M.A. Art History

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR770 per Semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR770 per Semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • German ( Find a course )
| Bern, Switzerland
The Master program offers a modern, career-focused course of study by allowing students to choose their preferred subjects.



The Master program in Art History (major) is a research-oriented art history program with five subject areas ( Early Art History, Art History of the Modern Era, History of Modern and Contemporary Art, Architecture History and Monument Preservation, and History of Textile Arts).

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • EUR770 per semester ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR770 per semester ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Program structure

The program is divided into the Master program (generally in the 7th and 8th semesters) and the final phase (generally in the 9th and 10th semesters).
The Master program consists of three advanced modules and art history electives. Each advanced module encompasses a lecture and a master seminar. The art history elective requirement can be met by attending specially labeled courses at the Institute of Art History, regardless of the student's main subject area or the type of course in question. The art history electives are designed to expand the student's knowledge in specific areas. The advanced modules and
the art history elective courses include performance checks at the end of the courses.

The final phase of the program consists of a subject field module that encompasses a lecture, a master seminar and a research colloquium. This module also concludes with a performance check.
Lectures and master seminars in at least two of the five subject areas must be completed during both phases of the program.

Excursions and internships are designed to enhance empirical research skills.

The Master program in Art History (major) is concluded with a master thesis and an examination in "Advanced Art History".

Combination possibilities

The Master's degree program in Art History consists of a major with 90 ECTS credits and a minor with 30 ECTS credits.

Any subject taught in a sufficient scope at the University of Bern can be chosen as a minor. However, students are not permitted to have a major and minor in the same branch of study.

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the German language. Find German courses on Language Learning Portal.


Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the Master program in Art History (major):

a) Bachelor's degree from a university with a major or minor in Art History (120 and 60 ECTS credits, respectively)

b) Bachelor's degree from a university with a major in a different branch of study, provided additional coursework for a maximum of 60 ECTS credits is completed as one of the requirements for successfully completing the Master program.
All requirements must be met before a student can be admitted to the Master program. All additional requirements must be met in order to complete the Master program.

The Bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions with justifiable reasons are possible.

Please consult the academic requirements for the minor as presented in the study plan.

Language requirements

a) three modern foreign languages or
b) Latin plus two modern foreign languages.

Proof of B2 language proficiency (secondary school leaving qualification, language diploma or similar certification) must be presented before the Master program can be completed. Courses for acquiring language skills during the course of study cannot be applied to the Master program requirements.

Application and admission

Applicants with Swiss qualifications and applicants with international qualifications are subject to different admission requirements.


For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB).

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