Studying Global History and International Relations in Rotterdam

In the master specialisation Global History and International Relations in Rotterdam you will look at international relations in a historical context using approaches from the social sciences, political theory and cultural analysis. You will learn how to recognise and analyse global histories and their local consequences.

This specialisation highlights the rise and fall of empires and the emergence of international relations. In addition it focuses on paradoxical processes of cultural homogenisation and increasing emphasis on cultural diversity in debates on national histories and heritage programmes.

After your master you will be a historian who can explain why nation states act like they do on the international and local stage. Historians who wish to study the interrelation between national and global developments, will find an excellent programme in Rotterdam.


During an Erasmus Master Open Day, you can follow information sessions about the master specialisations you are interested in.

Best master programme

For several years in a row, the master History of Society has been chosen best history master of the Netherlands by both the magazine Elsevier and the Keuzegids - a guide which independently assesses education programmes in the Netherlands.

Quotes from Keuzegids 2014:

"Erasmus University takes the lead with regard to given compliments for content and organization. Students and experts are equally laudatory."

"Our advice: For those who did have not yet made a decision based on content and specialization: we recommend Rotterdam for a master in History."


Erasmus University Rotterdam is ranked amongst the 200 most international universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education. The list is based on the international outlook of universities.
Studying history at Erasmus University Rotterdam hence means studying in an international environment.