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Use historical insights to solve present-day issues 

Do referenda endanger democracy? Why is it so difficult to combat global economic inequality? What will the future of the welfare state look like?

The Master’s programme History of Politics and Society provides you with a thorough understanding of the historical roots of the most important political and societal issues that politicians, journalists and policy makers are concerned with today.

About the study programme

You will study the historical development of democracy, civil society, citizenship, and economic inequality in an international comparative perspective. The programme focuses largely on the 19th and 20th centuries and has an interdisciplinary approach: you will combine historical research with concepts and explanations derived from the social sciences.

Language of instruction

The core courses of the programme are offered only in English. For the other courses students may choose between Dutch- and English-taught courses.


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

Prepare for the labour market

As a student you will develop new academic skills and perspectives: you will learn how to use comparative research methods and how to analyse long-term developments. Through internships, trainings and engaged supervision, the Master’s programme also offers a good preparation for the labour market. In this way we train you as a historian able to use knowledge of the past to help explain and solve current-day issues. 

After graduation

After completing their studies, many graduates pursue careers engaged with current-day political and societal issues, for instance as researchers or policy makers in public or semi-public organisations, at NGOs, in the business world, or in media. There are several job market segments where there is a need for people who can tie together the past, present, and future. 


History of Politics and Society is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master?

Summer School in Political 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 studying History of Politics and Society in Utrecht is about?

Join the political history classes at the Utrecht Summer School! This summer, we offer the following courses: European 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

  • Profile picture Wouter Berkhof, History of Politics and Society
    "By doing comparative historical research, you develop a strong international perspective."
  • Profile picture Jennifer Beckwith, History of Politics and Society
    ''I really liked the programme’s focus on ‘institutions’ because I was interested in working in government or the public sector after studying.''


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: History of Politics and Society
Accredited by the NVAO
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Language of instruction:
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:
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
  • Dutch & EU/EEA students: 1 June
Tuition fees:
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