Programme outline

Our one-year programme comprises 60 EC and consists of two semesters, each divided into two study periods. The objective of the programme is to provide a wide-ranging curriculum, by bridging the fields of history and international relations, to students from various backgrounds. The programme provides students with engaging courses, stimulates critical thinking, and creates a unique nexus between the history, politics, and practice of international relations. Please refer to the factsheet of the programme 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, please contact your Programme Coordinator.

Programme components

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

  1. The first part of our programme consists of a number of mandatory courses aimed at increasing your knowledge and skills, and to bring them from a BA to an advanced MA level. These modules stimulate students to engage in scholarly discussions, issues, and challenges of the discipline and practice of international relations in historical perspective.
  2. In 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. There are three ‘tracks’ that you can choose from:
  • Practice Track
  • Applied Research Track
  • Research Track

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.

Making a change

In your report you can check if all your achieved results have been properly recorded and are listed under the correct heading. If you find any results under 'Other' that you would like to include in your study programme, or if you have other changes to make, follow these steps:

  • Go to Osiris Student > Cases > My cases > Start a new case by using the plus icon in the bottom right corner. 
  • A new window will open. Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off for the new window to open. 
  • Choose Request Board of Examiners. Select case type Approval courses UU or SVO changes.