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History Today

In this master you will learn to work with the Groningen model: from a historical perspective, providing insight into current issues, this with emphasis on practical historical applications at an academic level.

The expertise of experienced teachers and experts from the field is used in (guest) lectures, internships and practical assignments that bring historical theory to life.

You will learn how to interpret, evaluate and translate cross-border historical phenomena such as migrations, pandemics and terrorism into policy advice. Learn how to create a responsible exhibition or how you can delve into the application of digital techniques in research and public presentations. Or learn how to place the consequences of change processes in organizations and companies in their historical development

Interested? Join our Online Master Day!

The master offers three specializations:

  • History and Heritage Consultancy
  • Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories
  • Un / sustainable Societies : Past, Present and Future

In each specialization you will follow a flagship course and matching method courses and together with all master students you will participate in the Masterclass. You deepen your content by choosing from the many research lectures . Finally, there is the possibility to graduate with a thesis or in an alternative way, such as an organizational research, policy analyzes, an exhibition plan or the development of teaching materials.

(See Programme for more info on specializations)

Facts & Figures
MA in History
Course type
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
February, September
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • The practical application of historical knowledge and methods at an academic level
  • Specialization programs in preparation for a job outside the academic world, including placements.
  • Versatile work forms (hands-on history, internships, special final projects, substantive lectures, tutorials from experts in the field)
  • Extensive and varied master classes for all history master students
  • Tailor-made studies: giving your own direction to your studies
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Historical Methods (1 or 2 depending on specialization) (10 EC)
Masterclass (10 EC)
Research seminar: Introduction to Sustainability (10 EC, optional)
Research seminar History (10 EC)
Atelier Living Heritage (10 EC, optional)
Learning History and Organisation (10 EC, optional)
MA placement (10 EC, optional)
MA thesis History (20 EC)
Programme options
Public History and Heritage Consultancy (specialization)

The specialization History and Heritage Consultancy prepares you for many jobs within the heritage sector, from policy officer / advisor to (public) organizations to historical researcher.

The focus is on applying academic knowledge and skills in practice. How do you interpret the complexity of history and heritage, as visible in historical buildings, objects, practices, customs and opinions. What past do we want to keep or maybe forget? What motivates us (politically) in our heritage choices? This master is unique in its double focus on academic questions related to (controversial) heritage and on practical organizational skills (project and organization management, grant capture, negotiation techniques and pitching) that are necessary for working in heritage organizations and government institutions. In brief:

  • The MA is academic and hands-on: We train you on how to apply academic knowledge and skills in practice.
  • A unique focus on consultancy skills.
  • The job market is an integral part of the program through an excellent internship program and intensive co-teaching with experts from the field.
Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories (specialization)

Are you interested in politics, policy and the implementation of policy in organizations? Then this is the specialization for you.

You not only learn what politics is, but especially how politics has worked. In research seminars you study the practice on the basis of all kinds of institutions and organizations from the administration of the great empires, to monastic orders, the VOC, modern bureaucracies, etc.

A central subject is 'Learning history and organizations'. For this, you will work in an organization or company with a method for collective learning of the history of organizations or partnerships. Based on sources and interviews, you write a story that shows the 'blind spots' in the past of the organizations. In preparation you will receive the necessary theoretical and practical tools that will be practiced one by one. In the meantime, more than 80 learning histories have already been carried out and the course has built up a large network of organizations from which you can benefit. Through the learning history course, students have found their way to municipalities, provinces, banks, consultancies and their own companies.

You can finish the master with theses on subjects from political history, (inter) national parliamentary history, policy history, the history of large organizations from the past (monastic orders, VOC, UN etc.) or a learning history for an organization of your choice.

Un/sustainable Societies: Past, present and future (specialization)

Are you interested in contemporary political debates and do you want to contribute to social issues through solid historical knowledge? Then this is the specialization for you.

The specialization has five spearheads, namely politics, democracy and populism; economic growth and inequality; environmental history and food security; population, urbanization and mobility; geopolitics, conflict and security. You learn to interpret these issues historically, paying attention to both local and international dynamics.

A unique course is 'Introduction to Sustainability', in which you will become acquainted with the most important historical debates on complex sustainability issues. You also profile yourself in terms of content with the choice of your research seminars. This allows you to emphasize a specific time period (Antiquity, Middle Ages or Contemporary History) and / or a region (Central and Eastern Europe, the United States, Asia, Africa or Latin America).

In the second semester you set up the program completely according to your wishes. Follow an internship, do a group assignment or choose an extra research lecture. Students can apply their knowledge locally, nationally and internationally and gain practical experience in government institutions, think tanks, consultancy, media and IOs and NGOs.

As a conclusion, you write a thesis or choose an alternative graduation track. Developing innovative teaching materials or conducting a policy analysis are among the possibilities.

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

This one-year programme was developed for students who want to get more out of their studies.

The programme is worth an extra 15 ECTS, alongside your regular Master's programme. It is an interdisciplinary honours programme, which introduces you to various aspects of leadership.

Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's degree programme, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

A study period abroad can be combined with the placement and/or the Master's final assignment. You could also follow a seminar at a university abroad.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 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 180. Students who gained a bachelor's degree certificate from an English-taught degree programme, will automatically meet the language requirements.

previous education
  • Bachelordiploma Geschiedenis
  • Bachelordiploma van een aan geschiedenis gerelateerde WO-opleiding plus pre-master (max. 30 ects)
  • Bachelordiploma van een aan geschiedenis gerelateerde HBO-opleiding plus pre-master

Registration procedure

Please use this step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Teacher Education in HistoryAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 50 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
History (part-time)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
International Relations and International OrganizationUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
American StudiesUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
European Languages and CulturesUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
ArchaeologyUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Art HistoryUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Middle Eastern StudiesUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
TheologyUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
PhilosophyUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Human Geography & Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Religious StudiesUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 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 180.

Registration procedure

Please use this step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202001 September 2020
15 January 202101 February 2021
15 August 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 13500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

On completing the Master's degree programme in History Today, you will be able to think critically and with a problem-resolution approach. You will be able to process large amounts of information and present the results clearly. Historians often find work in journalism and in museums, cultural institutions or publishing houses. They also regularly go into politics, the government or business.

Job examples

  • Editor and journalist in various media
  • Manager in a business
  • Advisor to businesses or government
  • Departmental director in an educational or cultural institution
  • Policy officer
  • Administrative consultant in the government
  • Communications advisor
  • Curator at a cultural institution
  • Coordinator in education, events, and so forth
  • Teacher
  • Party assistant in the European Parliament or a political party
  • Head of educational services at a cultural institution
  • Researcher

Research in the Centre for Historical Studies

The Centre is devoted to research on a wide range of aspects of historical investigation spanning from Classical Antiquity to our own time. Research interests are mainly focused on the cultural, social, political and economic diversity of Western societies, but also expand to the non-western world (notably South East Asia, Africa) and cover issues such as post-colonialism and transnationalism.

Three research groups facilitate interdisciplinary research on themes which are at the heart of current debates in historical disciplines and the wider society. Researchers operate interdisciplinary and international.

  1. 'Sustainable societies: past and present' studies forms and practices, arrangements, cultures and institutions which explain and contribute to the social coherence and sustainability of societies from antiquity to the present. It is unique in its endeavour to lay bare the historical and cultural roots of the present-day relationship between politics, state and society. It addresses explicitly the role of literary, artistic and religious culture in these processes alongside that of the more familiar political institutions.
  2. 'Regions, Networks, Mobility': research in this theme group is based on the idea that money, goods, news, knowledge and beliefs function and become meaningful in networks of exchange within or crossing borders. The complexity of the historical processes involved is addressed interdisciplinary, thereby challenging economic, social, cultural and political historians as well as other researchers in the arts and humanities and beyond to cooperate and develop new and exciting insights and interpretations. The theme is embedded in Groningen's research strength in the history of regions and in the evolving new research area of the circulation of knowledge.
  3. 'Thinking about History and Historical Culture'. The University of Groningen has a long and internationally recognized expertise in the metahistorical reflection of history and culture. The aim of this research group is twofold: to surpass the limits of one single historiographical perspective and to analyze human memory as it manifests itself in (auto-)biographical writing, historical products of individuals or groups that collect, record or write 'their own' history such as game designers, historical novelists and film producers.
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						Testimonial of Master Ambassador Lieke Wouda

    What can I do with all of my historical knowledge and skills I have obtained?

    – Master Ambassador Lieke Wouda
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    After earning my bachelor's degree at the University of Utrecht, I promptly decided that I wanted to further my education. The History Today master's programme was an ideal choice, as it contains information that I did not receive during my bachelor. Namely the answer to one question: what can I do with all of my historical knowledge and skills I have obtained?

    Methodology courses

    This practical aspect is mainly reflected in the programme’s methodology courses. I currently attend two methodological seminars that deal with public history. The seminars focus on converting academic knowledge into understandable and accessible information for the general public. In the History On line lecture, we examine how modern developments in the digital age can offer new platforms for presenting historical knowledge. Here you can study digital projects in museums, as well as teaching materials for schools and websites that make historical knowledge accessible in an innovative way.

    Read more about Lieke Wouda and why she chose to study History Today in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Lieke an e-mail!

						Testimonial of Alumnus Wouter Schelfhorst

    Junior Research Consultant - Meines Holla & Partners

    – Alumnus Wouter Schelfhorst
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    In August 2013, I started a practical placement at Meines Holla & Partners in The Hague, a lobbying and public affairs office that provides a range of public and private parties with advice and support in setting agendas and representing interests. Both parties were happy with the placement and so after a traineeship lasting a year, I stayed on as a Junior Research Consultant.

    My job involves assisting consultants in various lobbying and public affairs processes, acting as a junior advisor on several accounts and conducting research (e.g. political feasibility studies and stakeholder analyses) for current and potential clients.

    I started considering my career options while doing my Bachelor's degree in History. I wanted politics to be part of my career, so I chose the specialization Policy, Administration and Politics as part of my History Today Master's track. I decided to stay in Groningen on account of the broad range of subjects and the possibility of gaining practical experience during a placement.

    The research and writing skills I developed during the Master's track now form the basis of my current duties. In addition, the methodology course units in quantitative policy analysis and interviewing now stand me in good stead during my day-to-day work in the political world of The Hague.

    I work on the cutting edge of politics and industry and for the time being I'm in exactly the right place. The lobbying and public affairs sector suits me down to the ground and I'm very ambitious – I hope to realise my ambitions within this company in the years to come.

						Testimonial of Alumna Keshia Hederman

    Consultant at ECP Platform for the Information Society

    – Alumna Keshia Hederman
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    Studying history was a conscious decision. I was drawn to media and culture and keen to study the lesser known subjects and stories, so I chose Media, Culture and Heritage as my specialist subject.

    I was particularly intrigued by the course units in Visual Culture and Documentation Techniques, which examine the power of imagery and explain how you can tell a visual story. The knowledge I acquired was very useful later on in the programme, while I was researching up-and-coming film culture in North Korea.

    At the moment, I am working as an advisor at ECP Platform for the Information Society, where I mainly concentrate on communication tasks and project management. On graduating, I worked as a researcher at the VPRO television company for a while, preparing various programmes and documentaries behind the scenes.

    The Master's track teaches you how to deal with huge volumes of information. You also develop your capacities for analytical thinking and your writing skills to a very high standard. You learn to think critically, as this is an essential aspect of History. The small scale of Groningen and the friendly atmosphere in the city are what particularly appealed to me. But there's a lot more to it if you study History. I really enjoyed student life and had a terrific time in Groningen!


University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, India, or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more about the OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts .

Research Master

Are you interested in a research oriented career? Please also check our Research Master's Programme of 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.
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Study support

Each degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about any study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor. In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC).