- 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.
- Proficiency in English
In order to take part in this specialisation, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥100 (internet based)
- A IELTS score of ≥7.0
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
- 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.
- Letter of recommendation
We also ask that your BA thesis supervisor (or other relevant teacher) sends us a letter of recommendation by mail.
* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.
Months of entry
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). We are joined in thirteen themed research groups.
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
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
To apply for this course, please contact us by e-mail.
Learn more via the Radboud University contact form.
Fees and 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 (€2,143). 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 (€2,143). 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.
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.
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.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- MA by research
- full time24 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
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