Taught course

Cultural History of Modern Europe

Utrecht University · Humanities

Entry requirements

Cultural History of Modern Europe is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore Europe’s history and culture from a global perspective

In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Our programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks.

The programme content focuses on theories of modern cultural history, global perspectives on European civilisation, the politics of heritage and cultural memory, aspects of transnational history and postcolonial culture, global practices of citizenship, and the development of career-oriented academic competencies. We begin by looking at contemporary problems and discussions.

This programme offers an English track and a Dutch track. The modules offered in these tracks are the same – only the language of instruction differs.

Why study in Utrecht?

  • You will benefit from a unique cultural-historical approach to globalisation that will equip you with interdisciplinary knowledge and tools for analysis.
  • The programme offers you a choice of (international) internships and the opportunity to study abroad, helping you to expand your networks and gain valuable workplace experience.
  • You will learn from lecturers who are motivated, experienced, and internationally recognised as experts in their fields.
  • You will receive personal help and supervision throughout your studies.


The part-time option allows you to complete the full-time programme over two years instead of one.

After graduation

After graduating from the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will:

  • Have the skills and knowledge to analyse and understand processes of identity formation in their cultural-historical context.
  • Be equipped with the tools to analyse the relationship between material facts and cultural constructs, between historical sources and folk tales, and between history, memories, and heritage.
  • Have a global perspective and understand how European cultural-historical developments relate to the rest of the world.
  • Understand the cultural-historical backgrounds of contemporary culturally diverse societies.
  • Be prepared for a profession that involves a combination of theoretical reflection and analytical and communicative skills.

Career prospects

Graduates from our programme have found jobs in museums and heritage organisations, as well as in the field of (secondary) education. Read more about possible career prospects.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
Statutory fee - fulltime 2017-2018: € 2,006 (NL/EU)
International students
Institutional fee 2017-2018: € 15,167 (non EU/EEA)

Visit our website for more information about: Tuition fees and Financial Support.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Vera Rademaker