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... looks into questions such as ...

  • 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?
  • 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 ...

Degree programmes


History, Master of Education


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

Detailed information for international applicants

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 in the 3rd semester.
Duration: 1 semester

Studying abroad ...

can be done voluntarily.

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Studienberatung Geschichte
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Contact students

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