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The study of the history of Denmark - and the world’s. Learn to relate to the past inquiringly, critically and reflectively.

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: 7.7 (Standby: 6.3)   |   Quota 2 2019: 7.6 (Standby: 7.2) (Indicative)  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the BA programme in history, you study the development of people and societies from the earliest times to the present. You explore social, economic, ideological, political and cultural conditions in Denmark and the rest of the world from an historical perspective.

Studying on the history programme

The teaching on the Bachelor’s degree programme in history is a mix of lectures and classroom instruction in small groups, where you do presentations, participate in discussions and work with your study group. You learn to investigate a topic thoroughly, and you learn how to search for information and relevant literature systematically as well as how to critically assess your sources. You learn how to structure an investigation of a topic in history, and you work with written and oral communication. 

Understand the past today

The study of history gives you a broad understanding of significant developments and central conditions in the world’s history, such as power struggles, ideologies, nationalism, politics, culture, conquests, discoveries, war and peace. You gain specialised knowledge of specific periods in history, for example the ancient world or Denmark and Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and you learn to view contemporary issues in an historical context in order to understand the world of today. 

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in history, you are eligible for admission to a range of different Master’s degree programmes. For example, the Master's degree program in history, which can lead to career opportunities in teaching, for example universities, in upper secondary schools, seminaries and folk high schools. You can also work at a museum or archive, either in research or in PR and communications.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22255

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

 A qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).
  • And one of these combinations
    • History A
    • Social science B and History B
    • Social Science B and History of Ideas B
    • Social science B and Contemporary History B
    • History B and Religion C and Social Science C


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.  

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).
  • And one of these combinations
    • History A
    • Social science B and History B
    • Social science B and History of Ideas B
    • Social science B and Contemporary History B
    • History B and Religion C and Social Science C



Programme structure

The courses on the history programme focus on the study of concrete historical events and on historical method. You gain a broad understanding of the main outlines of the history of Denmark and the world, and you study some of the events in depth. You also learn how to apply the methodological tools historians use when evaluating sources and drawing conclusions on the background of the historical record. During your studies, you have the opportunity to specialise in a number of topics in history.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the various courses to read the individual course descriptions.



Student life

Academic life on the history programme

At lectures, your teacher will review the assigned reading for your entire year group. In classroom lessons, you have an opportunity to discuss your reading together with your fellow students. You will also be part of a study group, where you will work on presentations together and discuss your subject. 

History is a full-time degree programme even though you may not have to attend lectures and classes every day. Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in history. As you can see, you will be spending much of your time preparing for classes and lectures, and meeting with your study group. 

9:00-13:00 Independent study
13:00-15:00 Study group
15:00 - 18:00 Classroom instruction: Historical Methodology 1

10:00 - 14:00 Classroom instruction: Historical Topic 1
14:00-18:00 Independent study

9:00-18:00 Independent study

9:00-11:00 Study group
11:00 - 14:00 Classroom instruction: Historical Topic 1
15:00 - 17:00 Lecture:

9:00-12:00 Independent study
12:00 - 14:00 Classroom instruction: World History/Danish History
15:00 - 18:00 Friday bar

Social life on the history programme

There are a lot of students on the history programme, which means there are lots of social activities you can participate in. Among other things, you can participate in various associations: 

History degree programme committee
If you want to have an influence on your study environment, then you can join the history degree programme committee. The committee represents history students' interests at Aarhus University. 

The students' lecture society meets for talks on historical topics each month. The society also organises trips to exciting historical sites in Denmark. 

The history programme social committee is called FRED, and organises the Friday bar, theme parties and an annual camping trip. 

Studying abroad

As the subjects you study on the history programme are generally broad and international, studying a semester abroad is a good idea, as it gives you a chance to develop your language skills and get acquainted with the culture and history of another country. During the last year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2016 AU employment survey.

As a history graduate, your career options depend a lot on what you’ve chosen to focus on during your studies, along with your choice of supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme. 

You gain a broad knowledge of the history of Denmark and the world through the history programme, and you learn to analyse social processes. You also become skilled at gathering and evaluating information using source criticism, at structuring projects and communicating your conclusions clearly both orally and in writing. 

Most graduates of the history programme work in education, for example at secondary schools, folk high schools and universities, or as communicators at museums. Other careers paths include administration, communication and project management. 

Supplementary subjects

You have many options when choosing supplementary subject during the course of your degree programme. Other students on the history programme have chosen: 

  • Supplementary subject in social science
  • Supplementary subject in religion, politics and society
  • Supplementary subject in the study of religion 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in history go on to do a Master’s degree. Some of these programmes require specific supplementary subjects: 

  • The Master’s degree programme in history, which is a continuation of the Bachelor’s degree programme. The programme gives you ample opportunity to specialise in the topics that interest you, and you become skilled in the critical assessment of sources as well as relevant historical theories and methods.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which teaches you to understand the complexities of globalisation through the study of subjects like history and international law.
  • The Master’s degree programme in experience economy, where you learn to understand experiences as commodities and design experiences for users.
  • The Master’s degree programme in Scandinavian studies, where you work with Danish language and literature in a Scandinavian perspective.