Oral History and Contemporary History

Charles University

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


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 MA program is divided into two sections, the first covers contemporary (Czech and international) history and events, the second is methodological and focuses on various interviewing techniques through which we can study contemporary history. It binds together two general approaches of studying history, the macro, and micro approaches, and enables a thorough understanding of recent events in history. The MA program is centered around the connection between both individual and collective aspects of contemporary history and historical events.

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 fulfill the roles of archivists, museologists, lecturers, methodologists, or coordinators in a variety of environments, profit and non-profit alike.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analysis and Interpretation of Narrative Sources
  • Contemporary History: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Historiography and Methodology in Historical Science
  • Oral History and the Methodology of Research in Contemporary History
  • Fieldwork
  • Islands of Freedom - The 1980s Young Generation
  • Exile, Emigration and Reemigration in the 20th Century: The Czech Historical Perspective
  • Ideology, Power, Society and Top Sport in Socialist Regimes

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications are accepted with a final deadline of July 31
  • Priority deadline: March 31


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

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

  • International

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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