Modern History and International Relations, M.A.

Modern History and International Relations, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The Modern History and International Relations programme offered by the University of Groningen teaches you to carry out independent academic research in the fields of modern history and international relations.


The Modern History and International Relations programme is offered by the University of Groningen. You can take the Master's track in Modern History and International Relations as a track within the Research Master's degree programme in History or the Research Master's degree programme in International Relations.

You will explore recent developments in these fields and study relevant theoretical and methodological backgrounds. You will learn about subjects such as international political economy, the history of cultural identity and European cooperation and integration.

As a student of this programme you work in small groups and are supervised by highly qualified researchers. The programme is closely related to the research carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the N.W. Posthumus Institute.

Job prospects:

After graduation you are well prepared for a career in research at a university or a private or governmental research institute. You can pursue jobs at international organizations and government institutions as well. You can apply for a PhD-position.

Job examples:

  • Research oriented career in International Relations or History
  • International Affairs / Foreign Policy Advisor jobs
  • Investigating Journalism
  • Academic positions


Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Methodology Modern History and International Relations 
  • Research Seminar I 
  • Theory of Modern History and International Relations 
  • Advanced Methodology Modern History 
  • Research Seminar II 
  • Research Seminar III 
  • Themes, Trends & Topics 

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Credits
              120 ECTS
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

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            Academic Requirements

            • BA degree in: History, International Relations, American Studies, Political Studies, Social Sciences
            • Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.
            • Excellent academic record.
            • English language requirements

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                11400 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                2006 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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              Living costs for Groningen

              • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                Living Costs

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