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The. Research Master's programme in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies. focuses on interdisciplinary study of the material, social, and intellectual developments in Europe (including the Mediterranean region) from Antiquity through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Read more

The Research Master's programme in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies focuses on interdisciplinary study of the material, social, and intellectual developments in Europe (including the Mediterranean region) from Antiquity through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Within this long period you can focus on your academic interests by choosing one of four tracks:

1. Ancient Studies

2. Medieval Studies

3. Medieval Celtic Studies

4. Renaissance Studies.

Within each track, you will work with source materials in their original languages, including in manuscript form. The Ancient Studies track has a keen interest in archaeology. The Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies tracks go beyond a solely historical approach by including courses in literature, linguistics, art history, musicology, and history. In the Medieval Studies track, you may specialize in either Medieval History, Medieval Art History, Medieval Literature, or Medieval Musicology. Medieval Celtic Studies combines literary studies with historical linguistics.



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The Utrecht Master in Applied Ethics is an interdisciplinary and international programme focused on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory. Read more

Explore the interaction between moral practices and ethical reflection

The Utrecht Master in Applied Ethics is an interdisciplinary and international programme focused on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory.

The Applied Ethics Master's programme in Utrecht offers you an in-depth focus on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory, allowing you to explore ethical theories in relation to actual practical dilemmas. At the end of your studies, you'll possess a thorough theoretical background in ethics, including important methods and debates in applied ethics. You will also understand the implications of legal and political frameworks for ethical argumentation.

During your studies in this programme, you’ll develop the necessary skills to analyse important current ethical issues. You’ll learn to critically propose possible solutions as well as to engage professionals and other concerned individuals in reflection on the moral dimensions of their practice.

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Applied Musicology focuses on the musical infrastructure and offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to operate successfully within international musical practice. Read more
Applied Musicology focuses on the musical infrastructure and offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to operate successfully within international musical practice.

The programme is a reflective training in both current and innovative approaches in musicology, whereas at the same time academic musicological skills are 'translated' into the day-to-day challenges in a musical life.

The programme is designed in a direct dialogue with top of the bill institutions within the musical infrastructure in the Netherlands and beyond; it does not discriminate between classical and popular music. The curriculum augments the knowledge and skills gained through the Utrecht Bachelor programme in Musicology, with its accents on both historical musicology and the relation of music with other media.

Students are accompanied intensively while developing research and reflective skills relevant to questions in contemporary music production, programming, financing and participation. Required skills (for example journalistic writing skills) are trained extensively in classroom labs, coached by professors and professionals.

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The Research Master's programme in Art History is devoted to the art and architecture of the Low Countries (Netherlands and Belgium) from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Read more
The Research Master's programme in Art History is devoted to the art and architecture of the Low Countries (Netherlands and Belgium) from the late Middle Ages to the present day.

The two-year Research Master's programme in Art History focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium), and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will study Netherlandish art and architecture, taking into account their international context. We invite you to critically reflect on the production of art and architecture, and the role of patronage; investigate the reasons why so many artist went abroad, and how they became agents in the international diffusion of art theory, style, and repertoire.

You will also have the opportunity to study other specific subjects that align with your own personal interests. Our close ties with major art museums and other cultural organisations both in the Netherlands and abroad mean that the academic and practical work are closely linked.

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With a mix of theory, research approaches, and practical work, Arts and Society prepares creative thinkers and doers for a professional career on the cutting edge between art and society. Read more

Preparing arts professionals for the cultural sector of the future

With a mix of theory, research approaches, and practical work, Arts and Society prepares creative thinkers and doers for a professional career on the cutting edge between art and society.

The cultural world is in a state of rapid transformation due to technological innovation, urbanization, economic globalization, and an increasingly unpredictable sociopolitical landscape. All facets of the arts – practice, organisation, leadership, societal relevance, and internationalization (in Europe and beyond) – are affected by this transformation. Utrecht's Master of Arts and Society will prepare you to operate as a leading figure in the global arts, media, and cultural sectors of the future.

Our Master's programme was designed to meet the urgent need for arts professionals who possess rigorous theoretical and research skills coupled with practical abilities and an acute awareness of the current state of the sector at the local and global levels. As a student in this programme you will explore, for example, the dynamics and dilemmas within existing mainstream culture and its relationship with a growing number of “alternative” cultural practices, new models of creative production and industry, and the ever-increasing role of the arts in social justice.

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In this Research Master's programme, you study the role of literature in modern societies and its continuing role in the changing media landscapes of the modern world. Read more

Literature in a globalized world

In this Research Master's programme, you study the role of literature in modern societies and its continuing role in the changing media landscapes of the modern world.

The two-year Research Master's programme in Comparative Literary Studies focuses on the role that literature in European languages plays as a cultural medium in the modern world. You will study literary phenomena from the Renaissance onward, evaluating it against the intellectual, social, political, and technological changes that occurred in society during these different eras.

The ‘comparative’ approach characteristic for Utrecht is understood to involve comparison between literary phenomena along three principal axes:
-transculturality (how does literature reflect and negotiate cultural differences and operate across national borders?)
-mediality (how does literature work as a medium and relate to other forms of cultural and knowledge production? how are literary phenomena adapted to other media? )
-memory (how do stories and cultural forms survive across generations and how are they transformed across time?)

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The Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights focuses on the analysis of contemporary violent conflict with an emphasis on the interconnectedness of violence. Read more

Conflict Studies and Human Rights: Theoretical analysis and grounded research

The Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights focuses on the analysis of contemporary violent conflict with an emphasis on the interconnectedness of violence.

The Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a selective, international graduate programme combining the study of theory with in-depth case study analysis.

The programme focuses on both the dynamics of violent conflicts and the problems associated with national and international military or humanitarian intervention by agencies such as the UN, NATO, or non-governmental organisations.

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2016 ranked Utrecht University’s Conflict Studies and Human Rights programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands.
In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated Conflict Studies as the best programme.

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This Master's programme focuses on contemporary theatre and dance studies and dramaturgy, from an intermedial, interdisciplinary, intercultural and international perspective. Read more
This Master's programme focuses on contemporary theatre and dance studies and dramaturgy, from an intermedial, interdisciplinary, intercultural and international perspective.

Fully taught in English, the Master's in Theatre Studies takes an academic approach to theatre and dance while also keeping close track of contemporary practices. We incorporate these practices into the programme to explore them, pose questions, and surprise ourselves: why this, why here, why now, and for what purpose?

Our research focus areas include: dance, embodiment, and corporeal literacy;
theory and practice of dramaturgy; community arts and participatory and political performance; impact of technology on contemporary performance practice and emerging intermedial vocabularies; relationships between the performing arts and visual culture.

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In the Master's programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe's position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Read more

Explore Europe’s history and culture from a global perspective

In the Master's programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe's position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history.

Our programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks. The programme content focuses on theories of modern cultural history, global perspectives on European civilization, the politics of heritage and cultural memory, aspects of transnational history and postcolonial culture, global practices of citizenship, and the development of career-oriented academic competencies. We begin by looking at contemporary problems and discussions.

This programme offers an English track and a Dutch track. The modules offered in these tracks are the same – only the language of instruction differs.

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In the Utrecht Master in Gender Studies, you'll learn to develop and implement sustainable perspectives in emancipation policies, diversity management, cultural initiatives and political activism. Read more
In the Utrecht Master in Gender Studies, you'll learn to develop and implement sustainable perspectives in emancipation policies, diversity management, cultural initiatives and political activism.

Emancipation, the recognition of differences, and awareness of intersections of gender with other factors of identity making (class, race, age, sexuality, etc.) are crucial tools in analysing social and cultural relations in today's postcolonial and post-secular societies.

Our Master's programme in Gender Studies provides you with an interdisciplinary understanding of these tools, as well as advanced analytical skills. You will be trained within an internationally diverse cohort of students and academic staff to become a professionally successful 'agent of change'.

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In this Research Master's programme, you will learn to critically analyse how gender and ethnicity intersect with other social and historical categories. Read more

Reconfigure identity constructions and power differences in our globalized world

In this Research Master's programme, you will learn to critically analyse how gender and ethnicity intersect with other social and historical categories.

In the two-year Research Master in Gender Studies (Research), you will analyse and problematise various structurally embedded conceptions about gender and ethnicity while considering other axes of difference, such as religion, age, and sexuality. Together with the academic staff and fellow students representing different academic fields—ranging from anthropology to literary studies—you will investigate gendered and racialised phenomena in a highly interdisciplinary setting.

Utrecht University’s Research Master in Gender Studies is one of Europe’s most advanced interdisciplinary teaching and research programme in Gender Studies. Our research-focused programme prepares students for postgraduate or PhD work in Gender Studies and related fields.

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There is a growing demand for qualified researchers, legal practitioners and policy makers who can address these and comparable issues. Read more

A multidisciplinary, critical, and comparative perspective on criminology

There is a growing demand for qualified researchers, legal practitioners and policy makers who can address these and comparable issues. Are you a multidisciplinary expert or criminologist who wants to make a significant contribution to the field? Are you someone who wants to work in the field of law and social reform – or any sector dealing with growing forms of local and global crime control? Do you want to be part of a Master's programme with students from different continents? Then the MA in Global Criminology at Utrecht University is the right choice for you!

As a graduate with an MA in Global Criminology, you could conduct further research at a university, or at research institutes (NGOs, commercial research offices, etc.)
Additional career opportunities exist in the areas of law and social reform, policy making, law enforcement, and research, particularly for positions within international organisations or organisations with significant international scope.

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*Global Criminology
*Penology and Forensic Criminology

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The Research Master's programme in History offers research-based training in political and cultural history, the history of international relations, and social and economic history. Read more

Stepping stone to a career in research

The Research Master's programme in History offers research-based training in political and cultural history, the history of international relations, and social and economic history.

The History Research Master's programme offers you research-based training in history as an academic discipline. We teach you how to perform research, and we challenge you to develop your own ideas on topics of your choice. Our History Department offers a broad range of historical expertise in four scholarly fields: political history; cultural history; history of international relations and conflict studies; and economic and social history.

To develop your skills as an independent researcher, you will have the opportunity to pursue a research internship with a variety of professional organisations. You can also choose to spend one semester abroad at a major research university.

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 ranked Utrecht University’s History programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands.

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In the Master's programme History of Politics and Society you will learn how to use historical insights into the functioning of democracy, citizenship and the market to solve current-day problems. Read more

What does this Master entail?

In the Master's programme History of Politics and Society you will learn how to use historical insights into the functioning of democracy, citizenship and the market to solve current-day problems.

Use historical insights to solve present-day issues
Have you wondered how some societies manage to achieve wealth, security, justice, and freedom – and eventual happiness – while others do not? What role do citizenship, democracy, and the organisation of the market play in this process? Why do you think it is so difficult to avoid negative effects such as social polarisation and environmental damage?

History and origins of institutions
These are the core questions addressed in our Master’s programme in History of Politics and Society. The central theme is the concept of ‘institutions’, in the broadest sense of the word: the formal and informal rules, customs, and organisational structures that make up a society, but are themselves the result of a historical development process. As such, this programme is closely related to Institutions, one of Utrecht University’s strategic international research themes.

In this programme, you will study the history and origins of institutions over the past 1,000 years. The emphasis is mainly on Europe in the modern age, but emphatically placed within a broader perspective, as the programme also pays attention to other eras and other parts of the world. You will combine your historical knowledge and academic skills with concepts from the social sciences. You will learn how to use comparative research methods, and methods for long-term analysis. You will develop the tools to contribute, as a historian, to the solution of contemporary problems.

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In the interdisciplinary Master's in Intercultural Communication you will carry out practice-oriented research relating to communication optimisation in multilingual and international contexts. Read more
In the interdisciplinary Master's in Intercultural Communication you will carry out practice-oriented research relating to communication optimisation in multilingual and international contexts.

The world is becoming ever 'smaller'. Due to technological and economic developments we are increasingly being brought into contact with different languages and cultures. Whether in multicultural societies, international organisations or online: communication has become an international, and therefore an intercultural, matter. In business, too, the importance of cultural parameters and mutual perceptions are rapidly increasing.

The Intercultural Communication Master's programme teaches you how to approach linguistic and cultural diversity in various, international, contexts. It is implementation-oriented, interdisciplinary, international and multilingual. After graduation your skills as a multilingual and intercultural expert mean you will be ready to contribute to mutual understanding within Europe and to the good worldwide relationships that are so important in this age of globalisation.

Tracks

This Master offers seven tracks:
-Multilingual
-German
-English
-French
-Italian
-Dutch
-Spanish

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