Historical Studies

Master'sHistorical Studies (research)

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 research training in historiography methods and theory.
  • Extensive freedom to design a large part of your curriculum.
  • Individual supervision of your development as specialist in your field.
  • Opportunity to gain experience abroad for a semester.
  • Unique combination of disciplinary and interdisciplinary components helping you to develop research skills and knowledge beyond one academic discipline.
  • A select and interdisciplinary cohort of peers.
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

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Admission requirements
You gain a good understanding of complex societal processes in the past as well as the present.
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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 scholars of literature, art and visual culture 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 to historical studies. This will enrich your own research and future contributions to scholarly and societal debates.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

This Research Master’s prepares an international group of students for careers that require advanced research competences and skills. Alumni of this programme have found positions as PhD students, researchers, policy officers, editors, curators or critics at universities, museums, heritage institutions, archaeological agencies, publishing companies or text agencies.

Career prospects


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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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.