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Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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 OIKOS (Netherlands Research School for Classical Studies) and Medieval Studies.

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.

  • Testimonial van Student Alexandros Tsouris

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

    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.

    – Student Alexandros Tsouris
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    PhD student at the University of Groningen

    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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    Research Master's Student Patty Huijbers About Her Research Assistants Programme

  • Testimonial van Juliet Resch

    “I am currently in the first year, and so far, the Research Master matches my expectations in every possible way.”

    I have chosen to apply for the Research Master 'Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies' because I found out during my Bachelor degree in History that carrying out research gave me a great sense of satisfaction. I am currently in the first year and so far, the Research Master matches my expectations in every possible way..

    Another great aspect of this Master is that some courses include excursions to other countries. In the beginning of the first semester we went for example to Rome which was an amazing experience. During this excursion we stayed at the KNIR (Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome) and visited a lot of different places accompanied by scholars who could tell us everything 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 certain monument of our own choosing.

    – Juliet Resch
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