|Degree awarded||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Starts in||April (summer semester)|
and October (winter semester)
|Language of instruction||German|
Studying this research-led master's programme in historical sciences, you will learn to examine historical topics with scientific rigour. You will learn to reconstruct and cross-reference historical processes and developments from the source material. Furthermore, in addition to gaining discipline-specific knowledge, you will acquire soft skills such as the ability to tackle complex issues and carry out research projects as well as team organisation skills and presentation skills. The programme gives you the opportunity to actively shape your academic training by selecting two focus modules to suit your personal interests and career plans.
For details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's infosheet [German content].
Applicants should have a good first degree with a result of, or equivalent to, 2.5 (or better) according to the German grading scale or ranked among the best 50% of their cohort, obtained after a programme of at least three years' full-time study in history or a related discipline. A subject is considered equivalent if at least 60 ECTS credit points were earned in History, Art History or Visual Studies/Visual Culture. The closing date for applications is 30 June or 15 January for the programme starting in the following semester.
You will need German language skills at level C1 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.
The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.
To register for the master's thesis in the sub-disciplines 'Ancient History', 'Medieval History', 'Modern and Contemporary History' or 'Church History', you must prove that you have a sound knowledge of Latin ('kleines Latinum'). When registering for your master's thesis in the field of 'Eastern European History', you must prove either Czech language skills at level B1 CEFR or Polish or Russian at level A2 CEFR. You can acquire those language skills by completing the relevant language courses during your degree programme.