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Master in European Contemporary History


(De)coding Europe

The Master in European Contemporary History is designed to provide students with high-level education in European history, covering topics such as the political and socioeconomic aspects of the European integration process, the construction of social and cultural identity throughout Europe, European migration and Europe’s relations with other global regions.

The Master in European Contemporary History offers historical understanding of contemporary European issues and provides training on:

  • how to analyse European history and culture(s) beyond national frameworks
  • how to develop a long-term perspective across periods
  • how to critically assess global connections
  • how to explore and present historical findings using digital technologies.

Programme organisation

The programme is designed for a maximum of 25 students, allowing for individual tutorials and coaching. It encourages project-based and problem-based learning. Students can either specialise in “European history in a long-term perspective” or in “Social and political history of contemporary Europe”. Seminars are offered in English and French (depending on the lecturer).

Training experts in digital humanities

The programme puts special emphasis on Digital Humanities and Public History. Students learn to use digital history tools and methodologies to transfer and adapt traditional narrating techniques and develop their own ways of telling (hi)stories, both for academic and non-academic audiences. The Digital History Laboratory allows students not only to get in touch with the latest research and technological advances in the area, but to develop their skills, leading to high-quality published projects. Through the analysis and classification of digital and digitised source material, the master’s programme offers innovative teaching and learning approaches.






EU-recognition for our digital project on WW1

Our digital student project on Twitter @Real-TimeWW1 has been awarded first prize at the 2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize. 

Students were telling everyday stories of the First World War in 140 characters exactly 100 years after they happened.





Career perspectives

Successful completion of the master‘s degree will prepare for a career in: 

  • European and international institutions and organisations;
  • political and cultural institutions;
  • media and cultural management;
  • diplomatic services; 
  • senior civil appointments;
  • secondary education;
  • archives and libraries.

The degree also prepares for an academic career (PhD).

Why study European contemporary history in Luxembourg?

  • The master's programme is well connected to European institutions and international companies situated in Luxembourg;
  • A distinguished teaching staff provides excellent learning conditions and excellent student support;
  • You will develop your skills in digital history and participate in digital student projects;
  • Courses are taught in small classes, seminar groups, and as one-to-one tutorials;
  • You have the opportunity to participate in conferences and guest lecturers by international experts and key players who have helped shape Europe;
  • You will be studying in a multicultural and multilingual environment and gaining insights into different academic cultures.




This Master is part of the Guillaume Dupaix International Master's Scholarship funded by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. It aims to attract high-achieving international students who wish to follow a master’s programme at the University of Luxembourg.

Find all the relevant information here 

Directeurs d'études

Valerie Schafer

Course Director

Sonja Kmec

Directrice des études


Duration: 4 semesters (120 ECTS), full-time

Registration fees: 200 € / semester

Languages: FR, EN (C1 level). German may be used in seminar discussions and assignments 

Any questions? Contact us for information about registration and studying at the University of Luxembourg:


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