Public History (DIS)

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The objective of the MSc “Public History” (PHI) is the study of the ways in which the past is reconstructed, diffused and reflected in the public sphere through ceremonies and celebrations, monuments and museums, schools and other state institutions, the mass media, cinema, the internet, etc. The aim of the MSc is twofold: on the one hand, to delve into the specificities of the new forms of production of historical knowledge and culture and, on the other hand, to prepare scientifically those who wish to work professionally in institutions that manage the past in the public sphere.

For more information about the Programme PHI please see the links below:

1. PHI Program Presentation
2. PHI Program Video Webinar

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • understand the importance of public history as a distinct discipline,
  • understand the importance of public history as an important part of the discipline of public history, and to understand the importance of public history as an important part of the discipline of history,
  • disseminate evidence-based historical knowledge in the public sphere using multimodal media and techniques,
  • organise activities with historical content
  • use new technologies for the production of historical material,
  • editing historical documentaries and historical web pages,
  • prepare educational programmes for the dissemination of historical knowledge and thought, organise presentations of exhibits in museums and archival collections, conduct seminars and workshops on history, etc,
  • linking various forms of creative expression (painting, music, theatre, dance, graffiti, comics, etc.) with an interest in history,
  • foster, through specific seminars, historical awareness among public administration and private sector staff with a view to preserving, organising and exploiting their archives and promoting the promotion of their history.

ECTS credits of the Programme of Studies: 120 (30 ECTS per semester)

Minimum duration of study: 2 academic years

Classification according to the Unesco ISCED-2011 code:
– by level of study: 7

Classification according to Unesco ISCED-2013:
– by field of education: 0222 History and archaeology

MSc designation: ΜΑ (Master of Arts)

MSc title in English: Public History

General Information

Clarification of the term Public History

By Public History we mean the multiple representations and uses of the past in the public sphere, the historical knowledge created outside universities and research centres, the historical culture shaped by museums, archives, monuments, ceremonies, education, media, internet, cinema, television, etc. The study of this ‘applied’ history is the subject of Public History, and its purpose is to train people who wish to work professionally in museums, cultural institutions, local associations, publishing organisations, in the production of historical audiovisual material, etc. Public history as a scientific activity follows the methods of academic history but at the same time is addressed to a wider public.

The academic recognition of Public History

Public History was developed and established academically in the USA in the 1970s. Today, in the United States, Public History is included as a course in undergraduate programs in history departments and as a stand-alone graduate program leading to a master’s degree at dozens of universities. In addition, in the United States there is a corresponding association, the National Council for Public History, which publishes the quarterly journal Public Historian. In Europe, public history has only made its appearance in the last decade, mainly in the postgraduate programmes of several universities, such as the Free University of Berlin, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Bristol, the University of Manchester, the University of Manchester, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Ghent, etc.
Finally, within the last five years, there has been considerable international mobility in the field of public history. This mobility led to the establishment of the International Federation for Public History, which in 2016 organised its third international congress in Bogota, Colombia.

Why a Public History programme in Greece?

Today in Greece there is no independent Postgraduate Programme in Public History. At the same time, the controversies about history in the public sphere show the increased interest of the media and the general population in history. In general, the last two decades have witnessed a strong interest of Greek society in issues of history and at the same time there is a proliferation of media for the formation of historical culture, which are both objects of study and vehicles of Public History. Examples of this are the historical inserts in newspapers, the history programmes of television channels and radio stations, the establishment of local and thematic museums, historical walks in Athens and Piraeus, websites with historical content, digital archives, digital representations of the past, etc.
However, while the public is increasingly interested in history, the academic community has neither developed the appropriate methods to reach this public (leaving the field open for any form of manipulation and selective use of history by non-experts) nor the necessary tools to analyse ‘applied’ history in the public sphere. It is therefore necessary to develop a postgraduate programme in public history precisely to respond to these new needs.

The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines. The programme is offered in Greek. 

The knowledge of a foreign language and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.


Degree holders or holders of higher education diploma are all the degree holders of Greek Universities and Technological Educational Institutes’ or departments with equivalent foreign degree recognised by the Hellenic NARIC (Hellenic National Academic Recognition and Information Center – DOATAP/former DIKATSA) respectively or holders of the first cycle of study of the above-mentioned departments of accredited foreign institutions*.

By the term Universities we mean University Schools, Technical Universities and the Athens School of Fine Arts.

*Note: According to paragraph 7, article 34 of Law 4485/2017 “Diploma of Postgraduate Studies is not awarded to a student whose first cycle degree from a foreign institution has not been recognized by the Hellenic National Academic Recognition and Information Center (DIKATSA/DOATAP), according to Law 3328/2005 (A’80)”.

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

4th Semester

  1. C= Compulsory
  2. E= Elective

Declaration of thematic unit

You can choose from one (1) to three (3) units per semester.

In the first semester, you can choose any unit of the semester.

In the following semesters you can choose any of the units of the semester you wish, choosing at the same time the ones you have left from the previous semester.

In the third semester you must choose the compulsory subjects DIS60, DIS64 and one of DIS62, DIS63.

The Master’s Thesis begins after the successful completion of all nine (9) units of the programme.


Athanasiadis Theocharis, Professor

Subject: History of Education and Public History

e-mail: athanasiadis.theocharis@ac.eap.gr

The cost of the Programme of Studies is calculated in relation to its credit units, as one (1) Credit Unit (ECTS) amounts to 30€. Therefore, each Thematic Unit is priced at 300€/ Dissertation 900€ and the total cost of the Postgraduate Programme is 3.600€.

For information about the programme contact:

Student Registration Department

Contact telephone: 2610367331
Ε-mail: dis@eap.gr

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