The Master's degree programme in Atlantic Studies offers students the opportunity to decide during their studies whether they want to focus on social, cultural, political and economic relations in the Atlantic region from a historical perspective or an interdisciplinary perspective in the humanities and social sciences. Against the background of historical and current globalisation processes and migrations, the course focuses on interdependencies between Europe, Africa and the Americas. The Master's in Atlantic Studies is the only degree programme in Germany where students can focus on relations in the South Atlantic region, as Hanover has a unique combination of African history (one of five professorships in Germany) and Latin American history, as well as expertise on the three continents in literature, cultural studies and social sciences. In the history specialisation in particular, the degree programme is dedicated to all epochs from antiquity to contemporary history as well as historical theories.

Students graduate from the Master Atlantic Studies program with a well-rounded and broad-based education that qualifies them for diverse career paths. These include:

  • a broad knowledge of social sciences and humanities
  • regional expertise on Latin America and Africa
  • practical experience in conducting own research projects
  • foreign language skills, experience abroad and intercultural competencies
  • professional field competence e.g. in the areas of development aid, political education, diplomatic service, media, cultural management and university and non-university research.

You can find a detailed overview of the occupational fields with experience reports here.

  • Challenges of long-term social change in the Atlantic region and Europe
  • Conflict dynamics and attempts at regulation in the Atlantic region and neighbouring regions
  • Mediality and interculturality 
  • Coming to terms with colonialism and dealing with colonial heritage
  • Globalisation, locality and transcultural spaces

Programme contents and course of study

The Master's degree programme in Atlantic Studies/History, Culture and Society offers two specialisations. Students choose a specialisation when they select a module of the respective specialisation for the first time.