Radboud University

Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
Whether you are interested in the ancient world, political history or religious history; the Research Master’s programme in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies offers something for each and everyone. There are three Master’s specialisations: Historical Studies, Literary Studies or Art and Visual Culture. Each programme has their own focus. Historical Studies focuses mainly on the visual and material culture from the Antiquity. Literary studies focuses on classical and modern languages like German, Spanish, French and English. Art and Visual culture focuses on visual and material culture from Antiquity to the present.

About

Whether it is the history of Europe or the ancient world, the development of modern European literature or political history, religious history or the art of Rome that fascinates you, the Research Master's specialisations are an excellent choice for talented students who want to prepare themselves for an international academic career. The space we offer within the Master's specialisations for research and studies at home and abroad allows you to put together a training programme that perfectly meets your wishes and expectations.

Specialisations

Within the Master's programme in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, you can choose from the following English-taught specialisations:

  • Historical Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Art and Visual Culture

The courses include not only specialised courses, but also shared interdisciplinary courses focusing on the methodology and theory of research within humanities. These courses will encourage you to expand your research ideas and adopt an independent and interdisciplinary perspective on current philosophical and methodological issues in the humanities. One specific course is dedicated to debates concerning the societal relevance of the humanities. Historical Studies focuses mainly on the visual and material culture from the Antiquity. Literary studies focuses on classical and modern languages like German, Spanish, French and English. Art and Visual culture focuses on visual and material culture from Antiquity to the present.

High quality Master’s thesis

The final result of your studies in Nijmegen will be a high quality Master's thesis based on your own research and written under the close supervision of your tutor. The HLCS institute encourages its students to publish results of their thesis in respected academic periodicals as a further stepping stone for their careers. These Research Master's specialisations are internationally recognised and open the way to a career as a PhD researcher.

Personally guided and close interaction

The HLCS institute greatly values the close interaction between students and top researchers, which is why our courses are open only to small numbers of students working under the supervision of experienced professors. At the start of the first year, you will choose a tutor (always an excellent researcher with relevant expertise) who will personally guide your development as a specialist in your field. Regular meetings with your tutor will ensure the steady increase of your academic skills. They will also offer the opportunity to exchange research ideas at an advanced level. Your tutor will help you apply for international funding to support research trips and the attendance of conferences, as well as guide the preparation of your PhD proposal, which is an integral part of the course programme.

Programme Structure

The three Master's degree specialisations each contain different courses with a considerable amount of space for students to choose courses that fit their specific needs. All three specialisations have a similar structure which contains the following elements:

·HLCS-A: Theory of scientific research in Humanities 5.0 EC

·HLCS-B: Methods and Techniques in Humanities 5.0 EC

·HLCS-C: Contemporary Debates in Humanities 5.0 EC

·HLCS-D: Academic Writing. 5.0 EC

·HLCS-E: Key Texts for Humanities 5.0 EC

·Research seminar 5.0 EC

·Research paper and proposal 5.0 EC

·Master's thesis and colloquium 25.0 EC

·Plus disciplinary courses and research stay/internship abroad 55.0 EC

Audience

Historical Studies

This Master's specialisation is intended to prepare its students for an academic career, in first instance as a PhD researcher in the Netherlands or abroad. Every year, various research institutes and university history departments have vacancies for young PhD candidates and, after the completion of a PhD, a variety of postdoc positions. Nijmegen has, through theIRUN network, formal partnerships with the universities of a.o. Barcelona, Duisburg-Essen, Glasgow, Ljubljana, Münster, Poitiers and Siena, and in addition there is a variety of more informal links with history departments in Europe, Asia (especially China and Taiwan), and the US through the professional networks of various members of staff. Many of the Nijmegen graduates have managed to obtain posts at an international institution. The intensive interdisciplinary training of Nijmegen graduates, furthermore, prepares alumni well to jobs in politics education, journalism or business.

During the course, the thesis supervisor will regularly meet with students under his or her supervision to discuss their career prospects. Additional attention will be given to career opportunities within the national research institutes associated with the Research Master's programme.

Literary Studies

This Master's degree is an excellent stepping stone towards an international scientific career. During the course of the specialisation, you will become familiar with national and international research organisations and networks, like the Nijmegen Research Institute for Historical Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS), the Huygens Institute, Huizinga Institute for Cultural History, and the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies. Moreover, the published article written during your studies, along with the combination of interdisciplinary and disciplinary training will thoroughly equip you for a career in scientific research.

Art and Visual Culture

The Research Master's is specifically intended to prepare you for an international career as a researcher in Art History, Visual Culture and Classical Archaeology. The curriculum trains you for a PhD thesis as well as for a career in which scientific research is essential. Our students go on to become PhD candidates or researchers at institutes for art history and cultural heritage or for example are working in cultural management or as editors of art historical or cultural periodicals, and as curators in museums. Nijmegen has, through theIRUN network, formal partnerships with the universities of a.o. Barcelona, Duisburg-Essen, Glasgow, Ljubljana, Münster, Poitiers and Siena, and in addition there is a variety of more informal links with Art History departments and museums in Europe and the US through the professional networks of various members of staff. Many of the Nijmegen graduates have managed to obtain posts at an international institution.

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

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    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

1. The equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in

  • Historical Studies:
  • Literary Studies:
  • Art and Visual Culture
  • ... or related discipline

2. Grade average

Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies was at least a 7.5 and your BA thesis received a grade of at least 8.0.

3. A proficiency in English

  • TOEFL score of >250 (computer based)
  • ILTS score of >7.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of at least C

4. Strong motivation

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9879 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9879 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Nijmegen

  • 880 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website. 

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Funds

Students who receive either the Radboud Scholarship or the Orange Tulip Scholarship are eligible for an additional grant to assist with study costs. The grant consists of 2,500 euros paid in 10 instalments throughout the year.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

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