Oral History and Contemporary History

Application Form and Deadline

Applications are accepted with a final deadline July 31. Priority deadline: March 31. Application form is available here.

Please note: The nostrification process can take a long time (1-3 months) and its successful completion is a necessary component of the departmental admission into the program. You will obtain an official acceptance letter from the university only after your foreign degree diploma is nostrified in the Czech Republic. If you need to apply for a student visa in order to study in Prague, please make all effort to complete all required steps of the admission process on time (i.e. before September 2020 when the semester starts). 

Program Description

The two-year, part-time Master Study Program in Oral History and Contemporary History is intended for students interested in contemporary (European) history, in interviewing methodologies and in interpretative methods. Its main aim is to train students to conduct research through creating and analysing interviews, and developing fieldwork projects to address those historical and contemporary issues that require interdisciplinary investigation. The Master is divided into two sections, the first covers contemporary (Czech and international) history and events, the second is methodological and focuses on various interviewing techniques through which we can study contemporary history. It binds together two general approaches of studying history, the macro and micro approaches, and enables a thorough understanding of recent events in history.

Admission Exam

The admission exam in not required.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit a motivation letter, structured CV (curriculum vitae) and an academic paper in English before the application deadline. The paper should be no less than 15 pages in length and prove your knowledge, skills and talent for study in the program for which you are applying. The paper can be your defended bachelor’s thesis or its summary, an article published in an academic journal or any new essay that you choose to represent you and your academic knowledge.

    (Please send the motivation letter, structured CV and the academic paper as PDF to the email address .)

  2. Submit a notarized copy of your bachelor or master graduation certificate. If you graduated outside the Czech Republic, then you must submit an official “nostrification” document validating your foreign education. More information here.

Profile of a Graduate

The graduates have a chance to become not only narrowly specialized experts with employment in scientific field and in research activity in academia, but, thanks to their knowledge, skills and experience, they also have the option of applying themselves in the sphere of formal and non-formal education in institutions of the university and non-university type, as ordinary or directing staff in state and political administration at the central, regional or local level, in expert groups in the EU (European Union), in the UN (United Nations) agencies network, in the field of monument preservation and generally in the field of cultural heritage preservation (e.g. in historical institutions, museums etc.); furthermore, in the position of the modern archive managers and workers responsible for files in the national archives, but also in business and corporate archives. Of course, they may find employment in the private sector as employees of non-profit organisations operating in the sphere of adherence to and the general protection of human rights, in the area of monitoring gender rights or the rights of minorities, or they may specialise in specific social support and counselling for selected individuals or groups of the population. Furthermore, the graduates can work as ordinary employees or as the managers, respectively, in the management of domestic, European and global political (or economical) institutions and organisations, such as creative workers of printed, electronic or audio-visual media or as professional analysts and experts in the consulting field.


Tuition fee for the program is 2000 € (54 000 CZK)/year.

Further Information

Web: Department of Oral History and Contemporary History


Phone: +420 220 172 429

Address: José Martího 31, 162 52 Praha 6 - Veleslavín

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