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German Studies/German Philology (M.A.)

Programme: German Philology M.A.
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Summer and winter semester
Part-time studies possible
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in German Studies/German Philology (78 C); Joint Honours MA in German Studies/German Philology (42 C); module packages: German Studies/German Philology as MA minor subjects (36 C/18 C)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: Overview
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)

Language of the programme: German

Studies:

The specialised Master’s degree programme in German philology prepares students for a scientific occupational field in the area of German philology, its disciplines, theories and methods, as well as its specific interdisciplinary connections, and thus provides a basis for qualification for other occupational fields in the academic sector. Graduates of the Master’s degree programme in German philology are expected to develop their ability for independent scientific work, to acquire extensive academic knowledge of the subject, its disciplines and methods, and to prove their ability for independent scientific research in a Master’s thesis. More specific objectives of study are (a) to qualify for independent research in a doctoral project, (b) to qualify for employment in an academic occupational field in the area of the disciplines, theories and methods of German philology as well as its specific interdisciplinary connections and (c) to qualify for entering other advanced, science-oriented occupational fields on a sound level of competence. Similar to the Bachelor’s degree programme in German philology, the Master’s degree programme in German philology at the University of Göttingen also covers the complete spectrum of German Studies. In the Master’s degree programme, the subject is taught across its full bandwidth, including the three disciplines Modern German literature, Medieval studies and German linguistics.

The structure of the curriculum, designed to cover the complete range of German Studies, is ensured by combining theoretical with practical studies in the following disciplines of German philology:


  • Literary studies (Modern German literature from the 16th to the 21st century)
  • German linguistics (language structures, language system and usage in the past and present)
  • German medieval studies (texts in the historical stages of Old High German, Middle High German and Early New High German dating from about 750 to 1520 A.D.)

  • All three disciplines are studied systematically on an equal level at the beginning, while for the second half of the Master’s degree programme it is possible and necessary to specialise in one of the disciplines, in order to ensure maximum flexibility and a maximum choice of options within the scope of the subject, via the three stages outlined below.


    Stage 3: Specialisation discipline (advanced Master’s degree modules, Master’s thesis, 3rd/4th semesters)
    Focusing on one of the four areas of specialisation
    1) Literary studies (Modern German literature)
    2) German medieval studies
    3) German linguistics
    4) Theory and methodology of the science of texts

    Stage 2: Interdisciplinary (integrative basic Master’s degree module, 2nd semester)
    3 disciplines closely interconnected within one module

    Stage 1: Discipline-oriented (basic Master’s degree modules, 1st/2nd semesters)
    3 disciplines, in separate modules

    The discipline-oriented stage 1 (1st and 2nd semesters) comprises the study of three basic Master’s degree modules, each specialising in one disciplines, in each of which the subject matters are investigated from the perspective and using the specific methods of one disciplines. This is followed by an integrative Master’s degree module in the second semester, which offers an inter-sub-disciplinary approach to the subject’s matters of study. In the third semester, students choose one of four specialist disciplines, the content of which will then also provide the basis for writing the Master’s thesis in the fourth semester.

  • German language competence as a native speaker or, if the student’s native language is not German, proven fluency in written and spoken German close to the level of a native speaker is indispensable to secure the aptitude for the study of German philology. Moreover, in-depth experience with literary texts and grammatical questions is a great advantage.
  • For specialisation in German medieval studies, a knowledge of Latin equivalent to the German intermediate Latin certificate (“Kleines Latinum”) is required for admission to writing the Master’s thesis at the latest.

1) Master’s degree programme in German philology

  • Acquisition of 78 credits (according to the curriculum) in the subject of German philology
  • For specialisation in German medieval studies, a knowledge of Latin is required equivalent to the German intermediate Latin certificate (“Kleines Latinum”).


2) Master’s degree programme in German philology with an additional area of specialisation to the extent of 36 credits

  • Acquisition of 42 credits (according to the curriculum) in the subject of German philology
  • For specialisation in German medieval studies, a knowledge of Latin is required equivalent to the German intermediate Latin certificate (“Kleines Latinum”).

Traditionally, German philology is one of the major philological subjects which are highly attractive to students and consequently also involve comparatively large numbers of students. After completion of their studies, some of the graduates will take up an academic occupation at a university, but attractive, science-oriented career opportunities for scholars in German philology are also available in the cultural sector, in the media and in publishing.