Europe 1000-1800

The MA specialisation Europe 1000-1800 focuses on the momentous cultural and political transformations that characterised the period between 1000-1800. The course allows you to specialise in the history of the Low Countries, which in this period was one of Europe’s major commercial, cultural and political hubs. Yet you can also explore the history of other parts of Europe, especially the Habsburg world.

Programme information

Unlike most other medieval and early modern history departments in the Netherlands, Leiden offers additional expertise in Iberian and Central European history as well as in the political and cultural history of the Netherlands. There are also optional courses in the history of early modern European expansion in Asia and the Americas. You are encouraged to think comparatively about the transformations in politics, culture and religion of this era.

The staff runs larger research programmes on issues like court culture and state building, war memories and identity formation, and feuding and factionalism. Many of the courses relate to the research interests of the academic staff. The courses allow you to engage closely with current scholarly debates and offer you a chance to scrutinise new ideas as they are being developed.

Excellent library and archival resources in Leiden and The Hague offer you quick and efficient access to many primary sources and secondary studies. The courses offer research training, as well as a chance to study current historical debates, so as to prepare you for the writing of an independently researched MA thesis.

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 Europe 1000-1800 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

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: 18-07-2016