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Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Do you aspire to a career in research? This track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuses on Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and the Middle East. The programme gives you the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between these periods and to gain fundamental insights into the cultural developments and changes of premodern times. You will receive a thorough training in today’s relevant research tools for studying the premodern world, including digital humanities.

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a multidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on your background and research interests, you can choose one main focus (History, Literature or Classics) within our interdisciplinary programme.

You can design your own research profile to fit your interests. The programme provides specialist, tailor-made tutorials and courses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our top researchers on their academic projects. You can also spend a study period abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete your studies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choice and specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which will give you a firm basis for further studies at PhD level.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in History (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60139
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups of students
  • Unique interdisciplinary approach that allows students to embed their specialisation in wider diachronic or synchronic fields
  • A tailor-made programme that trains students to deepen their specialist knowledge and skills according to their research interests though individual tutorials
  • The opportunity to take part in excellent research projects in master placements or in the Research Assistant Programme
Programme

Students take three core modules in the first year. Approaches to Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times offers a theoretical and methodological overview of interdisciplinary analysis and includes a week-long seminar at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). Digital Approaches to the Premodern World familiarizes students with the field of digital humanities and their uses in premodern studies. In the CMEMS Seminar students will organize a small-scale academic conference.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Digital Approaches to the Premodern Worls (5 EC)
Approaches of Antiquity, Middle Ages and Early Modern Times (10 EC)
Greek Epigraphy (5 EC, optional)
Medieval Latin I (10 EC, optional)
Research Seminar I (10 EC, optional)
Research Seminar II (10 EC, optional)
Script, Manuscript and Print in Middle Ages and Renaissance I (10 EC, optional)
Script, Manuscript and Print in Middle Ages and Renaissance II (10 EC, optional)
Landscape and Memory (5 EC, optional)
CMEMS Seminar (10 EC)
Letter-Writing in Premodern Europe (10 EC, optional)
Medieval Latin II (10 EC, optional)
Research Seminar III (10 EC, optional)
Research Seminar IV (10 EC, optional)
Script, Manuscript and Print in Middle Ages and Renaissance II (10 EC, optional)

The second year comprises the Master Thesis and the core module Careers in Research and Society, which prepares students for the labour market as academics trained in the specific interdisciplinary field of Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies. It includes workshops on how to write a PhD proposal and find PhD positions. The Master Thesis allows students to write a substantial study of independent academic research on their chosen area of specialization.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
CMEMS: Specialization 1 (10 EC)
CMEMS: Specialization 2 (10 EC)
CMEMS: Specialization 3 (10 EC)
Careers in Research and Society (5 EC)
Research Master's Thesis CMEMS (30 EC)

Curriculum

Students shape 60 ECTS of their programme individually in consultation with the Director of Studies: 20 ECTS should be chosen from the seminars offered by the master programmes in History, Classics and Literary Studies. 10 ECTS of the programme consists of seminars taken at the Dutch National Research Schools. For the remaining 30 ECTS students may follow research seminars offered by other Dutch or foreign universities, arrange individual or group tutorials, or take up a research placement.

Programme options
Premodern History (specialization)

If you are studying History, are interested in the older period (Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early-Modern Era) and have achieved good study results so far, the Premodern History specialization within this Research Master's track might be right up your street.

More information about this option

Premodern Literature (English) (specialization)

If you are studying English Language and Culture, are interested in the older periods (Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early-Modern Era) and have achieved good study results so far, the English Premodern Literature specialization within this Research Master's track might be right up your street.

More information about this option

Premodern Literature (Dutch) (specialization)

If you are studying Dutch Language and Culture, are interested in the older periods (Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early-Modern Era) and have achieved good study results so far, the Dutch Premodern Literature specialization within this Research Master's track might be right up your street.

More information about this option

Classics (specialization)

If you are studying Classics, are interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to classical history and would also like to explore other periods (the Middle Ages and the Early-Modern Era), and have achieved good study results so far, the Classics specialization within this Research Master's track might be right up your street.

More information about this option

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.

More information about this option

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.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore 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 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature and culture)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo 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.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
History (part-time)All Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please read the admission requirements

Classics (part-time)All Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please read the admission requirements

English Language and CultureAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Please read the admission requirements

Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please read the admission requirements

Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Please read the admission requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore 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 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature and culture)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo 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.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers many opportunities for developing academic and professional skills and knowledge. Among others, the module Careers in Research and Society will help students to identify and sharpen their skills set acquired during their studies. After graduation, students can continue their academic career in a PhD project. The track also is an excellent preparation for a (research-oriented) career in:


  • libraries
  • museums
  • other cultural organizations
  • journalism
  • education

    Many of our students will endeavour to obtain a place as a PhD researcher. Students are informed about the possibilities and pitfalls involved in applying for PhD positions inside and outside the University of Groningen. Each student will have to include a PhD proposal in his or her Master's thesis. Approximately 50% of our alumni have successfully obtained a PhD position.
    Students also have the opportunity to build up experience in the form of internships in a cultural institution with a research component, such as Tresoar in Leeuwarden or the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.
    Finally, we want to cater for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching. To this end we have created a fast track that allows students to integrate part of the Master of Arts in Teaching programme into their own programme.
Research

The track, which is offered by the Graduate School for the Humanities, is linked to excellent, multidisciplinary research which is carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the national research schools.

Research MA students are required to participate in seminars, courses and summer schools organized by the Dutch national research schools. These 'schools' are organized for the training of PhD students, but some activities are open to or specially set up for you. These events give you, as a Research MA student, the opportunity to deepen your disciplinary profile and to become acquainted with top researchers in your field. You can participate in the following research schools:

Students may also be given the opportunity to do excellent research in a master placement which will be awarded with ECTS.

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies takes part in the International Summer School Things That Matter, a collaborative U4 Project with the University of Uppsala and Durham University. Things That Matter focuses on digital humanities and addresses the tension between the materiality of sources and their digitization.

Students of Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies have participated in many research projects that have reached a wider public. In 2014 three students with the aid of Professor Sebastian Sobecki launched the internationally acclaimed Skelton Project, a website on which the poems of John Skelton can be read with background information. Our students have also been involved in the organization of many museum and cultural heritage exhibitions including Papier Ontvouwd and Histories of Healthy Ageing. For more information on the student’s work, please visit the websites of the CMEMS (Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies) Conference of 2018 and 2017.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, please contact:

  • Ask Your Question Here (please fill in this contact form, we will answer you as soon as possible.)
  • Juliet Resch (Master Ambassador)
  • Nadja Zadorina MA (coordinator: for all questions regarding application)
    Email: n.a.zadorina rug.nl
  • Prof. Dr. Sabrina Corbellini (Director of Studies)
    Email: s.corbellini rug.nl
  • Drs. Kirsten van Ophem (study advisor)
    Email: k.j.van.ophem rug.nl
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						Testimonial of

    PhD student at the University of Groningen

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    After completing my Bachelor's degree programme in English Language and Culture I was on the lookout for more depth and specialization. This Research Master's track was just what I was looking for. I was also able to broaden my knowledge by following a number of private seminars and tutorials.

    One of the most enjoyable and successful parts of my degree was the tutorial that I set up with my fellow students, The Skelton Project. We worked on a website with digital editions of poems by the medieval poet John Skelton. Although we’ve graduated now, we still love working on animations of Skelton’s poems. In the Research Master’s track we didn’t just conduct research, but developed other skills too. Organizing the conference in the first year, for instance, was good preparation for the organizational side of the academic world. If I hadn’t made the decision to do the Research Master’s track in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies I wouldn’t be where I am now as a PhD student at the University of Groningen. In my PhD research, I am analysing medieval manuscripts containing agricultural texts that English landowners would have read. My interest in this topic was aroused when I was studying the development of this kind of text for my Master’s thesis.

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						Testimonial of Student Alexandros Tsouris

    I choose the courses that are fitting my interests: ancient history

    – Student Alexandros Tsouris
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    I applied at several universities but chose Groningen because of the interdisciplinarity of the programme and the fact that in contrast to other universities, Groningen offers a two-year track instead of one. More importantly, the lesser amount of tuition fees, comparing to other countries, has been an important motivation for doing my master's degree here in the Netherlands.

    The advantage of this programme is that it offers the opportunity to structure the programme as you want. I choose the courses that are fitting my interests: ancient history. Thus, I can set the focus on my own investigation, with efficient supervision: associations of the Greek and Roman cities. A great asset of the programme is that some courses include excursions to other countries. For instance, in the first semester we visited Rome and this has been a great and unique experience for me. Not only did we have the opportunity to visit a lot of sites and museums, but also to experience academic work on site, that is presenting certain monuments, in front of the monuments, rather than via a pc.

    Furthermore, I find it very convenient that there are not many exams in the programme. They do not count my development as a student on a strict basis of reproducing knowledge, but they want to see my interpretation and my research. Although the programme has disadvantages sometimes, in general lines this approach is fulfilling for me. For the future I would like to continue with my research since I have plans to do a PhD.

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						Testimonial of Master Ambassador Juliet Resch

    One of the great aspects of this master's track is that some courses include excursions to other countries

    – Master Ambassador Juliet Resch
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    The reason I applied to the Research Master programme 'Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies' was that, during my Bachelor degree in History, I discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed carrying out research. I am currently in my second year of the programme and so far, the Research Master meets my expectations in every possible way. It is a diverse, multidisciplinary programme that is focused on investigation, and offers the opportunity to structure the programme to suit your interest (which in my case is cultural, medieval history).

    Another great aspect of this master's track is that some courses include excursions abroad. For example, in the beginning of my first year we went to Rome, which was an amazing experience. During this excursion we stayed at the KNIR (Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome) and explored many different places, accompanied by scholars who would provide us information on anything we wanted to know. The excursion also gave us the opportunity to experience academic work on site, in the form of a presentation in front of a monument of our choosing. This Master programme doesn't have a lot of contact hours. That being said, you do have to carry out a lot of self-study at home. For me, this works very well because it gives me the ability to focus on the things I find most interesting.

    So if you want to develop your scientific skills in a very lively student city, then I highly recommend this Master programme.

    Read more about Juliet Resch and why she chose to study CMEMS in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Juliet an e-mail!

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Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.

Research Assistants Programme

Talented and motivated students who start in September in one of the five Research Master Programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, may apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university.

Read more about the Research Assistants Programme positions.

Master’s degree programmes in Classics, Literary Studies and History

The Faculty of Arts also offers one year master’s degree programmes in Classics, Literary Studies and History.

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Study associations

Ubbo Emmius

Ubbo Emmius is the Study Association of History at the University of Groningen.
It offers both study related assistance and extracurricular activities. With approximately 800 members, it is one of the biggest associations within the faculty. Ubbo offers both formal activities (lectures, exam trainings, an annual conference) and social events (parties, movie nights, varying activities). Ubbo is a great way to meet your fellow history students outside of the lecture hall. Moreover, members of Ubbo Emmius get discounts on textbooks.
https://www.ubbo-emmius.nl/en

Synthesis

Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/468316950175210/
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Study support

In their first year, each student will have an academic mentor with an expertise in their chosen field of interest. Besides, study advisors are available to help students with more personal questions related to their studies.