(Master of Arts)

A work of art of a person sitting and writing. © Clio,Muse der Geschichtsschreibung,Century Magazine 1892,Wikimedia Commons
© Clio,Muse der Geschichtsschreibung,Century Magazine 1892,Wikimedia Commons


Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: two foreign languages B1
International application: German C1 AND two foreign languages B1
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Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

From winter semester 2023/24 onwards, this programme is closed. An application is no longer possible.

The Master’s degree programme in History, which in Hannover is broadly based, gives students a thorough grounding in theory and methodology and offers courses from all historical ages, from Antiquity to contemporary history, in the compulsory elective area. Students may also specialise geographically: in the history of Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In the compulsory elective module in Public History, students explore the transition of historical cultures and the related frameworks; they also learn various methods of imparting historical knowledge and the problems involved in preparing such knowledge for a wide audience. Consequently, the Master’s degree programme offers students the possibility to expand on the basic historical knowledge acquired at the Bachelor’s stage and to develop their knowledge by taking specialisations. Students’ decisions to undertake practical training or study abroad enable them to develop and hone their (professional) skills at an early stage, setting the path for an academic or non-academic career. Lecturers advise students on their choice of specialisations, enabling them to create a distinct profile that suits their interests and abilities, providing ideal conditions for transition to the world of work.

Further information on the website of the History Department (German language only)

Course Content

  • a variety of paths towards a profession (semester abroad, practical training, public history)
  • exploration of the historiographic and theoretical foundations of the subject
  • four epochal specialisations (from Antiquity to contemporary history) or
  • geographical specialisations: the history of Africa, and the history of Latin America and the Caribbean
Course Structure

The modules offered in the Master’s degree programme, which can be combined in many ways, enable students to explore key academic debates and issues in their relevant areas of specialisation on the basis of theories, source analysis and the reading of historical specialist literature. From the first to the third semester, seminars and accompanying research or reading courses give students the opportunity to discuss research literature and methodologies, to operationalise their own issues and to develop hypotheses – in the context of seminar papers. Students practice giving professional oral and written presentations, and receive detailed feedback, which they then implement in the fourth semester, which is set aside for writing and defending their Master’s thesis. Lecturers advise students on the choice and coordination of their specialisations, and help them to decide whether they wish to pursue one of the areas of professional skills development in Germany or abroad.

Semester 1 2 3 4

Compulsory modules

Theory and Historiographic Concepts of History

Professional Skills Development

German and European Contemporary History

Master’s thesis

Optional modules

Epochal or Geographical Compulsory Elective Module I

Study abroad

Practical training

Public History

Epochal or Geographical Compulsory Elective Module II


Recommended Abilities

Students should have an enquiring mind with the wish to learn about the having-become of familiar and unknown worlds; they should enjoy reading, researching and getting to the bottom of complex issues, and should be interested in the political and economic dimension of contemporary and past societies. Good foreign language skills are also useful (depending on the chosen specialisation) as well as an enjoyment in preparing knowledge for oral or written presentation to others, possibly with the use of media.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are qualified to pursue a wide range of – national and international – professional fields:

  • International organisations and NGOs
  • Parliaments, local authorities
  • University and non-university research institutions (including archive work at senior service level)
  • Diplomatic service
  • Museums, memorials and other facilities in the cultural sector
  • Print media, radio, TV and the digital media
  • Scientific publishers
  • Private sector (companies, banks and their archives)
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

For master''s degree programmes with restricted admission, places shall be allocated according to the university’s own selection procedure, if there are more applicants fulfilling the admission requirements than there are places available. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Admission and special language Regulations Degree Programme History

Application Deadlines

From winter semester 2023/24 onwards, this programme is closed. An application is no longer possible.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover