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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 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 History Today at University of Groningen

History Today is a socially oriented Master's track that teaches you to examine the past in the light of the present, and gives you an understanding of topical issues in a historical perspective.

The emphasis on applying history at an academic level is what makes this one-year Master's track in Groningen unique. Would you like to learn to compile a historically accurate exhibition, write someone's life history, conduct quantitative or archive research or analyse image culture? The choice is yours! Explore the use of digital techniques in research and public presentations. Or learn to see the consequences of change in organizations and companies in terms of their historical development.

The Master's track offers three professionally oriented specializations: History for the Media, Culture and HeritageSector, History for Policy, Administration and Politics and History for Teaching and Education - each with an appropriate placement.Developing your profile (thematic, chronological or regional) is also part of the programme.

The research seminars, given by specialized lecturers from theNetherlands and abroad, provide extra depth.

You can graduate by writing a thesis, but also, for example, by compiling an exhibition (or exhibition plan), conducting an organization study, developing a website or writing a script for a documentary.

History Today is a socially oriented Master's programme that teaches you to examine the past in the light of the present, and gives you an understanding of topical issues in a historical perspective.

The emphasis on applying history at an academic level is what makes this one-year Master's programme in Groningen unique. Would you like to learn to compile a historically accurate exhibition,write someone's life history, conduct quantitative or archive research or analyse image culture? The choice is yours! Explore the use of digital techniques in research and public presentations. Or learn to see the consequences of change in organizations and companies in terms of their historical development.

The Master's programme offers three professionally oriented specializations: History for the Media, Culture and HeritageSector, History for Policy, Administration and Politics and History for Teaching and Education - each with an appropriate placement.Developing your profile (thematic, chronological or regional) is also part of the programme.

The research seminars, given by specialized lecturers from theNetherlands and abroad, provide extra depth.

You can graduate by writing a thesis, but also, for example, by compiling an exhibition (or exhibition plan), conducting an organization study, developing a website or writing a script for a documentary.

After your studies

Job prospects

On completing the Master's track in History Today, you will be able to think critically and with a problem-resolution approach.You will be able to process large amounts of information and present the results clearly. Historians often find work in journalism and in museums, cultural institutions or publishing houses. They also regularly go into politics, the government or business.

On completing the Master's degree programme in History Today,you will be able to think critically and with a problem-resolution approach. You will be able to process large amounts of information and present the results clearly. Historians often find work in journalism and in museums, cultural institutions or publishing houses. They also regularly go into politics, the government or business.

Job examples

  • Journalist
  • Administrative consultant in the government
  • Party assistant in the European Parliament or a political party
  • Policy officer
  • Head of educational services at a cultural institution
  • Teacher
  • Communications advisor
  • Editor and journalist in various media
  • Departmental director in an educational or cultural institution
  • 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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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 study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 1517International course feesEUR 6150

Notes about fees for this course

http://www.rug.nl/masters/history-today/admission-and-application

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
HistoryAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
International Relations and International OrganizationUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
American StudiesUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
European Languages and CulturesUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Arts, Culture and MediaUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
ArchaeologyUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Art HistoryUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Middle Eastern StudiesUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
TheologyUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
PhilosophyUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Human Geography & Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Religious StudiesUniversity of GroningenDeficiency program at previous program with a maximum of 30 EC
Teacher Education in HistoryAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 86 (with a minimum of20 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1). Students who gained a bachelor's degree certificate from an English-taught degree programme, will automatically meet the language requirements.

previous education
  • Bachelordiploma Geschiedenis
  • Bachelordiploma van een aan geschiedenis gerelateerdeWO-opleiding plus pre-master (max. 30 ects)
  • Bachelordiploma van een aan geschiedenis gerelateerdeHBO-opleiding plus pre-master

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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