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Master in European Contemporary History

(De)coding Europe

A historical perspective is key to enabling tomorrow’s professionals to deal with socio-political issues of the future.

The Master in European Contemporary History encourages historical approaches to contemporary European issues and provides in-depth training on issues such as:

  • the political and socio-economic aspects of the European integration and construction process;
  • the construction of social and cultural identity throughout Europe;
  • intra- and extra-European migration and Europe’s relations with other global regions.

Students can either specialise in “European history in the long term“ or in “History of the European integration process“.


H-Europe is a blog produced by the students of the Master in European Contemporary History of the University of Luxembourg:

Training experts in digital humanities

The master’s 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.

Through the analysis and classification of digital and digitised source material, the master’s programme offers innovative teaching and learning approaches.




Students get the opportunity to conduct research in this still developing sub-field of the digital humanities.



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

Follow our project on Twitter: @RealTimeWW1, @histoire_uni_lu and @C2DH_LU



Career options

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 first-class learning conditions and excellent student support;
  • You will develop your skills in digital history and participating in digital student projects;
  • Courses are taught in small classes, seminar groups, and as one-to-one tutorials;
  • We closely co-operate with other master's programmes in European Studies and the newly established Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence;
  • 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.



Sonja Kmec

Course director

Valerie Schafer

Deputy course director


  • Duration: 4 semesters (120 ECTS), full-time
  • Registration fees: 200 € / semester
  • Languages: FR, EN (C1 level for the first language, B2 level for the second language). German may be used in seminar discussions and assignments 

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


Follow us on Twitter: @RealTimeWW1