Master’s in History
The degree is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in teaching and research or in several other sectors: the public service, heritage, libraries and archives; or the private sector, particularly the cultural and audiovisual industries, publishing, the press and media, and non-profit organisations.
Students receive advanced training in contemporary history that develops both specialised and transferable skills: documentary research, critical thinking, designing research problems, rigorous presentation of results, and command of the literature.
The programme is structured around the following components:
- thorough theoretical and methodological training including methods of inquiry and research processes;
- specialisation in more specific areas and subjects: a broad range of history specialisms, research subjects, and advanced methods;
- a research dissertation, which constitutes a central part of the programme. Students define their subject gradually over the first year under close and sustained guidance from academic staff.
Courses are also offered in conjunction with the Ecole du Louvre, leading to a dual Master’s degree. This programme combines the complementary expertise of each institution: the humanities and social sciences at Sciences Po, and art history and museology at the École du Louvre. It is a selective and demanding programme with an annual intake of about 10 students. Find out more: Sciences Po/École du Louvre Master’s programme (FR)
Specific cooperation in Art History also exists between the History of Art major and the PhD in History of Art at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Sciences Po’s Arts and Societies doctoral seminar, directed by Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, a member of the Centre for History faculty.
Finally, from September 2021, a dual Master’s programme will be offered with King’s College (FR).