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MA History: History Today

Course Description

History Today links past and present and trains historians capable to carry out independent, high-quality historical research and of promote understanding of social issues.

The one-year Master's degree programme in History Today aims to train socially aware historians who can make contributions with a sound academic basis to the way we address the past, both in history as an academic field and in related sectors of the labour market.

The wide range of seminars and methodology course units within the Master's degree programme allows students to optimally tailor their studies to their interests and career aims. They also learn more general skills which are applicable in all professions, for example ethical reflection, communication and project organization.The core of the Master's degree programme comprises two research course units, at least one methodology course unit and the final assignment. In addition, and depending on their choice of professionally oriented specialization (Media, Culture and Heritage or Policy, Administration and Politics), students can follow a placement, 'The Past in the Present' colloquium or the Learning History Organization course unit. Alternatively, they can follow the open degree programme option, in which they can choose a chronological, geographical or thematic profile.

Why in Groningen?

- The combination of a broad focus and content-based specialization, through a wide selection of seminars
- The combination of a focus on academic competences and professional orientation through a placement, methodology course units and 'learning history'
- The option to follow specializations in the media, culture and heritage sector or in policy, administration and politics, or an open degree programme
- The wide range of modes of instruction (seminar, colloquium, placement, many possible Master's final assignments)

Job perspectives

On completiong of the Master's degree programme in History Today, you will be able to think critically and with a problem-resolution approach. You will be able to process large amounts of information and present the results clearly. Historians often find work in journalism and in museums, cultural institutions or publishing houses. They also regularly go into politics, the government or business.

Job examples

- Editor and journalist in various media
- Manager in a business
- Advisor to businesses or government
- Departmental director in an educational or cultural institution
- Policy officer
- Administrative consultant in the government
- Communications advisor
- Curator at a cultural institution
- Coordinator in education, events, and so forth
- Teacher
- Party assistant in the European Parliament or a political party
- Head of educational services at a cultural institution
- Journalist
- Researcher

Visit the MA History: History Today page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Course Fees

2015/16 EU/EEA: €1951 (Full-time); non-EU/EEA: €11000 (Full-time)

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