For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus:https://studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/studies/show/6465/history-political-culture-and-national-identities. The subjects can vary from year to year.
The programme consists of an introductory literature course , two in-depth studies of one or more areas of interest, and an MA thesis, concluded by a final exam. The MA thesis work during the second semester is supported by a Thesis seminar.
The introductory course is taught in the form of an intensive literature seminar, in which you will be given an outline of issues relevant to the particular discipline on the basis of secondary literature.
You will follow a research seminar where you will carry out research on the basis of original source materials or published documents. Besides this, you will follow an optional course to develop additional knowledge and skills or another research seminar.
The programme concludes with a thesis, and a final exam.