Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MA)

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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies at University of Groningen

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Do you aspire to a career in research? This track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuses on ClassicalAntiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and theMiddle East. You will explore the similarities and differencesbetween these periods and you willgain fundamental insights into the cultural developments andchanges of premodern times. 
Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers amultidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on yourbackground and research interests, you can chooseone main focus (History, Literature orClassics) within our interdisciplinary programme. 
You can design your own researchprofile to fit your interests. You will takespecialist, tailor-made tutorials andcourses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our topresearchers on their academicprojects. You can also spend a studyperiod abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete yourstudies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choiceand specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which willgive you a firm basis for further studies at PhDlevel. 

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Do you aspire to a career in research? This track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuseson Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and EarlyModernity in Europe and the Middle East. You will explore thesimilarities and differences between these periodsand you will gain fundamental insightsinto the cultural developments and changes of premoderntimes.
Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers amultidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on yourbackground and research interests, you can choose onemain focus (History, Literature orClassics) within our interdisciplinaryprogramme. 
You can design your own researchprofile to fit your interests. You will takespecialist, tailor-made tutorials andcourses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our topresearchers on their academicprojects. You can also spend a studyperiod abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete yourstudies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choiceand specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which willgive you a firm basis for further studies at PhDlevel. 

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhDtrajectory. The track also is an excellent preparation for a(research-oriented) career in :

  • libraries
  • museums
  • other cultural organizations
  • journalism
  • education
  • and so on.

Most of our students will at least endeavour to obtain a placeas a PhD researcher. To this end there are introductory sessions aspart of the thesis class where students are informed about thepossibilities and pitfalls involved in applying for PhD positionsinside and outside the University of Groningen. Each student willhave to include a PhD proposal in his or her Master's thesis.
However, a modern research environment is not only made up ofresearchers - it also requires staff who are familiar withthe demands of modern research in academia and beyond. To this endstudents have the opportunity to build up experience in the form ofinternships in a cultural institution with a research component,such as Tresoar in Leeuwarden or the Royal Netherlands Academy ofArts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.
Finally, we want to cater for students who wish to pursue a careerin teaching. To this end we have created a fast track that allowsstudents to integrate part of the Master of Arts in Teachingprogramme into their own programme.

After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhDtrajectory. The track also is an excellent preparation for a(research-oriented) career in :

    • libraries
    • museums
    • other cultural organizations
    • journalism
    • education
    • and so on.

    Most of our students will at least endeavour to obtain a placeas a PhD researcher. To this end there are introductory sessions aspart of the thesis class where students are informed about thepossibilities and pitfalls involved in applying for PhD positionsinside and outside the University of Groningen. Each student willhave to include a PhD proposal in his or her Master's thesis.
    However, a modern research environment is not only made up ofresearchers - it also requires staff who are familiar withthe demands of modern research in academia and beyond. To this endstudents have the opportunity to build up experience in the form ofinternships in a cultural institution with a research component,such as Tresoar in Leeuwarden or the Royal Netherlands Academy ofArts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.
    Finally, we want to cater for students who wish to pursue a careerin teaching. To this end we have created a fast track that allowsstudents to integrate part of the Master of Arts in Teachingprogramme into their own programme.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 11500 per year

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HistoryAll Research universities

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ClassicsAll Research universities

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English Language and CultureAll Research universities

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Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universities

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Admission requirements

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grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization inliterature and culture)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on anevaluation of degree certificates, individual results and thethesis or paper.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1. A language test is not necessary, if you havecompleted a Dutch BA programme.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization inliterature and culture)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on anevaluation of degree certificates, individual results and thethesis or paper.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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