The MA of History at KU Leuven is the only English language history programme in Belgium. In this one year MA you will be given the freedom to either specialise in a historical period or to focus on a particular historical theme, including media, religion, protest movements, post-colonialism, prostitution, science, migration, agriculture, politics.
Alongside taking a number of in-depth optional modules you will write an extensive and original historical thesis. You will be supported in the writing of your MA thesis by your supervisor, a research seminar and the MA of History Teaching Assistant.
The historians at Leuven pursue their research collaboratively within four research groups, including: Medieval History, Early Modern History, Cultural History Since 1750 and Modernity and Society, 1800-2000. As an MA student you will automatically become part of the same research group as your supervisor, each of which organise various events and outings throughout the year.
You also have the opportunity to take part in our internship programme and develop essential skills in a variety of sectors: heritage and culture, media, government and the political sector, as well as research.
- You can design and fine-tune your own course, thanks to the flexible programme.
- You will gain valuable skills in a variety of sectors through the internship programme
- You’ll have the opportunity to earn from international authorities on a diverse range of historical subjects.
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
Optional modules include:
Environmental History, 500-1800
Global Economic Trends and Transitions, 500-1800
History of Migration, Subalternity and Postcolonialisms
Power and Conflict in Medieval Europe
Religion and Conflict in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800
Organizing Europe: Ideas and Practices
Science, Visual Culture and the Human Body
Media and Politics in Modern History: Key Concepts and Methods
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesHistory Ancient History Modern History
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
A bachelor degree in History or a closely related subject. If you are unsure if this applies to you please contact us for further information
International3500 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA947 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 947 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
Most recent information on www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees
Master of History Fellowship.
Every year, the program awards a fellowship of € 2,500 to three students from outside the EEA. If you want to apply, please send your CV (including an academic transcript) and a cover letter to the Programme Director before 1 April.
KU Leuven also offer Master Mind scholarships for excellent international student, more information can be found here
American students wishing to do the MA of History at KU Leuven are advised to apply for Fulbright scholarship. Be on time: the deadline is October for the following year. Detailed information can be found on the official website of the scholarship programme.
The full list of scholarships provided by the University of Leuven is available here.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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