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Study programme of Historical Studies

The Nijmegen programme offers a tailored trajectory in economic, social, demographic, political, and cultural history, and covers all periods from Antiquity to the modern era. There is a strong emphasis on rigorous historical research, critical historiography and source criticism. This programme has a course load of 120 EC* (two years), in which you will follow interdisciplinary courses, specialisation courses and research courses. Electives allow you to customise your individual programme.

Historical Studies courses as an elective

Many courses in this programme are open to (research) Master's students from other faculties or other Dutch universities. Please check the course guide for more information.

Course guide


  • Curriculum year 1

    In your first year of the research master’s specialisation in Historical Studies, which has a course load of 60 EC, you will follow interdisciplinary courses, Historical Studies specialisation courses, courses offered by National Research Schools, and free electives.

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  • Curriculum year 2

    During the second year, you embark on your individual research trajectory. You will go abroad for an internship or for study during the first semester. The second semester will be spent writing your thesis and developing an additional project, the output of which will reflect your career interests and goals (e.g. a research paper; a PhD proposal; a policy document; a documentary). 

    Please note that for students as of September 2024 the second year programme is fixed and thus not interchangeable anymore.

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