Master of Arts in European Women’s and Gender History (MATILDA)

Universität: Central European University Private University


Abschluss: Master of Arts
ECTS: 120

Successful applicants to all programs must meet the general CEU admissions requirements (outlined on the main CEU website). As for the Academic Writing Submission they have to submit a 500-word essay on the relevance of their academic/professional background to graduate study at CEU and to their future career goals.

Semester: 4
Sprache: en
Standort: A-1100 Vienna, Campus Quellenstraße 51-55
Typ: Masterstudium

Established as part of the EU Erasmus program, the MATILDA European Master in Women’s and Gender History is designed for students wishing to develop expertise in women’s and gender history, as well as European history, and who are interested in intercultural exchange.

The program of study is spread over two years, includes 120 ECTS points, and links four leading European universities in an exciting, innovative and unique venture. Students can expect to study at least two different partner institutions (a ‘home’ and a ‘host’ institution), choosing from among the following:

  • The University of Vienna (coordinating institution)
  • The Central European University (CEU), Budapest/Vienna
  • The Universite Lumiere Lyon 2
  • The Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

MATILDA profile

The MATILDA curriculum includes courses in core subjects in Women’s and Gender History (theory, methodology, and practice) and specialist options covering medieval to modern historical epochs, such as: History of Nationalism and Post-/Colonialism and History of Post-/Socialism; History of Masculinities; History of Gender in the Sciences; History of Gender and Work; History of Gender and Education; Comparative History of Women’s Movements, Women’s Oral History and Gender and Religion.

MATILDA supports integrative perspectives which go beyond local, regional, and national histories in order to situate these histories, as well as European history as a whole, in broader contexts. With its focus on comparative, entangled and transnational history, MATILDA aims to:

  • explore the history of gender differences and similarities in European cultures and societies;
  • investigate the role of gender in shaping European history;
  • challenge gender inequalities.

Transparency and comparability will be assured through the European Credit Transfer System and Diploma Supplement/Transcript.

General information about the program can be found on


At CEU transnational and comparative approaches are foregrounded, with place, class, “race,” religion and other categories informing the study of women and gender in history. Thematic foci include comparative histories of “state-socialism,” women’s activism and gender politics, as well as East/West-North/South relations, nation/nationalisms, and the study of the relationship between humanity and nature. MATILDA at CEU brings together faculty from many countries and research traditions with expertise in Gender and Historical Studies (including medieval studies).

Students who enter MATILDA through CEU and graduate from CEU will receive a US-accredited diploma and a Hungarian (and thus European) diploma.

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Responsible for MATILDA at CEU:

Professor Susan Zimmermann, email and Professor Francisca de Haan, email: