Master in Public History


Program Description

What is Public History?

The Public History is the story that comes from the places of research to become knowledge for everyone. But not only. Public History is also the story that belongs to you and can be your future.

The cultural labor market is increasingly characterized by a contamination between disciplines and a demand for professional figures with transversal skills . In the I level Master in Public History the tools of the historian's trade are revealed, skills are acquired to make history in a design dimension and to renew the tools of historical narration, so that the past is a continuous stimulus to participate in the present and think about the future.

Because history is "the science of change" (M. Bloch).

Why a Masters in Public History?

Theatrical and cinematographic screenwriters, television authors, professionals of historical narration, historytellers and performers, teachers, graphic novel authors, project managers and curators of exhibitions and installations, experts in cultural communication and the enhancement of archival and library assets: these are just some of the crafts that can be accessed by those who want to work with history.

The Master in Public History, born from the collaboration between the University of Milan and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli , has reached its third edition and renews the objective of combining knowledge and methods of historical research with the potential and skills of the production world, of organization and cultural communication, inserting itself in a virtuous way in the panorama of work 4.0.

The Master's program includes lectures with workshops, workshops, masterclasses held by professors of international level and internships at institutions, companies, organizations in the world of culture or interested in promoting and enhancing historical heritage.



By 4 October 2019

Duration and Teaching

The Master takes place from November 2019 to July 2020.

Lessons and workshops will take place on Friday and Saturday, from 10.00 to 18.00

Where is it

University of Milan, via Festa del Perdono, 7

Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli , viale Pasubio 5, Milan

Participation fee

€ 3,200


There are 3 scholarships of € 900 each for the most deserving candidates from the selection ranking.


Bachelor's Degree in Humanities, Socio-Political and Legal




The selection tests will be held on Tuesday 16 October 2019, at 9.30 am, at the Department of Historical Studies, via Festa del Perdono 7, Milan. The selection for admission will be made through an oral test aimed at ascertaining the candidates' design skills and the aptitude for the subjects covered by the advanced training course. Candidates will be asked to prepare a project dedicated to Public History which they will discuss with the exam commission.

Professional outlets

Graduates in history or related disciplines and operators in various capacities interested in communicating sources and heritage of historical value will be able to become professionals of historical narration, able to work with historical contents in the various areas of cultural production:

  • television and radio producers and authors, able to design TV or radio programs and to select sources to build an effective narrative on audiovisual channels;
  • historical communication experts, who use their knowledge and their ability to work on the sources to enhance cultural heritage, institutional or corporate identities that are rooted in the past;
  • project managers, responsible for the organization, management and implementation of cultural and research projects;
  • historyteller and scriptwriters, who know how to catch stories inside history, give them a body, stage them;
  • event organizers, who succeed in giving rise to initiatives of reenactment or public disclosure with full awareness of the different audiences interested today in history and culture;
  • exhibition curators, aware of the most recent exhibition techniques and attentive to the most innovative museum languages, for increasingly fascinating exhibitions.


  • Graduates in humanities, aiming to build a profession working with history in the world of culture and entertainment;
  • researchers aware of the public value of their work and therefore eager to acquire skills in the field of storytelling, communication and cultural organization;
  • teachers or trainees of teaching who intend to make their own new ways and new ways to tell the story to be used in their teaching activity;
  • cultural operators and curators of historical assets, interested in enhancing all their potential in terms of dissemination, promotion and communication.

Educational goals

  1. Offer students the opportunity to learn the craft of those who work with history in a public and not just academic dimension
  2. Encourage the enhancement of historical sources with innovative languages through the design of effective historical cultural products, thanks to the direct comparison with the experience of professionals
  3. Develop the skills and soft skills needed to become online culture professionals in new design, storytelling and communication techniques in the field of work 4.0

Educational plan

The Master in Public History offers a training course integrated between courses, interactive teaching moments, workshops, Masterclasses held by national and international teachers, project work and internships at institutions, companies, institutions of the world of culture or interested in the promotion and enhancement of historical heritages.

Teaching will be given both in the presence and at a distance through the Center for technology and multimedia university and distance teaching at the University of Milan.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

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