Research course

Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies

Radboud University · Faculty of Arts
MA by research

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

Radboud University offers three research Master’s programmes in the field of Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies. All three research Master’s underscore the theoretical and methodological aspects of the humanities in order to contribute to academic depth, interdisciplinarity and future flexibility that extends beyond a single field.

These programmes will prepare you to conduct original research in which you consider complex problems with a multidisciplinary outlook. It’s an indispensable stepping stone for students wanting to pursue an academic career as many of our graduates go on to become PhD candidates.

Connected programmes

The following three research Master’s are closely related and offer the student a coherent Master’s in which the different disciplines are interlinked as well as presenting the individual specialised disciplines:

The research Master’s in Art and Visual Culture studies the relationship between art, the past and the present from various angles, including the interpretation of the cultural contexts of visual expressions and their transformations throughout the ages up to now.

The research Master’s in Historical Studies brings historians together with literary, art and cultural scientists to construct critical histories of both the past and the present. We recognise that historical enquiry has important transformative potential on not just our ideas about the past but also on present day societies.

The research Master’s in Literary Studies will teach you how to approach historical and contemporary texts from an international perspective, as well as how to examine the current societal significance of literature. By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to discuss literary texts and scholarly approaches with other scholars at the highest academic level.

Why study a research Master’s in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University?

  • The combination of these fields within the humanities encourages you to look at your field from different perspectives.
  • The diversity of our teaching and research staff will allow you to specialise in almost any subject and you can tailor our programme to meet your academic and professional interests. Research training at a renowned institute, often abroad, forms part of the curriculum.
  • All three Master’s are imbedded in the Research Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS). All their research is connected to the theme of ‘Europe and its worlds’. At the core lies the question of how Europe differs from the rest of the world and how it interacts with other worlds. The basic belief is that Europe only acquires its meanings in relation to other worlds. More precisely, Europe's identities result from its interaction with other cultures.
  • These research programmes will prepare you for PhD research as your training includes the writing of a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project.
  • You’ll participate in group-oriented education and be part of a small, select group of highly motivated national and international students.
  • A tutor – always a senior researcher – will personally guide your development as a specialist in your field. He/she will give you advice on how to tailor our programme to best suit your interests, act as a sounding board for your research ideas, and help you make the right connections in the academic world.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

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