Archival Studies

The specialisation in Archival Studies deals with the study of creation and use of records and archives in past and present, with a special focus on archives formed in a colonial context.

Programme information

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Records and archives are compiled in the conduct of activities of persons and organisations and some archives are kept for ‘eternity’. Understanding the processes behind the creation, use and management of archives is the aim of this specialisation. The courses provide you with a good overview of the fascinating developments in the archival domain –for example the rise of digital archives and social media- and the various and diverse functions of archives in society: as tools for creating and keeping memory, communication, accountability, control and persecution, heritage and of course as historical sources.

During the programme you will benefit from the structural collaboration with the National Archives in The Hague and the proximity of the large archival collections from KITLV and IISG.


Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course descriptions

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Archival Studies section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult unileidenmasters.nl.

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental or Institute Administration or Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff History

Last Modified: 01-12-2016