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The Graduate School of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam offers a broad range of Master’s programmes in media, history, literature, linguistics, philosophy, heritage studies and arts and culture. It provides cutting-edge education that is strongly grounded in innovative research.

Programmes in the Humanities

The Graduate School of Humanities offers English-taught and Dutch-taught Master's programmes. It also offers specialisations in Arabic, German, French, Greek and Latin, Hebrew, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic and Spanish. Many programmes score highly in the international university rankings.

Types of Master's programmes

There are three different types of Master's programmes: non-selective 1-year Master's programmes, selective Dual Master's programmes (1,5 - 2 years) and selective 2-year Research Master's programmes. Please find further specifications below:

Master's programmes

  • 60 credits
  • 1 year

Our one-year Master’s degree programmes taught in Dutch and English are comprised of advanced courses in a specialised field of the Humanities. These provide students with a broad education and equip them with the necessary academic skills for a career within or outside of academia. Participants have the opportunity to take one or two electives from a wide range of specialisations.

Dual Master's programmes

  • 90 credits
  • 1,5 - 2 years
  • Selective admissions procedure

Our Dual Master’s programmes combine in-depth theoretical knowledge with practice-based learning. As part of the programme, students are expected to apply their acquired theoretical knowledge during a work placement of three to six months.

Research Master's programmes

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Selective admissions procedure

Our Research Master’s programmes prepare students for entry into a related PhD programme at the University of Amsterdam or elsewhere. The programmes provide students with a broad education in a specific field and give them the opportunity to gain research experience in a specific area.

As a rule, students with a Master’s degree wishing to enter a Research Master’s programme directly related to their intellectual background should be able to complete the programme within one year.