East European Studies: History-Media – Master of Arts


Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree.

The interdisciplinary master’s programme in East European Studies: History-Media offers you the opportunity to deepen your previous degree studies in the humanities, the social and cultural sciences with a focus on the Eastern European region. The programme consists of the specialised fields: Slavic media and cultural studies, and Eastern European history. The programme offers the option of gaining a double degree with the University of Konstanz and the Russian State University for the Humanities (SUH) in Moscow.


DegreeMaster of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Language(s)Deutsch | Englisch
Period of study4 semesters
Application deadline17.5. –  15.7.
Admission restrictionsno

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects: Above all, the master’s programme will intensify your scientific, cultural and language competencies for Eastern Europe. These competencies form the foundation for you to address relevant issues based on current scientific information and research, and to analyse cultural, historical and media processes in Eastern Europe. The knowledge of the greater area of Eastern Europe acquired during the programme also enables graduates to apply it systematically and comparatively to European and global history as well as to worldwide media and cultural networks. There is demand for graduates of the master’s programme along with their specialist knowledge in the business and media sectors, in cultural, political advisory and educational institutions. Naturally, this programme also equips you for an academic career and qualifies you to proceed to doctoral studies.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

The master’s programme is interdisciplinary and consists of 2 fields, each with 4 main area modules, 2 elective modules and a final module. This enables you to gain knowledge and skills in the fields of Slavic media and cultural studies and Eastern European history.  During the programme you intensify your specialist knowledge and learn how to pursue scientific work independently. The programme is taught mainly in German, but some courses may be held in English or Russian.
You will find detailed information about the individual course contents on the website of the Master's Programme East European Studies (in German).

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the exam regulations (in German).

Internship and abroad


Internships help you to gain insights into various professional areas and to build up contacts. The Department (in German) or the staff of the university’s Career Service (in German) are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

During your studies we highly recommend a period of study abroad (usually in the third semester) at one of the Eastern European partner universities (Moscow, St Petersburg, Warsaw, Kiev, Prague, Tartu, Iasi, Zagreb). The staff responsible for the study programme, our Student Advice Service and the International Office will support you when planning and carrying out your period of study abroad. There is also a possibility of partial funding for your semester abroad.

Why study East European Studies: History-Media at Konstanz?

As a student in the master’s programme you have the option of gaining a double degree from the Russian State University for the Humanities (SUH) in Moscow and the University of Konstanz. Within the international networking framework, you can benefit not only from a semester abroad; you can also attend courses in the Eastern European Studies master’s programme at the University of Zurich. As we have a cooperation agreement with the University of Zurich, you can take part in the equivalent programme there and obtain ECTS credits which Konstanz will recognise as part of your degree. There are no fees for this option. Konstanz and Zurich also regularly offer joint courses. This cooperation between the two universities creates a most favourable spectrum of themes and countries and an extensive team of excellent teachers.
In addition to this, regular trans-regional and international study days, as well as an intercultural summer school in Warsaw, help to strengthen networking among the master’s students. The focus on Eastern Europe is enhanced by the Eastern Europe University Group (in German) which welcomes you to join in their independently staged cultural and scientific events. The university group, the colloquia and the study days provide a forum for creative learning, encounters, exchanges and networking. If you would like any individual counselling, those responsible for the study programme will be very happy to help: Jurij Murašov and Bianka Pietrow-Ennker.

What interests and skills should I have?

You have a bachelor’s degree with above average grades in the fields of the humanities, social and cultural sciences and are familiar with the relevant scientific methods and theories. In addition to this, your ability to express yourself in German and in English is very good, and your knowledge of a Slavic language is good.

Language skills

  • Good Slavic language skills (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • Applicants whose native language is not German: good German skills. (DSH level 2 or 4 points (or more) in all 4 areas of the TestDaf).

Teaching language and language(s) of instruction

Teaching languages are German and English.

Admission requirements

German Applicants:

  • Degree with the grade "good" (2.0) or better of a three-year (or more) study programme at an institution of higher education or state, or officially recognised, Berufsakademie in a subject relevant for the MA Eastern Europe History - Media (usually: cultural and social sciences, history). Minimum degree: Bachelor of Arts [BA] or equivalent. A selection committee decides on the relevance of your previous study programme for the MA Eastern Europe.
  • Good Slavic language skills (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • Letter of motivation and curriculum vitae 
  • 2 letters of reference written by academic teachers

Applicants whose native language is not German: good German skills. (DSH level 2 or 4 points (or more) in all 4 areas of the TestDaf).


This study programme has no admission restrictions. Application is online only.

After you have applied online, please send the following documents to the university

  • Application for admission, please attach a passport photo
  • Documentation of your academic degree. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your academic achievements (relevant for your final degree) so far;
  • Documentation of your Slavic language skills (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  • Letter of motivation and curriculum vitae;
  • 2 letters of reference written by academic teachers
  • If applicable, current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your ‘Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).

International applicants please also provide:

  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent;
  • Applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing;
  • Applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator;
  • Applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi;
  • Applicants from Georgia: please submit a declaration of consent for the verification of your documents' authenticity by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZaB) in Bonn, Germany.

The study programme begins in the winter semester only. The application deadline is 31 August 2014. There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). Please consult the university website for more information.

Application documents

You can find an overview of all required application documents in your application for admission. You will get this application at the end of the online application process.