The Global History programme, is a specialization of the Humanities Research Master, aimed at talented students who are exceptionally motivated to develop their skills in the field of historical research. It prepares students for a research career in history, or for other research intensive careers.
In the Global History programme you will learn to investigate the dynamics and long-term developments of the global interconnection of goods, ideas and people, and the role of power, religion and affects in such constellations. In research intensive courses you will collaborate with renowned researchers and research groups in the fields of migration studies, in the history of capitalism, knowledge and religion, material culture and heritage, emotions and senses, and environmental humanities. The distinguishing characteristic of the programme is an interdisciplinary perspective that includes concepts and methodologies from the social sciences, philosophy and law. The programme also offers students the possibility to explore and train skills in digital analysis and reflect on the possibilities of the emerging digital humanities techniques, and e-Humanities approaches. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a thorough training programme, with individual guidance by excellent and committed supervisors. You are encouraged to make use of the staffs intensive networks with heritage and research institutions, governmental organizations and NGOs (e.g. UNESCO), and business partners (banks, creative industries), to set up embedded research projects, e.g. as a stepping stone for a next step in your career. The Global History programme offers a dynamic international context where students from the Netherlands and from abroad exchange views, experiences and historical research questions. Visits to other universities abroad for a research period up to 3 months, are encouraged, with financial support from the Graduate school of Humanities.
The programme in a nutshell
The Global History Research Master's Programme concentrates on the study of politics, culture, religion, economy and daily life from a historical, theoretical and new world history perspective. In a globalizing and digitizing world long-term perspectives are needed for the complex phenomena of our time: perspectives sensitive of deep rooted mechanisms of in- and exclusion. Disciplinary boundaries need to be questioned and challenged, new methods explored. In order to face these challenges, we need researchers who are thoroughly trained in finding and interpreting compelling source material, in critical reflection, and in detailed reporting.
The Global History programme is aimed to train these skills. Students learn to develop a critical attitude and learn to arrive at original lines of questioning based on a profound knowledge of their research subject. In two years, our students learn to develop their own unique expert knowledge, which enables them to start a successful research career.
The study programme of 120 ECTS (60 ECTS per year) consists of mandatory and elective parts (check out our website
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Your most likely prospect after completing your research masters degree program is to set up your own research as a PhD student. This involves attracting funding, carrying out research under the guidance of a supervisor, and writing a PhD thesis on the subject. The Humanities Research Masters Programme offers an excellent training for an academic career. In our research design courses you will learn to develop your research skills, construct research proposals for national or European science foundations, and to apply for international research funds.
You can also embark on a career at a research institute outside of the academic setting. Many research institutes are eager to welcome researchers schooled in qualitative and quantitative research. You can also start a career outside the field of academics, for instance as a history teacher, a journalist, or text writer, a heritage expert, an advisor for the government or for NGOs.
Studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880.
The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.
With more than 23,000 students, of which 3000 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes reflecting a strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, to engage with society and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world. In addition Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.
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