Faculty of Humanities

The Graduate School of Humanities at Utrecht University offers outstanding Master’s programmes and PhD courses for talented Dutch and international students and PhD candidates. Utrecht University is one of Europe’s leading research universities, according to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Master's programmes

The Graduate School of Humanities offers one-year and two-year Master's programmes.

Humanities Lectures and Academic Writing in English

For Research Master's students and PhD candidates the Graduate School organises Humanities Lectures, to promote understanding of the approaches taken by other disciplines within the humanities. Furthermore, the Graduate School offers Research Master's students skills sessions in Academic Writing in English to improve their skills in academic English, especially with regard to grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, writing introductions and conclusions etc. Do you want to read more about these courses? Check your Research Master's programme on the Students' website.

Utrecht Excellence Scholarships

The Graduate School of Humanities offers Utrecht Excellence Scholarships to students admitted to one of the following Research Master's programme’s:

  • Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
  • Art History of the Low Countries in its European Context
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Historical and Comparative Studies of the Sciences and Humanities 
  • History 
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Performance Studies 
  • Modern History 1500-2000 
  • Musicology 
  • Philosophy

It is not possible to apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship. Read more about Utrecht Excellence Scholarships, and grants and scholarships at Utrecht University in general.


The Graduate School of Humanities offers conference grants for Research Master students. Check your Research Master's programme on the Students' website.

PhD programmes

The Graduate School of Humanities is responsible for providing education for PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities, to help them develop general research skills, personal effectiveness and career perspectives after completing the PhD programme. Read more about the PhD programmes of Humanities.

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