History (Master)

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The master’s programme in History aims at preparing students for employment in professions that deal with the reception, presentation, communication, application and investigation of questions relating to history. Graduates of the master’s programme are able to carry out research on history independently and present their research results in a professional manner. This includes exploring the current state of international research on a specific topic, developing research questions, researching suitable empirical material, developing a research design, the reception of theories of history, social sciences and cultural studies, and formulating, presenting (medially) and critically discussing research results.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 803

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of modules on the following subject areas: introduction to areas of specialisation, introduction to the research process, designs and methods, practical research and presentation. Furthermore, students have to complete electives and a master’s seminar. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Students can specialise in the following areas: ancient history, middle ages, modern period, contemporary history, global history, history of Eastern Europe, Austrian history, digital humanities/digital history, women’s and gender history, MATILDA, research on European history and culture, history of science, and economic and social history.

To enter the specialisation "MATILDA", a qualification assessment needs to be passed successfully.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Digital history
  • History of science
  • Contemporary history
  • Economic history
  • Eras

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • historical research and historical education
  • archives and documentation
  • exhibitions and museums
  • media and cultural work
  • subject-specific adult education and continuing education and training
  • publishing
  • governmental and non-governmental, as well as international and supranational organisations
  • area of equality, such as gender mainstreaming
  • communication of history
  • tourism.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates