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The History Department offers three Master’s specialisations, one of which is taught in English (Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Worlds). All our specialisations are closely connected with research conducted by our staff.

Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Worlds

This Master takes the Mediterranean as an especially illuminating starting point to explore wider questions in ancient and medieval Mediterranean history, including the transformation of the ancient to medieval world. This specialization focuses on the politics and culture of the Roman Empire, Byzantium, early Islam, and the Western Middle Ages and their historical impact on the present. Taught by a group of specialists who are internationally renowned in their fields of expertise, the programme will offer you a broad treatment of the major questions in Mediterranean history. With its combination of ancient and medieval history and focus on the Mediterranean world – including Byzantium and the world of Islam – Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Worlds offers a unique programme in the Netherlands.

Geschiedenis en Actualiteit (Modern and Contemporary History)

In this Master’s programme students explore the tension between current events and history; how the present affects our interpretation of the past and how history is used and abused to shape our present and future.

Politiek en Parlement (Politics and Parliament)

In this Master’s programme students explore politics from a multidisciplinary perspective, combining political history, political science and constitutional law.