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History (M.A.)


Across epochs-European-global

You have a BA degree in history or equivalent and are looking for a Master's programme where you can choose between specialisation and a broad focus? Our Master's programme offers both options: Depending on your personal prior knowledge and interests, you can choose a specialisation in the global history of Europe in the modern era or an in-depth, epochally broad-based degree.

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Language of the programme:
German, some courses in English
Standard period of studies:
4 Semesters
Start of studies:
summer and winter semester

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The M.A. History is a consecutive degree programme that builds on relevant Bachelor's degree programmes to provide in-depth knowledge of history from antiquity to the present.

The degree programme offers a scientifically in-depth education in the subject of history with a focus on German, European and non-European history and culture. It imparts knowledge of historical events and contexts, methodological competence in the preparation and critical interpretation of historical material (images, film, interviews) as well as in the conception and presentation of research results in history projects such as exhibitions, documentaries, publications, reports and so on.

The degree of Master of Arts in History qualifies for a university career, for activities in scientific, historical-cultural, cultural-didactic, journalistic and political fields as well as in science management and public relations.

Related programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles:

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minors) totalling 18 credits each

You can apply for one study profile and have the possibility to choose the study focus „Global History of Europe in the Modern Age“.

1. - 4. Semester

4. Semester

Master’s thesis Final module

Regulations and module directory


Previous studies

  • B.A.-Degree or equivalent degree in history or a related subject
  • at least 150 ETCS at the time of application
  • Eligibility:
    • Performance in the subject History amounting to at least 51 ETCS, including Performance in at least two of four epochs (Ancient History, Middle Ages, Early Modern Period, Modern Period), each amounting to at least 6 credits

Language requirements

  • If German is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in German at level of the DSH-2 .
  • Good knowledge of English is recommended.
  • If the master’s thesis deals with a topic from modern times, proof of knowledge of another modern foreign language (apart from English) at level B1 / basic level 3 is required by the time you register for the Master's thesis. Language skills can be acquired during the Master's degree programme.
  • If the final module is in the pre-modern period (Ancient History or Middle Ages), knowledge of the Latin Minimum must be proven by the time you register for the Master's thesis.


Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Dr. Maria Rhode
Department of Medieval and Modern History

Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
D-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49-551 39 24645

Office hours: Mon 14-15 and Wed 15-16


Academic Advising (Ancient History)

Johannes Wegener M.Ed.
and Dr. Dorit Engster

Althistorisches Seminar

Humboldtallee 21
Room: 1.412 (Wegener)
Room: 1.415 (Engster)
37073 Göttingen

Phone: 0551 3924641 (Wegener)
Phone: 0551 3924720 (Engster)

E-Mail: (Wegener)
E-Mail: (Engster)


Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010