History, M.A. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
24 months
18332 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The History programme at Utrecht University offers you research-based training in history as an academic discipline. We teach you how to do research, and we challenge you to develop your own ideas on topics of your choice. 


The broad range of expertise of our History Department pertains to the following areas of (early) modern history:

  • political history
  • cultural history
  • history of international relations and conflict studies
  • economic and social history

Courses of the History programme at Utrecht University are taught in small groups by first-rate instructors. You will learn advanced research skills whilst developing historical expertise in your specific areas of interest. We will also challenge you to connect your work to ongoing scholarly debates and to reflect on current affairs.

To develop your skills as an independent researcher, you will have the opportunity to pursue a research internship with a variety of professional organisations. You can also choose to spend one semester abroad at a major research university.

Career Prospects

After successful completion of the programme, you are fully qualified to apply for PhD positions. Additionally, you will find that your excellent research skills are also in demand with non-academic public and private organisations. We encourage our students to explore these job opportunities outside academia.

Adoption research shows: role of historians is indispensable in government research. Graduates of the History programme, Yannick Balk and Juul Dreesen, were involved in the realisation of the report on possible abuses in intercountry / foreign adoptions in the past, and the role of the Dutch government and adoption mediators.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals Of Historical Research
  • Research Competencies
  • Methods Of Historical Research
  • Research Seminar
  • History Research Design
  • Research School OGK

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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 research Master’s programme in History if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • You have a strong overall academic record and a clear interest in historical research, shown by having taken at least 45 EC in History at the Bachelor’s level (or equivalent) and high grades in relevant courses.
  • You are able to design, perform, and report on research based on primary or secondary sources, as evidenced by a relevant research paper or Bachelor’s thesis.
  • You have experience locating primary historical sources and analysing them critically, as evidenced in your writing sample and/or motivation letter.
  • You have a proven ability to do independent historical research, which is discussed in your motivation letter and/or clearly evident from your CV.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18332 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18332 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 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.


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