Studying history

Why study history? What's the best part about studying history? What kind of assignments do you get? How is university different from secondary school? And what's it like writing a dissertation?

Find out first hand from our students.


What makes it so worthwhile to study history? Do you need any prior knowledge for it? What does it take to study history? What does the job market look like for historians?

Our professors are happy to explain.

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The three-year bachelor's degree programme in history has a comprehensive approach; as a BA student, aside from acquainting yourself with a wide range of techniques and conceptual frameworks, you also develop your research acumen and skills. Upon graduation, you will not only have a good command of historical events and periods, but you will also be well-versed in the humanities and social sciences. You will gain critical insight into the processes and structures that regulate society and you will know how to adopt a critical scientific attitude towards both the past and the present. BA students learn how to conduct historical research and how to disseminate their research results both in writing and orally., which enables them to engage in broader public debates. Choosing a minor allows them to get a solid grounding in another discipline of the humanities and social sciences.

Minor in history

Students from a different programme may opt for a minor in History. These students may also take the minor in preparation for an MA in history, as part of the abridged programme. 


In the Master's programme in history, you get a chance to specialize in a particular period or theme and to write a dissertation about it. As a Master of History, you are expected to be capable of conducting scientific research on an independent basis; you know how to formulate a research question, how to take the necessary steps to arrive at answers and how to put your research results into word. Moreover, you have mastered the skills and techniques peculiar to your domain and you feel comfortable engaging with current events in the scientific world and in society at large.


Did your MA thesis whet your appetite for historical research? Then maybe a PhD would be right up your alley.