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.
What can I do with all of my historical knowledge and skills I have obtained?
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?
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.
Junior Research Consultant - Meines Holla & Partners
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.
Consultant at ECP Platform for the Information Society
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!
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.