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Overview

The consecutive two-subject master's degree in German and history at Heinrich Heine University builds on a previous successful core bachelor's degree in German and history or history and German in the core and supplementary subject and is aimed at academically interested students.

The two-subject master’s degree in German and History has a standard period of four semesters. As part of the master’s program, individual priorities can be set on topics and epochs. In addition, the team project and the interdisciplinary elective area enable a professional or research-oriented specialization.

The study of the two-subject master's degree in German and history deepens and expands knowledge and skills in the two subjects studied on the basis of the basic training acquired in a previous degree in German and history. Compared to the bachelor's degree, which is more geared towards basic knowledge and its applicability, the two-subject master's degree is more oriented towards current scientific issues, research projects and their professional qualifications. The aim of the course is to deepen, expand and specialize in specialist knowledge and methodological skills in both subjects.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

After successfully completing a BA with a core and supplementary subject in German and history, a master’s course can be added. In contrast to the two single-subject courses, MA German Studies and MA History, both subjects are continued in the new two-subject Master’s course, as in the BA, whereby individual priorities can be set. 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 combined into different types of study modules, each of which consists of two courses in the master's modules with a subsequent final module examination. As a rule, each module must be completed within one academic year. In contrast to the BA, the two-subject master’s course requires greater personal responsibility and more extensive self-study in the concrete fulfillment of the performance requirements in the modules. This corresponds to the stronger research orientation of the two-subject master’s degree compared to the BA.

In the first year of study, the four master's modules - two each in German studies and two in history - require research-oriented learning in the acquisition of advanced knowledge as well as the refinement of work techniques that have already been acquired.

The focus of the second year of study is on the combination module, which is expanded to include interdisciplinary research questions, as well as the preparation of the master's thesis with accompanying colloquium. 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. An interdisciplinary elective area rounds off the offer.

There is extensive freedom in the sequence of the modules and the selection of the focal points, in order to take into account the principle of self-determined research and individual focal points depending on interests and professional future planning.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The prerequisite for admission to the two-subject Master’s degree in German Studies and History is the completion of a relevant subject with a standard period of at least 6 semesters, which leads to a “Bachelor of Arts” or a comparable professional qualification with a grade of 2.5 ( "Good") or better. 54 CP of the previous degree must have been acquired in one of the two subjects German and history. Of these, a maximum of 12 CP can be made up in the subject of German studies and 15 CP in the subject of history. At least 12 CP must have been acquired in the other subject; in addition, at least one final module examination must have been successfully completed there. These course contents cannot be made up after starting the master’s course.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The two-subject master’s degree in German and 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.

Possible fields of work include:

  • Cultural institutions
  • Museums
  • Public and private archives
  • Press and public relations
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Publishing industry
  • political institutions


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