Auxiliary Historical Sciences

Master's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, Czech, 2 years 
Master's degree programme, full-time study mode, double-subject, Czech, 2 years 
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The Master’s degree study programme in Auxiliary Historical Sciences prepares qualified professionals for work with various types of historical sources. The objective of the study is to deepen interpretative and methodological skills in particular auxiliary historical sciences and application of the theoretical knowledge and skills in compiling historical sources, mainly in the form of critical editions. Students will learn basic methods of interpretation and text review and will be able to apply the acquired skills in auxiliary historical sciences within an interdisciplinary approach in a wider context of historical sciences. They will acquire language skills both in current expert communication and in historical grammar books of the main source languages in Czech archives.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • apply theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills in auxiliary historical sciences
  • prepare critical editions of historical sources
  • compile historical and archival collections or historical collections
  • compile exacting searches for complex historical issues
  • review previous findings and propose new solutions and theories
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Graduates of this Master’s degree study programme will be prepared for a further expert career, including compiling and cataloguing historical archival funds and collections in archives, libraries with historical collections, museums, and galleries.

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The standard duration of the Master’s degree study programme is four semesters. Students may choose between a single-subject and double-subject form of study.

For admittance to the final state examination, students of the single-subject study programme must earn 120 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Type A/required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 74 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis). Out of the type B/selective which make up 30 credits in total, students choose according to their interests and their intended professional specialization. The remaining 4 credits can be earned by completing a foreign language course for professional and academic purposes at the B2 level. There is an obligation to complete three type C/elective courses. The remaining number of credits can be earned by completing some of the type B/selective or type C/elective subjects or courses within the study programme or in other historical sciences, in particular those with the codes HIB, or other courses offered by the faculty and university.

For admittance to the final state examination, students of the double-subject study programme must earn 70 credits (diploma study programme) or 50 credits (non-diploma study programme) for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Type A/required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 55 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis) for the diploma study or 45 credits for non-diploma study. Out of the type B/selective courses, which make up 13 credits for diploma study or 3 credits for non-diploma study, students choose according to their interests and their intended professional specialization. The remaining 2 credits can be earned by completing a foreign language course for professional and academic purposes at the B2 level.

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.

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The study of the single-subject Master’s degree study programme in Auxiliary Historical Sciences is completed by the final state examination consisting of the following parts: 1) defence of the Master’s thesis; 2) written exam in palaeography and editing techniques; and 3) oral exam in diplomatics and palaeography. Students can register for the final state examination after receiving the required number of credits and submitting the Master’s thesis.

The study of the double-subject Master’s degree study programme in Auxiliary Historical Sciences is completed by the final state examination, consisting of the following parts: 1) defence of the Master’s thesis or submission and acceptance of the Master’s minor thesis; 2) written exam in palaeography and editing techniques; and 3) oral exam in diplomatics and palaeography. Students can register for the final state examination after receiving the required number of credits and submitting the Master’s thesis (diploma study programme) or the Master’s minor thesis (non-diploma study programme).

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After completion of the Master’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in a doctoral degree study programme.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Auxiliary Historical Sciences
Abbreviation: PV
Code: 7105T043
Type: Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N7105 N-HI Historical Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. PhDr. Dalibor Havel, Ph.D.