It provides students with up-to-date critical, analytical and methodological tools and encourages historically-informed approaches to current policy, politics, economics and culture.Courses, seminars and research projects in the Department cluster around the intersecting themes of international relations, institutions and movements; global/world and transnational history; history and policy; the history of ideas; the Global South and postcoloniality; and the histories of individual regions – the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, East Asia and South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
- This Master combines coursework, workshops, research and a thesis.
- It encourages direct contact, debates and exchange with faculty and fellow students.
- Compulsory courses introduce the aims, substance and criticisms of the various approaches to international, transnational and global/world history.
- Research training is focused on individual and collective work based on primary and secondary sources.
- Students take elective courses in anthropology and sociology, economics, international law and international relations/political science taught in the departments concerned.
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The master programe in International History explores the contemporary world through its layered histories and from a multiplicity of perspectives. We study history before, between and beyond the nations, thereby encouraging historically informed approaches to current policy, politics, economics and culture. The main teaching and research themes of our department are:
- The history of international governance and systems;
- The history of transnational actors and actions;
- The history of culture, societies and markets in regional and/or global perspective.
- 24 months
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- Only online application forms and recommendations submitted electronically can be considered.
- Only one application for one specific programme may be submitted per year.
- Application fees are non-refundable.
- Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application is complete and for monitoring the progress of their application via online status updates.
- Once an application has been submitted, no additional materials can be considered; changes cannot be made
- Applicants are responsible for meeting all costs related to authenticating their application documents.
International6933 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6933 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA4333 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4333 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
The Institute strives to support its students throughout the duration of their studies, to the extent of its ability. It does so through financial aid (below) and paid jobs (teaching assistantships, research assistantships and administrative positions). In 2014, nearly half of our students received direct or indirect financial support from the Institute.
In particular, the Institute makes extensive efforts to assist its doctoral students. We aim to make financial aid available to all first year doctoral students with documented financial need. In subsequent years, doctoral students may apply for a teaching or research assistantship.
The option of applying for a scholarship also remains open during the four-year programme, particularly in the final year to help with the completion of the thesis.
The Institute deploys invests considerable resources in financial aid, with the goal of attracting talented scholars from around the world, regardless of origin and financial ability. While other institutions generally offer only tuition reduction, the Institute also provides a large number of cost of living scholarships of CHF 18,000 each.
We expect all of our students to contribute toward the cost of their education. Therefore, and in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity, each recipient of a full scholarship is required to pay an annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000.
Financial aid is awarded by the Scholarship Committee on the basis of a written application documenting financial need; by exception, a few merit-based scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence.
Financial aid may take the following forms:
A full scholarship in the amount of CHF 18,000, which corresponds to the minimum living costs for one year;
A partial scholarship in the amount of CHF 9,000;
A merit scholarship awarded on the basis of academic excellence; it may be associated with a paid position as a teaching assistant or with need-based tuition reduction. An annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000 is charged in all cases.
In addition, tuition reduction may be awarded in combination with all types of scholarships.
Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed on the basis of a documented application, in accordance with the resources available at the Institute. Full scholarships for Master degree students are generally renewed for a second year, following review of the student’s financial situation, provided that the s/he is in good academic standing and depending on the availability of financial resources.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.