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Master of History

KU Leuven
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Master of History

History is the study of the events and forces that have shaped our world, our society and ourselves. This comprehensive Master of History gives you the freedom to explore a variety of different historical approaches and time periods.

The comprehensive History Program gives you the freedom to explore a variety of different historical approaches and time periods. Our internationally renowned staff will help you develop the skills and specialized knowledge needed to become a historian.

Admission requirements

You must hold a bachelor's degree in history or a degree in a closely related field that included an element of historical research. Applicants are required to write a motivation letter and provide a preliminary research topic and title for your thesis, including the central issues or problem you intend to research and some account of the current state of scholarship in that area. You should have a good command of spoken and written English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Research Seminar

  • Medieval and Early Modern History Research Seminar
  • Modern and Contemporary History Research Seminar


  • 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

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English and Dutch.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 60 ECTS

Career paths

History is a well-rounded discipline. You will take all kinds of classes about historical periods, regions and domains. Through different exercises, you learn to think, analyse, offer criticism, interpret, debate, draw conclusions, and express them in writing. You also become familiar with many other disciplines, such as law, political science and economics.

You will develop skills that are invaluable to employers in a variety of sectors, including: government and politics, media and communications, heritage and cultural organisations, and a broad range of private companies.

Historians are therefore valued in a wide range of job sectors. The time when all historians became teachers or archivists has long past.

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About this institute

KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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