Utrecht University

Cultural History of Modern Europe, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Cultural History of Modern Europe 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.


Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Cultural History of Modern Europe 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. 

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. 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.

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. 

Our graduates have socially relevant expertise at an academic level, applicable in areas such as cultural policy (municipal, regional, national, and European), journalism, media organisations, public history, the museum sector, the culture industry, the non-profit sector in general, and education. You may also combine this Master’s programme with a programme to become a grade-one history teacher.


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

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.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme 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 (Grade B):


    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:


    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

Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • You have a demonstrable interest in cultural history, heritage, public history, or cultural issues in modern society.
  • You are able to apply and evaluate theories and concepts in the field of culture or heritage based on your knowledge of cultural history. 
  • You are able to design and conduct historical research using the analytical and methodological skills acquired during your Bachelor’s, and you possess excellent reading and writing skills. 
  • You possess initiative and good communicative and cooperative skills. 
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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

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