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What will I learn?

Explore complex issues in modern international relations

Will the EU become a union under German leadership? Are we heading for a new Cold War with Russia? Have the Asian superpowers surpassed their former colonial rulers? Does the current climate of increasing international competition and growing nationalism still allow enough space for ethical norms and values such as human rights? How can terrorist violence be countered? Is it possible to control such violence with warfare and the optimal use of ‘intelligence’?

The international political stage is much like a game of chess between multiple players. During the course of this Master’s programme you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics.

Bridging history and political science

Political theory is an important tool in the analysis of international developments. In order to fully understand those developments, however, you need a wider historical viewpoint. Nothing is without its history – and while history never repeats itself exactly, you can learn a great deal from it. By bridging history and political science, the Master of International Relations in Historical Perspective (IR/HP) offers in-depth insight into both worlds.

Build a strong foundation for understanding modern politics

The programme content uses central research themes that help shed light on modern international politics and provide students with the tools to analyze a wide range of topics. During your studies, you will select a theme to focus on in greater depth:

  • The history of war and violence, such as the meaning of security concerns, terrorism, humanitarian interventions, and intelligence.
  • The development of norms and values in international relations, such as the development of international law and human rights.
  • The history of European interstate relations, such as the European integration process.
  • The history of colonialism, decolonization, and modern North-South relations.

After Graduation

After graduating from the Master of International Relations in Historical Perspective programme, you will have:

  • Gained insight into the history of international relations, especially of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Become an expert in one of the research areas central to the programme.
  • Learned to name relevant issues in modern politics and to study them independently.
  • Gained research skills, with emphasis on research into historical sources and the use of theories from within the field of international relations.
  • Learned to report research clearly and understandably, in both written and oral form.

Career prospects

Professionals with an IR/HP degree find their way easily in the world of international politics, and their career options extend beyond foreign affairs, the EU, and the UN. Graduates will have the skills to create effective policy, and such expertise can be employed in other areas as well.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€17,078.00 (13,95,261) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences; Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level; Knowledge of basic concepts in Religious Studies and insight into relevant methods; A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.) English language requirements: ELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in International Relations in Historical Perspective if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

You are able to interpret and understand complex international historical events and processes based on your knowledge of the history of international relations and your acquaintance with relevant theories in this field. You have demonstrated these competencies in your results for relevant courses during your Bachelor’s, especially at an extended or advanced Bachelor’s level (minimum grade average is NL: 7; US: B-).

You are able to design and perform historical research in the field of international relations using analytical, methodological, and writing skills acquired during your Bachelor’s. You have demonstrated these skills in your results for relevant research seminars, especially at an extended or advanced Bachelor’s level (minimum grade average is NL: 7; US: B-), and if possible, the grade for your Bachelor’s thesis (minimum grade is NL: 7; US: B-).

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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