Whether it is the history of Europe, the development of modern European literature or the art of Rome that fascinates you, the Research Master's specialisations is an excellent choice for talented students who want to prepare themselves for an international academic career.


You can choose from the following English-taught specialisations:

  • Historical Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Art and Visual Culture

Course programme

All three Master's degree specialisations have a similar structure which contains the following elements:

  • Theory of scientific research in Humanities 5.0 EC
  • Methods and Techniques in Humanities 5.0 EC
  • Contemporary Debates in Humanities 5.0 EC
  • Academic Writing. 5.0 EC
  • Key Texts for Humanities 5.0 EC
  • Research seminar 5.0 EC
  • Research paper and proposal 5.0 EC
  • Master's thesis and colloquium 30.0 EC
  • Plus disciplinary courses and research stay/internship abroad 55.0 EC


The HLCS institute encourages its students to publish results of their thesis in respected academic periodicals as a further stepping stone for their careers. These Research Master's specialisations are internationally recognised and open the way to a career as a PhD researcher.

HLCS institute

The HLCS institute greatly values the close interaction between students and top researchers. At the start of the first year, you will choose a tutor who will personally guide your development as a specialist in your field.

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1.The equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field Historical Studies: The equivalent of a Bachelor's degree (Research University) in History. Literary Studies: The equivalent of a bachelor's degree (Research University) in Greek and Latin languages and cultures, Dutch, Romance languages (Spanish or French), English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, American Studies or any other language, or a Bachelor's degree in literary studies. Art and Visual Culture: The equivalent of a Bachelor's degree (Research University) in a relevant field such as Art History, Cultural Studies or Greek and Latin languages and cultures.

2. Grade average during the second and third years of your BA studies was at least a 7.5 and your BA thesis received a grade of at least 8.0.

3. A proficiency in English In order to take part in the programme, you need to have a sufficient level of English, proven with one of these documents:

  • A TOEFL score of ≥100
  • IELTS score of >7.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of at least C

4. Strong motivation letter

5. Letter of reference


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1Mayl.

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

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