History (Master)

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The master’s programme in History aims at preparing students for employment in professions that deal with the reception, presentation, communication, application and investigation of questions relating to history. Graduates of the master’s programme are able to carry out research on history independently and present their research results in a professional manner. This includes exploring the current state of international research on a specific topic, developing research questions, researching suitable empirical material, developing a research design, the reception of theories of history, social sciences and cultural studies, and formulating, presenting (medially) and critically discussing research results.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 803

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German and English

NO entrance examination


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Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Admission Procedure

Information about the admission procedure

Information on Previous Studies:

In any case eligible degree programmes at the University of Vienna:

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of modules on the following subject areas: Introduction to Topics, Eras and Regions, Design and Implementation of Independent Research Projects and Realisation of an Independent Research Project. Furthermore, students have to complete an Individual Specialisation and a master’s module. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Students can specialise in the following areas: ancient history, middle ages, modern period, contemporary history, global history, history of Eastern Europe, Austrian history, digital humanities/digital history, women’s and gender history, research on European history and culture, history of science, economic and social history and MATILDA.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Digital history
  • History of science
  • Contemporary history
  • Economic history
  • Eras

...and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • historical research and historical education
  • archives and documentation
  • exhibitions and museums
  • media and cultural work
  • subject-specific adult education and continuing education and training
  • publishing
  • governmental and non-governmental, as well as international and supranational organisations
  • area of equality, such as gender mainstreaming
  • communication of history
  • tourism.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.0 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.3 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 58 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the master's programme in History (in German).

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 4 months after graduation on average.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "MA History".