12 months
3900 EUR/year
961 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The History programme at KU Leuven  is a one-year programme with a broad international outlook. You will be given the freedom to either specialise in a historical period or to focus on a particular historical theme, including: global and post-colonial history, religion, protest movements, sex and prostitution, science, migration, environmental history, politics and more.


Alongside taking a number of in-depth optional modules you will write an extensive and original historical thesis. You will develop your thesis in a subject specific research seminar and our internationally renowned staff will help you develop the skills and specialised knowledge needed to become a historian.

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.


History equips students with a wide variety of transferable skills. Through different modes and topics of study, you will learn to think, analyse, offer criticism, interpret, debate, draw conclusions and express them using the written word.

The History programme at KU Leuven will prepare you with the knowledge and competencies to explore a wider range of career opportunities in a variety of sectors. Including: government and politics, media and communications, heritage and cultural organisations, and a broad range of private companies. It will also provide an excellent training for those who wish to a pursue PhD or further advanced education.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Media and Politics in Modern History: Key Concepts and Methods   
  •  Historical Data Management   
  •  Oral History   
  •   Exact Sciences and History: Sources and Methods   
  •   Medieval and Early Modern History: Key Concepts and Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3900 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    961 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 961 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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