1-Subject Master's in History - History as a Culture of Knowledge




    *** Steckbrief zum Studiengang ***



      Since winter semester 2014/2015, the RWTH Aachen Department of History has offered the Master's course of study History – History as a Culture of Knowledge, which explicitly concentrates on one of the most important methodological entries into history, namely knowledge in history.

      In short, the history of the historical genesis of cultures of knowledge is at the focus. Consideration will not only be given to content and involved persons, but also to the institutions, facilitation processes, and types of application. Particular attention will be paid to the social contexts and consequences of both taught and scientific knowledge.

      Students learn these different cultures of knowledge and grapple with the widely varying forms of the production of knowledge and how it is handled. The course of study consists of two types of modules, the "special" ones and "general" ones. In the "special" modules, learning is focused on how knowledge is developed and taught and these processes are reflected. In the "general" modules, students concentrate on examples of other research fields in this subject. The aim is gain knowledge of and reflect on various historical epochs on the basis of further investigation.

      Admission Requirements

      In order to enroll, students must have successfully completed Bachelor's studies in history or in a social science course of study with sufficient historical components and a Bachelor's thesis, which demonstrates historical and thematic methodology. It is highly recommended that students acquire Latin and English skills and an additional modern language before beginning studies.

      Standard Period of Study and Workload

      The standard period of study is four semesters, which include the Master's thesis. During the first three semesters, a total of six modules are completed: three "special" ones concentrating on cultures of knowledge and three "general" modules concentrating on the three epochs: antiquity, Middle Ages, and modern/contemporary history. A "general" module must be completed in each epoch. However, students choose in the order, in which they take the modules. The order of the "special" modules is pre-determined. Both a special and general module should be completed during semesters one to three. During the fourth semester, attendance at the "writing workshop" assists with the composition of the Master's thesis. 30 credit points are acquired each semester, with a total of 120 CP. Students can register their Master's thesis once they have completed 75 CP. Note that the general modules are offered every semester, while the special ones are offered every other semester.

      Students may begin their studies in any semester. However, it is highly recommended that they start in the winter semester for organizational reasons.


      A total of seven examination modules are required. Each of the six modules is completed with a module exam, consisting of both a written and oral portion. The seventh module exam is the Master's thesis (30 CP).

      Current examination regulation.

      Stays Abroad

      The Department of History's Erasmus Proogram offers the opportunity to learn about other cultures of knowledge first hand. Our European partner universities are:

      Université de Liège (Belgium), Université Nancy 2 (France), Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (Greece), University of Nottingham (Great Britain), Università degli studi di Milano, Università degli studi di Perugia, Università degli studi di Siena (Italy), Universitatea din Bucuresti, Universitatea „Dunarea de Jos“ din Galati (Romania), Universitat de València (Spain), Univerzita Karlowa Praze (Czech Republic).

      Career Prospects

      The skills and proficiency aquired upon successful completion of the program allow graduates to begin their careers in a variety of fields.

      Graduates can gain further qualification by pursuing doctoral studies in history. They can also directly begin their carriers in various sectors and organizations, for example media, public relations, cultural and science organizations, political parties and associations, documentation work, and museums.

      Contact: Prof. Dr. Christine Roll


      This information is also bundled into a flyer in German.