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History Today

History Today is a socially oriented Master's programme that teaches you to examine the past in the light of the present, and gives you an understanding of topical issues in a historical perspective.

The emphasis on applying history at an academic level is what makes this one-year Master's programme in Groningen unique. Would you like to learn to compile a historically accurate exhibition, write someone's life history, conduct quantitative or archive research or analyse image culture? The choice is yours! Explore the use of digital techniques in research and public presentations. Or learn to see the consequences of change in organizations and companies in terms of their historical development.

The Master's programme offers three professionally oriented specializations: History for the Media, Culture and Heritage Sector, History for Policy, Administration and Politics and History for Teaching and Education - each with an appropriate placement. Developing your profile (thematic, chronological or regional) is also part of the programme.

The research seminars, given by specialized lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad, provide extra depth.

You can graduate by writing a thesis, but also, for example, by compiling an exhibition (or exhibition plan), conducting an organization study, developing a website or writing a script for a documentary.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in History
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66034
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Unique: emphasis on applying historical knowledge and methodology at an academic level
  • Specializations to prepare for the professional field, including placement.
  • Diverse teaching methods (research seminar, History Online workshop, placement, special graduation projects)
  • Tailor-made: design your own programme
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
History Colloquium: The Past in the Present (5 EC, optional)
Master's work placement History (10 EC, optional)
Two classes Historial Methods: Archives and Internet, Visual Culture, Documentary, Museum, Quantative Analysis, Life Histories (10 EC, optional)
Two research classes History (20 EC)
Learning History and Organisation (10 EC, optional)
MA thesis History (20 EC)
Programme options
History for the Media, Culture and Heritage Sector, with appropriate placement (specialization)

Professionally oriented specialization that prepares you for a career or follow-on degree/traineeship in a museum or archive, the cultural sector or the media.

In preparation for your placement, you choose 1 or more appropriate methodology course units from a range that includes Oral History, Archives & Internet, Visual Culture or Documentary, Museum and Exhibition. For information about placements, see the Arts Mobility Office web page. After a placement in a museum or cultural organization, some students compile an exhibition as their graduation project. The History Online workshop is another alternative, which explores the wealth of new digital sources for historical research. Research seminars allow you to develop your individual profile. History offers a wide choice of subjects and periods, or you can opt for one of the regional-based course units, such as Central and Eastern European Studies (MOES: www.rug.nl/let/moes), Asian Studies or American Studies.

History for Policy, Administration and Politics, with appropriate placement (specialization)

Professionally oriented specialization that prepares you for a career or follow-on degree/traineeship in a social organization, company, politics or government.

In preparation for your placement, you choose 1 or more appropriate methodology course units from a range that includes Oral History. 'Learning History and Organization' is another interesting course unit; you spend time working in an organization or company applying a collective learning method for learning about the history of organizations or partnerships. Ideally, this should be combined with the methodology course units Oral History and Quantitative Analysis. Research seminars allow you to develop your profile in History for Policy, Administration and Politics, or you can choose from a number of regional-based course units, such as Central and Eastern European Studies.

History for Teaching and Education (specialization)

Professionally oriented specialization that prepares you for a career in the education sector or as a teacher

If you are interested in this specialization, you have several options. You can choose a 'light version': the one-year Master's programme in History Today, with a placement in the education sector for example. For a more extensive training with a greater focus on education, you can opt for a one-year Master of Arts in History Teaching after the regular History Today programme. Alternatively, you can choose the two-year Master of Arts in History Teaching (http://www.rug.nl/masters/history-teacher-training/). In the first year, you follow the History Today programme, but without the placement.

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 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

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 86 (with a minimum of 20 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1). 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 https://www.formdesk.com/rug/let-ma-history 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 60 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).

Registration procedure

Please use this step-by-step guide https://www.formdesk.com/rug/let-ma-history for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 January 202001 February 2020
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-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
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
Research

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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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme History Today, please contact:

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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.

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						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.

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						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!

     

     

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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

GHD Ubbo Emmius is the study association for students of history at the University of Groningen. Ubbo Emmius offers both study related assistance and organises extracurricular activities (both leisure and study related).
Members of Ubbo Emmius get discounts on textbooks and organised events. Also, Ubbo is a great way to meet your fellow history students outside of the lecture hall. On top of that, it is possible to become a member of one (or several) of our committees. Or you can apply for a position on the board! Doing this will give you an insight in managing a study association, such as organising lectures or career events.
https://www.ubbo-emmius.nl/
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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).