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Historical Studies

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24 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

Historical research has a strong international component. This two-year Research programme is designed for talented and highly motivated students with international research ambitions.

Whether it is the history of Europe, the development of modern European literature or the art of Rome that fascinates you, the Research Master's specialisations are an excellent choice for talented students who want to prepare themselves for an international academic career. Indeed, the diversity of our teaching and research staff will allow you to specialise in almost any subject, and the space we offer within the Master's specialisations for research and studies at home and abroad allows you to put together a training programme that perfectly meets your wishes.

Within the Master's programme in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, you can choose from the following English-taught specialisations:

Literary Studies
Art and Visual Culture

Historical Studies Curriculum

The three Master's degree specialisations each contain different courses with a considerable amount of space for students to choose courses that fit their specific needs. All three specialisations have a similar structure which contains the following elements:

  • HLCS-A: Theory of scientific research in Humanities 5.0 EC
  • HLCS-B: Methods and Techniques in Humanities 5.0 EC
  • HLCS-C: Contemporary Debates in Humanities 5.0 EC
  • HLCS-D: Academic Writing. 5.0 EC
  • HLCS-E: Key Texts for Humanities 5.0 EC
  • Research seminar 5.0 EC
  • Research paper and proposal 5.0 EC
  • Master's thesis and colloquium 30.0 EC
  • Plus disciplinary courses and research stay/internship abroad 55.0 EC

The courses in the Master's specialisations are taught in English, and include not only specialised courses, but also shared interdisciplinary courses focusing on the methodology and theory of research within humanities. Interdisciplinary discussion will encourage you to expand your research ideas and adopt an independent perspective on current philosophical and methodological issues in the humanities. One specific course is dedicated to debates concerning the societal relevance of the humanities.

About Radboud University Nijmegen

Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the best performing Dutch universities in the international university rankings. It currently holds 127th place in the Times Higher Education ranking and is ranked 136th in the QS ranking.

Radboud University Nijmegen has seven faculties and enrols over 17,500 students. Its personal style of teaching ensures that there is plenty of opportunity to work closely with instructors and fellow students in small seminars.

One of the main strengths of education and research at Radboud University Nijmegen is the way it forges cooperative links across disciplinary boundaries and the continuous exchange of ideas with others working in related areas.

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Admission requirements

Grade average

Een gemiddelde score van tenminste 7.5 in het tweede en het derde jaar van de bachelor met een bachelorwerkstuk dat is gehonoreerd met minimaal een 8.

Additional subject

Beheersing van Nederlandse en Engelse taal actief en twee andere moderne talen passief.

Language requirements

CAE: C1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6, TOEFL paper based: 550, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80

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