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 in our fractured world. This Master’s programme 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. This programme aims to help you make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of historical events and processes that 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.
  • In your first year, you will participate in interdisciplinary seminars with students from the two other HLCS Research Master's tracks: Historical Studies and Art and Visual Culture, which allows you to view your own field from the perspective of the other humanities disciplines.
  • An experienced researcher becomes your personal tutor and helps you 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 in the academic arena.
  • The programme offers a thorough preparation for eventual PhD research, including training you in writing of a publishable scholarly article as well as a proposal for a PhD project.
  • This Master's specialisation strongly encourages you to go abroad for at least a semester.
  • The programme is imbedded in the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH)

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