Applied History

Analyse contemporary challenges from a historical perspective

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Do you want to discover how historical events have an influence on our daily lives? And are you looking for a more practical master, focused on the labour market, while applying historical methods? Then the master specialisation Applied History is the right programme for you.

Key Facts & Figures

Mode of study
Full-time | Part-time
Instruction language
1 year
Study points (EC)
Start date
Application Deadline (EEA)
15 May
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The study programme in a nutshell

During the master specialisation Applied History, you will learn to put cultural, economic, political, and social historic events into perspective of the present. Because this master has a ‘practical’ approach, you will be prepared well for the working field. You will acquire crucial skills to gather, analyse and present data in a professional way and learn the skills to analyse and tackle contemporary challenges from a historical perspective. As part of your final project, you will have the opportunity to take a longer internship and write a documentary script or an outline for an exhibition as your final project, next to conducting an academic research.

Why this study

''You can really make it your own so if you're interested in history this is really the study for you.''

Applied History student Reza standing in a museum.

Applied History by Reza

What you will learn

  • Learn how to use long-term perspective if we want to come with sustainable solutions for global and local problems;
  • understand how a historical perspective can help policy makers, by studying the historical development of global challenges – such as domestic violence, climate change or gender equality;
  • learn digital and analogue methods to collect information;
  • take a longer internship to apply what you have learned directly into the field;
  • be able to develop more practical  products, next to classical academic research papers.
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Career opportunities after graduation

The master specialisation Applied History will jumpstart your career as a historian or researcher. But you can also work as a policymaker, manager or researcher at cultural institutions, government authorities, consultancies, archives or in the media.

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