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Public History

University of Wroclaw

24 months
3650 EUR/year
2200 EUR/year
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The Public History program at University of Wroclaw is addressed to all the BA graduates, not only in history, and even not only in the humanities, who would like to conduct the research about and promote the public uses of history.


Public history has been operating since the 1970s as a subdiscpline of history, but also as a separate academic discipline. It is called the history "for the people, by the people, with the people, of the people" and deals with all the aspects of history outside the formal education (also academic education). It operates for many years at the universities world-wide and enjoys considerable popularity among the students. 

The history itself concentrates on examining the past (aiming at answering the question "how was it there?") while public history conducts research on how the knowledge about the past is present in the social consciousness and how it is (and may be) instilled in this consciousness, with the central question of "what do (did/will) the people know about how it was?" It focuses on the historical memory, which is rather marginal in the "traditional" history research. 

A public history graduate will have knowledge about the ways the knowledge about the past is present in the public sphere and the methods of influencing those ways. He/she will be able to collect, preserve, process and promote the heritage of the past in the conscious and competent way and to research how the others do that. 


These competences will bring him to employment in the institutions engaged in preserving, forming and propagating the memory of the past and involved in the areas of:

  • the politics of history - political parties, local governments, societies, governmental agencies and other state institutions
  • extracurricular history education - libraries, local and national institutions of education
  • combination of history and art history - museums, open-air museums, creative art groups and companies (e.g. as experts of historical movies, games, events)
  • combination of history and media (publishing houses, press, new media, webpages, thematic TV channels)
  • archive management and oral history (private people, local government)
  • international cooperation (e.g. European institutions)

Graduates of the Public History program at University of Wroclaw will also have an option to continue their education at the PhD programs in the humanities. 

Programme Structure

The courses from the public history program concentrate on the ways of shaping the historical consciousness (or collective memory) 

  • both in the context of its theoretical framework and mechanism (including e.g. politics of history) 
  • and in various practical ways (tools/techniques) of influencing this memory and consciousness, 
  • starting from collecting and processing the testimonies of the past, 
  • through speech-writing and preparing other texts promoting the historical knowledge, exhibitions, historical installations, 
  • to locating historical elements in mass media, entertainment or in virtual environment in its broadest sense
This is why even the general chronological overview of the past, which is placed in the public history curriculum, concentrates on the elements (phenomena, events, processes, individuals) that evoke debates and controversies - i.e. are present in the public sphere - and does not repeat the traditional academic history curriculum. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor or Master degree certificate
  • Transcript of grades/supplement from bachelor or master studies
  • Certificate confirming  English Language knowledge on B2 level
  • Passport photocopy
  • Digital passport size photo

The University of Wroclaw accepts worldwide recognized certificates confirming the knowledge of the English language
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE General)=Level 3

  • BULATS=60

  • Cambridge English: First (FCE)=B, C (169<)

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (2015 onwards)=169

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (prior to 2015)=52

  • French CLES = CLES 2 - B2(Independent User - Vantage)

  • TOEIC= Listening 400 ; Reading 385 ; Speaking 160 ; Writing 150

  • Linguaskill (Reading and Writing, Listening, Speaking)=B2 (160<)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3650 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3650 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2200 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Wroclaw

2070 - 3400 PLN /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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