24 months
14762 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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The Humanities Research - Global History programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is a specialization of the Humanities Research Master, aimed at talented students who are exceptionally motivated to develop their skills in the field of historical research. It prepares students for a research career in history, or for other research-intensive careers.

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In the Humanities Research - Global History programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will learn to investigate the dynamics and long-term developments of the global interconnection of goods, ideas and people, and the role of power, religion and affects in such constellations. 

In research-intensive courses you will collaborate with renowned researchers and research groups in the fields of migration studies, the history of capitalism, knowledge and religion, material culture and heritage, emotions and senses, and environmental humanities. 

The distinguishing characteristic of the programme is an interdisciplinary perspective that includes concepts and methodologies from the social sciences, philosophy and law. The programme also offers students the possibility to explore and train skills in digital analysis and reflect on the possibilities of the emerging digital humanities techniques, and e-Humanities approaches. 

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a thorough training programme, with individual guidance by excellent and committed supervisors. You are encouraged to make use of the staff’s intensive networks with heritage and research institutions, governmental organizations and NGO’s (e.g. UNESCO), and business partners (banks, creative industries), to set up embedded research projects which may act as a stepping stone for the next step in your career. 

The Global History programme offers a dynamic international context where students from the Netherlands, and from abroad, exchange views, experiences and historical research questions. Visits to other universities abroad for a research period up to 3 months, are encouraged, with financial support from the Graduate school of Humanities.

Career Prospects

  • Your most likely prospect after completing your research master’s degree program is to set up your own research as a PhD student. This involves attracting funding, carrying out research under the guidance of a supervisor, and writing a PhD thesis on the subject.  The Humanities Research Master’s Programme offers an excellent training for an academic career. 
  • In our research design courses you will learn to develop your research skills, construct research proposals for national or European science foundations, and to apply for international research funds.  

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • History Courses 
  • Humanities Core Modules
  • Humanities connected
  • National research schools 
  • Individual study programme

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Global History research master's programme is aimed at talented students who are exceptionally motivated to be trained in academic methods in the field of history. To be admitted to the programme, the student should have a bachelor’s degree in history, European studies, anthropology, political sciences, cultural studies, or a related academic degree. 
  • The student should also have a proficient level of academic English, proof of excellent study results and clear motivation for doing academic research.The research master's degree programme is aimed at the talented student who is exceptionally motivated to train in academic methods in the field of history. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14762 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14762 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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