History involves the methodological exploration of historical events, persons, objects, structures and processes. The master's degree program History conveys advanced research-oriented knowledge of German, European and extra-European history from antiquity to the present.

The program is divided into a total of nine different specializations, allowing students to develop clearly defined profiles from the first semester. These specializations are as follows: General History, Ancient History, Medieval History, Historical Fundamental Sciences, Early Modern History and History of the Rhineland, Contemporary History, Eastern European History, Constitutional, Social and Economic History and Modern International History. Within their specializations, students can choose from a large range of courses, giving them a high degree of freedom in shaping their own profiles.


Possible lines of work:

Archiving, publishing, libraries, media (newspapers, trade/professional journals, publishing houses, radio, television, etc.), public relations/press work, teaching at schools, adult education, tourism, museums/cultural institutions, policy consulting, foreign service, academia (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in history or a related discipline

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

Knowledge of Latin depending on chosen specializations (see Examination Regulations)

Minimum grade of 3.0 or local equivalent

Modules from the subject of history worth at least 36 ECTS credits

Specific modules: Ancient History and/or Medieval History (12 ECTS credits) | Modern History (12 ECTS credits)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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