M.A. Modern History 1500-2000

Utrecht University

Application deadline: Start in 1 February: October (non-EEA: September). Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: December).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,150 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The Research Master's programme in Modern History offers research-based training in political and cultural history, the history of international relations, and social and economic history.

The Modern History Research Master's programme offers you research-based training in history as an academic discipline. We teach you how to perform research, and we challenge you to develop your own ideas on topics of your choice. Our History Department offers a broad range of historical expertise in four scholarly fields: political history; cultural history; history of international relations and conflict studies; and economic and social history. The Utrecht Programme is judged best in the field in the Netherlands by the Master's Selection Guide 2014.


Students may start this two-year programme at two times during the academic year: in September and in February. The year is divided into two semesters, running from September till January and February till June. A semester is divided into two course periods. Normally students will take two courses (of 7.5 ECTS each) per period.
The programme can be divided in three sections:

I. Interdisciplinary training and Introduction to the field of research (15 ECTS)

A general course, Fundamentals of the Humanities (7.5 ECTS) familiarises students from all OGC Research Master's programmes with the foundations of the humanities (history of science, epistemology, methodological and social aspects of humanities research). An advanced course (7.5 ECTS) about the state of the art in historical research is a critical introduction to the multiple approaches, methods and topics currently addressed by scholars in the diverse and varied field of history.

II. Academic specialisation (75 ECTS)

In research seminars (7.5 ECTS or 15 ECTS), instructors train students to conduct independent research. Students learn to formulate research questions, locate and interpret sources, assess the significance of their own research within the framework of current debate, and report their findings. In tutorials (7.5 ECTS), students select specialists with whom they wish to conduct discussions of a reading list focusing on a specific subject. Students benefit from the expertise of experienced scholars, gaining insight into clearly circumscribed research topics.

III. MA thesis (30 ECTS)


Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 93

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 93


Scholarships / Grants:

Utrecht University:
The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship offers a number of highly talented prospective, non-Dutch students the opportunity to pursue a degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University.
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Fulbright/ NAF:
The Fulbright Center is a bi-national, non-profit organization established by international agreement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It promotes educational co-operation and provides information on study, research and internships in the United States.
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The Erasmus programme is a component of the European programme 'LifeLong Learning' from the European Commission for mobility of higher education in Europe. An Erasmus scholarship covers a period of 3-12 months. Only students or graduates from educational institutions can take part in the programme.
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Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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