Utrecht University

Cultural History of Modern Europe, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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The M.A. in Cultural History of Modern Europe at Utrecht University will help you understand the historical and cultural context of how European nations were formed and have developed in time. The Master’s degree covers topics about the cultural history of art, culture in the modern world and offers possibilities for international internships and practical research.


In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Utrecht University's programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks.

The programme content focuses on theories of modern cultural history, global perspectives on European civilisation, the politics of heritage and cultural memory, aspects of transnational history and postcolonial culture, global practices of citizenship, and the development of career-oriented academic competencies. We begin by looking at contemporary problems and discussions.

This programme offers an English track and a Dutch track. The modules offered in these tracks are the same – only the language of instruction differs.

Why study in Utrecht?
  • You will benefit from a unique cultural-historical approach to globalisation that will equip you with interdisciplinary knowledge and tools for analysis.
  • The programme offers you a choice of (international) internships and the opportunity to study abroad, helping you to expand your networks and gain valuable workplace experience.
  • You will learn from lecturers who are motivated, experienced, and internationally recognised as experts in their fields.
  • You will receive personal help and supervision throughout your studies.

The part-time option allows you to complete the full-time programme over two years instead of one.

After Graduation

After graduating from the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will:

  • Have the skills and knowledge to analyse and understand processes of identity formation in their cultural-historical context.
  • Be equipped with the tools to analyse the relationship between material facts and cultural constructs, between historical sources and folk tales, and between history, memories, and heritage.
  • Have a global perspective and understand how European cultural-historical developments relate to the rest of the world.
  • Understand the cultural-historical backgrounds of contemporary culturally diverse societies.
  • Be prepared for a profession that involves a combination of theoretical reflection and analytical and communicative skills.
Career prospects

Graduates from our programme have found jobs in museums and heritage organisations, as well as in the field of (secondary) education.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • European Civilisation: Global And Transnational Perspectives
  • Public History, Memory And Global Heritage
  • Understanding Culture In The Modern World: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Cultural Historians For Today’s Society: Practices Of Citizenship
  • Visual Culture
  • (In)tangible Heritage And Identity
  • Colonial Memory And Postcolonial Heritage
  • High Art: A Cultural History 1850-2015
  • Practical Research/internship
  • Thesis Cultural History
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in History, or another academic Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 EC obtained in History.
  • Knowledge of and interest in cultural-historical concepts and theories, as demonstrated by previously completed modules and the motivation letter.
  • Basic knowledge of philosophy of science for the humanities, shown by completed modules.
  • The communicative skills, initiative, and ability to cooperate required to successfully complete an internship as part of the Master’s programme, as demonstrated by your extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


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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