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MScHistorical, Literary & Cultural Studies: Historical Studies (Research)

Radboud University
Netherlands, Nijmegen
Tuition fee €16,000 per year
Application fee €75 one-time

The handling fee is NOT applicable to:

- Students with a nationality from the EEA countries or from countries that are candidates for EEA membership*
- Students who receive a full scholarship (proven by uploading a grant statement)

This fee will be refunded to you once you are fully enrolled as a student at Radboud University. The fee is NOT refundable when you are not admitted.

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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 this 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 a 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

Programme structure

The Master’s specialisation in Historical Studies is taught at the Faculty of Arts. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The structure of the programme is presented here.

Career opportunities

This programme is primarily intended to prepare its students for an academic career, in particular as PhD researchers. About half of the graduates find such a position in the Netherlands or abroad. The other half also do well and often find academic research-oriented positions. Some of them have been selected as candidates for in-company training programs of institutions of higher education or governmental organisations. Examples of the latter include:

- Researcher at a cultural or scientific organisation or research centre
- (Digital) archivist
- Assistant of a senior researcher
- Teacher at an institution for higher education
- Policy-making official in the fields of culture and science
- Editor in the field of historical or cultural scholarship
- Staff member of a publishing company or text agency, usually with regard to scientific, historical or cultural journals
- Curator of a cultural heritage institution or in the museological sector
- Consultant for a political party

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States