Research Master in Modern History and International Relations

General

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Program Description

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 track within the Research Master's degree program 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.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups;
  • A challenging multidisciplinary approach;
  • Research Assistantships.

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Methodology Modern History and International Relations (5 EC)
  • Research Seminar I (10 EC)
  • Theory of Modern History and International Relations (10 EC)
  • Advanced Methodology International Relations (5 EC)
  • Research Seminar II (10 EC)
  • Research Seminar III (10 EC)
  • Themes, Trends & Topics (10 EC)

Year 2

Courses

  • MHIR: Specialization 1 (10 EC)
  • MHIR: Specialization 2 (10 EC)
  • Bridging Horizons Class (5 EC)
  • Thesis Preparation Class (5 EC)
  • Research Master's Thesis MHIR (30 EC)

Curriculum

Research Seminars I-IV can be chosen from the range of research seminars offered by the master programs in History, International Relations, American Studies en Media Studies (in consultation with the Director of Studies). MHIR Specialization 1-3 can be fulfilled by choosing research seminars (at the RUG or at another (Dutch or foreign) university), by following individual tutorials and/or by doing a research placement.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Grade list

Excellent academic record.

Language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), 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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

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.

Other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results, and the thesis or paper.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Grade list

Excellent academic record.

Language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), 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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

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.

Other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results, and the thesis or paper.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 12500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

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

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

Research

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.

Last updated October 2019

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