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The Dutch Republic experienced a Golden Age in the Early Modern Period. Its mercantile networks spanned the corners of the globe, with Amsterdam quickly developing into one of its greatest cities.
The history and culture of the Netherlands between 1550 and 1750 are uniquely relevant to world history, due to its place in the global economic system, its political and military power and its prominent role in many sciences and fields of scholarship. Not only that, but the Netherlands has long been renowned for its visual arts, architecture, literature and book publishing. The Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age is the leading institution for research in this field. The Research Master's programme Dutch Golden Age Studies prepares its participants for a related PhD programme. It provides students with a thorough introduction to current research on Dutch history and culture, as well as with the research skills to allow for a successful continuation of their studies, both at the theoretical and the empirical level. Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to conduct independent research in the rich collections related to Dutch history and art preserved in libraries, archives and museums in the Netherlands and elsewhere.
The programme yields 120 ECTS credits:
- 90 electives and tutorials
- 30 credits for a thesis
Dutch Golden Age Studies is a track of the Research programme in Art Studies, the programme Geschiedenis (History) and the programme Nederlandse letterkunde (Dutch literature).
The thesis reports on research by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members. The subject must be agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser.
Admission and degree requirements
This interdiciplinary programme is for talented students with a Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in a related field. The level of the Bachelor's degree must be comparable to that of a Dutch Bachelor's degree.
Applicants must also fulfil the general entry requirements of the Graduate School for Humanities regarding academic background, grade average and English and Dutch language proficiency.
Scholarships / Grants:
The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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