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What will I learn?

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.

Some unique features of the Research Master's programme in Historical Studies

A strong focus on academic training in historiography methods and theory
Extensive freedom to design a large part of your curriculum based on your research interests
Interdisciplinary courses encourage you to view your own field from the perspective of other humanities disciplines
Individual supervision of your development as specialist in your field by a personal tutor
A thorough preparation for PhD research, including the writing of a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project
Strong encouragement to go abroad for at least a semester

What will you learn?

Our views of events in the past shape and give meaning to the present. The research Master’s in Historical Studies brings historians together with literary, art and cultural scientists to construct critical histories of both the past and the present. We recognise that historical enquiry has important transformative potential on not just our ideas about the past but also on present day societies. We also recognise that 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 and a connection to the other humanities. You’ll gain insight into general humanities methods and theories as well as those specific for historical studies. This will greatly benefit your own research and future contributions to scholarly and social debates

Master’s programme in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (Research)

During the Master’s programme you will gain a broad perspective on the humanities in general because of the collaboration between the specialisations of Historical Studies, Literary Studies, and Art and Visual Culture. Through your personal Master’s research, you will also have concentrated on a very specific phenomenon in your own field. This combination of broad and specific focus will open a lot of doors for you. Our research programme has produced graduates that are appreciated by employees for their research skills as well as their insightfulness and analytical skills, and who have not only learned how to delve into large quantity of data and master it but also how to place their results in a larger context.

In short, at the end of the programme you’ll:

Have acquired heuristic research skills at an advanced level.
Have gained general knowledge of leading perspectives, theories, concepts, and paradigm shifts in the humanities and advanced knowledge specifically for own field.
Be able to engage in the public debates regarding issues in the humanities.
Have acquired English academic writing skills and have practiced writing a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project.

Have started to build up a professional international network.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€16,000.00 (12,92,407) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in related area, which is equivalent to a Dutch WO Bachelor. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: A TOEFL score of 577 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); An IELTS score of 6.5; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.

For international students

Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed Bachelor's degree from a Research University in Art History, Cultural Studies or Classical Languages and Culture or a related area.

Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis had to have received a grade of at least 8.0.

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

TOEFL score of ≥100 (internet based), subscores ≥22;
IELTS score of ≥7.0, subscores ≥6.5;
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a mark of at least C;
Bachelor’s Degree from a Research University in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America.

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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