12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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In this History - Religion and Society MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will learn about the historical relations between religion and society.


The MA History - Religion and Society from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  focusses on understanding the changing role of religion(s) in society from Antiquity until the present. You will explore questions such as:

  • How has the relationship between religion, politics and society changed over time?
  • How can we understand the gradual separation of Church and State and new forms of worship, dissent and devotion that have developed since the western Middle Ages?
  • What has been the impact of broader processes such as secularisation, globalisation and colonialism?

Entering the job market

A master’s title in History makes you an attractive employment prospect because you have broad-based knowledge and have developed an analytical way of reading and writing. Among other areas, you could work for government institutions, business or international institutions. Many historians opt for a policy or political career, or a job in the field of journalism and media. In addition, after a further specialised year of master’s courses, you could find a position in teaching or research. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • From Source to Public: The Historian's Flowchart
  • Key Works in Contemporary Historical Thought
  • Slavery, Abolition and Compensation in the Dutch Colonies in the West and in the East
  • History and Theory
  • From Constantine to Muhammad: Religion and Society in Late Antiquity
  • Specialisation Tutorial Master History
  • Master Thesis Colloquium History
  • Master Thesis History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 
  • To qualify for the Master’s programme, you must have a Bachelor's degree from an officially recognised research university, including a minimum of three years of full-time academic studies with at least 180 ECTS or the equivalent.
  • The Master’s programme in History is for students with an academic Bachelor’s degree in History. You may also qualify if you have an academic Bachelor’s degree in another discipline of the Humanities (e.g. Theology, Philosophy) or in Anthropology or Sociology, if you have a major or specialisation equal to a minimum of 30 ECTS in History courses.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 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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