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MA in Oral History and Contemporary History

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Program overview
2 years
Part time
Master's degree
Start dates
2,000 EUR
October 2021

Program description

MA in Oral History and Contemporary History

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 programme 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 analysing interviews and fieldwork projects to address those issues that require interdisciplinary investigation.

The programme 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.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  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 your knowledge, skills, and talent for study in the program for which you are applying. The paper can be your defended bachelor’s thesis or its summary, an article published in an academic journal or any new essay that you choose to represent you and your academic knowledge.
  2. Submit a notarized copy of your bachelor's or master's graduation certificate. If you graduated outside the Czech Republic, then you must submit an official “nostrification” document validating your foreign education.

For more information, please visit the Faculty website,

Applications open on November 1st, 2020. 

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Program content

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

...and more! To find out the full course offer, visit our website,

Tuition fees

Tuition Fee: 2000€ year.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MA programme in Oral History and Contemporary History can use their knowledge and experience in a wide spectrum of professional fields that 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.

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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The Faculty of Humanities is the youngest Faculty under the renowned Charles University located in Prague, Czech Republic, gaining full academic autonomy in 2000. As such, it combines in itself the old and famous tradition of Charles University with modern...

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Why study at Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

  • A pioneer since its inception, the Faculty was among the first at Charles University to adopt the Bologna Accords.
  • Utilizes advances in e-learning and academic tracking technologies to allow distance learning for both traditional and non-traditional students, increased student-teacher communication.
  • Highly supportive of student mobility and encourages participation in various types of exchanges (the ERASMUS+ exchange programme, summer school programmes, bilateral agreements at the University as well as school level, etc.) leading to high student diversity.
  • Diversity is underscored by our significant group of foreign-language full-time students which come from all over the world and contribute to the diverse environment.
  • Under the leadership of Dean Professor Jan Sokol, Ph.D (former education minister and nominated candidate for the presidency of the Czech Republic in 2003), the school has developed several progressive programs answering important Faculty developmental needs.
  • Developments in the Bachelor’s Programme in Liberal Arts and Humanities offering students unprecedented choice in course selection, in both theoretical and applied arts of philosophy, history, social sciences, and languages.


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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

U Kříže 8, Praha 5 - Jinonice
158 00 Prague
Czech Republic

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