Global History and International Relations
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The master specialisation Global History and International Relations is tailored for talented and motivated students. Your background may be in history, or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences.

You can apply if:

  1. You have a university bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in history.
  2. You have a university bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in social sciences, humanities, or a bachelor’s degree from a university college. It is imperative that you can demonstrate that you have undertaken coursework in history (e.g. through electives or a minor).

Students who have not yet obtained their degree may already apply if they expect to graduate before starting with this specialisation.

We ask you to provide evidence of your command of English. You should include your test scores, if available, in the relevant section of the application form.   

You meet the English proficiency requirement if:

  • you have a Dutch ‘vwo’ diploma and grade of 7 or higher in English;   
  • you hold an International Baccalaureate diploma including English Standard Level (A) or English Higher Level (A or B);   
  • you hold a European Baccalaureate diploma including English as 1st or 2nd language;
  • you are a native speaker of English (i.e. a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries; or   
  • you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme) in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South-Africa, the UK or the USA. 
    • We usually deem the level of English (the entire programme) Bachelor programmes at West European or Scandinavian universities sufficient for exemption as well.  

If you do not meet one of the above requirements, you may demonstrate proof of proficiency in English through any of the following tests (online IELTS and TOEFL tests are not allowed):   

Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application. Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known. Take this into consideration when you think of applying. Without the results, we will not be able to assess your application.   

Deadlines for submitting proof of English proficiency:   

  • Non-EEA students: no later than 1 May .
  • EEA students: no later than 1 August.

We would like to point out that having a solid command of the English language will greatly benefit the applicant’s study success. We expect students contribute to our lectures and group discussions, as well as being able to speak, read and write in English. An insufficient command of the English language will affect their study success negatively.


The following criteria will also be taken into account during the admission process:

  • academic writing skills,
  • analytical skills,
  • and above all: motivation.

The assessment will be based upon your motivation letter, bachelor list of grades, curriculum vitae and a (previously written) paper.

Promising candidates who do not meet all entry requirements, can apply for the one-year pre-master's programme.

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