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Connect humanities; reimagine research

Humanities Research

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.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Pursue an academic career

After graduating in the Humanities (Research) Master’s programme, you’ll be well placed to work as an independent researcher. You’ll have the skills needed to pursue a PhD within academia, and we’ll guide you in writing a research proposal for a PhD project. In recent years, many of our alumni have been awarded PhD grants in the Netherlands and abroad. 

The programme also offers excellent training for a career at a research institute outside academia. In our research design courses, you’ll learn to develop your research skills, construct research proposals for national or European science foundations, and apply for international research funds.  Many research institutes are eager to welcome researchers trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods.  

Embark on a career outside the field of research

But you can also embark on a career outside the field of research – as a journalist, editor, teacher, heritage expert, policymaker in education for a local or national government, or advisor to governments or NGOs, for example.