If you decide to study history with a MATILDA focus, you will simultaneously go through application for the MATILDA-programme and enrolment at the RUB.

Requirements for German and Non-German Students

A) The application will be sent directly to the contact of the MATILDA programme. Your Application should include: A letter of motivation (in German or English, on agreement in Italian or French), a current curriculum vitae, a copy of the Bachelor's certificate, two academic letters of recommendation (separately in a sealed envelope or by e-mail). Please also indicate potential guest universities for your stay abroad in your application documents (more information on the semester abroad below).

For questions regarding application preparation and the application process, please contact directly:

B) The first step for your enrolment at the rub in the 1-subject Master in History is possible online.
Matriculation in this Master is non-restricted. Please note: In order to start a Master's programme in History at the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, you need a BA in History. Foreign language requirements for the Master's degree are three foreign languages, one of which is supposed to be English. You can learn the third foreign language, during the Master's programme.

Students who wish to set up their Master's thesis in the early modern period must provide proof of Latin language skills in addition to English.The MATILDA programme in Bochum can only be completed in the field of Early Modern/Modern History. In the course of their studies, students must cover either three epochs within Early Modern/Modern History or two epochs and one systematic / regional specialisation (Module V).The Core Curriculum for MATILDA applies.

For those students who would like to complete MATILDA in Bochum, the Master's thesis from 20 CP must be completed in the scope specified by the Joint Examination Regulations for the preparation of the thesis and 10 CPs must be completed in supplementary courses (modules) in the complementary area (i. e. a total of 30 CP as is otherwise the case with MATILDA).

Deadline for German students

Please send in your application via mail by 22th of September 2023.

Special Deadline for International Students

International students have to follow a different timeline, which can be found here:

Online Application for Master Programmes at RUB.

Guest semester within the MATILDA cooperation:

Students of the MATILDA programme spend at least one and up to three semesters at one of the partner universities abroad.

The stays abroad can be financed by the ERASMUS + Förderlinie.
In exceptional cases, other funding bodies may be used. Language certificates for the working language of the host university must be provided for this purpose.


Students enrolling in Bochum potentially graduate with a 1-subject Master in History from the Ruhr-University Bochum and additionally receive a MATILDA certificate, which formulates the international, cooperative dimensions of the MATILDA focus and names the partner universities visited.