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.
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.
As a student you will develop new academic skills and perspectives: you will learn how to use comparative research methods and how to analyze long-term developments. Through internships, trainings and engaged supervision, the Master’s programme also offers a good preparation for the labor 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. Read more about career development.
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.
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. Read more about possible career prospects.
History of Politics and Society is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.
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: from Middle Ages to Modernity, 20th Century: Europe in Three Wars and European Studies (special track).
- 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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- Part- or full-time status:
- 1 year
- Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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- Application deadline:
- Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
- Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
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