History (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

In this degree programme, you will acquire advanced knowledge of the history of various periods and regions, based on discussions of the latest research findings and detailed work with sources. You will also carry out independent research. You can choose which specific areas you wish to study, as you have the opportunity to select period-specific specialisations from the following areas:

  • Ancient history
  • Medieval history
  • Literature of the Early Modern Period
  • Contemporary history
  • Eastern European history
  • Bavarian and Franconian regional history

Thanks to the modules offered by the Chair of Bavarian and Franconian Regional History and the Chair of East European History, you also have the option of choosing a regional specialisation. You can also focus on more specific topics based on the research areas at the Department.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

(A) A two-subject Bachelor's degree with history as the first or second subject. Your final grade in the degree should be 'gut' (good – 2.5 or better). If you have not achieved this grade or if you completed your degree at another university, you will be invited to an interview. The Admissions Committee will decide whether to grant you admission to the degree programme on the basis of this interview.

(B) A Bachelor's degree in a related subject* with a final grade of 'gut' (good – 2.5 or better), in which at least 35 ECTS credits were obtained in history. The Admissions Committee will decided whether to grant admission to the degree programme based on an interview.

*Almost all degrees studied at a faculty of humanities and social sciences, as well as church history, legal history and technical history

If you are interested in the degree programme and are unsure whether your previous degree is compatible or whether you have sufficient previous knowledge, we strongly recommend you contact the degree programme coordinator. Contact details are available here.

Modules and degree programme structure

The degree programme is divided into eight modules worth a total of 120 ECTS credits.

More information is available in the degree programme and examination regulations and the module handbook. More information is available here.


Potential challenges:

All applicants require proof of good proficiency in Latin and previous knowledge of a modern foreign language (usually English) at least at level A2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages*. The secondary school leaving certificate (Abiturzeugnis) and similar qualifications are accepted as proof of language proficiency.


Frequently asked questions about the degree programme:

The most common questions about the degree programme concern the admissions procedure. After being admitted to the degree programme, most students do not experience any problems and there is always someone available to help if necessary.

Please note the following information about the admissions procedure:

(A) If you are unsure whether your previous degree is compatible or whether you have sufficient previous knowledge or if you require more information about the degree programme content and specialisations, we strongly recommend you contact the appropriate people at the Department of History. Contact details are available at:

(B) If you wish to start the degree programme, you should apply for the first subject semester. If you are currently studying a Master's degree programme at another university and want to change to the same degree programme at FAU, you should state your next subject semester on the application. Please be aware that some degree programmes are structured by year rather than semester. The final decision of which subject semester you will enter the degree programme in will be made by the admissions committee. Information on the admissions procedure is available at (German)

Degree program start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Summer Term, Winter Term
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: Qualification assessment