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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

European History - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The master's programme in European History is a research oriented course of studies that focuses on the acquisition of methods and transfer skills, as well as practical professionalisation.

Study Design and Contents

The standard period of study for this programme is four semesters. During this time, students acquire technical and methodological as well as social and personal skills in the following areas:
  • epoch-specific specialist studies (40 credit points)
  • interdisciplinary research (10 credit points)
  • historical professionalisation (10 credit points)
  • research project (30 credit points)

Teaching and Learning

This course of studies offers students a wide variety of teaching and learning forms and opportunities for independent research work under professional supervision. The following elements play an important role in this:
project and research oriented teaching;
an integrated semester abroad;
a mentor programme in which students are integrated.

Reasons for Studying

In addition to the advantages inherent in studying at a 'campus university' with a manageable size and correspondingly ideal degree of personal supervision, there are other good reasons to pursue a master's in European History. These include:
  • international orientation of teaching;
  • close coordination with European partner universities;
  • forward looking specialisation areas;
  • research oriented study.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

This programme is geared toward a scholarly career path with the opportunity to continue on to a doctoral programme, or alternatively move into other academically oriented careers outside academia (e.g. museums, publishers, archives, and other institutions concerned with documentation).

Find out more about the professional field of History (in German).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in History or in a closely related field worth at least 60 credit points.

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for both the winter and summer semesters.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).
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