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Leiden University

Rapenburg 73 Leiden,
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Postgraduate Overview

When you choose Leiden University, you are choosing to broaden your personal and academic horizons. You will find a truly international atmosphere here, with an inspiring community of students, lecturers and professors who come from almost all corners of the world.

Excellent reputation
Our university has built a solid position of authority over four and a half centuries, and is today highly regarded, both in the academic and the professional world. Our academic staff include many top scholars with an international reputation of excellence. They provide outstanding research and teaching that make the world a safer, healthier, more sustainable, prosperous and just place – at local, regional and global levels.

We challenge

We want our graduates to become academic professionals and engaged global citizens who contribute to solutions for the challenges facing our society. This calls for teaching that is strongly research driven, focused on active learning, stimulates the development of academic and professional skills, and offers flexibility for individual learning paths. As a student, you will have the chance to closely interact with Leiden’s scholars and thinkers, conducting your own research and exploring topics that are timely and relevant.

We care
Leiden University’s size allows for a both personal and engaged experience for our students. Not only will you have access to our excellent facilities, including libraries
with internationally acclaimed collections and state-of-the art laboratories, you will also get to know your lecturers, programme coordinators and fellow classmates through discussion, debate and teamwork. We will provide an environment in which you can excel and we will encourage you to give your best!


Admission to master’s programmes is programme specific and based on academic, programme specific and language requirements.

Academic requirements
The minimum requirement for admission to any master’s
programme is a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) with good results from a recognised research university. If you have a degree from a recognised university of applied sciences or equivalent, in most cases a pre-master will be required.

Language requirements
As almost all master’s programmes are taught in English, you will be asked to submit proof of your English proficiency. Requirements vary per programme.
Accepted tests are:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic module
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Cambridge English Exam (Proficiency level (CPE) or Advanced level (CAE) depending on the admission requirements of the study programme

Programme-specific requirements
The entry requirements for each master’s programme vary, particularly with regard to your qualifications. They may include specific academic or professional experience and motivation, or specific course requirements. You can find the details on the website of the website of your chosen programme.


Programs available

Postgraduate - Faculties/Departments and Programs

University Highlights

Total students - 31,702


International students - 6,064


Total faculty staff - 2,604


Total students - 31,702


International students - 6,064


Total faculty staff - 2,604

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English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.

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