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About the programme
GPA 2019: 4,8  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

History – a picture of the present

We understand the present by studying the past. We try to learn from the past in order to see where something went wrong and where it succeeded, and to interpret this in the context of our own time.

As a history student, you work with history in books, source material, films and on the Internet. You study history from all periods and all angles, from the earliest towns in Mesopotamia to the role of the USA in the Middle East.

Danish and world history give you an overview of important developments and key conditions in the history of the world, from power struggles and ideologies, nationalism, politics and culture to conquests, exploitation, war and peace. Once you have this basic knowledge, you are ready to study a subject in depth, analyse it and see it in the perspective of your own time.

From source to criticism

You learn to examine a subject in depth, find literature and sources and evaluate their usefulness. One of the most important skills that you learn as an historian is the ability to study large amounts of material and analyse it critically.

Revolutions and empires

History is very important for understanding the present and, at the Department of History, we deal with questions such as:

  • What impact did the French Revolution have on the 19th century?
  • What impact has communism had on Russia, China and the rest of the world?
  • Why did the Roman Empire come to an end?
  • How did the USA become the most powerful nation in the world?
  • What is meant by the word “globalisation”?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor

Structure master

Student life

Forms of teaching

The Department of History uses different forms of teaching, depending on the subject. In world history, you attend lectures in a lecture theatre for all students of your particular year – approximately 150. Classes in historical subject and historical methodology are held in groups of 10 to 30 students, and you participate actively as a student in the teaching.

Reading groups

History students are encouraged to form reading groups. This is important for you, both academically and for social reasons, as you can exchange subject-related knowledge and learn from each other, as well as socialising outside university hours.

 Student Committee, Historia and Fred

In addition to your studies, there are many other activities you can take advantage of in your spare time.

  • Student Committee: The Student Committee is where history students meet and discuss current topics and problems. There is no obligation to attend – but you are welcome if you have a topic you would like to discuss. You can read the minutes of meetings on the committee’s web site, as well as reading other students’ essays in the assignment bank, and much more.
  • Historia: This is a lecture association for history students, with monthly lectures about everything from Greek hoplites to the effects of the Second World War. The association also organises excursions to interesting historical places in Denmark.
  • FRED: The Department of History has its own social committee called FRED (PEACE), which organises Friday bars, celebrations with special themes and a revue party. Every Friday between 14.00 and 19.00, the Vandrehallen is converted to the best Friday bar at the university, with draught beer and great music. We look forward to seeing you there!

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History teacher

If you wish to teach at upper secondary school, your chances of getting a job are relatively good, as history is a major subject. If you wish to improve your chances even more, it would be an advantage if you combine history with another major subject, e.g. English, Danish or social science, or a medium subject such as physics, biology or German.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.

With history as your subsidiary subject, you can also teach at training colleges or folk high schools, or become a researcher at a university or an archival institution.

Culture and communication

If you do not wish to teach or become a researcher, you can also find work in the following fields:

  • Art and culture: You have good prospects of getting a job at a museum or with archives, involved with planning, information search, cultural communication and administration.
  • Public administration: An historian’s knowledge of political processes and the ability to gather, evaluate and communicate information mean that history graduates have good prospects of getting a job in public administration. As a head of section in public administration, you work with everything from communication and consultancy to documentation and quality assurance.
  • Communication: Many history graduates work with internal and external communication in public or private sector organisations. In such positions, the ability to gather, evaluate and communicate information is crucial.
  • IT and the Internet: Historians are used to handling and managing large amounts of source material. This is a useful skill in jobs such as a web editor or IT consultant.


As a history student at the University of Aarhus, you acquire knowledge about:

  • Understanding historical contexts: A Bachelor’s or Master’s history graduate has a comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of Danish and world history, and you can analyse contexts and social processes.
  • Analysis: During your years of study, you learn to analyse everything from individuals to historical effects and globalisation processes. This gives you the necessary tools to analyse almost any historical situation – tools that are also useful in everyday life.
  • Source criticism: You learn to gather source material and information and evaluate it in the light of history using critical analysis and methodology.
  • Structuring: You learn to work independently and to define, structure and implement projects and processes.
  • Communication: During your years of study, you learn to express yourself both orally and in writing, as regards historical subjects and issues.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, look here and here.