MA Program in Humanities Studies in the Netherlands

Compare Masters of Arts in Humanities Studies in the Netherlands

Humanities Studies

An MA or Master of Arts degree is obtained by students after completing a one- to two-year program studying History, English or other fine arts or humanities subjects. MA studies are most often a mix of research and coursework.

Humanities and social sciences is the perfect area of study for students who are looking to learn a huge variety of skills which might prepare them for unparalleled freedom when it comes to choosing which industry they’d like to work in.

The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of twelve provinces in North-West Europe and three islands in the Caribbean. English speaking students will have no problems finding suitable courses. For international students applying to universities in the Netherlands, several scholarships are available.

MA Program in Humanities Studies in the Netherlands

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MA in History: Global History and International Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The MA History program Global History and International Studies focus on how the circulation of people, goods and ideas across the globe developed over time and shaped the world as we know it today. [+]

The MA History program Global History and International Studies focus on how the circulation of people, goods and ideas across the globe developed over time and shaped the world as we know it today. Courses deal with a range of subjects, from the “Great Divergence” between industrial development in China and Europe to unfree labor in a global perspective, the circulation of racial theories and global migrations. In specialized courses, you learn from our experts about the most recent trends. The choice of subject for your master’s thesis is free.

Master: History Specialization: Global History and International Studies STUDY PROGRAM

More than just the past

The program combines approaches from history and the social sciences, especially anthropology, economics and international relations. Courses deal with a range of subjects, from the “Great Divergence” between industrial development in China and Europe to unfree labor in a global perspective, the circulation of racial theories and global migrations. In addition to archival sources, students will acquire a basic notion of field research and the use of online sources such as diasporic social media and learn to work with digital databases in the field of economic and social history. Students can also improve their knowledge, network and skills by participating in activities of research institutes such as the center for Environmental Humanities and CLUE+. The link between history and contemporary political debates on migration, nationalism and ethnicity is discussed throughout the program.... [-]


MA in History: Medical and Health Humanities

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The interdisciplinary MA program History: Medical and Health Humanities combines the history of health and medicine with a wide array of arts and humanities approaches. [+]

The interdisciplinary MA program History: Medical and Health Humanities combines the history of health and medicine with a wide array of arts and humanities approaches. Classes explore the different ways that bodies and minds have been investigated and understood, and how these various ways of knowing shape everyday life, medical practice, and public health policy. Participants learn to contextualize medical ideas in the time and culture, and to analyze a diverse range of sources, including historical artifacts, comics and films, medical texts and health journalism. Drawing on methods from across the disciplines, students will broaden their tools of investigation beyond the written word to also consider the sounds, smells, and the look and feel of the past and its lessons and legacies in the present day.... [-]


MA in History: Religion and Society

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The MA History program Religion and Society focusses on understanding the changing role of religion(s) in society from Antiquity up until the present. Courses deal with questions such as: what is the relationship between religion, politics and society since Antiquity? How can we understand the gradual separation of Church and State and new forms of worship, dissent and devotion since the western Middle Ages? And what has been the impact of broader processes such as secularisation, globalization and colonialism? [+]

The MA History program Religion and Society focusses on understanding the changing role of religion(s) in society from Antiquity up until the present. Courses deal with questions such as: what is the relationship between religion, politics and society since Antiquity? How can we understand the gradual separation of Church and State and new forms of worship, dissent and devotion since the western Middle Ages? And what has been the impact of broader processes such as secularisation, globalization and colonialism?

Master: History Specialization: Religion and Society STUDY PROGRAM

Long-standing tradition of expertise

The History department of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a strong tradition in teaching and analyzing the role of religion throughout history. Religion is studied in its societal and political contexts and from a long-term perspective, which makes our program unique. Students are trained in the latest interdisciplinary approaches to study religion, including history, cultural anthropology, archaeology, philology and digital humanities. They can improve their knowledge, network and skills by participating in activities of research institutes such as the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History and CLUE+. The program has great societal relevance as topics such as clashes between religion and secularism, the entangled relations between politics and religion and the future of religious heritage are discussed.... [-]


Dual Master of Arts in Heritage Studies: Archival and Information Studies

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 18  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Dual Master's programme Archival and Information Studies focuses on Archival Studies, treating contemporary archival theory and practice, training archivists in the science and craft of record-keeping, and providing insight into the archives of the past and future. [+]

The Dual Master's programme Archival and Information Studies focus on Archival Studies, treating contemporary archival theory and practice, training archivists in the science and craft of record-keeping, and providing insight into the archives of the past and future.

Archiving the everyday

The computational turn has fundamentally changed the way people and institutions produce, use, collect, share, and keep information. Data is the vital fuel for a growing number of applications in daily life and has become a fundamental human resource, similar to food, energy or transportation. The result is a fragmentation and personalisation of data-creation and data-use.

What are the implications of these developments for information management and record-keeping? How can we keep relevant information accessible in time? How does the data-driven culture transform societal values such as transparency and privacy? And how do we keep the archives of the past connected to the needs of the present? These questions are central to the Dual Master in Archival Studies.... [-]


Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (Religious Diversity in Europe)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

Europe's cultural history is characterised by religious exchange, adaptations and conflict within a global context. In this Master's programme, you will explore past and present religious diversities within and beyond their European contexts. [+]

Europe's cultural history is characterised by religious exchange, adaptations and conflict within a global context. In this Master's programme, you will explore past and present religious diversities within and beyond their European contexts.

The cultural history of religious diversity

In the Master’s in Religious Diversity in Europe, you will study the religious field from a historical as well as a social scientific perspective. Taking the present day situation as a point of departure, you will reflect on religion’s multiple entanglements in history, culture, society and the individual. As such, the programme offers exciting opportunities to students who enjoy studying religious texts, traditions and practices, and theoretical issues related to religious diversity in Europe.... [-]


Research Master of Arts in Philosophy

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year Research Master's programme Philosophy familiarises you with one or more sub-areas of philosophy. You can choose to specialise in philosophical tradition in context, critical cultural theory, philosophy and public affairs, and logic and language. [+]

The two-year Research Master's programme Philosophy familiarises you with one or more sub-areas of philosophy. You can choose to specialise in philosophical tradition in context, critical cultural theory, philosophy and public affairs, and logic and language.

A strong international focus

The Research Master's programme Philosophy familiarises students with one or more sub-areas of philosophy, and offers an excellent opportunity to students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Philosophy. The programme covers a wide range of topics and perspectives, and has a strong international focus. Both Anglo-Saxon and European philosophy are studied. Students can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:... [-]


Master of Arts in Literary Studies (Literature, Culture and Society)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master's in Literature, Culture and Society draws on the fields of literature, cultural studies and intellectual history, and provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to specialise in a major European literature in its broader intercultural contexts. [+]

The Master's in Literature, Culture and Society draws on the fields of literature, cultural studies and intellectual history, and provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to specialise in a major European literature in its broader intercultural contexts.

Literature and culture from a global European perspective

For centuries, literature has played – and continues to play – an important role in our understanding of how society is continuously being shaped and re-shaped. Literature is often associated with intellectual training and skills, Bildung, and (global) citizenship. In this programme, you are encouraged to creatively explore the field of European literature and culture in a broad sense. We address the role these pieces of literature play in increasingly globalised and transcultural contexts. Europe, in this sense, is not just a designated continent, but rather a specific lens on a set of global relations.... [-]


Master of Arts in Literary Studies (Literature and Education)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

In the Master’s in Literature and Education, you will study foreign language and literature learning from an acquisitional, pragmatic and educational perspective, while specializing in one of seven major European languages or language families. [+]

In the Master’s in Literature and Education, you will study foreign language and literature learning from an acquisitional, pragmatic and educational perspective, while specialising in one of seven major European languages or language families.

Language and literature in an educational context

The Master's programme Literature and Education offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the study of language and literature learning. Drawing from research and practice, you will take courses in both linguistics and literature. The linguistic strand of the programme focuses on language use, language variation and (foreign) language learning and teaching, while the literary strand zeroes in on the practical and conceptual ties between literature and education, addressing questions such as: How does one ‘teach’ literature? What is it that literature teaches us? And what is the relationship between literature and social development and change?... [-]


Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (Islam in the Modern World)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master's in Islam in the Modern World offers you an in-depth interdisciplinary academic framework to engage with topics and debates concerning Islam and modernity, both in Europe and the Muslim world. [+]

The Master's in Islam in the Modern World offers you an in-depth interdisciplinary academic framework to engage with topics and debates concerning Islam and modernity, both in Europe and the Muslim world.

Studying Islam in contemporary society

The Master's in Islam in the Modern World provides advanced knowledge in the field of Islamic studies and insight into contemporary issues related to Islam. The programme offers a unique preparation for engaging with debates and policies concerning the processes defining the place of Muslims and Islam in modern societies and is embedded in a broad range of research projects related to Islam in Europe, the historical tradition, reformism and modernity, as well as the history of Orientalism.... [-]


Research Master of Arts in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The innovative interdisciplinary two-year Research Master's programme Heritage, Memory Studies and Archaeology explores the ways in which we deal with tangible and intangible remnants and narratives of the past, as well as the remaking of the past into heritage, memory and material culture in the present. [+]

The innovative interdisciplinary two-year Research Master's programme Heritage, Memory Studies and Archaeology explores the ways in which we deal with tangible and intangible remnants and narratives of the past, as well as the remaking of the past into heritage, memory and material culture in the present.

A unique combination of scientific traditions

The two-year Research Master's programme in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology trains you to think critically about how human societies have dealt with the past in pre-modern times, as well as the diverse and conflicting ways in which the past is interpreted and put to use in the world today.

Whether you choose to specialise in ‘Heritage and Memory Studies’, or in ‘Archaeology and Material Culture’, this innovative programme offers a unique combination of scientific traditions and will give you a strong theoretical and conceptual foundation in Heritage and Memory Studies or Archaeology and Material Culture and the intersections between these fields.... [-]


Master of Arts in French

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

With a Bachelor’s in French, you can continue your studies of the language, literature and culture of the French-speaking world through one of the following Master’s degree programmes. [+]

With a Bachelor’s in French, you can continue your studies of the language, literature and culture of the French-speaking world through one of the following Master’s degree programmes.

Studying French at the University of Amsterdam

The Graduate School of Humanities offers several one-year Master’s during which you can specialise in French as a track within the programme. Each approaching French with a unique focus – whether its literature, linguistics, education or culture – these Master’s allow you to tailor the programme to your interests.

Language and Society

In this Linguistics programme, you explore language from a (socio)linguistic and pragmatic perspective while developing the knowledge and skills to analyse French within its unique social context.... [-]


Master of Arts in English

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

With a Bachelor’s in English, you can continue your studies of the language, literature and culture of the English-speaking world through one of the following Master’s degree programmes. [+]

With a Bachelor’s in English, you can continue your studies of the language, literature and culture of the English-speaking world through one of the following Master ’s degree programmes.

Studying English at the University of Amsterdam

The Graduate School of Humanities offers several one-year Master’s in which you can study English as a track within the programme. Each approaching English with a unique focus – whether it's literature, linguistics, education or culture – these Master’s allow you to tailor the programme to your interests.

English Language and Culture

This Literary Studies programme explores the history and theory of English literature and studies its relationship with other media while engaging key issues of intellectual concern in society, politics and culture.... [-]


Research Master of Arts in Communication and Information Studies: Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

In this Research Master’s programme, you will develop a thorough understanding of the ways in which language is used as a means of convincing others, studying argumentation and rhetoric in a range of communicative contexts. [+]

In this Research Master’s programme, you will develop a thorough understanding of the ways in which language is used as a means of convincing others, studying argumentation and rhetoric in a range of communicative contexts.

The Research Master’s programme Argumentation, Rhetoric, and Communication focuses on the study of argumentation and rhetoric in a range of communicative contexts, including politics, law, healthcare and science. You will:

Learn to reflect on the most important methods and approaches to the analysis and evaluation of rhetorical and argumentative characteristics; Explore key developments in the fields of communication and discourse studies; Discuss and examine crucial concepts from rhetoric and argumentation theory as they apply to argumentative discourse analysis, evaluation, and production; Use insights from the philosophy of language and pragmatics, relevance theory, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, and metaphor theory as a framework for your studies. Develop the methods and techniques of qualitative and quantitative empirical research; Conduct thorough and theoretically justified analyses, case studies, corpus research, and other types of investigations of real-life discussions and texts. Argumentation, Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Amsterdam ... [-]

Master of Arts in Heritage Studies (Archival and Information Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 18  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

In the one-year Master's programme in Archival and Information Studies you will concentrate on Information Studies, and develop the skills, competences and understandings necessary to become an Information Specialist in today's dynamic digital world. [+]

In the one-year Master's programme in Archival and Information Studies, you will concentrate on Information Studies, and develop the skills, competencies and understandings necessary to become an Information Specialist in today's dynamic digital world.

Our new and dynamic digital age

Information, data, media and digitality have become ubiquitous features of our social, economic and political lives. All the world is connected and media and computational technologies have already converged into a small device we carry around in our pockets. News is sampled rather than broadcast. We converse through snippets of information shared via junk radio bands to a global clique. This digital hyper-archive of information is not only a resource to be accessed and consulted, but, as never before, the constituent data for new questions, new enquiries and new intrusions into our social and political lives. The methods of the previous age, methods of representation and fixed association, no longer apply to this new, dynamic, digital information world.... [-]


Master of Arts in Linguistics (Language and Education)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12  September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

In the Master’s in Language and Education, you will study language and literature learning from an acquisitional, pragmatic and educational perspective while specialising in one of seven major European languages or language families. [+]

In the Master’s in Language and Education, you will study language and literature learning from an acquisitional, pragmatic and educational perspective, while specialising in one of seven major European languages or language families.

Language and literature in an educational context

The Master's programme Language and Education offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the study of language and literature learning. Drawing from research and practice, you will take courses in both linguistics and literature. The linguistic strand of the programme focuses on language use, language variation and (foreign) language learning and teaching, while the literary strand zeroes in on the practical and conceptual ties between literature and education, addressing questions such as: How does one ‘teach’ literature? What is it that literature teaches us? And what is the relationship between literature and social development and change?... [-]