• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
The Master of Arts International Relations in Historical Perspective is offered by the University of Utrecht. During the course 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.

About

The Master of Arts International Relations in Historical Perspective is offered by the Utrecht University.

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

Being able to select the right information and use it as a foundation to write a clear commentary that offers creative solutions to complex problems is an art in and of itself. The International Relations in Historical Perspective programme will help you to master that art.

After graduating from the Master’s programme, you will possess the right knowledge and skills to start out as a policymaker. This programme primarily prepares you for a job in national governments, NGOs, and international organisations within the area of international politics. However, businesses and local governments are increasingly asking for people with analytical skills and the ability to translate those skills into useful advice.

If you are not looking for a position as policymaker in either the profit or non-profit sectors, your skills and knowledge could easily apply to careers such as history teaching, research, or journalism.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • International relations in practice 
  • Research seminar in IR/HP
  • The modern world and states system: comparing historical and ir theories 
  • 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 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

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 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 are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE- Grade C

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.