Leiden University is a research-oriented university. Special attention is paid to excellent and internationally competitive research. Cooperation allows the university to collect expertise from a wide range of disciplines and academic fields, superseding any boundaries. Interdisciplinary cooperation occurs not only between research fields within the university but also with other research institutions, non-profit organizations, governments and companies.
Education is strongly connected to academic research. Consequently, Leiden University believes that a complete education comprises both a bachelor's and master's phase. In addition to one-year master's programmes, the school also offers challenging two-year research master’s degrees. These are designed to prepare the individual for pursuing a PhD.
Leiden University has seven faculties: Archaeology, Medicine, Law, Social Sciences, Science and Humanities (formerly the faculties Religious Studies, Arts, Creative and Performing Arts and Philosophy).