History matters. The master’s degree program 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.”
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM
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.
- Politics and Sovereignty (Dutch)
- Cultures of Knowledge
- Religion and Society from Antiquity up to Today
- Global Social History (15th-21st Century)
- Migration and Mobility (History and Anthropology, 19th-21st Century)
YOUR FUTURE CAREER
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.
SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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.
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