Masters Courses Offered by Leiden University | Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
    128
  • StatusPublic
  • Research OutputVery High
  • Student/Faculty Ratio12
  • ScholarshipsYes
  • International Students6,064
  • SizeXL
  • Total Faculty2,604

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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!

Find out more about our master's programmes

Attend our informational activities online

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.

General application and admission information





Two cities: one university

Leiden University is located in two exciting student cities: Leiden and The Hague.  In addition to the 7 faculties each having their own main faculty building with lots of services, cafeterias and cafes, the university enjoys a student center in each location:  Plexus Student Center in Leiden and the Beehive Student Center in The Hague.  In addition we have the University Sports Center in Leiden.

Take a virtual tour of our faculties

Student counsellors
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 counselors. 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.

The university also has 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.

Leiden University Student Affairs



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 center 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!

Information for international students

Take a virtual tour of our student cities of Leiden and The Hague



Admissions processes and requirements are dependent on the level of study, programme and your credentials. Find out more here:  general information about application and admission.

With its international reputation of excellence, Leiden University offers its graduates a first-class starting position on the job market. In addition, we are committed to supporting you in building the skills needed to take your career in the right direction.

Career Services
Our career counsellors provide advice and information on planning the next steps in your career. You will have access to our workshops and web-based resources, which include career step plans, job seeking strategies and self-assessment tools. If you prefer a personalised approach, you can make an appointment for an individual counselling session with your departmental career counsellor. Additionally, each of Leiden’s seven faculties has its own career services department, which embody specific expertise and resources related to the faculties’ programmes. These services are open to students and to alumni for a maximum of one year after graduation.

Academic and professional network
Leiden University’s lecturers and professors have an extensive network in their field of expertise. Their connections may range from international or national corporations and organisations to international universities and research institutes. Access to this network can prove useful when you are ready to take your next career step.

Internships and jobs
An internship can be a good way to explore the job market and to get an insight into a specific organisation or job. Also, working as an intern can help you to expand your professional network. Our career counsellors can support you in applying for internships and jobs and can provide you with information about pursuing a career both in and outside the Netherlands.

Leiden University Career Service


About

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!

Find out more about our master's programmes

Attend our informational activities online

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.

General application and admission information





Two cities: one university

Leiden University is located in two exciting student cities: Leiden and The Hague.  In addition to the 7 faculties each having their own main faculty building with lots of services, cafeterias and cafes, the university enjoys a student center in each location:  Plexus Student Center in Leiden and the Beehive Student Center in The Hague.  In addition we have the University Sports Center in Leiden.

Take a virtual tour of our faculties

Student counsellors
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 counselors. 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.

The university also has 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.

Leiden University Student Affairs



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 center 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!

Information for international students

Take a virtual tour of our student cities of Leiden and The Hague



Admissions processes and requirements are dependent on the level of study, programme and your credentials. Find out more here:  general information about application and admission.

With its international reputation of excellence, Leiden University offers its graduates a first-class starting position on the job market. In addition, we are committed to supporting you in building the skills needed to take your career in the right direction.

Career Services
Our career counsellors provide advice and information on planning the next steps in your career. You will have access to our workshops and web-based resources, which include career step plans, job seeking strategies and self-assessment tools. If you prefer a personalised approach, you can make an appointment for an individual counselling session with your departmental career counsellor. Additionally, each of Leiden’s seven faculties has its own career services department, which embody specific expertise and resources related to the faculties’ programmes. These services are open to students and to alumni for a maximum of one year after graduation.

Academic and professional network
Leiden University’s lecturers and professors have an extensive network in their field of expertise. Their connections may range from international or national corporations and organisations to international universities and research institutes. Access to this network can prove useful when you are ready to take your next career step.

Internships and jobs
An internship can be a good way to explore the job market and to get an insight into a specific organisation or job. Also, working as an intern can help you to expand your professional network. Our career counsellors can support you in applying for internships and jobs and can provide you with information about pursuing a career both in and outside the Netherlands.

Leiden University Career Service


University highlights

Leiden University is one of the top Public universities in Leiden, Netherlands. It is ranked #128 in QS Global World Rankings 2021.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #=75
  • 2013
    #74
  • 2014
    #75
  • 2015
    #95
  • 2016
    #=102
  • 2018
    #=109
  • 2019
    #=122
  • 2020
    #118
  • 2021
    #128

Ranking criteria

53.4
Overall
69.2
Academic Reputation
32.2
Employer Reputation
25.8
Faculty Student Ratio
52.6
Citations per Faculty
82.2
International Faculty Ratio
48.1
International Students Ratio

Student & Staff

Total students
31,702

37%
63%

International students
6,064

47%
53%

Total faculty staff
2,604

801
1803

Total students
31,702

37%
63%

International students
6,064

47%
53%

Total faculty staff
2,604

1803
801

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.

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