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Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories

How can historians help tackle problems within organizations? How can historical knowledge and skills detect blind spots in organizations and thereby improve their effectiveness and social impact?

The Master’s track Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories at the University of Groningen prepares you to answer these types of questions about the inner workings of organizations. You are taught how to gain historical insight in long-term problems within organizations and how to solve these, after which you become an expert in using the past to solve current issues. The track is unique in its implementation of historical thinking to all kinds of organizations.

The track focuses on the interconnection of politics and policy, democracy and legitimacy, and on the implementation and legal aspects of policy. You will contribute to solving societal problems by implementing historical knowledge and research by developing Learning Histories. This theory-based but practically applicable method requires the writing of a narrative that reveals certain blind spots within an organization’s past by analysing sources and conducting interviews. During your studies, you will be assigned to an organization to develop and practise these skills in a practical manner.

You can follow this programme both full-time and part-time.

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?
  • A track in Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories with a clear professional and societal relevance
  • An excellent and proven programme that has a distinctive methodology – learning history – at its heart, which enables you to apply historical knowledge and methods to analysing organizational processes
  • A clear focus on contemporary developments in the field of politics, policies and (non) profit organizations
  • A unique focus on employability with courses on methods and professiona
Programme

The core of this track is the course Learning History and Organization, in which lecturers and external experts instruct you how to translate historical knowledge into a tool to analyse organizations. As part of this unique course you will complete an assignment for an organization or company to gain first-hand working experience. You will write a proposal on the basis of a learning history-approach.

The course Masterclass is also characteristic of the track, as it trains you in various practical skills, such as grant writing and project management, in preparation of entering the job market.

You will also choose a number of methodological courses to enhance your historical skills, such as Quantitative Analysis, Organizational Sociology and Public Law, or Digital History. Furthermore, you will develop these skills by taking a Research Seminar, which offers an in-depth analysis of a specific topic. The list of research seminars to choose from links to the expertise of the lecturers and varies each year. All courses, but specifically Learning Histories, the research seminar and the methodological courses, prepare you for the final part of the programme. You will either write a Master Thesis on a historical subject or conduct a Master Project, in which you apply historical research by writing a learning history for an organization related to politics and policy.

Semesters
CoursesCourse Catalog >1a1b2a2b
Historical Methods: Organizational Sociology & Public Law (5 EC)
Masterclass I (5 EC)
Research Seminar (10 EC)
Historical Methods: Quantitative Analysis (5 EC)
Masterclass II (5 EC)
Historical Methods: Quantitative Analysis (5 EC)
Learning History and Organisation (10 EC)
MA thesis History (20 EC)
Programme options
Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's track, you can do a placement–as an extra course–for 10 ECTS credit points.

This placement offers you the opportunity to gain work experience and provides insight into the labour market. You can do a placement at an institution, organization or company in or outside the Netherlands. It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the placement coordinators can help with this where possible.

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

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Admission requirements

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previous education

Students with the following academic background are admissible to this Master's track:

  • A Bachelor's degree in History
  • A Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen, who have successfully completed the Minor in History (max. 30 ECTS)
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). 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 August 202401 September 2024
15 January 202501 February 2025
15 August 202501 September 2025
EU/EEA students01 May 202401 September 2024
15 October 202401 February 2025
01 May 202501 September 2025
15 October 202501 February 2026
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202401 September 2024
15 October 202401 February 2025
01 May 202501 September 2025
15 October 202501 February 2026

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Students with the following academic background are admissible to this Master's track:

  • A Bachelor's degree in History
  • A Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen, who have successfully completed the Minor in History (max. 30 ECTS)
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). 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 August 202401 September 2024
15 January 202501 February 2025
15 August 202501 September 2025
EU/EEA students01 May 202401 September 2024
15 October 202401 February 2025
01 May 202501 September 2025
15 October 202501 February 2026
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202401 September 2024
15 October 202401 February 2025
01 May 202501 September 2025
15 October 202501 February 2026
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2023-2024€ 2314full-time
non-EU/EEA2023-2024€ 16000full-time
EU/EEA2024-2025€ 2530full-time
non-EU/EEA2024-2025€ 18700full-time

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After your studies

Job prospects

On completing the Master's track Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories, you are equipped with academic and professional knowledge and skills that are required to work for institutions and (non) profit organizations in the public domain. In addition to being able to apply a distinctive methodological know-how in historical research and methods, our graduates are able to implement their expert knowledge in everyday working environments. The Master's track provides you with the expertise and tools to find positions within administrative bodies, (semi) public institutions etc., giving you a clear advantage on the job market.

Job examples

  • Policy advisor
  • Communication advisor
  • Journalist or editor
  • (Historical) advisor or researcher
  • Political strategist
  • Teacher
Research

Research in the Department of History covers the earliest human history to the present, focusing on regions from a global perspective. The international staff are all involved in teaching the Master’s track Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories, offering you the possibility to specialize in a wide range of topics, and are often involved in the field of politics and policies as well. The track is grounded in long-term research on the way in which organizations can learn from the past to prepare for the future through history (story) telling. This research-driven approach to teaching is exemplified by Rik Peter’s Learning Histories. Getting a grip on your organizational culture (2023), which brings together more than twenty years of experience with this method. You can find more information on the webpages about staff members and their research and about the activities of the Research Centre for Historical Studies.

This wide-ranging expertise of our staff allows students to choose their own thesis subjects on historical topics ranging from international political developments to business histories. It is also possible to conduct a research project, of which recent examples are analyses of the reinvention of the relation between citizen and government by the Dutch Tax Administration (1980-2010), the ethical implications of the use of artificial intelligence by the Dutch Railways, or the Groningen’s District Policies (1970-2015).

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Contact

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  • Dr. Rik Peters (programme coordinator)
    Email: r.g.p.peters rug.nl
  • Drs. Bob van der Borg (studieadviseur / study advisor)
    Email: studieadviesgeschiedenis rug.nl
  • Drs. Hidde de Haas (studieadviseur / study advisor)
    Email: studieadviesgeschiedenis rug.nl
  • Matthew Squire (Student Ambassador)
    Email: m.o.squire student.rug.nl
  • Admission Office (Contact form)
    Telephone: +31-(0)50 363 8976

University of Groningen Orange Tulip Scholarship/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts

Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Russia, 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.
The association organizes a broad set of activities year-round. These can vary from social, study related, career or even activities that focus on all together. Not only this, but you can also get a nice discount on all your study books if you order them through us. The organization of the activities lies, for the main part, with the 17 committees that Ubbo has. There is for example the Career Committee, the Party Committee, the Travel Committee and the list goes on. All in all being a member of Ubbo is a great addition to your time as a student! For a full overview of who we are and what we do, you can take a look on our website or social media.
https://www.ubbo-emmius.nl/home
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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).