12 months
17280 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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In the Cultural History of Modern Europe programme at Utrecht University we examine the role of culture in shaping past and present. We explore what culture is. We learn about the history of ideas and social practices, study how people use history today, apply cultural theories, and explore the formation of social identities and heritage.

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Skilled Teachers

The historians in the Cultural History of Modern Europe  programme at Utrecht University  are specialists in the fields of empire, public history, race, media history, history of the body, intellectual history, heritage studies and digital humanities. We bring our academic expertise into classroom discussions.

Explore cultural history

The scope of the programme is Europe in a global setting. We use transnational and comparative approaches to our topics. We ensure there is a balance between the theory and practice of cultural history and heritage through the combination of courses, internships, and thesis. 

Putting theory into practice

Some choose internships at leading cultural history institutions while others select research-based internships working on cutting-edge projects with Utrecht researchers. Whichever option you choose, you will experience the challenges of being a historian in a changing society. Your internship experience should be connected to the research you do for your thesis, which is the product of a rigorous and rewarding process.

Students emerge from the program with skills in history, in analysis and writing, and with professional work experience. Our attention to public history and heritage has helped many graduates find jobs in these fields. Other students put our training to good use in a variety of fields from foreign policy and diplomatic work to journalism.

Why Study Cultural History of Modern Europe in Utrecht?

  • Utrecht has one of the most rigorous, and cutting-edge programmes in cultural history in Europe.
  • The programme pays attention to the role of the past in the present and uses theories from cultural history to critically evaluate public history and heritage.
  • The programme features rewarding domestic and international internships. Students select internships in institutions for public history and heritage or placements in university research centers and projects. They can also opt for a semester abroad.
  • Students receive personal academic advice and guidance throughout their studies.
  • Our lecturers are skilled teachers who produce groundbreaking work in cultural history, public history and heritage, and in the fields of digital humanities. Several are engaged public historians.
  • We work with you to find sources and material that fascinate you, teach you how to analyse them critically, and produce new knowledge about society that is relevant and meaningful.
  • Our cultural career seminar features alumni who now work in journalism, museums, and governmental agencies, or who have founded their own startup companies. They share their experiences of moving from the masters in cultural history and their working lives. The Career Services bureau also offers targeted workshops to guide students through finding a career after their studies.


Our graduates have socially relevant expertise at an academic level, applicable in areas such as cultural policy (municipal, regional, national, and European), journalism, media organisations, public history, the museum sector, the culture industry, the non-profit sector in general, and education. You may also combine this Master’s programme with a programme to become a grade-one history teacher.

Students who want to continue with a PhD programme after their Master’s degree might consider doing a Research Master (in History) at Utrecht University. However, several graduates of the Master’s programme in Cultural History have found PhD positions.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding Culture in the Modern World: Theoretical Perspectives 
  • Public History, Memory and World Heritage. Toward a Participatory Historical Culture 
  • Research Seminar Cultural History
  • Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Heritage
  • Heritage and Identity
  • Infrastructure of Historical Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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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 Cultural History of Modern Europe if you have a Bachelor’s degree in history or any associated discipline and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • You have a demonstrable interest in cultural history, heritage, public history, or cultural issues in modern society.
  • You are interested in the use and application of theories and concepts in cultural history and show evidence of analytic ability in history or cultural studies.
  • You are able to design and conduct historical research and have strong reading and writing skills.
  • You possess initiative and good communicative and cooperative skills.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17280 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2168 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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