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Latin Philology (M.A.)

Programme: Latin Philology M.A.
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Summer and winter semester
Degree programme options: Joint Honours MA in Latin Philology (42 C); module package: Latin Philology as MA minor subject (36 C)
Admission requirements for Joint Honours MA: Overview
Language requirements: Latinum, Graecum (verification required)
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

Course description
The scientific subject Latin Philology comprises the ancient Latin language and literature as well as their reception under the aspects and issues of literary and cultural science.
In the Master's programme, students will acquire in-depth scientific knowledge, the skills required to independently conduct subject-specific and interdisciplinary scientific work and to apply the scientific findings in the mentioned areas.
The aim of the Master's programme in Latin Philology with the degree „Master of Arts“ (M.A.) is the scientific qualification for work as a latinist or a language and cultural mediator in public and private institutions who is versed in Latin studies.

The subject in Göttingen, subject areas, research foci
In additional to classic Greek and Latin literature, the Göttingen Department of Classical Philology has a special research foci in the area of literature of the Roman Imperial Age and Late Antiquity as well as specialised didactics in the old languages.


Programme structure:
The first three semesters focus on acquiring and deepening subject-specific knowledge. As a basis for successful position in research and cultural mediation, special emphasis is placed on an extended knowledge of authors through literature as well as on heuristics (independently learning the research status and development of questions). This scientific part comprises 36 credits with an additional 6 credits in an independent research unit. They must be acquired in the following compulsory modules:

  • M Lat.1: Latin Literature in Context
  • M. Lat.2: Latin Language (12 C)
  • M. Lat.3: Latin Literature in Tradition and Reception (12 C)
  • M. Lat.4: Introduction to Independent Research (6 C).



Occupational fields
With the knowledge and methodical-analytical skills students acquire in this programme needed for professions related to Latin Studies, graduates will be qualified for the above mentioned fields of work. This programme also lays the scientific foundation for doctoral studies.