History of Politics and Society, M.A. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
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History of Politics and Society

12 months
18332 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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The History of Politics and Society programme at Utrecht University provides you with a thorough understanding of the historical roots of the most important political and societal issues that politicians, journalists and policy makers are concerned with today.


You will study the historical development of democracy, civil society, citizenship, and economic inequality in an international comparative perspective. The History of Politics and Society programme at Utrecht University  focuses largely on the 19th and 20th centuries and has an interdisciplinary approach: you will combine historical research with concepts and explanations derived from the social sciences.

As a student you will develop new academic skills and perspectives: you will learn how to use comparative research methods and how to analyse long-term developments. Through internships, trainings and engaged supervision, the Master’s programme also offers a good preparation for the labour market. In this way we train you as a historian able to use knowledge of the past to help explain and solve current-day issues.


There are a number of job market segments where there is a need for people who can tie together the past, present, and future: employees who help shape the future by providing insight into the origins of contemporary society. For example:

  • Policy makers in the public sector (national government and lower levels) or at semi-public organisations: employees who can advise on issues such as political structures, social relationships, and economic developments.
  • Researchers and consultants at important consultation bureaus in these fields, such as the Netherlands Institute for Social Research or the Scientific Council for Government Policy, or parliamentary assistants for political parties.
  • Research journalists and consultants in media- or business communities, with an eye to social issues and socially responsible entrepreneurship.

Academic Careers 

In principle, graduates of the Master’s programme History of Politics and Society are eligible to apply for a PhD position at a Dutch or foreign university, but the programme does not train candidates specifically for this purpose. Students who aim for such a career may be better off choosing the Research Master’s in History.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cities, States, and Citizenship 
  • Toolbox for Comparative Historical Research 
  • Challenges of the Welfare State
  • Themes in the History of Politics and Society
  • Civil Society in the 19th and 20th century 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in History of Politics in Society if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • You have a verifiable interest in political and societal issues. This is demonstrated by your CV and extracurricular activities. 
  • You are able to analyse and understand complex political and societal situations and processes based on your knowledge of political, social or economic history and your acquaintance with relevant concepts and theories used in these fields. 
  • You are able to design and perform historical research using analytical and methodological skills acquired during your Bachelor’s, and you possess good reading and writing skills. 
  • You possess initiative and good communicative and cooperative skills. This is demonstrated by your CV, extracurricular activitiies

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18332 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18332 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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