MA in Modern History and International Relations

University of Groningen

Program Description

MA in Modern History and International Relations

University of Groningen

Are you a talented student and interested in modern history and international relations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is exactly what you are looking for.

You can take the Master's track in Modern History and International Relations as a strack within the Research Master's degree programme in History or the Research Master's degree programme in International Relations.

The two-year Master's track in Modern History and International Relations teaches you to carry out independent academic research in the fields of modern history and international relations. You will explore recent developments in these fields and study relevant theoretical and methodological backgrounds. You will learn about subjects such as international political economy, the history of cultural identity and European cooperation and integration.

As a student of this programme you work in small groups and are supervised by highly qualified researchers. The programme is closely related to the research carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the N.W. Posthumus Institute.

Programme options

Modern History (specialization)

  • History of Politics and Governance
  • Urban and Regional Social and Economic History
  • History of Cultural Identity

International Relations (specialization)

  • International Security and Theory of International Organizations
  • International Political Economy
  • European Co-operation and Integration
  • International Order and Global Governance

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Programme schedule

Courses year 1

Courses year 2

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
grade list Excellent academic record.
language test Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERK level C1.
language test obligatory for non-English speakers
previous education BA degree in:

  • History
  • International Relations
  • American Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • another related field
reference letter Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.
reference letter obligatory
written request No further information
other admission requirements Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2017-2018 €2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2017-2018 €11400 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 15 October 2017, 01 May 2018 01 February 2018, 01 September 2018
non-EU/EEA students 15 October 2017, 01 May 2018 01 February 2018, 01 September 2018

Job prospects

After graduation you are well prepared for a career in research at a university or a private or governmental research institute. You can pursue jobs at international organizations and government institutions as well. You can apply for a PhD-position.

Job examples

  • Research oriented career in International Relations or History
  • International Affairs / Foreign Policy Advisor jobs
  • Investigating Journalism
  • Academic positions

MHIR Journals

About the project

Students in the Research Master Modern History and International Relations (MHIR) have started analyzing journals relevant to their disciplines in 2010, and their successors continue to do so each year. This website aims to collect their reviews, and offer interested scholars access to our research, while at the same time showcasing the quality of the work of the students in the Research Master MHIR .

Students have analyzed journals both qualitatively and quantitatively, delving into several issues of academic journals dealing with the subjects of History and International Relations. Reviews generally offer an introduction of the journal’s history, followed by an analysis of the themes and topics dealt with by the journal, and also an analysis of the background of the authors.

This project also offers interested parties and prospective students an example of the extent to which the University of Groningen succeeds in making research results easily available, showcasing that the work done by students does not need to gather dust in the archives of our professors.

The overview below lists all the analyzed journals alphabetically.

Overview of journals

Clicking on the name of the journal will take you to the individual review. Please take note of the different volumes analyzed.

Interested parties are invited to first read two introducty articles.

  • Introductory article: 'Reviewing History and IR Journals: Academic Publication Practices and Dominance in World Society' by prof. dr. M.G.J. Duijvendak and prof. dr. J.H. de Wilde
  • Introductory article: 'The U.S. Monopoly in International Relations and History: a Comparative Analysis of Leading Academic Journals' by Sabine Dankbaar
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History by Fenna Plaisier
  • European Journal of International Relations by Stefanie Holz
  • Foreign Affairs by Yuri van Hoef
  • Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations by Yara van 't Groenewout
  • History and Theory by Guido van 't Haar
  • History and Theory by Marijn Parmentier
  • Human rights quarterly in the period by Anouk Baron
  • International Affairs by Hanna Brask
  • International Relations by Andrei Cazacu
  • International Review of Social History by Tess van den Heuvel
  • International Security by Anna Buch
  • International Studies Quarterly by Martin Duchác
  • Journal of African History by Amisah Bakuri
  • Journal of African History by Abel Knottnerus
  • Journal of Cold War Studies by Jack Michelmore
  • Journal of Common Market Studies by Hedwich van der Bij
  • Journal of Global History by Daniela Tenger
  • Journal of Global History by Bernard Slaa
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History by Maarten Draper
  • Journal of International Relations and Development by Yuliya Fruman
  • Journal of Peace Research by Amarins Hielkema
  • Journal of the History of Ideas by Germa Greving
  • Journal of Urban History by Raymon Middelbos
  • Millennium: Journal of International Studies by Christian Pfenninger
  • Millennium: Journal of International Studies by Marit de Lange
  • Past & Present by Philip Heaton
  • Past & Present by Nynke Dorhout
  • Terrorism and Political Violence by Erika van Leeuwen
  • World Politics by Richard Sonneveld
  • World Politics by Tim Star
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 23, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Feb. 2018
Sept. 2018
Duration
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12 months
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11,400 EUR
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