Historical Studies

MasterHistorical Studies

The Historical Studies specialisation is dedicated to rigorous historical research in order to obtain a deep understanding of developments of the past and to help us evaluate the merits of modern reinterpretations.

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Something for you?

  • A strong focus on academic training in historiography methods and theory.
  • Extensive freedom to design a large part of your curriculum.
  • Interdisciplinary courses encourage you to view your own field from the perspective of other humanities disciplines.
  • Individual supervision of your development as specialist in your field.
  • A thorough preparation for PhD research, including the writing of a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project.
  • Strong encouragement to go abroad for at least a semester.
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

Admission requirements
The programme itself is challenging both for the amount of new information and the pace at which we go through everything. However, there is more than enough support - from your tutor, the professors, and fellow students - to make sense of the material and feel supported.
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What will you learn

Our views of events in the past shape and give meaning to the present. The Research Master’s programme in Historical Studies brings historians together with literary, art and cultural scientists to construct critical histories of both the past and the present. Historical enquiry has important transformative potential on not just our ideas about the past but also on present day societies. In order to properly transform our interpretations, we have to look beyond borders and beyond our own discipline. That is why our specialisation has an international element as well as a connection to the other disciplines in the Humanities. You will gain insight into general methods and theories of the Humanities as well as those specific for historical studies. This will enrich your own research and future contributions to scholarly and social debates.

Curriculum and courses

Future career opportunities

This programme is primarily intended to prepare its students for an academic career, in particular as PhD researchers. About half of our graduates find such a position in the Netherlands or abroad. The other half also do well and often find academic research-oriented positions. Some of them have been selected as candidates for in company training programs of institutions of higher education or governmental organisations.

After your studies

Research

All research done by students of the Master’s in Historical Studies will be supervised by a researcher at the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH) in Nijmegen. The central theme of the RICH research is 'Europe in a changing world'. Read more about our research.

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Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.

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