The Master track Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a unique English-taught Master’s course in the Netherlands. NIOD offers this Master in cooperation with the Department of History of the University of Amsterdam. 

Students in front of the 'Spiegelmonument' (Auschwitz never again)


The academic field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies has particularly developed during the past decades. It has a multidisciplinary character, in which impulses from history, social sciences and law play an important role.

Four key questions dominate the field:

  1. Under which conditions and circumstances can genocides occur?
  2. What is the process of genocidal violence?
  3. What can happen in, with and between societies after an episode of mass violence and genocide?
  4. Can genocide be prevented and combated?

This Master track addresses these four questions, with a focus on processes of persecution, mass murder and genocide in the 20th century, specifically the Holocaust and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Armenia and Srebrenica. Among other things, students look at:

  • connections between war and genocide.
  • the politics of genocidal elites, state power and bureaucracy.
  • propaganda and mass media in relation to genocide.  
  • the legal approach and processing of genocide.
  • the ways in which later generations have interpreted genocides.

Admission procedure

The Master track Holocaust and Genocide Studies is accessible for students with a Bachelor degree in History, Cultural Anthropology, European Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Law or Sociology.

For more information about the admission and registration procedure visit the website of the University of Amsterdam.

Are you interested?

If you are interested want to know more contact dr. Thijs Bouwknegt, Education Coordinator of the Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.