Master in Oral History - Contemporary History


Program Description

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

The MA program in Oral History and Contemporary History is centered around the connection between individual and collective aspects of contemporary history and historical events. The studies focus on the relationship between man and society, and agency of the individual in past and present. Oral history, the ideal tool for researching these topics, maps "everyday histories" and memories of the past with a focus on individual aspects of living and experiencing history. The goal of the program is to familiarize its students with oral history methodology and other methods of historical research. Furthermore, it aims to teach its students important knowledge of contemporary historical contexts which frame the individual human stories and perspectives.

More information is available on our Faculty website.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

  1. 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 the applicant's knowledge, skills, and talent for study in the program which the applicant applies for. The paper can be the applicant's defended bachelor’s thesis or its summary, an article published in an academic journal or any new essay that the applicant chooses to represent them and their academic knowledge. Dean of the faculty decides whether papers that the applicant submits meet the requirements.

  2. Submit a notarized copy of the applicant's bachelor or master diploma. Those applicants who graduated abroad/ from foreign schools are required to provide recognition of their foreign diploma. More information about the process of recognition and nostrification is available on the Faculty's website.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Master's studies is conditioned by completed BA education confirmed by a diploma and by submission of the relevant documents mentioned above.

Start your online application on our Admissions portal. The deadline for submitting the completed application is July 31, 2020.

Graduate Profile and Career Prospects

The graduates have a chance to become not only narrowly specialized experts with employment in scientific field and in research activity in academia, but, thanks to their knowledge, skills and experience, they also have the option of applying themselves in the sphere of formal and non-formal education in institutions of the university and non-university type, as ordinary or directing staff in state and political administration at the central, regional or local level, in expert groups in the EU (European Union), in the UN (United Nations) agencies network, in the field of monument preservation and generally in the field of cultural heritage preservation (e.g. in historical institutions, museums etc.); furthermore, in the position of the modern archive managers and workers responsible for files in the national archives, but also in business and corporate archives.

Of course, they may find employment in the private sector as employees of non-profit organizations operating in the sphere of adherence to and the general protection of human rights, in the area of monitoring gender rights or the rights of minorities, or they may specialize in specific social support and counseling for selected individuals or groups of the population.

Furthermore, the graduates can work as employees or as the managers, respectively, in the management of domestic, European and global political (or economical) institutions and organizations, such as creative workers of printed, electronic or audio-visual media or as professional analysts and experts in the consulting field.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Originally founded as the Institute for Liberal Education of Charles University in 1994, the Faculty of Humanities is the youngest Faculty under esteemed Charles University and as such it offers uniqu ... Read More

Originally founded as the Institute for Liberal Education of Charles University in 1994, the Faculty of Humanities is the youngest Faculty under esteemed Charles University and as such it offers unique study programs and opportunities. Read less