Research course

Historical Studies (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Arts
MA by research

Entry requirements

  1. A completed Bachelor's degree in History or related area
    Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis had to have received a grade of at least 8.0.
  2. A proficiency in English

    In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.

  3. Strong motivation
    You have to be able to demonstrate your motivation for and affinity with international academic research. A selection committee will review evaluate the motivation of each applicant separately.

  4. Letter of recommendation

    We also ask that your BA thesis supervisor (or other relevant teacher) sends us a letter of recommendation by mail.

Months of entry


Course content

Programme overview

The Master's research programme in Historical Studies focuses on building the necessary research skills to explore the topic of your choice. This programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying history, allowing you to build a programme that suits your needs. You will participate in seminars with students from Literary and Cultural studies disciplines, allowing for cross disciplinary exchange.

Teaching takes place in small groups, and students are given personal tutors to help guide them on their research paths. This programme is closely connected to the Research Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, meaning you will work with and be taught by experts in the field. You will also be able to take advantage of Radboud's extensive network, and you are encouraged to find study and research opportunities abroad.

Europe and ‘its worlds’

The programme welcomes students with interest in all fields of historical research, but our own research primarily focuses on Europe and ‘its worlds’, including how Europe interacts with and differs from the rest of the world. Our research follows paths in the full range of periods from antiquity to the present day. All our research is performed in collaboration with scientists from other fields within the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS).

This is a specialisation of the Master's in Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies.

What will you learn?

  • Get a background in the leading perspectives, theories, concepts, paradigm shifts and methodological approaches in the field of humanities
  • Get valuable experience in designing, conducting and presenting your own research
  • Receive thorough preparation for eventual PhD research, including the writing of a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project
  • Build a professional international network

Career prospects

This programme prepares students for a PhD position and an academic career. Graduates from this programme could also find work in a number of different positions:

  • Researcher at a cultural or scientific organisation or research centre
  • (Digital) archivist
  • Assistant of a senior researcher
  • Teacher at an institution for higher education
  • Policy-making official in the fields of culture and science
  • Editor in the field of historical or cultural scholarship
  • Staff member of a publishing company or text agency, usually with regard to scientific, historical or cultural journals
  • Curator of a cultural heritage institution or in the museological sector
  • Consultant for a political party

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 13,728
International students
EU € 2,530 Non EU € 13,728

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 website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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