In this master you will learn to work with the Groningen model: from a historical perspective, providing insight into current issues, with emphasis on practical historical applications at an academic level.
The expertise of experienced teachers and experts from the field is used in (guest) lectures, internships, and practical assignments that bring historical theory to life.
You will learn how to interpret, evaluate and translate cross-border historical phenomena such as migrations, pandemics, and terrorism into policy advice. Learn how to create a responsible exhibition or how you can delve into the application of digital techniques in research and public presentations. Or learn how to place the consequences of change processes in organizations and companies in their historical development
The master offers three specializations:
History and Heritage Consultancy
Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories
Un / sustainable Societies: Past, Present, and Future
In each specialization, you will follow a flagship course and matching method courses, and together with all master students, you will participate in the Masterclass. You deepen your content by choosing from the many research lectures. Finally, there is the possibility to graduate with a thesis or in an alternative way, such as organizational research, policy analysis, an exhibition plan, or the development of teaching materials.
Why study this program in Groningen?
Unique: emphasis on applying historical knowledge and methodology at an academic level
Specializations to prepare for the professional field, including placement.
Diverse teaching methods (research seminar, History Online workshop, placement, special graduation projects)
Tailor-made: design your own program
Research in the Centre for Historical Studies
The Centre is devoted to research on a wide range of aspects of historical investigation spanning from Classical Antiquity to our own time. Research interests are mainly focused on the cultural, social, political, and economic diversity of Western societies, but also expand to the non-western world (notably South East Asia, Africa) and cover issues such as post-colonialism and transnationalism.
Three research groups facilitate interdisciplinary research on themes that are at the heart of current debates in historical disciplines and the wider society. Researchers operate interdisciplinary and international.
'Sustainable societies: past and present' studies forms and practices, arrangements, cultures, and institutions which explain and contribute to the social coherence and sustainability of societies from antiquity to the present. It is unique in its endeavor to lay bare the historical and cultural roots of the present-day relationship between politics, state, and society. It addresses explicitly the role of literary, artistic, and religious culture in these processes alongside that of the more familiar political institutions.
'Regions, Networks, Mobility': research in this theme group is based on the idea that money, goods, news, knowledge, and beliefs function and become meaningful in networks of exchange within or crossing borders. The complexity of the historical processes involved is addressed interdisciplinary, thereby challenging economic, social, cultural, and political historians as well as other researchers in the arts and humanities and beyond to cooperate and develop new and exciting insights and interpretations. The theme is embedded in Groningen's research strength in the history of regions and in the evolving new research area of the circulation of knowledge.
'Thinking about History and Historical Culture'. The University of Groningen has a long and internationally recognized expertise in the metahistorical reflection of history and culture. The aim of this research group is twofold: to surpass the limits of one single historiographical perspective and to analyze human memory as it manifests itself in (auto-)biographical writing, historical products of individuals or groups that collect, record, or write 'their own' history such as game designers, historical novelists and film producers.