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The MA in European History consists of three compulsory modules and six optional modules:
- Historical Methodology (10 CP)
- Individual Academic Profiling/General Course of Studies - "Studium generale" (30 CP)
- Master's Thesis and Oral Defence (30 CP)
- Social and Economic History of Europe, Urbanisation and Industrialisation (10 CP)
- Cultural History, History of Religions, History of Science (10 CP)
- History of Dictatorships, Violence and Conflicts (10 CP)
- Colonialism and Post-Colonialism (10 CP)
- Imperial Histories and Nation-Building (10 CP)
- Migration, International and Transcultural Relationships (10 CP)
Educational organisationOne module (10 ECTS) generally consists of one seminar (5 ECTS), one exercise (3 ECTS), and one assessment (2 ECTS).
The modules can be completed in any order. For the first semester, the module of Historical Methodology is recommended.
Study abroad unit(s)The course is modularised and integrated, meaning all students are obligated to study at a minimum of two of the participating universities in different countries. Studies from the partner universities will be recognised. A minimum of 30 ECTS credits must be obtained abroad.
Forms of assessmentIn general, students will write a term paper/essay (2 ECTS credits). At the partner universities, other forms of assessment are possible (written exam or oral exam - according to the local practice). The form of assessment will be determined by the academic teaching staff of the module.
The Master's thesis must be written in English and will be supervised by academic staff from two different partner universities.
It is possible to complete the entire programme in English, but in order to benefit the most from the programme, participants should have knowledge of at least two modern foreign languages. A minimum of 50 ECTS credits must be earned in English courses.
Course objectivesThe main study goals are to learn scientific self-reflection, the acquisition and development of judgement skills, and methods of historical practice. Students will obtain the ability to analyse historical arguments as well as rhetoric from the past and in the present. Special emphasis is placed on comparative history and transfer-analysis. The programme provides an opportunity for students to participate in current research projects with interdisciplinary issues.
Upon successful completion of the Master's programme, students will have read a wide range of primary sources and secondary literature. They will present their own arguments based on what they have read. This will enable them to develop independent opinions and assessments of different topics of European history.
Language requirementsPrerequisites for applying for this Master's programme are proficiency in English (level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR) and a good knowledge of a second modern foreign language (level B2 of the CEFR). A command of German (level A2) is also required for HU applicants.
Academic requirementsApplicants need an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject area of the humanities or social sciences (history, international relations, politics, European studies, economics and sociology, or modern languages).
Prerequisites for applying for this Master's programme are proficiency in English (level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR) and a good knowledge of a second modern foreign language (level B2 of the CEFR). A command of German (level A2) is also required for HU applicants.
Application and admission processes are regulated and administered by all participating universities according to the local practice. Study slots are awarded by each partner university. Applicants must send their application directly to one of the partner universities. For the study abroad period: All students must apply and register for the programme through their home university. In addition, formal registration and course enrolment is required at participating universities that students attend for at least one semester.
Enrolment feesThe enrolment fee is 280.70 EUR per semester (subject to possible change). This fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in Berlin and Potsdam.
Costs of livingApprox. 700-800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses
Services and support for international studentsPlease see our guide for international students at: http://www.international.hu-berlin.de/de/studierende/aus-dem-ausland/wegweiser
We also have an International Club at HU which features the following programmes and services: info desk, language exchange, visa service, mentoring programme, and cultural programme. For further details, please see: http://www.international.hu-berlin.de/orbis
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