Graduate School of Humanities

The VU Graduate School of Humanities offers a large selection of excellent Master’s degrees, Research Master’s degrees and PhD programmes, which provides research training for Master’s students and PhD researchers at the highest academic level.

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Research-oriented education is one of the faculty's major aims. With this priority in mind, teaching and research are combined; enabling students to take classes from highly qualified teachers and to be directly involved in current research projects. PhD researchers are given extensive supervision and participate in faculty teaching as part of their programme. It is also possible for PhD researchers to take classes in the Graduate school, in any of the national research schools or at a foreign university.

Teaching and research in the Faculty of Humanities at VU University has a strong interdisciplinary focus. The organisation of interfaculty research institutes, in which researchers from different faculties collaborate on projects, contributes to this focus. The interfaculty research institute CLUE+ explores culture, cognition, history and heritage, and the Network Institute sees Humanities researchers and computer scientists join forces. Heritage and E-Humanities are major points in the faculty’s teaching and research.

Career perspectives

A lot of attention is paid to career perspectives within Research Master's, Master's and PhD programmes. Students can attend guest lectures by invited specialists from relevant industries, follow internships in companies or public institutions, or do research tutorials at heritage-institutions and media companies. Research Master's students follow two courses in Research Design in which they are intensively prepared for a career in academia. PhD researchers are given the chance to enrol in career-oriented courses. The Graduate School organizes a yearly career event, at which our students and young researchers can meet successful VU alumni.

The Graduate School of Humanities is comprised of the following:

  • Master-level teaching
  • Research Master’s programmes
  • PhD research

The Graduate School strives to be a community of young researchers who are challenged to break boundaries in their work. The (Research) students and PhD researchers of VU Amsterdam are internationally oriented and like to explore: they are not afraid of a challenge, they want to engage with disciplines that are not their own and adapting research to the latest developments and needs in society is key. The Graduate School organizes various events in order to obtain these goals.

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