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Cultural History

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Language of education
Dutch, English
12 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The Master's programme Cultural History trains you in historical research and provides you with comprehensive and socially relevant expertise.

'Culture' is the buzz word in the world today. What does this imply for historians? Culture, after all, is a fiercely contested concept. The one-year Master's programme Cultural History is designed to contribute to a better understanding of the relevance and topicality of cultural history, identity formation, cultural memory, cultural heritage, and public history. Our focus is specifically on developing insight into the relationship between material facts and cultural constructions, between historical sources and popular narrative, between history ('the past as it was') and memory ('the past as it is imagined to have been'), between historicity and heritage, and between individual experience and cultural identities.

We believe that tomorrow's professionals in the broad field of culture need particular competencies to cope with important socio-political issues on an academic level. The Master's programme provides these competencies. What is the meaning of collective memory in a globalised world? What is the bearing of historical evidence on popular understandings of history? To what degree are identities historically contingent? How can history show that culture matters?

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top 100 position in the international university rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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