The consecutive master’s degree in history at Heinrich Heine University builds on a previous successful bachelor’s degree in history and is aimed at academically interested students.

This four-semester course with a Master of Arts (MA) degree is admission-free with "Proof of special aptitude" (application and aptitude assessment take place directly at Heinrich Heine University) and can be started in the summer and winter semesters.

The application for the history master’s course is informal to the current master’s representative. The application is possible for the summer semester (until March 15th of the respective year) as well as for the winter semester (until September 15th of the respective year). Applications received later will be considered for the following semester. The bachelor's certificate and an overview of the courses completed are to be sent - as a file or in copy - the selection committee then decides on the suitability based on the files.

The master’s degree in history covers a standard period of four semesters. The prerequisite for admission is a relevant subject and at least a Bachelor's degree (minimum grade: 2.5) successfully completed or a comparable qualification. As part of the master’s degree, individual focuses can be set on topics and epochs. In addition, the excursion module and the interdisciplinary elective area enable a professional or research-oriented specialization.

The research-oriented course conveys the international level of knowledge and research and provides training in the application of subject-specific methods.
The students should learn to carry out scientific work independently with the sources and to critically assess the findings, methods and theories of the subject. You will be able to take a stand on historical questions independently, both verbally and in writing, to carry out self-organized research projects and to convey the knowledge you have acquired to different target groups in an appropriate manner. The course enables both entry into professional life and the opportunity to do a doctorate.


After successfully completing a BA with a core or supplementary subject history, a master’s course can be added. In contrast to the BA, now only the subject of history is studied, whereby individual priorities can be set on topics and epochs. The standard period of study to complete the degree is 2 years of study. As with the BA, examinations are taken alongside the course. The courses related to the course will continue to be awarded credit points.

The types of courses are grouped into different types of study modules. As a rule, each module must be completed within one academic year. In contrast to the BA, greater personal responsibility and more extensive self-study are required in the master’s course in order to actually meet the performance requirements in the modules. This corresponds to the stronger research orientation of the master’s degree compared to the BA.

In the first year of study, the master’s modules demand research-oriented learning in the acquisition of advanced knowledge as well as the refinement of already acquired work techniques.
The excursion module gives the students a deeper insight into the institutions of the historical sciences, such as archives, memorials and museums, and thus also opens up a practical perspective on possible research and professional fields for historians.

The focus of the second year of study is the preparation of two papers: the team project and the master’s thesis. The ability to do independent scientific work and the competence to work in a team in a research-oriented manner and to present the results characterize the requirements of the last academic year.


The transition to the master’s degree can take place if a bachelor’s degree or a comparable degree has been completed with at least an average grade of 2.5, or upon special request. In addition, to the extent necessary for the successful preparation of a master’s thesis, the language skills in two foreign languages ??corresponding to the respective subject area (ancient, medieval, modern, Eastern Europe) of the work are required.

  • Admission-free with "proof of special suitability"
  • Please note the separate application deadlines for "proof of special suitability" at the faculties


The master’s degree in history prepares students for a variety of possible careers in the media, education and training, information processing and public and private institutions as well as for an academic career. The imparting of practical skills through a project seminar is an integral part of the range of courses.

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