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Eastern European History (M.A.)


Anyone who wants to experience the diversity of the regions between Warsaw, Tashkent and Vladivostok is in the right place here. Eastern European history is a sub-discipline of historical studies, which in Göttingen primarily addresses questions of recent global historiography and is closely linked to modern history, contemporary history and non-European historical subjects. The focus of the programme is on the modern and contemporary history of Eastern Europe in a global-historical perspective.

Eastern European History
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Double Degree
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Only the winter semester
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The Master's programme "Eastern European History" is a consecutive programme that builds on relevant Bachelor's programmes to provide in-depth knowledge of the region of Eastern Europe.

Eastern European History is a sub-discipline of historical studies, which in Göttingen primarily addresses questions of recent global historiography and is therefore closely linked with Modern History, Contemporary History and with non-European historical subjects. In terms of regional studies, Eastern European History is also linked to Slavic Studies. Slavic literature and linguistics not only ensure the academic study of a large part of the source languages of Eastern European history, but also open up approaches in cultural studies.

Göttingen Eastern European History has a focus on Russian imperial history from the 18th century to the present. As such, it is particularly interested in the populations on the edges of the empire. People from Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, but also the population of Siberia or Central Asia move from the margins to the centre of our attention, thus building a bridge from an Eastern to a non-European history. Thematically, we deal with questions of gender history, with space and time, as well as with violence and war, with sport and belonging, with knowledge, memory and history.

Due to its broad historical-cultural orientation, the Master's programme is intended to prepare students for all professions that require a scientific historically oriented qualification and an in-depth knowledge of the specific regions of Eastern Europe and in the Asian areas of the former Soviet Union. This includes jobs in NGOs and in development cooperation, in political consulting, in the press, in the museum and exhibition sector, in public and private institutions and international organisations dealing with Eastern Europe as well as in those of university and non-university science and education.

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This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master) - Double Degree possible
  • 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.

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Previous studies

  • B.A.-Degree or equivalent
  • At least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility:
    • Achievements in history of at least 51 credits, including achievements in at least two of four epochs (Ancient History, Middle Ages, Early Modern Period, Modern Period) amounting to at least 6 credits each.

Language requirements

  • Sufficient knowledge of an Eastern European language at level B1 of the CEFR .
    • As a rule, Russian or Polish, in the case of other language skills, please contact the departmental student advisory service.
    • Proof must be provided by the beginning of the second semester after enrolment at the latest.
    • Enrolment is conditional until the proof is provided
  • For the double degree option, proof of Russian language skills at level B1 of the CEFR (by the start of the second semester) and English language skills at level B2 of the CEFR (by the start of the third semester) must be provided.
  • In principle, the recognition of language skills is the responsibility of a selection committee. Therefore, if you have questions about knowledge of languages that are more common on the peripheries or in regions neighbouring Eastern Europe, please contact the departmental student advisory service.
  • If German is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in German at level of the DSH-2 .


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)



Questions on the programme

Dr. Maria Rhode

Seminar for Medieval and Modern History

Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
Room: KWZ 1.711
37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0) 551 39 24645

Office hours during the semester: Monday 2 - 3 p.m., Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m.


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