International Programmes 2019/2020

Master History - Geschichte - Histoire Master History - Geschichte - Histoire

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Master of Arts in History
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

Courses are held in English and German.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

15 July for the winter semester / academic year
15 February for the summer semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Students who participate in the Master's programme in History at Bayreuth University acquire wide-ranging expertise with regard to states, cultures, societies and economies, allowing them to engage with the present as the product of historical processes.

The course of studies is designed to prepare our students for global research agendas. The particular focus on research, commitment to scientific excellence, and an international perspective are some of the key features of the programme.

You will gain and intensify knowledge in all eras addressed by historiography (from antiquity to the present) around the globe, with a particular emphasis on Europe, Africa, and the Americas as well as the entangled worlds of the Atlantic and the Pacific. In this context, you will reflect on local/translocal, regional/transregional, national/transnational, and global connections. You will also acquire a profound competence in the fields of historical theory, philosophy of history, methods, and foreign languages, all of which add to the heightened employability of our graduates.

You can take exams and write your thesis in German, English or French.

The great number of Bayreuth research institutes such as the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS) or the Bayreuth Academy for Advanced African Studies (BA) as well as a plethora of independent and composite research projects funded by eminent institutions such as the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) or the German Research Foundation (DFG) guarantee academic excellence. The Summer Academy of Atlantic History (SAAH), founded in Bayreuth, provides the opportunity to meet and engage with graduate students and scholars from to international top universities (including Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Paris, Cambridge, and Oxford). Guest talks and seminars, international workshops, and conferences provide further important academic input.

Course organisation

An overview of the curriculum:

Main focus I:

Courses G 1-4:
Knowledge of all eras (antiquity to modernity), grasping complex matters, reading and writing skills, time management, oral and written presentations

Courses G 5-8:
Advanced knowledge of all eras (antiquity to modernity), grasping complex matters, reading and writing skills, time management, oral and written presentations

Courses G-9: Theories and Methods
Competences in the fields of historical theory, philosophy of history, historical methods and historical auxiliary science, as well as theories and methods in the fields of literary studies and sociology

Courses G 10.1 - G 10.5: Reading sources/Translating sources
Acquisition and improvement of language skills

Main focus II:

Courses W 1-5: Seminars
Supplementary courses
Professional training:
Job-oriented internship or assistance with a research project
Participation in summer schools or attendance at international conferences
Master's thesis

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
In Germany, students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment (in Bayreuth: 107.81 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth, it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region.
Costs of living
The cost of living in Germany, e.g., accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, is about average compared to other European countries. Living expenses are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy. Compared to other large German cities, such as Munich, Berlin or Hamburg, Bayreuth's low cost of living and affordable housing make the city and the region particularly attractive to young people and families.The DAAD website will tell you what living expenses to expect in Germany:
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Scholarships awarded via the International Office

Students (monthly payments: 300 EUR)
You can apply for the scholarships starting in the third semester of study; scholarship funding cannot be provided during the first two semesters of study. You must submit the following documents next to your application:
Enrolment certificate | Copy of passport and residence permit | Letter of recommendation from an instructor at the University of Bayreuth | Evidence of coursework completed at the University of Bayreuth, including grades | CV

Doctoral researchers (monthly payments: 400 EUR)
Submit the following documents next to your application: Enrolment certificate | Copy of your passport and residence permit | Letter of recommendation from your supervising professor at the University of Bayreuth | Exposé and time-line for your doctoral research | CV

Please check:
Academic admission requirements

You must have either earned a Bachelor's degree in History with the equivalent of the German grade 2.0 or a similar degree (six semesters of study) in a related field, such as the humanities, economics or political studies. You need to have earned at least 60 ECTS in courses on history (final degree 2.0 or better). If you meet these requirements, nothing stands between you and the pursuit of a Master's degree at Bayreuth University.
Foreign language skills are also among the requirements.

Please consult our website for further information:

Language requirements

Applicants are required to have level B1 to B2 in the German language (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). If they take courses in English, they are required to have level B1 to B2 in English.

Application deadline

15 July for the winter semester / academic year
15 February for the summer semester

Submit application to

Prof Dr Susanne Lachenicht

Chair of Early Modern History

University of Bayreuth

95447 Bayreuth


Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example, as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors, but there are some restrictions.
For more detailed information, please visit:


Accommodation for students
Bayreuth has a number of student dormitories (both private dormitories and dormitories offered by the Association for Student Affairs) and a vast array of private rooms available. Under no circumstances should you assume that you will be assigned a room in the student dormitories! You will need to actively search for a room on your own – either in a private dormitory or on the private market.

More information regarding accommodation for students is available here: Please also read the DAAD’s information on searching for an apartment.

Accommodation for international guests
All other international guests are requested to register via the Welcome Services Database (WelSe).

Accommodation for short visits
For short visits, we recommend searching for accommodation on Airbnb. In addition, a limited number of apartments are available in the Alexander von Humboldt Guest House.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Buddy programme

University of Bayreuth

International, innovative, and interdisciplinary in research and teaching

The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with about 13,500 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners and have strategic partnerships with universities around the globe. A wide range of innovative BA, MA and PhD programmes as well as our international summer schools are conducted in English. Presently there are around 1,350 international students from 100 countries on campus. Focus areas in research include Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymer and Colloid Science, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, New Materials, African Studies, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes, Innovation and Consumer Protection, Food and Health Sciences, Energy Research and Energy Technology, Governance and Responsibility.

Our university has an outstanding staff-student ratio. Our high performance levels, multidisciplinary collaborations and scientific excellence result in high ranking positions. In the 2018 THE ranking “150 under 50”, the University of Bayreuth achieved a top position among the best universities in Germany. We have proven expertise in campus and curriculum internationalisation, which is confirmed by the results of the extended internationalisation audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference, a close and successful project cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a number of Alexander von Humboldt Awards for our international management and service

Welcome to our one-of-a-kind campus in Bavaria!
It is both the heart of our university and a source of inspiration. It is where friendships are made, collaboration is initiated, and ideas are conceived, ensuring that our university remains a beacon of innovation. Scientific exchange profits tremendously from the wide variety of disciplines our communicative campus brings together. That is probably why the University of Bayreuth has been able to celebrate so many awards and honours for its scholarly accomplishments.

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