The Master's programme Cultural History of Modern Europe has a 60 EC course load. Please refer to the Fact Sheet as a supplement to the student website and as a guide during your academic years.


The Course planner contains an overview of the courses in your study programme's exam requirements, including useful information about individual courses. Note that you choose the right academic year!


This master's programme has a Dutch and an English track. Both groups follow the same courses, only in different languages. You must  indicate your language preference before the start of the programme. If you command both languages, you may take some modules in Dutch and others in English.

Study programme

In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical angle, 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, practices of citizenship, and the development of career-oriented academic skills. We begin by looking at contemporary problems and discussions.

The Master's programme Cultural History in Modern Europe, unique in the Netherlands, trains you in historical research and provides you with comprehensive and socially relevant expertise. Our graduates find jobs in fields like cultural policy (municipal, regional, national, European, global), journalism, media, public history, museums, heritage, and education.

Exam requirements

When you start this programme, you will be registered for its exam programme. The exam requirements are described in detail in the Education and Examination Regulations. In order to complete your Master's programme you will need to meet these exam requirements.

Entry Requirements

Look carefully at the entry requirements of the courses and whether there is a placement committee.

Study Progress Report (SPR)

Your study progress report lists all of your current results, and tells you how far along you are in meeting your exam requirements. View your study progress report in OSIRIS > tab Progress.

If you wish to deviate from the curriculum, you must first ask your programme’s Board of Examiners for approval or exemption. In case your request is granted, the changes will be processed in OSIRIS and integrated into your exam programme and Study Progress Review.

In order to graduate, you will need to meet your programme's exam requirements as described in the Education and Examination Regulations. Based on these criteria and your Study Progress Review, the Board of Examiners determines whether you have graduated. The courses that are listed on your Study Progress Review will appear on the International Diploma Supplement (IDS), the attachment that you receive with your diploma. Note that courses listed under the heading ‘Results-Other’ are not part of the examination syllabus and do not appear on the IDS.

If you have questions about your Study Progress Review or find errors in it, contact the Student Desk Humanities.