Modern History and International Relations

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Are you a talented student and interested in modern history and international relations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is exactly what you are looking for.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

You can take the Master's track in Modern History and International Relations as a track within the Research Master's degree programme in International Relations.

The two-year Master's track in Modern History and International Relations teaches you to carry out independent academic research in the fields of modern history and international relations. You will explore recent developments in these fields and study relevant theoretical and methodological backgrounds. You will learn about subjects such as international political economy, the history of cultural identity and European cooperation and integration.

As a student of this programme you work in small groups and are supervised by highly qualified researchers. The programme is closely related to the research carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the N.W. Posthumus Institute.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups
  • A challenging multidisciplinary approach
  • Research Assistantships


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opbouwResearch Seminars I-IV can be chosen from the range of research seminars offered by the master programmes in History, International Relations, American Studies en Media Studies (in consultation with the Director of Studies). MHIR Specialization 1-3 can be fulfilled by choosing research seminars (at the RUG or at another (Dutch or foreign) university), by following individual tutorials and/or by doing a research placement.
1e jaar
Theory of Modern History and International Relations
10 EC
Research Seminar I
10 EC
Methodology Modern History and International Relations
5 EC
Advanced Methodology International Relations
5 EC
Themes, Trends & Topics
10 EC
Research Seminar II
10 EC
Research Seminar III
10 EC
2e jaar
MHIR: Specialization 1
10 EC
MHIR: Specialization 2
10 EC
Bridging Horizons Class
5 EC
Thesis Preparation Class
5 EC
Research Master's Thesis MHIR afstuderen
30 EC


specialisatie Modern History

* History of Politics and Governance * Urban and Regional Social and Economic History * History of Cultural Identity

specialisatie International Relations

* International Security and Theory of International Organizations * International Political Economy * European Co-operation and Integration * International Order and Global Governance

specialisatie Master's placement

During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
50% theorie
25% praktijk
literature study, internship, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, integration module, seminar
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.
exchange programs
  • - Nederland
    Een verblijf in het buitenland behoort tot de mogelijkheden.
honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2022

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Excellent academic record.

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

BA degree in:

  • History
  • International Relations
  • American Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • an other related field

reference letter
Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.


estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


14 studenten volgen deze opleiding
43% daarvan is vrouw
4 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
75% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Clio is the study association of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen.
It has around 1000 members and is one of the largest study associations in Groningen and the largest study association at a Dutch Faculty of Arts. Clio organises numerous events including parties, workshops, excursions and offers services like high-quality summaries, the internship database and various discounts around Groningen.
Ubbo Emmius
Ubbo Emmius is the study association of the History department at the University of Groningen.
Ubbo Emmius is an association in which leisure activities and professional events are combined. GHD Ubbo Emmius has set up a career committee in order to advise and inform its members in the field of study, internships and professions. Each year this committee organizes two trips to institutes or companies, such as the European Parliament in Brussels. In addition, every year a career conference is organized with speakers of different fields and alumni who can familiarize history students with their life after graduation.
Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Alexis Tancrede Pages
"The content of the program is supplemented by the diverse backgrounds of the participating students."

I am a second year student in the ReMa Modern History and International Relations. Thus far, the program has met the expectations I had prior to my arrival in Groningen: academic and intellectual rigor, freedom to pursue personal interests in depth and the acquirement of the methodological tools imperative to conduct high-quality research.The interdisciplinary nature of my program appeared as a natural continuation of my growing interests. Having arrived in Groningen with little or no knowledge of IR theory, I was quickly immersed in it and immediately recognized its value to my own interests...
We all approach the same topic from divergent perspectives, providing fruitful debates that challenge our preconceived notions of our disciplines and encourages critical thinking.

lees verder ...
Research Fellow at Clingendael Institute

Five years ago I enrolled in the Research Master's programme in Modern History and International Relations at the University of Groningen. It was a small-scale programme that gave you the opportunity to develop further in a specific field of research in a group of 10 students...
Before I finished the programme I had already found a job as public relations officer for the Dutch Labour Party’s MEPs in Brussels. The flexibility of the programme and my thesis supervisor’s good supervision made it possible for me to graduate with honours alongside my work.

I currently work as a research fellow for Europe at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute for International Relations in The Hague. With the European Union facing significant challenges, it is a special time to be working at the Europe cluster at Clingendael. My research is on European administration, European integration and European Neighbourhood Policy. In the future I would like to do a PhD on one of these topics.

lees verder ...
Patty Huijbers
Research Master's Student Patty Huijbers About Her Research Assistants Programme


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1/2 RUG
Modern History and International Relations
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 RUG
Internationale Betrekkingen
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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In 2015 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Modern History and International Relations aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 4 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After graduation you are well prepared for a career in research at a university or a private or governmental research institute. You can pursue jobs at international organizations and government institutions as well. You can apply for a PhD-position.

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Potentiële beroepen

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Mireya Harmsen BSc

coordinator: for all questions regarding application

Dr. Benjamin Herborth

Director of Studies

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