Programme outline

Our one-year programme comprises 60 EC and consists of two semesters, each divided into two study periods. Please refer to the programme book as a supplement to the student website and as a guide during your first weeks of the academic year.


The course planner contains an overview of the courses in your study programme's exam requirements, including useful information about individual courses. 

If you want to follow courses from other programmes, either in the Netherlands or abroad, or if you require some help in choosing the contents of your study path, feel free to contact your Programme Coordinator.

Programme components

International Relations in Historical Perspective's curriculum consists op two parts:

  1. The first part of our programme consists of a number of obligatory modules directed at increasing your knowledge and skills, and to bring them from a BA to an advanced MA level.
  2. During the second part of the programme, starting from February, it is up to you to decide what you want to do with your advanced knowledge and skills:
  • Practice Track
  • Applied Research Track
  • Research Track


Entry Requirements

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

The Practice Track consists of:

  • internship
  • thesis

This track prepares you for a career in, for example, (foreign) policy making, journalism or consultancy.

The Applied Research Track consists of:

  • applied research lab
  • thesis

The Research Track consists of:

  • research tutorial
  • research thesis

This track prepares you for a career in an academic environment.

Exam requirements

When you start this programme, you will be registered for its exam programme. This is a 'translation' of the exam requirements described in the Education and Examination Regulations.In order to complete your Master's programme you will need to meet the exam requirements.

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. See the example (pdf, in Ducth) for an explanation of the Study Progress Report.

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.