Research masters

The Research School for Political History (RSPH) aims to offer research master students in the history of politics and the political a high-quality training program supervised by some of the leading scholars in the field working in the low countries.

Training program 2022 2023 RMAs

Research Master students who would like to apply at the RSPH are requested to send an e-mail to Aukje de Groot (bureau@onderzoekschoolpolitiekegeschiedenis.nl).


To Research Master Students, admitted to one of the research master programs in History of the associated universities, the RSPH offers training in the following competencies:

  • Knowledge and reflection
  • Oral and written reporting and debating
  • Skills

Knowledge of current debates, theories, historiography and methodologies in political history and adjacent fields of research.

Reflection on the position and characteristics of political history in interdisciplinary research cooperation.

Oral and written reporting and participation in academic, political and public debates.

Skills in the use of heuristic tools and techniques as well as digital humanities.


Most Research Master’s programs enable you to create a programme tailored to your interest. Apart from courses offered by a national research school like the OPG/RSPH, you are also allowed to choose a set of elective courses. These courses can either be Research Master’s or regular Master’s courses offered by any Dutch university.

As an extra service, the graduate school has listed some courses from different universities that would be a valuable addition to the program of any student wishing to become proficient in the discipline of political history.

List of suggestions for electives in political history

Please note:  no rights can be derived from this list of suggestions. Always ask the relevant institution for the admission requirements.