History of Society, M.A.

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  • 12 months
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Erasmus University Rotterdam ,
Understanding the past is key in understanding the present. In this programme, you approach modern history from multiple angles, examining social, political and cultural themes in the past - and connecting them with contemporary developments.
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In this master programme, you study historical processes in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner. Drawing on insights from the social sciences, political theory and cultural analysis, you will learn to describe both the broad outlines and the unique aspects of historical events from the early modern period to the present. Studying topics such as international relations, migration, trade and cultural heritage, will provide a better understanding of the present as well.

As a history graduate from Erasmus University Rotterdam, you will be able to produce short or long term visions on international (historical) processes. You will also be an experienced writer, presenter and debater. All of these skills are much sought-after in jobs at governmental organisations, NGOs, consultancy agencies, museums or heritage institutes. An academic career is also possible after this Master’s programme.

Why study a Master in History of Society in Rotterdam?

Studying History of Society in Rotterdam means:

  • participating in a master programme which has repeatedly been voted best Dutch master programme in the field of history (by the Dutch magazine Elsevier and Keuzegids Masters);
  • learning how to do historical research on contemporary issues;
  • approaching history from multiple angles and studying phenomena in an international context;
  • benefiting from small-scale classes and a dedicated team of lecturers;
  • the possibility to do an internship, for example at an archive, museum or research institution.
Career opportunities

Our graduates work in (international) governmental organisations, NGOs, consulting agencies, journalism, museums and heritage institutes. Some of them have also moved on to PhD positions in the field of history, or to educational master programmes for a secondary school teaching qualificatiof


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Programme internationalization:

    This programme has a workload of 60 ECTS.


    The master programme History of Society is an international programme for talented students, who want to combine historical research with insights from the social sciences, political theory and cultural analysis. If your interests are broad and you want to develop a similar theoretical foundation, then this is the programme for you. The programme is also perfect for those students who envision themselves having a career at a governmental organisation, an NGO, in journalism, at a museum or if you want to do a PhD. The programme is primarily aimed at students who have a background in history or the social sciences.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Study intensity Full-time
    • Credits
      60 ECTS
    • Languages
      • Dutch
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
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    Previous education: BA/BSc.

    Additional language requirements:

    • IELTS overall band: 7
    • TOEFL paper based: 600
    • TOEFL computer based: 250
    • TOEFL internet based: 100

    Tuition Fee Per Year

    • EUR 10600 International
    • EUR 1984 EU/EEA
    For Part-time: € For Part-time: €


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