History (Master of Arts)
|Degree: Master of Arts|
|Duration: 4 Semester|
|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.|
|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).|
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.
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.
Advice for Prospective M.A. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
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|History with a Focus on Modern History (B.A.) (Geschichte mit Schwerpunkt Moderne, B.A.)|
|Governance and Public Policy (M.A.) (Governance und Public Policy, M.A.)|
|International Studies/ Peace and Confilct Research (M.A.) (Internationale Studien/Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, M.A.)|
|Political Theory (M.A.) (Politische Theorie, M.A.)|
|Sociology (M.A.) (Soziologie,M.A.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
The job market for sociologists is generally broad and varied. Graduates from the TU Darmstadt’s Institute for Sociology are especially sought for positions in company personnel departments, departmental counselling offices, in marketing and survey research and in school and public administration. Additional possible fields include school book and textbook publishing, proof-reading/editing at publishing companies, radio, television and newspaper editorial work, PR and advertising agencies, libraries and archives, with international organisations, in cultural fields or in press and publicity work.
Other obvious career choices for sociologists include working in research and teaching at universities. In addition, potential career opportunities may be found with statistical, marketing, and opinion poll research institutes, or political parties, unions, international organisations and public administration.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree program to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities may be found on the following websites: