The discipline of history contains a variety of special fields embracing cultural history, medieval history, political history and history of technology. The fields may be approached from different angles and different viewpoints. The master's programme in history is designed to give students an introduction to historical research through their own experience and practice.
The students are to gain insight into the development of historical research in order to understand how different historical comprehensions are related in time and social conditions. Critical approaches to historical sources are basic requirements in historical research.
History as an academic discipline also implies an insight into the process of research. The master's thesis is a fixed topic within the field of history. In addition, it is an apprentice's piece of work within applied historical methods of research. The master's thesis is normally written in connection with a research project. Furthermore, the programme of study consists of courses of various historical fields at an advanced level.
The Department of History and Classical Studies gives the opportunity to complete a master's degree within most fields of the discipline. The Centre of Medieval Studies is affiliated with the department, and the scholarly staff covers the entire scope within medieval research. In addition, the staff includes specialists within African history and local history. Moreover, modern history, especially European and American politics, constitutes vital parts of the departmental research activity, alongside Norwegian history in its entirety.