MA History - History and Heritage Consultancy track

University of Groningen
Program overview
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

Start dates
February 2024

February 2024

About this program

MA History - History and Heritage Consultancy track

How does Ukraine protect its monuments in the current war? Which policies should Dutch authorities develop concerning art stolen during the Second World War? What should be done with disputed statues related to Europe's colonial past?

These types of questions are pressing in our changing world, in which conflict and inequality necessitate us to rethink our attitudes towards the past and its cultural and material heritage. The Master’s track History and Heritage Consultancy at the University of Groningen teaches you how to expertly approach questions about the meaning and uses of (contested) heritage. The track is unique in its dual focus on historical analysis of heritage and professional skills—such as effective communication, grant writing and project management—required for working in the heritage and public sectors.

History and Heritage Consultancy offers a broad range of methodological and research courses, which allows for a specialization in your personal field of interest and flexibility in your planning. You learn to interrogate the complexities of history and heritage present in buildings, objects, practices, customs and opinions of the past. You also develop relevant professional skills—for example, by completing assignments for public or heritage institutions, such as the Groninger Museum—which prepare you for immediate employment in the field of history and heritage.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • An academic humanities degree in History and Heritage Consultancy with a clear professional and societal relevance
  • An excellent program that offers an integrated approach to historical heritage and consultancy, by combining history, theory and practice
  • A clear focus on contemporary developments in the field of historical heritage, relating to, for example, digitization or fundraising
  • A unique focus on employability with courses on methods and professional skills, as well as first-hand experiences in the heritage and public sectors through special projects and internships
  • 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)

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Program content

At the core of this track is the course Atelier Living Heritage, in which lecturers and experts from the field focus on theories of heritage, the various aspects of heritage consultancy and the conveyance of historical knowledge to broader audiences and new contexts. As part of this course you complete an assignment for a heritage or public history organization to gain first-hand working experience.

The course Masterclass is also characteristic of the track, as it trains you in various practical skills, such as pitching projects, project management and grant writing, in preparation of entering the job market.

You will also choose a number of methodological courses to enhance your historical skills, such as Oral History, The Uses of the Past, Archives or Digital History. Furthermore, you will develop these skills by taking a Research Seminar, which offers an in-depth analysis of a specific topic. The list of research seminars to choose from links to the expertise of the lecturers and varies each year. All courses, but specifically Atelier Living History, the research seminar and the methodological courses, prepare you for the final part of the Program. You will either write a Master Thesis on a historical subject or conduct a Master Project, in which you put historical research into practice, for example, by developing an exhibition plan or by writing a documentary script.


  • Historical Methods: The Uses of the Past (5 EC)
  • Masterclass I (5 EC)
  • Research Seminar (5 EC)
  • Historical Methods: Archives (5 EC, optional)
  • Historical Methods: Digitial History (5 EC, optional)
  • Historical Methods: Oral History (5 EC, optional)
  • Masterclass II (5 EC)
  • Atelier Living Heritage (10 EC)
  • Historical Methods: The Uses of the Past (5 EC, optional)
  • Master's Thesis History (20 EC)

Scholarships & funding

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


  • EU/EEA: € 2314
  • non-EU/EEA: € 16000

Career paths

On completing the Master's track History and Heritage Consultancy, you are equipped with the academic and professional knowledge and skills that are required to work in the public and heritage sectors.

Our graduates are able to interpret and reflect on the meaning of historical heritage, are able to implement their knowledge practically and have excellent analytical writing and reading skills. History and Heritage Consultancy helps you to develop the expertise and tools to find general and sp

Job examples

  • Curator
  • Historical/ heritage advisor
  • Policy advisor in public administration
  • Coordinator of educational events
  • Head of a cultural institute
  • Researcher
  • Journalist

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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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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.

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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.

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9712 GL Groningen
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