History, Master of Education

  • How do we know anything about historical events?
  • How are historical events evaluated today?
  • To what extent can this reception reveal something about contemporary societies?
  • What is history in the first place? Who writes and relates history, and did the things we learn from sources and history books truly happen like that?
  • What is memory culture, what is collective memory? Do we need monuments and memorials?
  • Why is the First Crusade still relevant in the 21st century?In what way can it be problematic to name streets or places after historical figures?
André Heckmann

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


Master of Education
Winter- and summer semester
4 semesters
Classroom language

2-Subject Bachelor Programme

This degree programme requires a second subject for which advanced knowledge of German language is mandatory.
What's it all about?
This degree programme is unique, because ...
the Master of Education degree programme in History integrates both discipline-related and didactic methods from the outset, thus preparing students for future workplace realities.
It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields ...
  • Three general historic eras Ancient, Medieval and Modern (subdivided into individual periods)
  • Didactic methodology
  • 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.)
Who is suited?
Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,
  • a B.A. degree
  • considerable interest in didactic communication of specialist knowledge
  • readiness to look into different didactic methods in theory and practice
  • a fondness for reading, including reading of historical sources and technical texts
  • an interest in historical contexts
  • substantial skills of presenting specialist contents
  • an understanding of history as a whole rather than individual periods
  • language skills


  • teaching specialist contents in a target-specific manner
  • developing ideas and research theses
  • developing argumentation strategies
  • dedicated, in-depth discourses regarding various historical subject matters

struggle through:

  • a plethora of specialist literature and sources, initially also theoretical models of didactic methods
  • 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 the teaching profession
And else?
An internship ...

is mandatory. It is done during the degree course.
Duration: 1 semester

Studying abroad ... can be covered voluntarily.
Where do I find help?
Academic advisory office

Studienberatung Geschichte
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

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


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André Heckmann
André Heckmann is a first-year student of History. He is pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree, 2-subject programme. André's other discipline is Romance Studies Spanish.

What made you choose this degree programme?

I developed a keen interest in history during my final school years and I knew instantly that this subject would suit me well.

In which respect have or haven’t your expectations been fulfilled?

My expectations, which are shared by many, namely that a lot of reading will be required, were confirmed within the first two weeks. But it is still quite manageable. What I found surprising was the excellent way in which the initial integration of new students was solved by proving Integrated Proseminars (IPS), where many activities take place in a classroom context. This approach resembles a schoolroom situation, whilst, at the same time, easing your way into university structures.

Which aspect of your degree programme do you enjoy most?

Being able to work in an independent manner, no doubt about that! Being able to delve into a subject you're interested in is great.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Researching non-German language literature. Students who speak several languages do have a clear advantage in that regard.

What would you like to become after completing your degree?

Postdoc researcher at a university, researching and passing on the topics I'm interested in.

Which advice would you like to give to students who consider enrolling in this degree programme?

You've got to be aware that there is a lot of reading to do; if you're not, this degree programme will be torture. Moreover, you will be doing yourself a favour by routinely preparing for and revising lectures.