Degree: Master of Arts
Standard period of study: Four semesters
Start: Summer and winter semester
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in History (78 C); Joint Honours MA in History (42 C); module packages: History as MA minor subject (36 C)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: Overview
Language requirements: Good English language skills are strongly recommended.
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)
Language of the programme: German
The Master's programme gives students a scientific in-depth education in the subject of history with an emphases on German, European, Non-European history and culture. It conveys knowledge of historical happenings and correlations, methodical competencies to prepare and critically interpret historical material (picture, film, interview) as well as to conceive and present research results in history projects such as exhibitions, documentations, publications, reports etc.
Broad methodical and thematic spectrum
The subject History in Göttingen is embedded in a broad research landscape. There is close contact to the neighbouring disciplines of Cultural Anthropology, Political Science and Gender Research as well as Economic and Social History, Regional Science and the History of Science. The historians in Göttingen are also members of other scientific institutions and centres. This gives the historical sciences in Göttingen an especially broad methodical and thematic spectrum.
Research foci in the area of Early Medieval history is the history of Christian hagiography, women's and gender history as well as issues regarding communication and media. Social history's main interest in the High and Late Middle Ages in a comparative perspective is the examination of the intercultural transfer processes and historical systems of relations.
As regards the Modern Ages, research concentrates on the areas of environmental, social, legal, adminstrative, scientific and criminal history as well as the history of religion and historical anthropology. For the 20th century and current history the research foci are in the areas of political culture of the interwar years, the genesis and moulding of totalitarian systems as well as the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Represented are also the History of Science after National Socialism, Generational History and Gender Studies. A special feature in Göttingen is the reflection of its own subject and its methods substantiated with its own Chair.
History may either be studied in a scope worth 78 credits or 42 credits that are acquired through Master's, subject area or theory modules. The Master's thesis is written at the end of a Master's conclusion module. By selecting epochs, an emphasis can be placed on the pre-modern or modern period, if desired.
Verifiable language knowledge
Language knowledge: If the conclusion module is in the pre-modern period (Ancient History or Middle Ages), then a verification of the “Kleines Latinum” must be shown by the admission to the master's thesis; if the conclusion module is in the modern period (Early Modern or Moder Period), then a verification of knowledge of an additional modern foreign language (but not English) on the level B1 / basic level 3 must be shown by the admission to the master's thesis. Language knowledge can therefore also be acquired during the Master's course of study.
The Master's degree qualifies graduates for work in scientific, historical-cultural, cultural-didactic, journalistic and political areas as well as in scientific management and public relations.