Humanities Research: Environmental Humanities (Research Master)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Humanities Research: Environmental Humanities (Research Master)

Make the connections that lead to inspiring humanities research

Keen to develop in-depth knowledge of the theories, methods and techniques of your research field, connecting them with other disciplines? Curious to find out how your research relates to societal issues?

The Faculty of Humanities offers two Research Master's programmes: Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Research Master and the Humanities Research Master's.

The Humanities Research Master's is a unique programme that provides extensive training in research design, in an inspiring and sustainable interdisciplinary research environment. The programme offers excellent preparation for an internationally oriented academic career or for other research-related positions.

Depending on your own area of interest, you'll choose from five tracks:

  • Critical Studies in Art and Culture
  • Global History
  • Literature & Contested Spaces
  • Linguistics (two tracks: Human Language Technology and Forensic Linguistics)
  • Philosophy
  • Environmental Humanities

You'll have the opportunity either to focus on the track of your choice, or to combine courses from different tracks into a truly interdisciplinary study programme focusing on one of two themes: Digital Humanities or Environmental Humanities.

All research builds on the expertise of the professors involved in the programme. This research is often interdisciplinary, demonstrated by scholars collaborating in the Environmental Humanities Centre, the Network Institute and CLUE+.

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Admission requirements

The Humanities Research Master programme is aimed at talented students who are exceptionally motivated to be trained in academic methods in their specific field of humanities. To be admitted to the programme, you should have:

  • a Bachelor's degree in an academic degree related to their chosen specialisation.
  • a proficient level of academic English,
  • proof of excellent study results: outstanding grade for your bachelor's thesis (7.5 or higher), and an average of no less than 7.5 for a relevant selection of your bachelor's programme (to be decided by the Admission Board).
  • and clear motivation for doing academic research.

English language requirements

You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven't taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities.

An applicant should demonstrate that he or she has sufficient level of proficiency in English by meeting at least one of the following standards, no more than two (2) years before the start of the programme at the VU:

  • (academic) IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 on each item;
  • TOEFL paper based test: 600, with a minimum of 55 on each component and 4.0 in TWE;
  • TOEFL internet based test: 100, with a minimum of 22-23 on each component.

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Program content

1st year

  • Critical Studies in Art and Culture
  • Global History
  • Literature and Contested Spaces
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Environmental Humanities

Scholarships & funding

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


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 12,840

Career paths

The Research Master's programme in Humanities is excellent preparation for a career as a researcher.

You'll graduate not only with top-notch research skills but also with critical-thinking and analytical skills, as well as the ability to formulate and communicate your arguments clearly and convincingly.

On completing the programme, you'll be an ideal candidate for a PhD position in the Netherlands or abroad. Alternatively, you can take up other kinds of research positions in international and interdisciplinary contexts.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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