Why study Historical Studies in Nijmegen?

Perhaps more than ever, history plays a powerful role in contemporary culture. Modern reinterpretations and (ab)use of history have the power to shape politics a complex world. This Master’s programme is dedicated to rigorous historical research in order to obtain a deep understanding of how developments of the past and to help us evaluate the merits of modern reinterpretations. This programme aims to help you develop new insights that will contribute to a better understanding of historical events and processes shape societies.

  • The programme has a strong focus on academic training in historiographical methods and theory. The programme will teach you how to use current conceptual tools and techniques for organising historical evidence, as well as sifting through and analysing a large number of important primary and secondary sources for your research.
  • The unique combination of disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses will allow you to view your own field from the perspective of other humanities disciplines.
  • A personal tutor will guide you throughout your entire career as a Master's student. They will give you advice on how to tailor your specialisation to best suit your interests, act as a sounding board for your research ideas, and help you make the right connections within and beyond academia.
  • This Master's specialisation gives you the opportunity to go abroad for at least a semester. Students can use our staff's connections to other universities and research institutes to find an institution that meets their research interests.
  • You will participate in group-oriented education and be part of a small, select, and interdisciplinary group of highly motivated Dutch and international students.
  • You will be able to tailor your research skills and output to your future ambitions and thoroughly prepare for research-intensive careers inside and beyond academia.   
  • The programme is embedded in the Research Institute for Culture and History (RICH). RICH bundles research on Europe’s interactions with other worlds and the resulting translations and frictions. 
  • On this page, you can find more information about the difference between a Research Master's programme and a Master's programme.

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