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Master's Programme History

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0222 History and Archaeology
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 803
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 30 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Ancient History and/or History of the Middle Ages 
  • 30 ECTS-Credits Core Area: History of Modern Times and/or Contemporary History
  • 30 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Economic and Social History and/or Austrian History
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Theories, Methods and History of  the Historical Sciences

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: History of Historiography and Gender Studies (CM 1)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Topics (CM 4)
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Historical Ancillary Disciplines and Media Studies (CM 3)
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Specialisation (CM 6)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Research Practice (CM 7)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills (CM 8) or Individual Choice of Specialisation (EM 2)

Second Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: History of Historiography and Gender Studies (CM 1)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Topics (CM 4)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Historical Excursion (CM 2)
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Specialisation (CM 6)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Research Practice (CM 7)

Third Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Methods and Theories (CM 5)
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Specialisation (CM 6)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills (CM 8) or Individual Choice of Specialisation (EM 2)

Fourth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Methods and Theories (CM 5)
22.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defense

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Course sequence Programme History

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme History offers broadened and consolidated knowledge of historical categories, key data and relations in their temporal and spatial diversity and in controversial discussion from different research perspectives (i.e. cultural, political, social, economic etc.) fostering an understanding of different cultures in past and present, allowing an objective and analytical approach to current problems of the present, without any prejudice if possible. It conveys skills in subject-specific research and work with different methods as well as orientation skills in historiography. Graduates are able to analytically and synthetically process different issues and questions and to present them appropriately orally and in writing.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the humanities and their methods. They are able to apply their knowledge in the field of the humanities and many other occupational fields by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Vocational preparation for the relevant field of science (research as well as activities in archives, documentations, collections and museums), in relevant areas of adult education and continuing vocational training, media and cultural work, public service, administration, politics and policy advice as well as non-governmental, supranational and international organisations.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Ingrid Böhler

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

Information for students with disabilities

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