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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften

MA European History


The Joint Master of Arts in European History, founded in 2013, is a two-year full-time master's programme, divided into 4 semesters. The European History MA was founded by the UNICA Initiative - Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe. It is an interdisciplinary, comparative master's programme offered by a consortium of ten universities situated in nine major European capitals. The Humboldt University Berlin is the coordinating university of this programme.

The five full members of the programme are: Humboldt University Berlin, Roma Tre University, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Paris Diderot University, and University College Dublin, King's College London leaves the programme in summer 2018.

The five associated partners are: Complutense University of Madrid, Tallinn University, University of Sarajevo, University of Belgrade, and University of Vienna.

It is compulsory for European History MA students to study abroad at a partner university of the programme for at least one semester (30 ECTS credits). Students will be awarded a Joint Degree/Double Degree if they have studied at a full member partner university for at least one semester abroad. If students only spend one semester at an associated member university, they will obtain the title „Master of Arts“ (MA) in European History, but no joint or double degree. It is additionally possible for students admitted to Humboldt University Berlin to spend an exchange semester at one of our many Erasmus-partner universities. The full member partners accept student enrolment for the 2-year master's programme and deliver an MA degree at the end of a successful study period; the associated partner universities accept students for limited mobility periods.

In principle, English is the language of instruction and will be accepted at all partner universities for presentations, assignments, and the master's thesis. The partner universities offer modules in English for at least 30 ECTS credits as a core programme per semester, complemented by courses or modules in other languages (e.g. the language of the host university).

All students are required to complete a master’s thesis written in English.


Main Objectives

The main objectives of the MA programme are: 

1) to provide strong training in state-of-the-art methods of acquiring and transferring knowledge,

2) to enhance students' opportunities for an academic career and to provide training in cultural institutions,

3) to support our graduates through European networks of mentors, peers, and non-academic associations early in students' careers,

4) to train „cultural brokers“, who are urgently needed in today’s professional world.


The Joint MA in European History is particularly suited for students interested in pursuing an internationally mobile career. This diverse programme focuses on comparative analysis of European history. It will help strengthen students' European mobility and knowledge of foreign languages, and it will offer them the opportunity to gain intercultural experiences.

The master's course should qualify students for a professional career in different sectors of society (the private sector, public institutions, organizations representing social and political interests, cultural institutions, foundations, the media world, publishing, and journalism) or in academia – especially in an international environment. It also offers an excellent basis for students interested in going on to a PhD in History or a similar discipline. The programme will therefore prepare for and inform about PhD positions.