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Explore cultural history

In this Master's programme we examine the role of culture in shaping past and present. We learn about the history of ideas and social practices, study how people use history today, apply cultural theories, and explore the formation of social identities and cultural heritage. We use transnational and comparative approaches to examine European cultural history in a global context. 

In English and in Dutch 

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. Go to Cultuurgeschiedenis van modern Europa


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

Skilled faculty

The lecturers are specialists in the fields of empire, public history, race, media history, history of the body, intellectual history, heritage studies and digital humanities. We bring our academic expertise into classroom discussions. 

Putting theory into practice

Students put theory into practice in their internships. Some choose internships at leading cultural history institutions while others select research-based internships working on cutting-edge projects with Utrecht researchers.

Whichever option you choose, you will experience the challenges of being a historian in a changing society. Your internship experience should be connected to the research you do for your thesis, which is the product of a rigorous and rewarding process. 

After graduation

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

  • Understand how Europe and European residents are involved in and produced by global processes.
  • Have the skills and knowledge to analyse and understand culture and cultural history
  • Be equipped with the tools to analyse the relationship between history, memory, and heritage.
  • Be prepared for careers that require an ability to process and synthesize knowledge fast, and that demand good analytic and communication skills. 

Students emerge from the programme with skills in history, in analysis and writing, and with professional work experience. Our attention to public history and heritage has helped many graduates find jobs in these fields. Other students put our training to good use in a variety of fields from foreign policy and diplomatic work to journalism.


Cultural History of Modern Europe is a selective Master’s programme that welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds with an interest in the field. We have admitted students from history, anthropology, gender studies, film and media studies, European studies, and many other Bachelor's programmes.

Our admissions process is designed to help you understand what you will need to succeed in our programme. The programme also has a well-established Pre-Master's programme for students who need it. We find it important to be realistic with students about the amounts of reading and writing required. Want to know more?

Summer School in Cultural 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.


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
  • 2 years (part-time)
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
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
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