The master’s degree in Public History provides knowledge for the media and public adequate presentation of historical content and problems, especially of modern history (with a focus on the history of the 20th century). This is based on technical questions, but takes more into account than before the aesthetic, political and commercial dimensions of dealing with history. For this demanding field of activity, the students acquire theoretical skills, for example with regard to the functional principles of historical culture and historical learning. On the other hand, the course aims to impart practical skills such as presentation techniques, organizational planning and project management.

The course trains future experts in "public" history. The focus is on theoretical and methodological reflections on perceptions of history, cultures of remembrance, competitions of interpretation as well as practical training in various media, museum and other public-related forms of presentation of history. Courses offered at the level of advanced and advanced seminars and research colloquia convey and deepen the latest state of the scientific debate. In accompanying project work, the students acquire the necessary practical knowledge. Through the active involvement of lecturers from the media, politics and companies, insights into the world of work and contact options for later career entry are provided.




The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (LP) for each module or each event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Modules in the affine area (affine modules) expand the specialist or practice-oriented spectrum. A catalog of optional modules can be found in the study regulations.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

module Topics and controversies in modern history
module Media, communication and the public from a historical perspective
module Computer-aided research and teaching of history
module Fields of practice in history
module Public relations and cultural management
module Historical learning and history culture
module Theories and forms of the presentation of history
Affine modules


To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in history or an equivalent other university degree with a subject-related part in history that corresponds to that of the bachelor's degree in history at Freie Universität,
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not acquire their university degree at an educational establishment where English is the language of instruction.

The course is restricted in admission.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university admission (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge in accordance with the regulations for the German language test for university admission of foreign applicants to the Free University of Berlin.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The course qualifies historians for a broad job market. This includes activities in the media, publishing houses, museums, memorials, associations, foundations and companies.

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