History MA

Master degree
24 months
Application deadlines: Winter - July 15, Summer – February 15
Processing time: 30 days
Full-time, Part-time
Intakes: Winter – October, Summer – April
International tuition: €343.6
Domestic tuition: €343.6

Program overview

The Master’s degree programme in History enhances and consolidates the methodological and subject-specific knowledge and skills acquired during the BA programme. This degree programme emphasizes research-oriented study and a broad interdisciplinary approach and combines traditional competencies in History studies with skills in new cultural and instructional techniques. Students learn how to conduct scientific-historical research on their own based on critical assessment of information and also learn how to work independently in areas that require skills in information science or cultural science. 

The Master’s degree programme in History requires students to choose two fields, of which one shall be the specialisation, from all periods, regions and subject areas covered in the BA programme. Further, they are expected to gain in-depth knowledge of the fields in intensive, methodological and research modules. The programme culminates in the completion of the Master's thesis in the 4th academic semester. 

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



    Entry requirements are:

    1. the certificate of the general university entrance qualification, a relevant subject-specific university entrance qualification, a foreign university entrance qualification or a university entrance qualification recognised as equivalent by the competent state authority


    2. a degree obtained with above-average success in the history course or in courses of study with essentially the same content at a domestic or foreign university, for which a standard period of study of at least three years of study is fixed, or a degree recognized as equivalent. For the Master's programme in History (120 CP), the subject content must generally be at least 50% or 70 credit points. In exceptional cases, a subject share of less than 50%, but at least 20% or 28 credit points is sufficient. For the Master's programme in History (20 CP), the subject content must be at least 20% or 28 credit points.

    In assessing the above-average result, account may be taken in particular of:

    1. University degree grades of at least 2.0; in the event that  the subject content of history is less than 50%, but at least 20%, university degree grades of at least 1.5;

    2. University degree grades from 2.0 to 2.3 (subject content history at least 50% or 70 CP), if other achievements and qualifications are proven that provide special information about the suitability for the Master's degree program history, in particular a minimum six-week internship or equivalent practical activities or vocational training / activity, each in the field of application or teaching of historical knowledge and skills (e.g. Publishing, library, museum or archive management, cultural management, political consulting, journalism).

    3. The professional classification of the applicant within the university at the final examination, which is a prerequisite for access to this master's program (ranking).

    The Admission Committee shall decide on the equivalence of previous education and the comparability of qualified qualifications. When recognising foreign degrees, the recommendations of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs as well as agreements within the framework of university partnerships must be observed. In cases of doubt, the Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB) is consulted.

    Career opportunities

    Jobs directly related to your degree include:
    - Academic researcher
    - Archivist
    - Heritage manager
    - Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
    - Museum education officer
    - Museum/gallery curator
    - Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
    - Secondary school teacher

    Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
    - Academic librarian
    - Archaeologist
    - Broadcast journalist
    - Civil Service administrator
    - Editorial assistant
    - Human resources officer
    - Information officer
    - Marketing executive
    - Policy officer
    - Politician's assistant
    - Solicitor
    - Talent agent

    Campus location

    Heidelberg , Germany

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