Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Research)


Type of DegreeMA

EU FeesEUR 2,314

Cost non-EUEUR 14,800

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Is this programme for you?

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical, medieval and early modern civilizations? Do you aspire to a career in research? This track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track focuses on Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and the Middle East. You will explore the similarities and differences between these periods and you will gain fundamental insights into the cultural developments and changes of premodern times. Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a multidisciplinary and international environment. Depending on your background and research interests, you can choose one main focus (History, Literature or Classics) within our interdisciplinary programme. You can design your own research profile to fit your interests. You will take specialist, tailor-made tutorials and courses on theory and method. You will collaborate with our top researchers on their academic projects. You can also spend a study period abroad at one of our partner universities. To complete your studies you will write an MA thesis on a subject of your own choice and specialism under the guidance of our academic team, which will give you a firm basis for further studies at PhD level.

Why study Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies with the University of Groningen?

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups
  • A unique approach that allows you to embed your chosen discipline in wider diachronic or synchronic fields
  • Research Assistantship Programme for students

How to apply

Prospective candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree in the following fields:

  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature and culture)
  • another related field


Career prospects

After graduation, you can continue your academic career in a PhD trajectory. The track also is excellent preparation for a (research-oriented) career in :

  • libraries
  • museums
  • other cultural organizations
  • journalism
  • education
  • and so on.
  • Most of our students will at least endeavour to obtain a place as a PhD researcher. To this end, there are introductory sessions as part of the thesis class where students are informed about the possibilities and pitfalls involved in applying for PhD positions inside and outside the University of Groningen. Each student will have to include a PhD proposal in his or her Master's thesis.

However, a modern research environment is not only made up of researchers it also requires staff who are familiar with the demands of modern research in academia and beyond. To this students have the opportunity to build up experience in the form of internships in a cultural institution with a research component, such as Tresoar in Leeuwarden or the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.

Finally, we want to cater for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching. We have created a fast track that allows students to integrate part of the Master of Arts in Teaching programme into their own programme.

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