Master in History

VU University Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in History

VU University Amsterdam

History matters. The master’s degree programme in history at the VU trains you to become a professional historian. The course is broad-based and also allows you to specialize in a particular area of history. Each specialization is based on one of the chairs of the History Department. The progress of your study is personally mentored by a professor. According to a student, “History at the VU distinguishes itself by its small community of students and the support of its staff.”


All students follow a number of basic courses. In addition you choose the broad master’s curriculum or one of the five specializations. If you decide to follow the broad master’s curriculum then you make your own choice from the other subjects offered. Each specialization is connected to one or more of the chairs of the History Department. The progress of your study is personally mentored by a member of the academic staff. Some specializations are in English; others are in Dutch, but with some courses in English.


A master’s title in History gives you an attractive employment prospect, as you will develop broad-based knowledge and an analytical method for reading and writing. Among other areas, such as politics, journalism or education, you could work for government institutions, business or international institutions.


The Master’s History is designed for students with an academic Bachelor’s in history. You may also be accepted if you have an academic Bachelor’s in other disciplines of the Humanities (including theology or philosophy) or in anthropology or sociology, with a significant historical interest, apparent from a major or specialization equal to a minimum of 30 ECTS.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Dutch

Last updated December 18, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,850 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,850 EUR