History of Natural Sciences

Study information
Key facts
Degree
Master of Science
Duration
4 Semesters
Credits/ECTS
120
Teaching language
German
Tuition fee
None
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Yes
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

This research-oriented Master's programme teaches students knowledge and methods of the history of science at an advanced level. In historical perspective, students will learn to classify and critically analyse contextual information from individual disciplines according to the traditional lines of the field in question. After completing this programme, students will be able to reflect on knowledge and science in a historical and methodological manner.

Special features

One special feature of this programme is that it combines students whose first degree was in the humanities and those whose first degree was in the natural sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme's contents allows students to transcend disciplinary borders and gain an understanding of both knowledge cultures. In small groups, students will receive attention that is more individual and thus be more readily introduced to current research topics and guaranteed a higher degree of practical orientation.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme are encouraged to earn a PhD and pursue an academic career. Yet other opportunities abound, such as positions in scientific administration, scientific journalism, archives, museums, libraries, publishing houses, scientific communication, and public relations.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent Expand entry

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree or an equivalent degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) in Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science or Technology (MINT) or Humanities and Social Sciences with above-average final grade (CGPA).  

 

language requirements Expand entry

This master's programme requires the following language proficiencies:

  • good proficiency in English (a direct proof by certificate is not compulsory)
  • international applicants: German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or a recognised equivalent)

 

 

Application documents

CV Expand entry

Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

Motivation letter Expand entry

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?

 

University entrance qualification certificate Expand entry

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned Expand entry

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records Expand entry

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

Proof of relevant work experience Expand entry

Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of subject-specific practical experience Expand entry

Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of language proficiency Expand entry

For this master's programme the following language proficiencies are required:

  • basic proficiency in Latin or one of the other science languages (to be demonstrated at the latest upon the end of the 2nd programme semester)

Respective language courses can be attended at the language centre of the Friedrich-Schiller University.

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency Expand entry

For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule,
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.


Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German language proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognized language school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
Translation of foreign/external application documents Expand entry

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system Expand entry

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

Certificate APS Expand entry

Applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam Expand entry

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Programme Coordinator - Prof. Dr. Christina Brandt
Subject Advisor - Dr. Thomas Bach
Master Service Centre
Office hours:
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Please direct your enquiries via Service Desk at www.uni-jena.de/service-msz.
Postal address:
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Master Service Centre
07737 Jena
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