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History from Middle Ages to Present

Ca’ Foscari University of VeniceVenice - ITALY

Field(s) of study: Cultural Management
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Mastersbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: -- €
Course cost: 2 061 €

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots: 100
Places available per academic year: 200

Program Language

  • Italian

Course length: 

  • 2 years (24 months)

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level+3 years
A Level+4 years
A Level+5 years

NOTICE: You can apply for this Degree Programme through only if you are an international student. Here follows the categories considered:

  • EU citizens and EU-equated citizens
  • Non-EU citizens with an Italian residency permit
  • Non-EU citizens residing in Italy with an Italian qualification
  • Non-EU citizens residing outside Italy
  • Italian citizens with a qualification obtained abroad

Italian citizens with Italian qualifications must follow a different procedure. For more info please visit:

The Master's Degree Programme provides the required skills to specialize as a historian or a curator (within archives, libraries or museums). The approach highlights history of cultures and religions as well as anthropology and sociology.

Within the programme you can apply for one of the three joint degrees held with France (Master Histoire, spécialité Sciences Historiques, Université de Rouen) and Argentina (Maestría en Historia, Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, or Licenciatura in Historia, Universidad Nacional del Litoral).

The degree programme will provide you with a full mastery in the methodology of reading, analysis of different types of literary documentary, archival, iconographic and monumental material, as well as an adequate understanding of the techniques of studies carried out in their original sources. These skills are key in training professional actors in the fields of communication, teaching and dissemination of scientific knowledge and will be further developed during workshops held at museums, archives, or libraries.


The Master's Degree Programme forms historians that, other than acquiring a specific understanding of the fundamental epistemologies of a historian's practice, will ensure skills in the use of method of historical analysis and a general preparation on global history from the origins to now, specialising in medieval, modern and contemporary history in and outside of Europe, with a specialised understanding of society, culture, European institutions and the mediterranean world in its historical dimension. The degree programme provides a full mastery in the methodology of reading, analysis and exegesis of different types of literary documentary, archival, iconographic and monumental material, as well as an adequate understanding of the techniques of studies carried out in their original sources, whether individually or included in their global and transmissive context.

The educational activities include classroom teaching, workshops and internships, in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.
During the whole university career, the various skills and knowledge acquired by students will be assessed through written and oral examinations.    
The degree exam consists in writing a thesis, which must possess the characters of originality, exhaustive documentation and scientific investigation and which will be discussed with a committee of university professors and experts.


Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

Master's Degree students will be able to work in the fields of conservation of historic cultural heritage, whether as historians, archivists, librarians, museum curators for institutions placed as tutelage and evaluation of historic-documental, cultural, environmental, artistic (archives,  superintendence, museums etc) mastery: for public and private firms that conduct historical research; for companies, businesses and corporations that offer consulence and collaboration services for the recuperation of activities, traditions and local identities and/or for the study and fruition of patrimony and historic memory; for archives and private museum establishments or large businesses. In the field of specialised or general editing: in radio and television companies: in journalism and newspapers (traditional and via web); in the production of cultural programs in the fields of theatre, cinema, television, radio and multimedia; in the production of content for website and multimedia products; in educational and cultural publishing, with training activities and updates in historical culture aimed abroad, in public and private institutes and firms, and in the and the third sector, centers and cultural associations and foundations.

Entry requirements

Entry qualification : Bachelor diploma (or higher)

For Academic year 2018/19, admission onto the Master's Degree programme in History from the Middle Ages to Present requires:

  • an adequate personal preparation;
  • specific curricula requirements, matured with the obtainment of a definite number of credits in certain disciplinary fields;
  • understanding of English language at level B2: the list of certifications and cases of exemption are available on the dedicated web page. Each knowledge will be verified by the office at the moment of enrolment.


Admission criteria: 

Admission to the programme is subjected to the evaluation of the minimum curricular requirements and personal preparation, which is checked through the pre-evaluation procedure.
For students holding qualifications gained abroad: a minimum three-year degree is required.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.
You will need official translations along with verified copies of the original documents.
The official translation can be issued in the country of origin or in Italy - either by a local court of law, by court interpreters or by official translators. The entry qualification documents must also be legalised or bear the Apostille stamp certifying that the signature or seal on the document is genuine, and submitted in the original or certified copy.
You do not need to legalise the documents if:

  • the qualification has been awarded by one of the signatory Countries of the European Convention of Brussels of 25 May, 1987 - Law 106/1990 (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy);
  • the qualification has been awarded by a German institution, following the Italo-German Convention on the exemption from legalization of public documents - Law 176/1973.

You must bring the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.

Language requirements :

B2 level is required.
As proof of Italian language level we accept the following international exams:

  • CELI
  • CILS

Please notice that students lacking suitable certification in Italian will have to take a preliminary Italian language test, held every academic year at the beginning of September.
The following students do not need to submit evidence of Italian language proficiency: Italian mother-tongue students, EU students (wherever resident), non-EU students who have been living in Italy for at least a year.

B2 level of English language is also required.
We accept the following international exams:

  • IELTS 4.0-5.0
  • TOEFL iBT 57-86

Please notice that students lacking certification in English will be required to fulfill the requirement in the first year of studies.

Admission to an open access Master's Degree course does not involve a selection process. However, you are required to have an adequate personal preparation and hold specific requisites. In this case, the Teaching Committee of reference will carry out an assessment.
A certified knowledge of English at minimum level B2 is also required.

Course cost description: 

Cost of the Degree Programme :

  • EU students: 2061€ 
  • Non-EU students from OECD countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, United States, Switzerland and Turkey): 2100€ 
  • Non-EU students from developing countries ( 700€
  • Students from all other countries: 1200€

In addition, Ca' Foscari offers students a variety of forms of financial aid: scholarships, exemptions and reduction of fees, student loans, prizes for outstanding dissertations and other forms of concession.
Some of the student loans involve agreements with banks allowing students to pay tuition fees on favourable terms. The most deserving students are entitled to an interest-free advance repayable a year after graduation.  
Students are also given the opportunity to participate in forms of student collaborations involving paid jobs within the university.