Admission requirements for master’s programmes

Admission to master’s programmes is based on three factors:

1. Academic requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to any master’s programme is a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) with good results from a recognised university.  

2. Programme-specific requirements

The specific academic and professional entry requirements for each master’s programme are mentioned under each programme description.   

3. Language requirements

Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for most master’s programmes.  

Accepted tests

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Academic module. 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Cambridge English Exam (Proficiency level (CPE) or Advanced level (CAE) depending on the admission requirements of the study programme) 

Leiden University is unable to accept other English language tests.

Other languages
Some master’s programmes also require proficiency in other languages.

Detailed information
Please visit our page on Language requirements for master’s programmes for:

  • Details of who can be exempted from submitting an English test result

  • Instructions on how to submit your language test results

  • More detailed information on language test requirements

Please refer to the programme specific requirements for more information and details of the required tests and scores. 

Last Modified: 06-09-2017