After graduation

Applied History

As an Applied History graduate from Erasmus University Rotterdam, you will be able to produce short- or long-term visions on international (historical) processes. You are also aware how heritage has a crucial role in our society. You will have acquired crucial skills to gather, analyse and present data in a professional way. And you will be an experienced writer, presenter, and debater.

Career opportunities

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.

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.

Academic career

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

Applied History - Career opportunities

Job Market Orientations Days

During your study 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.

Our alumni

The master History at Erasmus University Rotterdam counts more than 1500 graduates who completed one of the following specialisations: Global History and International Relations or Applied History.

On our alumni website you can read the alumni experiences from graduates of our master specialisations and you will discover how the approach of the master History is reflected in the wide variety of work fields and countries in which our graduates are employed.

History Alumni

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