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Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies

Welcome to the Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies Research Master’s programme. We are looking forward to meeting you after the summer break! To give you a smooth start we created this study start page for you in addition to the more extensive start up guide. You can also find contact information in case you’d like some help. Good luck, have a good summer and see you in September!

Questions or doubts during the summer holidays?

Because of the holidays it might be hard to arrange all details for a smooth start. Therefore we’d like to introduce you to some useful contacts who are able to help you during summer!

Vera Feron – 2nd year student Historical Studies (vera.feron@gmail.com)DSC_0083[83]

Hi! My name is Vera Feron. In September, I will be starting my second year as a student in the Research Master. I follow the History track, and my research interests lie mostly with Early Modern court culture. This summer I will be available to answer any questions you may have about this Masters programme and to help you find your way around this University if you're new to the RU.

Kim Oyen – student advisor

The student advisor of this programme is available between 25 and 28 July to answer your questions. In August Lucie Botterhuis is available for urgent matters.

Questions about registration/admission to the study programme?

The Faculty Admissionss Board will be there to help you during summer. For questions about Studielink, administrative matters and/or tuition fees, please contact the Central Student Desk.

Student Information Point Arts

The Student Information Point Arts is available during working days from 9.00 until 14.00h. You can reach our executive secretary, Ms. Cecilia Stutvoet, directly via secr.researchmastershlcs@let.ru.nl as of 15 August.

Study programme

In order to get a clear overview of your programme we advise you to take a look at the study guide overviews:

You can see that the programme consists of four semesters which means 2 years of study. As of September you will start with your first semester. Within the programme you will take courses with students from all three tracks (general programme/interdisciplinary courses), courses with students from your own track (disciplinary courses) and an individual part.

In semester 1 you are expected to take the following courses in order to create a full semester (30 EC):

Our executive secretary, Ms. Cecilia Stutvoet, will register you for the two compulsory courses. In addition to compulsory courses at Radboud, you have 25 EC dedicated to your individual examination programme. 15 EC of this part are scheduled for the first semester. You can choose from the following options:

  • Research Master courses at Radboud
  • Master courses at Radboud
  • Research Master courses at other Dutch universities
  • Master courses at other Dutch universities
  • Courses, seminars, workshops, and conferences offered by National Research Schools

Please find more information about how to select and register for your individual courses in the start-up guide page 6 – 10. For now the most important part is to prepare a schedule that is realistic, to find courses that seem interesting to you and acceptable to the programme and arrange course registration (in case of courses outside Radboud University, also registration as a subsidiary student). You can consult your (future) tutor and send a request to the examination board as soon as the holidays are over.

Finding a tutor

One of the first steps to take when starting this programme is finding a tutor. A tutor is a researcher who will act as your academic advisor throughout your studies here at Radboud. After enrolling in the university, your tutor will be your first point of contact for any questions or issues related to your academic programme. They can offer advice on what courses you could take for your individual programme, upcoming conferences or other events which might be interesting for you, and where to go or who to contact for your internship/study abroad (International Research Training). It is up to you to arrange meetings with your tutor, preferably once or twice per month.

It is recommended to search for a tutor who has similar research interests. You can find information about research projects and thematic research groups that may be of interest to you on the website of the Radboud Institute for Culture and History. Students who earned their Bachelor’s degree at Radboud may be familiar with many of the lectures in this Research Master’s programme. Students from other Dutch universities and from outside the Netherlands are welcome to contact their respective track coordinator(s) (see below) for help with selecting an appropriate tutor. Please register your tutor no later than 15 September by sending an email to our executive secretary.

Selecting a National Research School

All HLCS students need to enroll in a National Research Schools. Here you will find a list of all research schools and links to their websites. Pick one that best aligns with your research interests. Although you will be enrolled in one, you are welcome to attend courses offered by any of them. At least 10 EC of your Individual Programme must be earned from one or multiple research schools. Your tutor can advise you in finding the right fit. You can register by emailing the name of the research school that you’d like to join to our executive secretary.

Once enrolled in one of the research schools you should receive some kind of newsletter to your student e-mail address. There you will see all upcoming courses, seminars, workshops, and conferences hosted by the research school for which you can receive credit. Registering for one of these courses generally requires you to send an email to the course coordinator or secretary of the research school.

Contact information

Director of studies:
prof. dr. Marit Monteiro

Programme Coordinator Cultural Studies:
prof. dr. Hanneke Grootenboer

Programme Coordinator Historical Studies:
dr. Dries Raeymaekers

Programme Coordinator Literary Studies:
prof. dr. Alicia Montoya

Student advisor:
Kim Oyen MA

Executive secretary:
Cecilia Stutvoet