understanding of science and technology. The programme encourages you to draw from the knowledge available throughout Leiden University and the ArtScience programme of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. After graduation, you are prepared for any future career involving creative and critical thinking, and in particular for a future in scientific research.... [-]


MSc Physics

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Leiden Master’s Programme in Physics is offered by the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION), an excellent place to study the foundations of nature. [+]

The Physics master's programme offers you a research-intensive tailor-made study path on current topics in experimental and theoretical physics at an institute of international renown.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The Physics master's programme is intimately related to the scientific research carried out at the Leiden Institute of Physics. You will spend approximately 50% of your programme on research, as a member of one of our top-level international research groups. We offer five research specialisations, with emphasis on either experimental or theoretical physics, which train you as an independent researcher. We also offer three specialisations that put Physics in broader societal contexts and train you for careers where a Physics background is an asset. Each of these specialisations aims at providing a combination of research independence and content proficiency that fully prepares you for a successful professional development for your professional development.... [-]


MSc Political Science

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The one-year programme aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of political issues, studied from the perspective of one of six specialisations. [+]

Choice is at the very heart of politics. War or peace, left or right, liberty or security, sovereignty or integration, consensus or conflict—choices matter. Choice is also key to your education. Choose an intellectually challenging programme in which you develop your knowledge and expertise in the study of politics. Choose a respected, selective programme that fits your future ambitions. Choose the MSc programme in Political Science at Leiden University.

In this programme you will obtain knowledge of the latest developments and research in political science. The aim is to prepare you for further academic research and/or the labour market. As an intended bridge to professional careers, the programme provides firstly, theoretical and empirical knowledge, and secondly, analytical and methodological skills. This combination leads to the capacity to learn, reflect, investigate and innovate.... [-]


MSc Psychology

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This programme focuses on in-depth study of theory as well as on the acquisition of professional and research skills, which can be applied in a wide range of psychology specialisations. [+]

The one-year programme distinguishes itself by the fact that students are not only taught about the functioning of psychological processes, but that they also learn to connect these processes to behavioural consequences, with the aim of understanding self-regulation and behavioural control.

This means that you will develop knowledge of psychology as a science, and that you will also learn to apply this knowledge to practical problems and to develop effective interventions.

Profile of the master's programme in Psychology

The teaching programme is based on state-of-the art scientific research and maintains a strong emphasis on the acquisition of academic and research skills.... [-]


MSc Psychology (Research)

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This research programme will provide you with high-quality training in the methodological and practical skills necessary to carry out scientific research on human behaviour. [+]

This research programme will provide you with high-quality training in the methodological and practical skills necessary to carry out scientific research on human behaviour.

Specialisations

Clinical and Health Psychology (research) Cognitive Neuroscience (research) Developmental Psychology (research) Social and Organisational Psychology (research)

Profile of the research master's programme in Psychology

In this two-year research programme you will gain hands-on experience with how psychological theory can contribute to the analysis and solution of practical problems and how the application of existing theory guides further theoretical development. You will be able to specialise in the psychological subdiscipline of your choice, but you will also be trained in a broad multidisciplinary research approach.... [-]


MSc Public Administration

Campus Full time February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Master’s program in Public Administration builds on topical research in public sector management, public policy, domestic and international and European governance. [+]

Want to understand how to address humankind’s most pressing issues - big challenges arising from climate change, technological innovation, economic and political crises - from the perspective of governance? The MSc in Public Administration is for you!

What does this master programme entail?

The Master's programme in Public Administration builds on topical research in public sector management, public policy, domestic and international and European governance. The programme provides students with in-depth understanding of the functioning of administrations in Europe, at the national level, in comparison with other European countries and in the multi level context of the European Union. The master's in Public Administration gives you a unique multi-level perspective on managing policy challenges in their complex societal setting where multiple actors, interests and policy areas intertwine. The three specialisations focus on an organisational, international, and economic apporach, respectively.... [-]


MSc Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

This two-year master's programme provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling, data analysis and data science. [+]

This two-year master’s programme provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling, data analysis and data science.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The two-year master's programme in Statistical Science provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling and data analysis. The programme consists of a core programme shared by all students, and specialisation specific courses, electives, an internship or research project and master's thesis. You can specialise in either life and behavioural sciences, where the emphasis is on the application in multidisciplinary environments, or in data sciences where you focus more on data mining, pattern recognition and deep learning.... [-]


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