Explore Europe’s history and culture from a global perspective

In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Our programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks.

The programme content focuses on theories of modern cultural history, global perspectives on European civilisation, the politics of heritage and cultural memory, aspects of transnational history and postcolonial culture, global practices of citizenship, and the development of career-oriented academic competencies. We begin by looking at contemporary problems and discussions. 

This programme offers an English track and a Dutch track. The modules offered in these tracks are the same – only the language of instruction differs.

Why study Cultural History of Modern Europe in Utrecht?

  • You will benefit from a unique cultural-historical approach to globalisation that will equip you with interdisciplinary knowledge and tools for analysis.
  • The programme offers you a choice of (international) internships and the opportunity to study abroad, helping you to expand your networks and gain valuable workplace experience.
  • You will receive personal help and supervision throughout your studies.
  • You will learn from lecturers who are motivated, experienced, and internationally recognised as experts in their fields.

Read more about the benefits of our programme, including profiles of our teaching staff.


The part-time option allows you to complete the full-time programme over two years instead of one.

After graduation

After graduating from the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will:

  • Have the skills and knowledge to analyse and understand processes of identity formation in their cultural-historical context.
  • Be equipped with the tools to analyse the relationship between material facts and cultural constructs, between historical sources and folk tales, and between history, memories, and heritage.
  • Have a global perspective and understand how European cultural-historical developments relate to the rest of the world.
  • Understand the cultural-historical backgrounds of contemporary culturally diverse societies.
  • Be prepared for a profession that involves a combination of theoretical reflection and analytical and communicative skills. 

In your programme you will have the opportunity to actively work on your career development.

Graduates from our programme have found jobs in museums and heritage organisations, as well as in the field of (secondary) education. Read more about possible career prospects.


Cultural History of Modern Europe is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.


Summer School in Cultural History
Summer School in History

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 cultural history in Utrecht is about? Join the cultural history classes at the Utrecht Summer School! This summer, we offer the following courses: European Culture and Identities, The Making of Europe: from Middle Ages to Modernity, Discovering the Dutch: Dutch Culture and Society and Dutch Culture in a European Context.

  • "As groups are relatively small, the space created to exchange ideas is one of the strengths of the Master’s programme."
  • "My internship allowed me to gain inside information of how an exhibition is realised in a museum from start to finish."


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MA
  • Master's degree in: History
  • Programme: Cultural History of Modern Europe
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June 2018
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2018
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