Programme Structure

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The Joint Master of Arts in European History, founded in 2012, is a stimulating interdisciplinary, comparative Master’s programme, offering the choice between 10 partner universities located in 9 major European capitals. The Humboldt-Universität in Berlin is the coordinating university of this programme.

The full-time programme consists of four semesters, during which students have the unique opportunity to study at up to two or three of the programme’s partner universities.

In these remarkable settings, students will develop the ability to understand historical problems, learn to identify key historical debates, and present independent conclusions. Students will acquire the knowledge as well as the academic skills and methods to develop, implement and assess their own approaches to solving historiographical problems and questions.

  • This diverse programme focuses on the comparative analysis of European history. Students will have the chance to investigate the history of Europe, with topics including:
  • Social and Economic History of Europe, Urbanisation and Industrialisation
  • Cultural History, History of Religions, History of Science
  • History of Dictatorships, Violence and Conflicts
  • Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
  • Imperial Histories and Nation-Building
  • Migration, International and Transcultural Relationships

English is the main language of instruction and will be accepted at all partner universities for presentations, assignments and the Master thesis. Proficiency in the country’s own language is also required. All partner universities offer modules in English, which are complemented by courses or modules in other languages. Furthermore, the consortium organizes summer schools on a regular basis for students of the programme in which they can meet other students and faculty members of all participating academic Institutions.

The Joint MA in European History is particularly suited for students interested in pursuing careers in international organisations and foundations. They may achieve skills that can be applied to a broad range of careers, e.g. in educational and cultural sectors, as well as in journalism, administration or diplomacy. The programme will help strengthen students‘ European mobility and knowledge of foreign languages, it will offer them the opportunity to gain intercultural experiences, and it will be an excellent preparation for those wishing to complete a PhD in European History.

Study Structure

The Joint MA in European History is a two year Master’s programme divided into four phases (two winter and two summer terms). The programme starts in the winter term and has a modular structure. It is made up of 120 Credit points (ECT S) – 30 ECTS each term.

All students must study at least at two of the participating universities in different countries. Studies from the partner universities will of course be recognised. In order to obtain a joint degree (Berlin, Dublin) or a double degree (Paris, Rome) students must complete at least 30 ECTS at a full member partner university and the Master’s thesis must be supervised by faculty members of the home and of the partner university. For a second period of mobility students can also choose an associated member university.

Joint Degree

The student receives a single degree certificate jointly issued by the awarding institutions. To obtain a Joint Degree, the student must complete at least 30 ECTS credits at a full member partner university and the master’s thesis must be supervised by faculty members of the home university and of the partner university (full member of the consortium). A Joint Degree may be awarded by Humboldt University Berlin and University College Dublin.

Double Degree

The student receives a separate degree certificate from each of the participating full member institutions they attended. The student must complete at least 30 ECTS credits at a full member partner university and their master’s thesis must be graded by two supervisors from two different partner universities. The student must defend their thesis at the partner university as well as at their home university (Defence via video conference is possible). If one of the partner universities attended is one of the following, the award will be a Double Degree: Université de Paris, Oslo University, University of Rome Tre, or University of Rome Tor Vergata


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gontermann (2019, October 20). Programme Structure. European History Master. Retrieved May 19, 2024, from

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