The History Master’s programme offers you research-based training in history as an academic discipline. We teach you how to do research, and we challenge you to develop your own ideas on topics of your choice. It is exactly because of this room for your preferences, as well as the many opportunities to participate in our ongoing research, that the History Master's programme at Utrecht University stands out.

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The broad range of expertise of our History Department pertains to the following areas of (early) modern history:

  • political history
  • cultural history
  • history of international relations and conflict studies
  • economic and social history

The programme’s courses are taught in small groups by first-rate instructors. You will learn advanced research skills whilst developing historical expertise in your specific areas of interest. We will also challenge you to connect your work to ongoing scholarly debates and to reflect on current affairs.  

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An active student community

At Utrecht University, you will become part of a dynamic and diverse student community. Class discussions and extracurricular activities will allow you to develop and test your ideas about history as an academic discipline. You will have the chance to assist in organising the programme’s annual student conference and participate in one of our Department’s regular academic seminars. Through these and similar activities, you will experience the University’s unique sense of community.

Societal relevance

The Humanities Faculty contributes to scholarly debates, and our instructors also engage in debates on current affairs such as global inequality, cultural diversity, democratisation processes, and terrorist threats. Most of our students aspire to become academic researchers. There is also broad demand for excellent research skills in non-academic public and private organisations. Graduates of the programme will have the chance to explore these job opportunities. 

International network

Our Department participates in various national networks for historical research, and our staff is well connected with leading research universities abroad. This broad network will allow you to work with international experts in your research areas during a study abroad or internship experience. In the past, our students have visited the University of Oxford, University College London, University of Sheffield, Humboldt University of BerlinUniversity of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to name but a few.

Teaching staff

You will work under the supervision of leading experts in cultural history, political history, social and economic history, and the history of international relations, who will teach you advanced research skills and help you develop your historical expertise. Our staff will also share their commitment to in-depth and collaborative work with you, as well as their enthusiasm for the interdisciplinary course content.

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After graduation

After successful completion of the programme, you will be fully qualified to apply for PhD positions. Most of our students aspire to become academic researchers, but you will discover that there is a much broader demand for excellent research skills from non-academic public and private organisations. We encourage our students to explore these job opportunities outside academia. 

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History is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master?

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Utrecht Summer School

Are you currently a Bachelor’s student enrolled in a different university or a different programme, and would you like to get a feeling for what history in Utrecht is about? Join the history classes at the Utrecht Summer School! This summer, we offer the following courses: European Culture and IdentitiesThe Making of Europe: from Middle Ages to ModernityEuropean Politics and Economy,The Making of Europe: Rise of Civilization, The Making of Europe - Track, The Rise of Modern Europe - Track, and The Making of Europe: The Long 20th Century

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2 years
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 18,332

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