M.A. On Campus

North American Studies

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The North American Studies MA programme at Leiden University takes an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the study of the United States, with a particular emphasis on examining key aspects of American history, culture, and literature, from a historical perspective and within an international context.


The North American Studies MA programme at Leiden University offers a diverse and international learning environment. While the programme focuses on the U.S., you will also explore the role the U.S. plays in the region and in the world, as well as the impact of the region and the world on developments in the U.S. Some of the key areas and major issues in the history, politics,  literature and culture of the U.S. that the programme explores in depth and from a multidisciplinary and historical perspective include:

  • Slavery, migration, and emancipation movements;
  • The history and politics of international relations and human rights;
  • Immigration and ethnicity;
  • Identity constructions and memory politics;
  • Environmental justice.

An important aspect of the programme is learning how to conduct independent multidisciplinary research, comprehend and apply theoretical insights, learn about and engage with scholarly debates, and take a critical approach to all materials. Critical reflection on U.S. exceptionalism is a recurrent topic throughout the programme.

Career prospects

  • History teacher at a high school
  • English teacher at a high school or a university
  • PhD candidate in American history, University of Edinburgh
  • Project Coordinator Funding & Events at TU Delft
  • Junior Policy Officer Ministry of Foreign affairs, Brussels
  • Policy Officer/Researcher at Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate
  • Trainee Information Manager, Ypublic
  • Vice President for Client Services, Early American history and interactive programming, ARtGlass, Richmond, VA
  • Collections Manager and Curator, John Ruskin Home Brantwood, Cumbria, UK
  • Freelance researcher and writer with De Correspondent

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Great Migrations in African American history;
  • Post-9/11 Literature, Film and Memory Culture;
  • Human rights and U.S. History;
  • The Rise and Decline of American Empire;
  • Graphic Narratives and Autobiography;
  • Immigrant and minority literature and film;
  • Environmental history and Climate fictions.

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

  • You are eligible to apply for the MA North American Studies if you have:A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, in American Studies, or in the field of Humanities or Social Sciences with an (official) specialisation in American History.
  • You should have completed courses worth at least 30 EC in the field of American Studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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