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... looks into questions such as ...

  • Where do we derive our knowledge of historical events from?
  • Why is Caesar’s murder still of interest in the 21st century?
  • What was everyday life in a medieval city like?
  • How did economy and technology evolve?
  • Which role have women played in history?
  • Working independently is what I enjoy most in my degree programme. Being able to delve into a subject you're interested in is great!

    André Heckmann, Bachelor's degree read more ...

  • By deciphering Cicero, Caesar and Ovid, I had the feeling I was getting closer to antiquity.

    Tobias Nitschke, Master´s degree read more ...

Degree programmes


History, Master 1 subject

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

it offers the chance of deepening the expertise and competencies acquired in the B.A. course by choosing a specialist subject with the aim of conducing scientific research.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Modern period by choosing sub-periods
  • Three general historic eras (Ancient, Medieval, Modern), according to individual preferences
  • Focus on an individual region (e.g. Eastern Europe, North America, Turkey)
  • Systematic specialisation (e.g. gender, economy, environment, theory)
  • History of the Ruhrgebiet/Social movements (Institute for Social Movement, ISB)
  • Interdisciplinary and international specialisation (IDG, MMZ, CERES, Gender Studies etc.)
    German-French joint-degree course

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • a B.A. degree
  • fondness for reading, including reading of historical sources and technical texts
  • an interest in history
  • substantial skills of presenting specialist contents
  • an understanding of history as a whole rather than individual periods


  • developing ideas and research theses
  • developing argumentation strategies
  • technical discussions
  • dedicated, in-depth discourses regarding various historical subject matters

struggle through:

  • a plethora of specialist literature and sources
  • preparing numerous written papers and oral presentations, challenging research issues
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • History (B.A.)
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in traditional history-related fields (museums, archives, memorials)
  • in the media industry (print, radio, television)
  • in libraries
  • in the education sector
  • in the PR industry

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done in the 1st-3rd semester.
Duration: 4 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 2nd semester.
Duration: 1 semester

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Dr. Katrin Bourrée
Building, Room: GA 5/135
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-27025
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Geschichte
Building, Room: GA 5/37
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-27896
Website Fachschaft


Degree programmes' website


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German

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