Master in History (Research)

This two-year’s program prepares talented students for a research career in history. You can specialize in political, (post)colonial history, global social history or cultural history. The History group is acclaimed for its unique expertise in the fields of the history of knowledge and religion, heritage studies, emotions studies, material culture, and environmental humanities. You will research the complex constellations in which people, objects, spaces, and ideas intersect, with a focus on the role of power, social relations, religion, and emotions. The program also offers students the possibility to explore and train skills in digital analysis and reflect on the possibilities of the emerging digital humanities techniques.

The program in a nutshell

As a history student, you will learn to develop a critical attitude and arrive at original lines of questioning based on a profound knowledge of your research subject.

You will participate in:

  • Core Courses
  • Research Design courses
  • Lectures & masterclasses of the Graduate School of the Humanities
  • Seminars of the national research schools
  • Individual tutorials, internships, or study abroad

In two years, our students develop their own unique specialization, which provides a stepping stone for a future research career.

Your future career

Your most likely prospect is to set up your own research as a Ph.D. student. You can also embark on a career at a research institute: many research institutes are eager to welcome researchers schooled in qualitative and quantitative research. But you can also start a career as a history teacher, a heritage expert, an advisor to the government or for NGO’s, as a journalist, or text writer. Investing in a research master’s education has been proved to be very profitable for our students over the years.

Program taught in:

See 80 more programs offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam »

Last updated October 26, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
2 years
2,083 EUR
for EEA students. €14.600 for non-EU/non-EEA students.
Request Info
deadline for international students
By locations
By date
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Request Info
deadline for international students
Application deadline
Request Info
deadline for international students
End Date