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

This two-year Research Master's track covers Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and the Middle East. You will explore the similarities and differences between these periods. In addition, you will gain fundamental insights into the cultural changes that preceded the modern period.

The track offers three different specializations: in History (croho code 60139), in Literary Studies (croho code 60814), and in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (croho code 60039). Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a multidisciplinary environment. Depending on your background and research interests, you will decide what your main subject will be. You can focus on history and choose between Ancient, Medieval or Early Modern History. You can also focus on literature. Then your options are Latin, Greek, English or Dutch Literature.

You can design your own programme to fit your interests. You will take specialist tutorials and courses on theory and method, and finish the programme by writing a thesis.

Programme options

Premodern History (specialization)

If you are studying History, are interested in the older period (Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early-Modern Era) and have achieved good study results so far, the Premodern History specialization within this Research Master's track might be right up your street.

Premodern Literature (specialization)

If you are studying a language, are interested in the older periods (Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early-Modern Era) and have achieved good study results so far, the Premodern Literature specialization within this Research Master's track might be right up your street.

Classics (specialization)

If you are studying Classics, are interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to classical history and would also like to explore other periods (the Middle Ages and the Early-Modern Era), and have achieved good study results so far, the Classics specialization within this Research Master's track might be right up your street.

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

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.

Master's placement (specialization)

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 Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Programme schedule

Courses year 1

University of Groninger

Courses year 2

University of Groningen

Research Seminars I-IV can be chosen from the range of research seminars offered by the master programmes in History, Classics and Literary Studies (in consultation with the Director of Studies). CMRS 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.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
grade list Excellent academic record.
language test 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). ERK level C1.
previous education BA degree in:
  • History
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • a European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature and culture)
  • another related field
reference letter Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.
written request Motivation letter
other admission requirements Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 €2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 €12500 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 01 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 01 September 2019

Job prospects

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

  • libraries
  • museums
  • other cultural organizations
  • journalism
  • education

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. 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. To facilitate these students, we have created a fast track that allows them to integrate part of the Master of Arts in Teaching programme into their own programme.


The track, which is offered by the Graduate School for the Humanities, is linked to excellent, multidisciplinary research which is carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the national research schools OIKOS (Netherlands Research School for Classical Studies) and Medieval Studies. Research MA students are required to participate in seminars, courses and summer schools organized by the Dutch national research schools. These 'schools' are organized for the training of PhD students, but some activities are open to or specially set up for you. These events give you, as a Research MA student, the opportunity to deepen your disciplinary profile and to become acquainted with top researchers in your field.

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