24 months
16000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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During the Research Master's programme in Historical Studies (Research) at Radboud University you’ll learn how to use current conceptual tools and techniques for organising historical evidence as well as how to sift through and analyse a large number of important primary and secondary sources for your research. This programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying history.

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Programme overview

The Master's research programme in Historical Studies focuses on building the necessary research skills to explore the topic of your choice. This programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying history, allowing you to build a programme that suits your needs. You will participate in seminars with students from Literary and Cultural studies disciplines, allowing for cross disciplinary exchange.

Teaching takes place in small groups, and students are given personal tutors to help guide them on their research paths. This programme is closely connected to the Research Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, meaning you will work with and be taught by experts in the field. You will also be able to take advantage of Radboud's extensive network, and you are encouraged to find study and research opportunities abroad.

What will you learn?

  • Get a background in the leading perspectives, theories, concepts, paradigm shifts and methodological approaches in the field of humanities
  • Get valuable experience in designing, conducting and presenting your own research
  • Receive thorough preparation for eventual PhD research, including the writing of a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project

  • Build a professional international network

Career prospects

This programme prepares students for a PhD position and an academic career. Graduates from this programme could also find work in a number of different positions:

  • Researcher at a cultural or scientific organisation or research centre
  • (Digital) archivist
  • Assistant of a senior researcher
  • Teacher at an institution for higher education
  • Policy-making official in the fields of culture and science
  • Editor in the field of historical or cultural scholarship
  • Staff member of a publishing company or text agency, usually with regard to scientific, historical or cultural journals
  • Curator of a cultural heritage institution or in the museological sector
  • Consultant for a political party

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories and Theoreticians in the Humanities
  • International Historical Research: Violence in History
  • Methods and Techniques in Humanities
  • Contemporary Debates in the Humanities
  • Sources of Historical Research
  • Key Research in Historical Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the Master's specialisation also partly depends on an individual interview to be conducted with the candidate.
  • The Admission Board has the authority to impose additional admission requirements.
  • In principle, it is possible to gain admission to the Research Master's with qualifications other than those outlined on this page, subject to the discretion of the Admission Board. So, if you have a Bachelor's degree that is comparable in content and methodology, as well as meeting all of the other requirements, you may send a well-motivated request for admission to the admission officer.
  • Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed Bachelor's degree from a Research University in History or related area. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted.
  • Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis had to have received a grade of at least 8.0.
  • Strong motivationYou have to be able to demonstrate your motivation for and affinity with international academic research. A selection committee will evaluate the motivation of each applicant separately.
  • Letter of reference
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

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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