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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

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.

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
Programme options
History Today (track)

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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 developmentThe master offers three specializations:* History and Heritage Consultancy* Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories* Un / sustainable Societies : Past, Present and FutureIn 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)

More information about this option

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.

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

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
HistoryUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: 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). 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.

other admission requirements

From 1 September 2021, you may start your pre-Master's or Master's degree programme at the Faculty of Arts during the final phase of your Bachelor's or pre-Master's programme, respectively, if you have not yet fully completed this stage of your education, subject to conditions. This is so that you can make a start on course units in your subsequent degree programme and minimize your study delay. However, there are conditions attached to the relaxation of this rule.  Read more about the Relaxation of the Bachelor's-before-Master's rule ('Zachte knip'), 2021-2022

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 January 202201 February 2022
01 May 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students15 October 202101 February 2022
01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202101 February 2022
01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Additional requirements English: 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). 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.

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 January 202201 February 2022
01 May 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students15 October 202101 February 2022
01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202101 February 2022
01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 13216full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

After completing the Master's programme, you are able to think in a critical and problem-oriented way. You can process a large amount of information and present the outcomes with great clarity. Many historians find work in journalism, museums, at cultural organizations or in publishing. They can go into politics as well, or find jobs in governmental organizations or in business.

Job examples

  • Journalist
  • Policy advisor
  • Officer European Parliament
  • Policy Officer
  • Head of educational services at a cultural institution
  • Teacher
  • Communications Advisor
  • Editor and journalist in various media
  • Departmental director in an educational or cultural institution
  • Researcher
  • Manager in a business
  • Curator at a cultural institution
  • Advisor to businesses or government
  • Co-ordinator in education, events and so forth
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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    – 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.

    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 programme 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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    Junior Research Consultant - Meines Holla & Partners

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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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    International Programmes Officer

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    The practical Master's track History Today gives you a realistic idea of your options with a degree later on. This was a great help to me. The University of Groningen was a great place to do a Bachelor's degree in History so I decided to stay there for my Master's degree.

    One of the electives in this programme is the methodology course unit Life stories. You learn how to conduct an in-depth interview and write a compelling biography. The lectures are extremely useful as you have practical assignments and a lot of attention is paid to feedback. This was a great help in terms of my own personal development. In addition to this course unit, I also took the 'Dutch Travellers in Europe' research course unit, which was very interesting. It's all about how Dutch travellers saw other countries and populations, and what they wrote about them. The course unit dovetailed nicely with the subject of my thesis, 'Dutch travellers in Scotland in the nineteenth century.'

    On graduating, I worked at the Huygens Institute for Dutch History as a research assistant. I then took a job as a teacher, tutoring school pupils in history in the run-up to their final exams. At the moment, I'm working as an International Programmes Officer at Leiden University. I work in the Admissions department, where one of my tasks is to assess applications from international students.

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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

Ubbo Emmius is the study association of the History department at the University of Groningen.
Ubbo Emmius is an association in which leisure activities and professional events are combined. GHD Ubbo Emmius has set up a career committee in order to advise and inform its members in the field of study, internships and professions. Each year this committee organizes two trips to institutes or companies, such as the European Parliament in Brussels. In addition, every year a career conference is organized with speakers of different fields and alumni who can familiarize history students with their life after graduation.
https://www.ubbo-emmius.nl/home
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Study support

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, 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), for example on study stress and holding presentations.