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Year 1 & 2

Please note that starting the Research Master in the spring semester (February) will mean that the programme is followed in a different order. We strongly advise students to set up their studyplan in consultation with the coordinator of studies before the start of the programme.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Year 1

Literature Seminar

Subverting Empire 10
New Imperial and Global History? Current Debates and Approaches 10

Research Seminar

Early Modern Encounters: Money, Migration, Microbes 10
The Invisible Hand. Colonial Collections Revisited 10
Treasures of the Sea: New Perspectives on Maritime History and Maritime Archeology 10
The State in Africa 10
Migrants, Criminals and Exiles: Urban Practices and Effects of Mobility, Containment and Exile, 1650-1900 10
Violent Transformation: The Decolonization War in Indonesia, 1945-1950 10
Institutions in World History: The State, Trade and Empire, 1500-1800 10
Connecting Dreams: Europe in Africa, Africa in Europe 10
Imagining the Spanish Empire in Spain and the Americas 10
Culture and Conquest: the Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants 10

Compulsory Courses

Historical Theory (ResMA History) 10
Tutorial (ResMA History) 10
Research Schools Courses (ResMA History) 10

Year 2

Optional Courses (20 EC)

Optional Courses (ResMA History) 10

ResMA Thesis

ResMA Thesis History 40

More info


The programme has the following objectives:

  1. To broaden and deepen the students’ knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of history;
    1. To enable students to develop the following academic and professional skills:
      -The ability to solve academic problems independently, critically and creatively;
      -The ability to analyse complex problems;
      -The ability to clearly report academic results, both in writing and orally;
    2. To prepare students for an academic career at a university for postgraduate programmes;
    3. To prepare students for a non-academic career in the public or private sector for which advanced research skills and practical research experience are a prerequisite.


The Research Master programme in History (120 EC) offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. With several specialisations on offer – each containing a number of specific subjects.
The two-year study programme will provide ample opportunities to acquire general disciplinary knowledge and skills at master’s degree level as well as specific research skills. Much attention will be paid to the development of theories on historical processes, argumentation, historiography and methodology of historical research. The research master’s thesis should provide the basic components for a future PhD-thesis.


  • Literature Seminar 10 EC

  • Research Seminar 20 EC

  • Historical Theory 10 EC

  • Research School Courses 10 EC

  • Optional Courses 20 EC

  • Tutorial 10 EC

  • Thesis and Exam 40 EC


The Research Master History programme has the following specialisations:

Ancient History
Colonial and Global History
Europe 1000-1800
Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence
Political Culture and National Identities

Requirements for graduation in the specialisation


The language of instruction and examination of the programme is English and Dutch. Students are expected to have an adequate command of the language of instruction of the programme.

Coordinator of studies

Esther Buizer