History (M.A.)


History (Master of Arts)

(Geschichte, M.A.)


General Information

Degree: Master of Arts
Duration: 4 Semester
Language: German
Internship: a 6-week internship in a relevant career field (see semester course schedule); further information.
Requirements for Admission:
1. Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a Bachelor of Arts degree from the same programme or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office.
Please also note the general information on the Master of Arts degree programme, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
2. English language skills at B2 level (GER): school-leaving certificate/diploma with English as third/fourth exam subject with a minimum of 8 points or equivalent. In case of applicants having already completed a Joint Bachelor of Art's Degree from the Technische Universität Darmstadt this requirement is considered as fulfilled.
Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.
Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions
Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester
Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application: On-line
Special Features: The focal area of Pre-Modern History requires students to provide evidence of knowledge of Latin (Latinum or successful completion of courses Latin I & II offered by the TU Darmstadt Language Resource Center (Sprachenzentrum), or equivalent).

Brief Description

The Master of Arts in History programme consists primarily of elective courses and is designed to include a particularly close focus on research. It enables students to specialise in a specific area, to participate in up-to-date research projects and offers the opportunity for acquiring teaching skills as student tutors. The compulsory internship in a relevant field gives the student practical experience to lay the groundwork for a post-university career.

A mentoring system is in place to guide and advise the student over the four semesters with regard to programme components such as the internship, a semester abroad, choosing a focal area and Master's Thesis topic. A semester abroad is not mandatory but nevertheless strongly recommended and is ideally integrated into the third semester.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

The Master of Arts in History programme is divided as follows into seven subject areas.

Subject Area A1: Introduction includes a Master seminar as well as the practical module “Archive and Source Information”.

Subject Area A2: Fundamentals of History allows the student to select courses from a catalogue of modules (on Ancient History, Medieval and Modern History, the History of Technology, or Urban and Environmental History), from which the student must choose three.

For Subject Area B, the student must choose three of the following optional focal areas:

B1 “Technology-Environment-City”: specific focus on the treatment of these topics over the centuries

B2 “Modern History”: Modern/Recent History and History of Technology

B3 “Pre-Modern History”: Ancient History or Medieval History

Within these modules, students are required to have chosen a focal area from the beginning of the 2nd semester. This focal area also serves as preparation for the Master’s Thesis, which will take this focal area as the topic of the thesis.

For Subject Area C1: Practice, the student is required to complete an internship (minimum 6 weeks in duration), which will serve as possible career orientation and to allow the student to put course theory and knowledge into practice.

For Subject Area C2: In-depth Research, the student has the choice between participating in an excursion, in a research project within the institute, or choosing an interdisciplinary focus outside the institute.

Subject Area C3: Cultural Technologies offers students the opportunity to attend language courses, soft-skills courses (e.g. presentation skills) or to become a tutor for the institute.

Subject Area D consists of the Master’s Thesis. This independent research project takes an entire semester, thereby forming a major part of the Master’s degree program.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Institute for History


Advice for Prospective M.A. Students

Related Degree Programmes

Doctoral Studies

Career Perspectives