Research course

Historical Studies (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Arts
MA by research

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

Our views of events in the past shape and give meaning to the present. 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. We also recognise that to properly transform our interpretations, we have to look beyond borders and beyond our own discipline. That is why our programme has an international element and a connection to the other humanities. You’ll gain insight into general humanities methods and theories as well as those specific for historical studies. This will greatly benefit your own research and future contributions to scholarly and social debates.

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.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

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