Faculty of PhilosophyGerman-French Master's Degree in History (Heidelberg and Paris) – Master

The German-French Master's Degree in History (Heidelberg and Paris) is a research-oriented, international degree programme that provides students with the opportunity to gain a fully valid double degree from two of the most renowned research institutions for history in France and Germany. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and French
Fees and contributions169.25 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
International degree programYes

Course Content

One of the main goals of the programme is for students to acquire an independent, reflected and methodological approach to a variety of nationally shaped discipline cultures in history. This is predominantly achieved by raising awareness for the various research traditions and establishing direct contact with the various research departments. The most significant focus of the degree programme is on the finalization of the long-term research project in which students learn about bilingual scientific practice and become familiarized with the use of relevant aids such as archives and libraries. Students will improve their knowledge of the language and their intercultural competencies due to the experiences gained during a binational academic programme, the international research practice and the mobility period. Thanks to the knowledge and skills gained during the Master’s degree programme, students will be able to pursue international careers in teaching and research as well as in a number of other professions.

Course Structure

The Master’s degree programme lasts for two years (M1 and M2). One year must be spent in Heidelberg, the other in Paris. In general, the students spend the first year in the partner country and the second year at their “home university” (Heidelberg University or the EHESS. 

The modules in the MA programme enable students to freely select their courses from the wide range of lectures and courses offered in the respective Master’s degree programmes by both departments. In addition, students are required to take courses designed specifically for the French-German specialisation of the MA programme (see module handbook). An essential component of the academic programme is the French-German atelier that takes place once per semester (alternating between Paris and Heidelberg) and at which all students, doctoral candidates and responsible parties convene. 

The two-year programme is accompanied by a long-term research project, which forms the basis of the Master's thesis in the fourth semester. Initial results must be presented at the end of the first year in the context of the M1 paper (EHESS) or the research module (Department of History). Students have numerous opportunities to receive feedback on the development of their project thanks to the ateliers and the degree programme’s colloquium. 

The Master's thesis must be submitted and the oral examination completed at the respective home university at the end of M2.

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