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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 of Education


Degree: Master of Education
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 ...

 the Master of Education degree programme in History integrates both discipline-related and didactic methods from the outset, thus preparing students for future workplace realities.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Three general historic eras Ancient, Medieval and Modern (subdivided into individual periods)
  • Didactic methodology
  • Focus on an individual region (e.g. Eastern Europe, North America, Turkey)
  • Systematic specialisation (e.g. gender, economy, environment, theory)
  • History of the Ruhrgebiet/Social movements (Institute for Social Movement, ISB)
  • Interdisciplinary and international specialisation (IDG, MMZ, CERES, Gender Studies etc.)

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • a B.A. degree
  • considerable interest in didactic communication of specialist knowledge
  • readiness to look into different didactic methods in theory and practice
  • a fondness for reading, including reading of historical sources and technical texts
  • an interest in historical contexts
  • substantial skills of presenting specialist contents
  • an understanding of history as a whole rather than individual periods
  • language skills


  • teaching specialist contents in a target-specific manner
  • developing ideas and research theses
  • developing argumentation strategies
  • dedicated, in-depth discourses regarding various historical subject matters

struggle through:

  • a plethora of specialist literature and sources, initially also theoretical models of didactic methods
  • preparing numerous written papers and oral presentations
  • challenging research issues
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • History, B.A.
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in the teaching profession

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

Dirk Urbach
Building, Room: GA 5/131
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-28361
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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