Career prospects

Global History and International Relations

As a Global History and International Relations graduate from Erasmus University Rotterdam, you will be able to produce short or long term visions on international (historical) processes. And you will be an experienced writer, presenter and debater. All of these skills are much sought-after in jobs at governmental organisations, NGOs, consultancy agencies, museums or heritage institutes. An academic career is also possible after this master specialisation. 

Global History and International Relations at Erasmus University Rotterdam will jumpstart your career as a historian or researcher. But you can also work as a manager or researcher at cultural institutions, government authorities, consultancies, archives or in the media.

Historians are often hired as a journalist, or as a policy maker for local or international organisations, museums and heritage institutions. Historians from Rotterdam know how to relate contemporary social and political issues to long term developments, they will be able to produce short or long term visions on international processes. A quality that is much sought-after in different jobs, companies and fields.

During the master, I developed a lot of skills that are beneficial at every job.

History Alumni

Possible careers after studying history

Academic career

Would you like to become a researcher, or teach at a university? In your master specialisation Global History and International Relations you will acquire strong analytical skills, which makes you a professional who is able to conduct research independently. Global History and International Relations provides talented students an excellent basis for pursuing a PhD degree.

In this video Assistant Professor Karin Willemse tells about her research on Africa, gender and Islam:

Karin Willemse about her research

Share your knowledge

Would you love to share your passion for history and pass on your knowledge of the past? And do you also speak Dutch? After completing this master specialisation,  you can enroll for a master in Teaching History at Leiden University, Utrecht University, or University of Amsterdam to gain your teaching certification. Perhaps you’ll be soon teaching history then.

Job Market Orientations Days

During your master you will already work towards a future in the labour market as a historian. By carrying out an optional research internship within an institution you can already gain experience as a historian in the labour market. Furthermore, the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication organises yearly Job Market Orientation days, where you can meet graduates as well as the companies and/or institutions where they are currently employed.

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