Historical Studies

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-84 - History
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
International title
Double Degree
The objective of the Historical Sciences M.A. is to provide students with an in-depth historical knowledge encompassing a critical approach to historiography and the sources. Such an education will enable students to acquire not only advanced knowledge but also skills and abilities ensuring that the programme's educational outcomes will be achieved, namely a full understanding of historical dynamics, source analysis skills and the use of tools, including IT, a critical awareness of current historiography and a mastery of the languages of historical communication.
The careers opened up by an M.A. in historical sciences are bound up with graduates' skills in organising and classifying complex problems and information in a coherent way, planning and communicating opportune solutions. It is thus held that graduates will be capable of taking on roles of responsibility in:
- activities linked to the cultural initiative and service sectors;
- specific institutions such as archives, libraries, museums, cultural centres and foundations with cultural aims;
- study and research centres, both public and private;
- national and local governmental institutions in the cultural services sector and the recovery of local activities, traditions and identities;
- in publishing, in the specific context of the dissemination of historical information and culture;
- in the human resources and staff selection sectors;
- in all reporting activities requiring an ability to take responsibility for understanding, organising and planning in a range of contexts involving a propensity for innovation, adaptability and creativity.
In particular, historical sciences graduates will be eligible for work in history, philosophy, geography and literature teaching in middle and secondary schools, after gaining the requisite professional credentials and/or passing public application processes. I.e. having acquired the further specific technical skills and, where required, professional credentials and /or related public application processes, graduates will be eligible for the following professions: journalism, popular history, writing, critical and educational text writing in the humanities (especially history), university history teaching, history and philosophy research and technical work, archivism, library work, documentary patrimony curating and conservation in museum institutions, archives and libraries.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

Curricular requirements

Graduates in the following degree classes can be admitted to the degree programme in Historical Studies:

  • L-01 Cultural Heritage
  • L-05 Philosophy
  • L-06 Geography
  • L-10 Humanities
  • L-11 Modern languages and civilizations 
  • L-20 Communication
  • L-36 Political Science and International Relations 
  • L-42 History

provided they have earned at least 60 credits (CFU) according to the criteria set out below:

  • at least 15 CFU in the following academic fields: M-STO/01, M-STO/02, M-STO/04;
  • 15 CFU in the above fields or in the following fields (in whole or in part): L-ANT/02, L-ANT/03, L-FIL-LET/10, M-STO/03, M-STO/07, M-STO/08, M-STO/09, SECS-P/12, SPS/02, SPS/03;
  • the remaining 30 CFU in the above fields or in the following fields (in whole or in part): IUS/19, L-ART/01, L-ART/02, L-ART/03, L-ART/05, L-ART/06, L-FIL-LET/11, L-FIL-LET/12, SECS-P/01, SPS/05, SPS/06, SPS/07, SPS/13, SPS/14, L-LIN/03, L-LIN/05, L-LIN/10, L-LIN/13, M-DEA/01, M-FIL/01, M-FIL/03, M-FIL/04, M-FIL/06, M-GGR/01.

Graduates from other degree classes may also be admitted, provided they have earned at least 90 credits according to the following criteria: 

  • at least 15 CFU in the following academic fields: M-STO/01, M-STO/02, M-STO/04;
  • 15 CFU in the above fields or in the following fields (in whole or in part): L-ANT/02, L-ANT/03, L-FIL-LET/10, M-STO/03, M-STO/07, M-STO/08, M-STO/09, SECS-P/12, SPS/02, SPS/03;
  • the remaining 60 CFU in the above fields or in the following fields (in whole or in part):  IUS/19, L-ART/01, L-ART/02, L-ART/03, L-ART/05, L-ART/06, L-FIL-LET/11, L-FIL-LET/12, SECS-P/01, SPS/05, SPS/06, SPS/07, SPS/13, SPS/14, L-LIN/03, L-LIN/05, L-LIN/10, L-LIN/13, M-DEA/01, M-FIL/01, M-FIL/03, M-FIL/04, M-FIL/06, M-GGR/01.

Educational background assessment

Curricular requirements will be assessed by the Admission Commission based on online applications and the attached documents.

Students from the History degree programme of the University of Milan, who do not have excess credits to be transferred, will be automatically admitted.

Those with excess credits from another Master's degree programme (not from the Bachelor's degree programme in History) should attend the interview for transfer credit, if any.

Students from other degree programmes and/or from other universities must go through an admission interview, which is aimed at ascertaining that they meet curricular requirements from an administrative point of view. On this occasion, the Commission reserves the right to review any applications for transfer credit, up to 36 CFU, as certified by the candidate.

Interview dates are posted on the Student Registrar's webpages, as well as noted on the receipt of the application for admission to the Master's degree programme.

In addition to curricular requirements, candidates must meet language and computer skills requirements, to be assessed by the degree programme. Students may satisfy such requirements during the first year of the Master's degree programme.

Interview dates:

  • 1st interview: May 18, 2020 - PLEASE NOTE: due to the ongoing health emergency, the interview will not be held on campus, but will take place remotely as agreed between the Commission and the candidates, who will be notified of the procedure by email.

Should the health emergency continue, the subsequent interviews will take place remotely, as in May. Otherwise, they will be held on campus, as set out below. Further notices will be published on the degree programme website ahead of the respective dates.

  • 2nd interview: September 15, 2020, 9 am, Crociera Alta room, Humanities (via Festa del Perdono, 7);
  • 3rd interview: October 27, 2020, 9 am, Crociera Alta room, Humanities (via Festa del Perdono, 7);
  • 4th interview: January 11, 2021, 9 am, Crociera Alta room, Humanities (via Festa del Perdono, 7).
This Historical Sciences M.A. has a solid international exchange tradition which began with the founding of the ERASMUS, now ERASMUS plus programme.
A concise overview of ERASMUS is available on the M.A. programme site, on the student bulletin board.
These reciprocal agreements give students and teachers access to a year abroad, an exchange agreement between University of Milan and the universities of many countries including: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, the Low Countries, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Hungary.
A list of specific universities encompassed by the agreement for historical science graduates can be consulted in appendix A: https://www.unimi.it/sites/default/files/2020-02/ALLEGATO%20A_%202020-2….
With Erasmus+ 2020-21 University of Milan also assigns study periods in Switzerland based on bilateral agreements with Swiss universities under the SEMP - Swiss European Mobility Programme.
Historical sciences students can complete study periods ranging from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 12 months during the two years of the programme, at one of the university's partner institutions. Average study periods abroad last 5-6 months. Students are advised to complete overseas study periods in the 2nd semester of the 1st year or the 1st semester of the 2nd year.
Study abroad (course attendance, exams, any thesis research work) is accredited on students' return with a number of study credits which take account of the activities completed abroad. The related study programme, called a Learning Agreement, is agreed on departure on the basis of courses, exams and activities decided by students in accordance with their Italian study plans. Careful choice by the teaching staff responsible in identifying a wide ranging and specific correspondence between the University of Milan's educational programme and that of its partner universities enables students to take full advantage of their studies abroad and acquire the credits they need to complete their Italian studies. The study sectors which can be developed are essentially historical but credits in other humanities disciplines can also potentially be acquired.
This M.A. has a permanent internationalisation via ERASMUS co-ordinator (Prof. Michela Minesso). Specific meetings for M.A. Historical sciences students leaving for periods abroad are organised to supply them with the information they need on the various institutions available and useful contact numbers. The History Department also has international research and teaching partnerships with institutions such as Lomonosov University in Moscow. In such cases specific study plans are agreed with the co-ordinator and the work done is recognised in accordance with the criteria listed above.
The History Department is also active in ERASMUS Plus-Placement which now provides for international exchange for new graduates (within 12 months of graduation), too, and information on the programmes which can be applied for is available on the website. The department works to identify international partners (archives, libraries, publishing houses, cultural institutions and universities) for internships designed to provide professional training.

Recommended, not mandatory

Courses list

Optional programme year

Compulsory activity
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Elements of Historiography 9 60 Italian Second semester SPS/02
a - 9 CFU in one of the following disciplines
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Intellectual and Cultural History 9 60 English First semester M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
History of Southern Italy 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
a1 - 9 CFU in one of the following disciplines
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Teaching History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
Historical Communication and Public History 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
a2 - 9 CFU in one of the following disciplines
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Digital Humanities 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Diplomatics 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/09
History of printing and publishing systems 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Library and Archival History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Digital librarianship 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
b - AFTER EARNING THE 36 CFU IN COMMON ACTIVITIES, THE STUDENT SHOULD CHOOSE THE
REMAINING 39 CREDITS WITHIN ONE OF THE AVAILABLE TACKS, IN CONSISTENCY WITH THEIR MAJOR SUBJECT.

BY THE END OF THE FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR OF THE PROGRAMME, THE STUDENT MUST AGREE THE TOPIC OF ITS MASTER'S DEGREE DISSERTATION WITH THE TEACHER OF A SUBJECT THEY HAVE FOLLOWED.


ANCIENT HISTORY

39 CFU (a total of three 9-CFU exams and two 6-CFU exams, of which at least 18 in the following subjects: L-ANT / 02 and/or L-ANT / 03)
(NOTE: Ancient Numismatics and History of medieval and modern coins are alternatives to each other)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Ancient numismatics 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/04
Antiquity and greek studies 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/02
Antiquity and roman studies 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/03
Latin epigraphy 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/03
Latin literature 12 80 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/04
Medieval history 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/01
Greek history 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/02
Greek literature 12 80 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/02
History of ancient philosophy (MA) 9 60 Italian Second semester M-FIL/07
History of medieval and modern coins 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/04
Roman History 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/03
Roman History 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/03
c - MEDIEVAL HISTORY
39 CFU (a total of three 9-CFU exams and two 6-CFU exams, of which at least 18 in the following subjects: M-STO/01)

NOTE: The following subjects are alternatives to each other
- Diplomatics and Library and Archival History
- History of medieval and modern coins and Medieval Latin literature
- Roman History (MD) and Antiquity and roman studies
- History of the medieval church and heretical movements and History of the church and heretical movements
- History of the Early modern Italian States and History of Historiography in the Modern Period
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Antiquity and roman studies 9 60 Italian First semester L-ANT/03
Constitutional history 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/03
Diplomatics 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/09
History of Historiography in the Modern Period 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/02
History of science and technology 9 165 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of Scientific Thought 6 40 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of the Early modern Italian States 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/02
Library and Archival History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Medieval history 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/01
Civilization and culture in the Middle Ages 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/01
Historical methodology: interpreting medieval sources 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/01
History of ancient philosophy (MA) 9 60 Italian Second semester M-FIL/07
History of medieval and modern coins 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/04
History of medieval church and heretical movment 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/07
History of the church and heretical movment 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/07
Medieval Latin literature 9 60 Italian Second semester L-FIL-LET/08
Roman History 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/03
Roman History 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/03
d - MODERN HISTORY
39 CFU (a total of three 9-CFU exams and two 6-CFU exams, of which at least 18 in the following subjects: M-STO/02)

NOTE: The following subjects are alternatives to each other
- Archival records management, Business History and Archives, Digital curation, Library and Archival History, History of medieval and modern coins
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Business History and Archives 9 60 Italian First semester SECS-P/12
Constitutional history 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/03
History of Historiography in the Modern Period 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/02
History of printing and publishing systems 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
History of science and technology 9 165 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of Scientific Thought 6 40 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of the Early modern Italian States 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/02
Library and Archival History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Archival records management 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Cultural history of modern age 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
Digital librarianship 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Economic and social history of the early modern age 9 60 Italian Second semester SECS-P/12
History of Eastern Europe 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/03
History of medieval and modern coins 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/04
History of the Age of Reformation and Counter-Reformation 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
History of the church and heretical movment 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/07
International History of the Modern World 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
e - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY
39 CFU (a total of three 9-CFU exams and two 6-CFU exams, of which at least 18 in the following subjects: M-STO/03 and/or M-STO/04)

NOTE: The following subjects are alternatives to each other
- Archival records management, Business History and Archives, Digital curation, Library and Archival History
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Business History and Archives 9 60 Italian First semester SECS-P/12
Constitutional history 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/03
Contemporary history of political thought 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/02
History of contemporary culture 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/04
History of political parties and political communication 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/04
History of printing and publishing systems 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
History of science and technology 9 165 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of Scientific Thought 6 40 Italian First semester M-STO/05
Library and Archival History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Archival records management 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Digital librarianship 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
History of Colonialism and Decolonisation 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
History of contemporary world 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
History of Eastern Europe 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/03
History of European Integration 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
History of Spain and Latin America 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
History of the church and heretical movment 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/07
Social history of theatre and drama 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
f - HISTORY OF INSTITUTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
39 CFU (a total of three 9-CFU exams and two 6-CFU exams, of which at least 18 in the following subjects: SPS/02 or SPS/03)

NOTE: The following subjects are alternatives to each other
- Economic and social history of the modern age and History of the medieval church and heretical movements
- History of printing and publishing systems and History of contemporary world
- Archival records management, Business History and Archives, Digital curation, Library and Archival History, History of medieval and modern coins
- History of the medieval church and heretical movements and History of the church and heretical movements
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Business History and Archives 9 60 Italian First semester SECS-P/12
Constitutional history 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/03
Contemporary history of political thought 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/02
History of political parties and political communication 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/04
History of printing and publishing systems 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
History of science and technology 9 165 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of Scientific Thought 6 40 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of the Early modern Italian States 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/02
Library and Archival History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Archival records management 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Digital librarianship 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Economic and social history of the early modern age 9 60 Italian Second semester SECS-P/12
History of Colonialism and Decolonisation 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
History of contemporary world 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
History of medieval and modern coins 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/04
History of medieval church and heretical movment 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/07
History of the Age of Reformation and Counter-Reformation 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
History of the church and heretical movment 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/07
g - ECONOMIC HISTORY

39 CFU (a total of three 9-CFU exams and two 6-CFU exams, of which at least 18 in the following subjects: SECS-P/12)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Business History and Archives 9 60 Italian First semester SECS-P/12
Constitutional history 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/03
Contemporary history of political thought 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/02
History of Historiography in the Modern Period 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/02
History of political parties and political communication 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/04
History of science and technology 9 165 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of Scientific Thought 6 40 Italian First semester M-STO/05
Library and Archival History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Archival records management 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Cultural history of modern age 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
Digital librarianship 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Economic and social history of the early modern age 9 60 Italian Second semester SECS-P/12
History of contemporary world 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
h - OTHER ACTIVITIES COMMON TO ALL TRACKS
12 CFU AT THE STUDENT'S CHOICE
3 CFU for METHODOLOGY AND RESEARCH WORKSHOP, WHICH IS PREPARATORY FOR THE DISSERTATION WORK, or INTERNSHIP, or ASSESSMENT OF BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS IF NOT TAKEN DURING THE THREE-YEAR PROGRAMME
Final activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Final exam 30 0 Italian Undefined
Optional programme year

Compulsory activity
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Elements of Historiography 9 60 Italian Second semester SPS/02
a - 9 CFU in one of the following disciplines
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Intellectual and Cultural History 9 60 English First semester M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
History of Southern Italy 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
a1 - 9 CFU in one of the following disciplines
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Teaching History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
Historical Communication and Public History 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
a2 - 9 CFU in one of the following disciplines
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Digital Humanities 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Diplomatics 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/09
History of printing and publishing systems 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Library and Archival History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Digital librarianship 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
i - 39 CFU (a total of three 9-CFU exams and two 6-CFU exams, of which at least 18 in the following subjects: M-STO/08 and M-STO/09)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Business History and Archives 9 60 Italian First semester SECS-P/12
Constitutional history 9 60 Italian First semester SPS/03
Digital Humanities 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Diplomatics 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/09
History of Historiography in the Modern Period 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/02
History of political parties and political communication 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/04
History of printing and publishing systems 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
History of science and technology 9 165 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of Scientific Thought 6 40 Italian First semester M-STO/05
History of the Early modern Italian States 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/02
Library and Archival History 9 60 Italian First semester M-STO/08
Archival records management 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Civilization and culture in the Middle Ages 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/01
Digital librarianship 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Historical methodology: interpreting medieval sources 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/01
History of medieval and modern coins 9 60 Italian Second semester L-ANT/04
Social history of theatre and drama 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
l - OTHER ACTIVITIES COMMON TO ALL TRACKS
12 CFU AT THE STUDENT'S CHOICE
3 CFU for METHODOLOGY AND RESEARCH WORKSHOP, WHICH IS PREPARATORY FOR THE DISSERTATION WORK, or INTERNSHIP, or ASSESSMENT OF BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS IF NOT TAKEN DURING THE THREE-YEAR PROGRAMME
Final activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Final exam 30 0 Italian Undefined
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