Eastern European History (M.A.)
Degree: Master of Arts
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Winter semester
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in Eastern European History (78 C); Joint Honours MA in Eastern European History (42 C); module packages: Eastern European History as MA minor subjects (36 C/18 C)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: Overview
Language requirements: Sufficient knowledge of an Eastern European language (B1 Certificate according to CEF)
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 degree programme is intended to provide an in-depth education in Eastern European history. Eastern European history is a sub-discipline of history, which in Göttingen addresses primarily questions of modern global historiography and is therefore closely related to modern history, contemporary history and the subjects of non-European history. In terms of regional studies, Eastern European history is also closely related to Slavonic studies. Studies of Slavonic literature and linguistics not only secure a scientific approach to Eastern European history by extensive use of its source languages, but also open up perspectives of cultural science. The main focus of the degree programme lies on modern and contemporary history of Eastern Europe in the context of global history. With this programme, you will acquire core competencies not only for the Eastern European region, but also a special understanding of the perspectives of global history at a time when non-European actors are coming more and more into the focus of Eurocentric sciences. Here, Eastern European history can take on the role of a hinge, combining the achievements of traditional European sciences with the new perspectives of various area studies. The degree programme also teaches special knowledge to be used in scientific research relating to history and Eastern Europe both inside and outside the University. Consequently, the knowledge expansion profile (78 C) includes the opportunity (not mandatory but highly recommended) to study one semester at an Eastern European university. For this purpose, cooperation agreements have been concluded with the University of Warsaw, the Charles University in Prague, the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in St. Petersburg and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) in Moscow.
Study and research foci in Göttingen
Eastern European history in Göttingen has placed a special emphasis on Russian imperial history from the 18th century to the present. In this context, it takes a special interest in the peoples around the edges of the empire. Here, Ukrainians, Poles, Jews, Estonians, as well as the inhabitants of Siberia and Central Asia have moved from the margin to the centre, thus building a bridge between Eastern European and non-European history. The topics we cover include questions of gender history, space and time, violence and war, sports and the sense of belonging, as well as knowledge, remembrance and history.
With this broad orientation towards history and cultural sciences, the Master’s degree in “Eastern European history” is intended to prepare students for all professions which require a qualification oriented on science and history and in-depth knowledge of the specific Eastern European regions, as well as the Asian territories of the former Soviet Union. These include work in NGOs and developmental cooperation, in political consulting and journalism, in museums and exhibitions, in public and private institutions dealing with Eastern Europe, as well as in international organisations and areas of science and education both inside and outside universities.