The fruitful lectures yielded me some skills I still apply constantly in my daily work. With history in mind, I understand much better the positions of European governments in, say, negotiations on a new European climate policy
Maarten de Vries, alumnus International Relations in Historical Perspective

Possible prospects

Being able to select the right information and use it as a foundation to write a clear commentary that offers creative solutions to complex problems is an art in and of itself. The International Relations in Historical Perspective programme will help you to master that art.

After graduating from the Master’s programme, you will possess the right knowledge and skills to start out as a policymaker. This programme primarily prepares you for a job in national governments, NGOs and international organisations within the area of international politics. However, businesses and local governments are asking more and more often for people with analytical skills and the ability to translate those skills into useful advice.

If you are not looking for a position as a policy maker in either the profit or non-profit sectors, your skills and knowledge could easily be applied to careers such as teaching history, doing research or doing journalism.

Professional careers

Alumni of this programme have found jobs in a range of fields in the labour market. Rosemarie Jorritsma for instance, is Administrative Policy Advisor at Public Order and Security, Municipality of The Hague. Here are some examples of jobs in which expertise in international relations is required.



  • Senior Human Rights Officer, Dutch division Amnesty International
  • Programme Leader Security & Disarmament Programme, PAX

Policy agencies at the national and international level

Lobby, consultancy

  • Public Affairs Adviser, PBLCO Government & Public Affairs and Strategic Communications
  • Junior Adviser Public Affairs, Dröge & Van Drimmelen, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs
  • Training and \Research Fellow Clingendael Institute for International Relations, The Hague

Academic careers

With your Master’s degree of Internal Relations in Historical Perspective, you can start out as a junior researcher at a university, think tank, or diplomatic academy. One of our alumni, for example, is a Training & Research Fellow at Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations. Our 20-week research seminar and intensive supervision during the writing of your Master’s thesis will help you to reach the level necessary to successfully apply for a PhD position.

Additional guidance can be provided through the research track. Your thesis will not only be complex and insightful, but will also contain in-depth source research and attention to historiography and political theory. With this combination, you will lay the foundations for a PhD proposal and for an excellent CV.

Possible jobs in academia:

Facts and figures

Recent enquiry of our alumni shows that 80% of our students find employment within one year of graduation, in one of the sectors below:

  • Government
  • Media
  • Education
  • Research
  • Business
  • International institutions
  • NGOs
  • Cultural sector