12 months
17500 EUR/year
2209 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 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 cultural 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.


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
  • 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

This is a selective Master's. 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

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 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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