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Optional Courses (ResMA History)


Students have to follow two optional courses. All courses offered at level 500 and up are applicable as ‘Optional Course’. These include but are not limited to the courses offered by the Institute for History (subject to availability of space). If you opt to take MA-courses of other departments and universities, you will need to submit a request to the Board of Examiners of History beforehand.

For a list of the optional courses offered by the History department, see the Overview of Optional Courses.

It is also possible to do electives abroad or to apply for an internship instead.

Study abroad

If you wish to take optional courses and/or write your thesis abroad, take a look at the options for studying at other universities. For detailed information, contact the coordinator for studying abroad of the Faculty of Humanities, Ms.drs. M.A. Huizinga-Coolen (Europe) or the International Office, Ms. T. Rietdijk (all other options).
If you are planning to write a thesis abroad you can ask permission for dispensation of the Tutorial.


For more information on internships during your Research Master, check the website of the The Humanities Careers Centre. Please note that your internship should be a fulltime position for at least three months (for 10 EC, shorter is possible for less EC). Your internship will need to be supervised by a (assistant/associate) professor within the History department.

Please contact your study advisor, Ms.drs. E.C. Munter to make sure your plans for an internship or study abroad are feasible within your programme.