• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15167
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The international political stage is much like a game of chess between multiple players. During the course of this International Relations in Historical Perspective programme at Utrecht University you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Explore complex issues in modern international relations

Will the EU become a union under German leadership? Are we heading for a new Cold War with Russia? Have the Asian superpowers surpassed their former colonial rulers? Does the current climate of increasing international competition and growing nationalism still allow enough space for ethical norms and values such as human rights? How can terrorist violence be countered? Is it possible to control such violence with warfare and the optimal use of ‘intelligence’?

Bridging history and political science

Political theory is an important tool in the analysis of international developments. In order to fully understand those developments, however, you need a wider historical viewpoint. Nothing is without its history – and while history never repeats itself exactly, you can learn a great deal from it. By bridging history and political science, the Master of International Relations in Historical Perspective (IR/HP) at Utrecht University offers in-depth insight into both worlds.

Build a strong foundation for understanding modern politics

The programme content uses central research themes that help shed light on modern international politics and provide students with the tools to analyse a wide range of topics. During your studies, you will select a theme to focus on in greater depth:

  • The history of war and violence, such as the meaning of security concerns, terrorism, humanitarian interventions, and intelligence.
  • The development of norms and values in international relations, such as the development of international law and human rights.
  • The history of European interstate relations, such as the European integration process.
  • The history of colonialism, decolonisation, and modern North-South relations.
Internship

During the programme, you can choose to participate in an internship of at least three months, which is an important step towards obtaining future employment. You will put your knowledge and skills into practice, and this experience will form an important part of your resume. Recent enquiry shows that 80% of students who participated in an internship find employment within a year of graduating.

After graduation

After graduating from the Master of International Relations in Historical Perspective programme, you will have:

  • Gained insight into the history of international relations, especially of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Become an expert in one of the research areas central to the programme.
  • Learned to name relevant issues in modern politics and to study them independently.
  • Gained research skills, with emphasis on research into historical sources and the use of theories from within the field of international relations.
  • Learned to report research clearly and understandably, in both written and oral form.
Career prospects

Professionals with an IR/HP degree find their way easily in the world of international politics, and their career options extend beyond foreign affairs, the EU, and the UN. Graduates will have the skills to create effective policy, and such expertise can be employed in other areas as well.

Judged best in the field

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2016 ranked Utrecht University’s International Relations in Historical Perspective programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands.

In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated International Relations as the best programme.

Accreditation

  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

  • International relations in practice (compulsory)
  • Research seminar in IR/HP (compulsory)
  • The modern world and states system: comparing historical and ir theories (compulsory)
  • Facing the past. Amending historical injustices through instruments of transitional justice
  • Military violence in international relations
  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: tragedy of a never-ending story
  • Internship MA programme International Relations in Historical Perspective
  • Research tutorial ma international relations in historical perspective
  • Thesis MA programme International Relations in Historical Perspective (compulsory)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

You have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • You are able to interpret and understand complex international historical events and processes based on your knowledge of the history of international relations and your acquaintance with relevant theories in this field. You have demonstrated these competencies in your results for relevant courses during your Bachelor’s, especially at an extended or advanced Bachelor’s level (minimum grade average is NL: 7; US: B-).
  • You are able to design and perform historical research in the field of international relations using analytical, methodological, and writing skills acquired during your Bachelor’s. You have demonstrated these skills in your results for relevant research seminars, especially at an extended or advanced Bachelor’s level (minimum grade average is NL: 7; US: B-), and if possible, the grade for your Bachelor’s thesis (minimum grade is NL: 7; US: B-).
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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