M.A. On Campus

Oral History and Contemporary History

Charles University

24 months
2000 EUR/year
2000 EUR/year
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The MA programme is centred on the connection between individual and collective aspects of contemporary history and historical events. Oral history maps "everyday histories" and memories of the past with a focus on individual aspects of living and experiencing history. The studies focus on the relationship between man and society, and on individual agency in the past and present.


The two-year, part-time MA study program in Oral History and Contemporary History is intended for students interested in contemporary European history, interviewing methodologies, and interpretative methods. Its main aim is to train students to conduct research through creating and analyzing interviews and fieldwork projects to address those issues that require interdisciplinary investigation.

The program is focused on the study of history and its methodologies; it is also meant to provide its students with overarching knowledge of Czech, Czechoslovak, and world history. The programme offers an overview of various methodological approaches – besides the oral history tradition - which it compares and reflects critically. These include, among others: archival research; statistical research (e.g. information of demographic/economic nature, public opinion polls); pop culture research (e.g. films, radio broadcast recordings; etc.); research of media and literature; etc. The programme also provides an interdisciplinary view of history from the perspectives of political theory and international relations; political philosophy; economic and social history; or cultural history; and others.

Profile of a graduate:

Graduates of the MA program in Oral History and Contemporary History can use their knowledge and experience in a wide spectrum of professional fields which rely on understanding and taking part in interpersonal communication, especially within the context of Czech, Czechoslovak, and world history. 

The graduates are able to find employment in academia as researchers in the fields of oral history, contemporary history, qualitative research, memory studies, and similar disciplines. Thanks to their acquired skills and knowledge, they are fully competent to fulfil the roles of archivists, museologists, lecturers, methodologists, or coordinators in a variety of environments, profit, and non-profit alike.


The MA program in Oral History and Contemporary History is officially recognized and accredited under the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • World Contemporary History¨
  • Czech Contemporary History
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Narrative Sources
  • Historiography and Methodology in Historical Science
  • Oral History and the Methodology of Research in Contemporary History
  • Fieldwork
  • Perestroika and Its Enforcement in So-Called Eastern Bloc Countries
  • Folk Music during So-Called Czechoslovak Normalization Period
  • Crossroads of Contemporary Military and Oral History
  • Large and Small History in the Havel Family
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Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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Applications will remain closed in the 2021/2022 application round.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit a motivation letter, structured CV (curriculum vitae) and an academic paper in English before the application deadline. 
  • The paper should be no less than 15 pages in length and prove your knowledge, skills and talent for study in the program for which you are applying. 
  • Submit a notarized copy of your Bachelor's diploma.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Prague

15441 - 26241 CZK /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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