Sorry! De informatie die je zoekt, is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels.
This programme is saved in My Study Choice.
Something went wrong with processing the request.
Something went wrong with processing the request.

Connect events, sites, bodies and stories across ages

This programme has an interdisciplinary, transnational perspective that includes concepts and methodologies from the social, political and environmental sciences and from cultural and religious studies.

It offers the opportunity to develop skills in digital analysis and reflect on the possibilities of emerging digital humanities techniques and e-humanities approaches.

You receive advanced training in selecting and critically reviewing scholarly literature. You learn how to find primary sources in paper and digital archives and how to process them. You learn how to write a research report with a strong argument that meets high scholarly standards and is accessible to an educated readership. Many students in this track write their first academic publication during or as a result of course work. But you also learn how to write for a non-academic public. The track teaches oral skills like discussing and presenting research results. You learn to debate with scholarly arguments and sensitivity to other people’s opinions. The research skills you learn are applicable both within and outside an academic context.

Year 1

The first year lays the foundations for your research training in three core courses on historical Key works, History and theory, and on the process of research, in From Source to Public. Also you will join a research project by way of a short internship in the faculty, on global economic, social, cultural or political history. Together with all your fellow students in the Humanities Research programme, you will hone your interdisciplinary skills during two core courses: Methodologies and Digital Humanities or Philosophical and Historical Aspects of the Humanities. You will also have a lot of space to choose electives. This is either in the Faculty of Humanities, in one of the other Faculties of VU Amsterdam or at other universities in the Netherlands, or at the National Research Schools, like at the N.W. Posthumus School for Economic and Social History or at the Huizinga School of cultural history. Alternatively, you can choose a tutorial based on a list of literature selected by you and your tutor.


You will find the study programme in our studyguide.

Year 2

In the first half of the second year, you can study at a partner university outside the Netherlands, complete an internship outside the university (in research institutions like the Huygens Institute, the International Institute of Social History, museums or NGO’s) or choose electives. In addition, you take a core course on either Humanities Career Preparation if you wish to prepare for a PhD, Entrepreneurship if you want to start your own business, or Community Service Learning if you are keen to apply your knowledge to solve societal issues and collaborate with others inside and outside the university. Finally, you will write your Master’s thesis based on independent academic research. In short, within the programme, you have the opportunity to build your own curriculum and pursue research projects advised by the experts of our faculty. You find the full study programme in our studyguide.


Core Courses 

  • Humanities Career Preparation i-CSL 
  • Interdisciplinary Community Service Learning: Defining Challenges In a Multi-Stakeholder Context 
  • Humanities Research Career Preparation

Change your future! Take the Research Master Global History.

Change your future! Take the Research Master Global History.

On completing this Master’s programme, you can pursue a PhD degree and work as an academic researcher at a university or specialised research institute; or you become a journalist, editor, teacher, heritage expert, policymaker in education for a local or national government, or advisor to governments or NGOs, for example UNESCO.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Humanities for questions and practical information:

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on, please contact the Student Desk:, stating your student number.

Call +31 (0)20 59 85020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00). 

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.


  • Nina Vredegoor
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Humanities