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Public History, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German

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What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

because Public History focuses on the representation and communication of history in all its variations in and for the public. The task of Public Historians is to help shape these processes in an active and well thought-out manner and to research and describe them scientifically in all their dimensions.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Communication and representation of history in public contexts
  • Historical representation and communication media
  • Specialist knowledge of individual epochs
  • Theory and practise of the culture of history and remembrance
  • Practise of Public History

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • a B.A. degree in history
  • enthusiasm for history in all its representation forms
  • innovative thinking and creative ideas


  • the representation and communication of history outside school and university
  • collaboration with institutions that teach history
  • developing projects pertaining to history and remembrance culture
  • a practise and application-oriented study concept

struggles through:

  • the vast landscape of highly diverse and fascinating forms of historical representation in and for the public
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • History (B.A.)
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work

in all fields of historical representation and communication outside the school and university sector, those including:

• museums and memorials
• archives
• in media management and creative industries
• in historical and political education etc.

And else?

An internship ...

is mandatory. It is done in the 3rd semester.
Duration: 1 semester

Studying abroad ...

can be done voluntarily.

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg
Building, Room: GA 5/58
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-23497
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Geschichte
Building, Room: GA 5/37
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-27896
Website Fachschaft


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