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Holocaust and Genocide Studies (History)
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Study programme

The Master's in Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers an interdisciplinary and comparative one-year programme based on a flexible interpretation of the notion of genocide. You will discuss both the ideology behind a genocide (or mass atrocity) and the context of war or martial law, will be paid to research into how later generations have interpreted different genocidal processes.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for courses and electives.
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.


Students of this programme are encouraged to take part in our excursions including: a site visit to a concentration camp, a visit to the International Criminal Court, and our annual 'Genocide Walk' featuring significant genocide-related sites in Amsterdam.

Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a part-time study

The curriculum is also offered as a part-time study, which lasts one and a half years. Students earn a maximum of 40 ECTS credits per year, i.e. 20 credits per semester. Part-time students attend courses together with full-time students. The programme for a part-time study is put together by the student, in mutual consultation with the coordinator of the programme.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. 


Many of our students do internships at NIOD or externally. For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please follow the link.

Detailed course information

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Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.