Program overview
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
01 September 2023

01 February 2024

01 September 2024

01 September 2024

About this program

MA History

What should be done with statues related to Europe's colonial past? How can historians help tackle problems within organizations? How do societies historically cope with crises, such as flooding or warfare?

All these questions apply historical knowledge and methods to present-day challenges, which is the core aim of the Master’s programme History at the University of Groningen: to provide insight into current issues from a historical perspective with an emphasis on practical historical applications at an academic level.

The Master History consists of three tracks:

  • History and Heritage Consultancy
  • Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories
  • Un/sustainable Societies: Past, Present and Future

By choosing these tracks, you will be trained to curate a historical exhibition or to apply digital techniques in the field of heritage management, you can learn how to interpret and evaluate cross-border historical phenomena and to formulate policy advice, or you can acquire the historical methods to analyse the consequences of processes of change in organizations and companies. The expertise of our experienced staff and experts from the field is reflected in (guest) lectures, internships and practical assignments that bring historical knowledge and theory to life. By completing one of the tracks, you will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in History.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • An academic humanities degree in History with a clear professional and societal relevance
  • A unique emphasis on the practical application of historical knowledge and methodology
  • Three tracks that focus on the necessary academic and professional skills to increase your employability in the professional field
  • A variety of innovative teaching methods, such as seminars, methodological courses, placements, practical assignments etc.
  • Tailor-made: design your own programme that meets your interests
  • An international and pleasant study environment with many research resources

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Admission requirements

Previous Education

  • A Bachelor's degree in History
  • A Bachelor's degree from a Research University in a field adjacent to History and a completed pre-master program (max. 30 ECTS)
  • A Bachelor's degree from an Applied University in a field adjacent to History and a completed pre-master program (max. 50 ECTS)

Language Test

Additional requirements English: Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180. Students who gained a bachelor's degree certificate from an English-taught degree program, will automatically meet the language requirements.

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Program content

Each Master's track is characterized by a flagship course and matching methodological courses that train you both in acquiring and applying historical knowledge. Another unique course in which you will participate is the Masterclass, which instructs you in various professional skills that enhance your employability. You will take research seminars to gain in-depth knowledge of specific historical themes, regions, periods and methods.

Program options

  • History and Heritage Consultancy(specialization)
  • Politics, Organizations and Learning Histories(specialization)
  • Un/sustainable societies: Past, Present and Future(specialization)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

A study period abroad can be combined with the placement and/or the Master's final assignment. You could also follow a seminar at a university abroad.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,314 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 16,000 per year


Credits: 60 ECTS

MA in History

Continuing studies

Students wishing to pursue an academic career may also be interested in the two-year Research MastersClassical, Medieval and Early Modern StudiesorModern History and International Relations, while those wishing to become a secondary school teacher can combine the Master’s program History with an Educational Master (in Dutch).

Career paths

After completing the Master's programme, you are able to think in a critical and problem-oriented way. You can process a large amount of information and present the outcomes with great clarity. Many historians find work in journalism, museums, at cultural organizations or in publishing. They can go into politics as well, or find jobs in governmental organizations or in business. Our Master's tracks have proven themselves for providing graduates the tools to find employment as:

  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Policy advisor or officer
  • Officer European Parliament
  • Head of educational services at a cultural institution
  • Teacher
  • Communications Advisor
  • Editor and journalist in various media
  • Researcher
  • Manager in a business
  • Curator at a cultural institution
  • Advisor to businesses or government
  • Coordinator in education, events and so forth

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About this institute

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

Contact info

University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

Phone no: +31-50-363 8181
Fax +31-50-363 7100

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