Global History and International Relations

Analyse international relations from a historical and global perspective

Programme in short

In the master Global History and International Relations, you focus on cutting-edge questions related to historical processes of globalisation, international relations and cultural encounters.

Key Facts & Figures

Type
Master
Degree
MA
Mode of study
Full-time | Part-time
Instruction language
English
Duration
1 year
Study points (EC)
60
Start date
September
Application Deadline (EEA)
15 May
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Why study this programme?

Learn while being in the field, go to archives and museums to find journals or protest pamphlets that will help you to build your cases. 

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Career prospects

Studying Global History and International Relations at Erasmus University Rotterdam will jumpstart your career as a historian or researcher.

Word from our students

Tara Lewis

Student Global History and International Relations

That is one of the beauties of studying History, things rarely turn out the way you thought they would.
That is one of the beauties of studying History, things rarely turn out the way you thought they would.

"I did not exactly choose to study history after extensive contemplation. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications and I was looking for a programme that would further enrich my education. History proved the ideal choice.

 I loved studying History. Of course the programme was sometimes intensive, but the courses were also interesting and diverse. I wrote my thesis on the 1641 rebellion in Ireland; I love the country yet never expected to write my thesis on this particular subject. That is one of the beauties of studying History, things rarely turn out the way you thought they would.

 I started working as an editor for the local newspaper during my bachelor. A friend of mine learned that the newspaper was looking to recruit reporters and I happily applied for the position; the position would enable me to look into different subjects, and approach these from different angles." 

Julie Küpperfahrenberg

Student Global History and International Relations

Here I had the feeling that my knowledge about history could be transformed into actual contributions to solve political problems and crises.
Here I had the feeling that my knowledge about history could be transformed into actual contributions to solve political problems and crises.

"I knew that I wanted to do a master at a university abroad. In my opinion, it contributes a lot to your personal and professional development when you place yourself outside your familiar context. As I had only vague ideas in which direction I wanted to go with my professional background (every history student is more than familiar with utterances such as ‘History? Oh! That’s interesting! But what are you going to do with this later?’), I gathered information about master degrees at manifold European universities. I had come to the conclusion that I did not want to commit myself to the mere study of events, processes and developments of the past, so no art for art’s sake, but that I wanted to draw lessons from the past in order to improve the future. In this respect I was really exited when I came across the master program ‘History of Society: Global History and International Relations’ offered by Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Here, for the first time, I had the feeling that my knowledge about history could in some way be transformed into actual contributions to solve political problems and crises. Thus I applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam and I got admitted.

Although I was also approved at other universities, when I received my admission for Rotterdam, I did not shed a thought about going somewhere else. Firstly, Erasmus University is highly regarded in Europe. Secondly, the program itself exactly met my interests and my professional background. Thirdly, although I had only been in Rotterdam once before, I remembered it to be an open-minded, multi-cultural city with a very special charm that makes it so different from other cities in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. I like the fact that Rotterdam is not one of the well-known touristic cities such as Amsterdam or Brussels, where everybody had already been - Rotterdam is in this way my city. The program fully meets my expectations. Although it is a lot of work, a lot to read and to write, I can clearly see the developments that I have made in the last six month, not only professionally or scientifically, but also and in particular personally.

When I will hold my Master degree in September, I seek to invest some time to concerns of my heart. I plan to do an internship at Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. As I now approached political problems from an academic point of view, I feel that I need to add a humanitarian and practical perspective. Only then I will be equipped to find a work place, which is dedicated to solve international problems and thus to make the world a better place."

Mark Straver

Completed a BA and MA in History at Erasmus University Rotterdam

If you value personal attention, excellent and very involved teachers and flexibility, this is the programme for you.
If you value personal attention, excellent and very involved teachers and flexibility, this is the programme for you.

"The master Global History and International Relations was a logical continuation after the bachelor History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. I did this master in addition to the master programmes Finance and Investments and Financial Law. When reflecting on these studies, I believe that Global History and International Relations sets the example of what a master programme should look like. It has certain unique and valuable aspects which you do not find in many other studies nowadays.

Firstly, classes consist of a small amount of students. Therefore, the distance between teacher and students is remarkably small, allowing for interaction and discussions. We always took a view beyond that of the required literature and discussed current relevant issues in these discussions. I think that this is what makes the master such an interesting and high quality programme.

Furthermore the master provides great flexibility regarding the choice of the thesis topic. Not only was there a very broad list of topics, but we were also allowed to come up with our own ideas. As a good way to align my other interests – finance and financial law – with history, I was able to write my thesis on the development of financial regulation in the United States during the time Greenspan was chairman at the Federal Reserve (1987-2006).

In short, Global History and International Relations is a programme I would recommend to everyone who would value personal attention, excellent and very involved teachers and flexibility, offering the student the specific historical knowledge he or she needs." 

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