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... looks into questions such as ...

  • How do we know anything about historical events?
  • How are historical events evaluated today?
  • To what extent can this reception reveal something about contemporary societies?
  • What is history in the first place? Who writes and relates history, and did the things we learn from sources and history books truly happen like that?
  • What is memory culture, what is collective memory? Do we need monuments and memorials?
  • Why is the First Crusade still relevant in the 21st century?In what way can it be problematic to name streets or places after historical figures?

Degree programmes


History, Master 1 subject


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

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

at RUB, students have the opportunity to grasp, understand and assess historical contexts in elective modules as part of their Master’s degree.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • the early modern period, through specialisation in early modern sub-eras
  • antiquity and the middle ages, according to personal preferences
  • individual regions (e.g. Eastern Europe, North America, Turkey)
  • systematic research (e.g. economic history, gender history, history of the Ruhr/social movements (ISB)
  • interdisciplinary and international research (IDG, MMZ, CERES, Gender Studies etc.)
  • a German-French degree course with double degree (Bochum-Tours)
  • Women's and Gender History (Master MATILDA)

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • the awareness that history can only be understood as a whole, not in terms of a period of time
  • an understanding that it takes more than knowledge of dates to make a fair assessment of a historical fact
  • a broad historical and methodological understanding
  • highly developed ability to present technical contents
  • advanced language skills
  • an interest in current research discourses


  • developing their own ideas and research theses
  • discussions of historical topics
  • intensive, in-depth examination of various historical issues that are still relevant today

Struggle through:

  • advanced sources and specialist literature, including those in foreign languages
  • challenging research contexts
  • writing numerous papers and preparing oral presentations
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • History (B.A.)
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in professions where history is traditionally taught (e.g. museums, memorials, archives)
  • at universities in history departments
  • in the media sector (print, radio, television)
  • in libraries
  • in the further education sector and in public relations

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done in the 1st-3rd semester.
Duration: 4 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 2nd semester.
Duration: 1 semester

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Studienberatung Geschichte
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

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