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History (Research): Colonial and Global History

New Research MA students (including those still in the admittance procedure) are required to attend the Research MA Introduction.
6 September 13:00 – 17:00 Huizinga Building 025 and 7 September 14:00 – 17:30. Students starting September 2017 (for more information please contact the coordinator of studies Esther Buizer)

Year 1 & 2

Please note that starting the Research Master in the spring semester (February) will mean that the programme is followed in a different order. We strongly advise students to set up their studyplan in consultation with the Coordinator of studies before the start of the programme.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Year 1

Literature Seminar

Global Intellecual History before Modernity: Challenge or Madness? 10
Navigating History: New Perspectives on Maritime History 10
Globalization and Empire 10

Research Seminar

The Biography of Archives 10
The Business of Empire: Colonial and Imperial Entrepreneurship, 1415-1974 10
From Dawn to Sunset: The Rise and Fall of Iberian Empires, 1415-1999 10
Maritime treasures. Diving into maritime history and archeology 10
The State in Africa 10
You Are What You Eat: Gender, Class, Ethnicity and Food Culture 10
Connecting Dreams: Europe in Africa, Africa in Europe 10
The Decolonization War in Indonesia, 1945-1950: Written and Oral Sources 10
Arts and Culture in Area Studies: Culture and Conquest: the Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants (ResMA) 10

Compulsory Courses

Historical Theory (ResMA History) 10
Developing Research Proposals (ResMA History) 10
Tutorial (ResMA History) 10
Research School Courses (ResMA History) 10

Year 2

Optional Courses (20 EC)

Optional Courses (ResMA History) 10

ResMA Thesis

ResMA Thesis History & Final Exam 30

More info


The programme has the following objectives:

    1. To broaden and deepen the students’ knowledge, understanding and skills, and train them in the use of scientific methods in the field of history;
    1. To enable students to develop the following academic and professional skills:
    • The ability to solve academic problems independently, critically and creatively;
    • The ability to analyse complex problems;
    • The ability to clearly report academic results, both in writing and orally;
    1. To prepare students for an academic career at a university for postgraduate programmes;
    1. To prepare students for a non-academic career in the public or private sector for which advanced research skills and practical research experience are a prerequisite.


The Research Master programme in History (120 EC) offers you the chance to determine a study based on your own particular interests and ambitions. With several specialisations on offer – each containing a number of specific subjects.
The two-year programme will provide ample opportunities to acquire general disciplinary knowledge and skills at master’s degree level as well as specific research skills. Much attention will be paid to the development of theories on historical processes, argumentation, historiography and methodology of historical research. The research master’s thesis should provide the basic components for a future PhD-thesis.


  • Literature Seminar 10 EC

  • Research Seminar 20 EC

  • Historical Theory 10 EC

  • Research Skills 10 EC

  • Research School Courses 10 EC

  • Optional Courses 20 EC

  • Tutorial 10 EC

  • Thesis and Exam 30 EC


The History Research Master consists of the following specialisations:

Ancient History
Colonial and Global History
Europe 1000-1800
Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence
Political Culture and National Identities

Requirements for graduation in the specialisation


The language of instruction and examination of the programme is English and Dutch. Students are expected to have an adequate command of the language of instruction of the programme.

Coordinator of studies

Esther Buizer