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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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


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.

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

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

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.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in History graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 74% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,323 gross/month.
  • 10% of graduates work in each of the libraries, archives, museums sector and the social work activities.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA History".