MA in History

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

At the University Pécs, you can acquire theoretical and practical skills that enable you to pursue individual historical research in one of the following fields: Ancient History, Medieval and Early Modern History, and Modern History. Besides providing a few general thematic courses spanning from Antiquity to the Present, the program focuses primarily on research skills specific to the areas of the chronological divisions mentioned.

Head of program: Prof. Dr. Endre Sashalmi

MA in History
Duration of Training
2 years (4 semesters)


Deadline of Application

Next Starting Date
Tuition fee: EUR 2500/semester (for non-EU students);
EUR 1900/semester (for EU students)

Application fee: EUR 140
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The curriculum includes different study methods, combining lectures and seminars with individual tutorial courses and the opportunity of an “on the spot” practical training in archives and museums. It also includes visits of relevant historical sites.
 A competent staff member will be assigned to you immediately after the beginning of the first semester as a tutor (in accordance with the topic of your intended thesis) who will supervise you in writing your thesis and provide continuous consultation. 
The curriculum aims to be interdisciplinary: this character is reflected in the subjects of the shared mandatory courses to be taken by all students regardless of the chosen chronological specialization, and in the range of fields covered within the given specialization (e.g. palaeography, iconography, history of ideas). The Medieval and Early Modern History specialization and the Modern History specialization give equal weight to General History and Central European History: Hungarian History is presented as part of Central European History. This approach enables you to connect events of Central European History with well-known phenomena of the European past, and understand current problems.

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For a successful application please follow the steps below:

  1. To apply, click on the Apply Now button, and start your application.
  2. Register on our application site, fill the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!
  3. After you have submitted your application, you are going to receive information on the further steps.
  4. If we received your application fee, we are going to start the evaluation of your application.

Skype interview

The interview takes around 10-15 minutes. During this interview our colleagues are going to ask questions about your motivation and interests. The main goal of this discussion is to learn more about your language knowledge, personal skills and scientific interest – to be able to make the right decision to help our multicultural and open-minded community and academic integrity.

The applicant has to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application portal of the University of Pécs:

  • Certified and translated (if originals are not in English) copy of BA diploma in History (major or minor) - with transcript of records
  • Certified and translated (if originals are not in English) copy of school transcripts showing satisfactory completion of senior high school.
  • Europass CV in English
  • Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • Medical certificate, (please fill the document and attach the serologic test results)
    • vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B)
    • HEP A/B/C test*
    • HIV test*
    • Chest X-ray: Please attach the chest’s X-ray result (not the film!) in English/Hungarian! (not older than 3 months)
  • Transfer receipt of the EUR 140 application fee
  • Acceptable online language exams:
    • Duolingo online exam from score 105-115 
    • IELTS Indicator from score 5.5
  • Official copy of the following language exam certificates:  
  • Entrance Exam (personally or via Skype)
  • The applicant has to have a BA degree in history or in humanities, social sciences or legal studies related study fields. Minimum condition for entry to the Master’s degree program: at least 50 credits in the field of history. 

*Please note: tests have to be taken within a year!

1st semester
Philosophy of History and Schools of Historiography (shared mandatory course, regardless of the field chosen)
Politicial Structures and State Development (shared mandatory course, regardless of the field chosen)
Ancient History: Current Issues in the Political History of Antiquity
Medieval and Early Modern History: Major Problems in European and Hungarian Medieval History
Modern History: Economic History of the 18th -20th Centuries
2nd semester
Historical Demography and Social History (shared mandatory course, regardless of the field chosen)
Ancient History: Current Issues in the Social and Economic History of Antiquity
Medieval and Early Modern History: Political Iconography and Metaphors of State
Modern History: Diplomacy, Military History, Change of Geopolitical Constellations in the 18th- - 20th Centuries
3rd semester
History of Manners of Life and Mentalities (shared mandatory course, regardless of the field chosen)
Ancient History: Current Issues in the Cultural History of Antiquity
Medieval and Early Modern History: Historical Roots of European Regionalism, and the Origins of Intellectual Constructions (Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, the Balkans)
Modern History: History of Mentalities, Cultures, and Ideas in the 18th -20th Centuries
4th semester
Ancient History: Current Issues in the Religious History of Antiquity
Medieval and Early Modern History: Empires of “Eastern Europe” – The Habsburg, the Russian, the Ottoman Empires
Modern History: Political Ideas, Intellectual Movements, Political Systems in the 18th -20th Centuries

For further information please contact:
international coordinator
Phone: + 36 72 501 600/64127; +36 30 186 1686
English website of the Faculty

If you have any questions about the program, please contact: 
Prof. Dr. Endre Sashalmi
Head of the program