Global History and International Relations

Study programme

In the pre-Master Global History and International Relations, you will follow certain courses of the Bachelor History. You will become acquainted with cultural, social and economic history and with the history of international relations. You will take some methodological courses as well, preparing you for the Master's programme. It is possible to follow the programme full-time (one academic year) or part-time (two academic years).

Teaching methods

Each week you will have four hours of lectures and actively participate in tutorials for six hours. And of course you are always welcome to attend your lecturer's weekly consultation hours. You will also need to reserve 33 hours each week for reading and analysing texts, writing papers and preparing presentations.

In the pre-Master you will take two courses in each eight-week block. Each course consists of a weekly lecture and a three-hour tutorial group session. In term 3, you will take a research seminar, in addition to your courses, where you will learn how to conduct a small-scale historical research project yourself.

Group size

We combine lectures and smaller tutorials in the pre-Master so that you have four hours of lectures and six hours of tutorials each week. We limit the research seminar in term 3 to twelve students who we will be able to prepare optimally for the writing of their Bachelor's thesis.

Teaching language

In this international programme, all lectures are in English. The compulsory literature is also in English. Similarly, English is the language of communication during the seminars. You will also be required to write your papers and examinations in English.

The courses

Below you can view the study schedule of the Pre-Master programme Global History and International Relations. If you want more information about a certain course, enter the course code in the Course Guide of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    • Term 1

      • Course code: CH2201

        EC: 7.5

      • Course code: CH2207

        EC: 7.5

    • Term 2

      • Choose between:
        Historical Representation and Imagination
        International Business and Nation-states



      • Elective, choose between:

        • Total War
        • Economic Crises
        • Erasmus and Grotius: Two Great Humanists




    • Term 3

      • EC: 7.5

      • Course code: CH2217

        EC: 7.5

    • Term 4

      • Course code: CH3100

        EC: 7.5