Medieval and Renaissance Studies (M.A.)
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Only each winter semester
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (78 C)
Admission requirements: Overview
Language requirements: Kleines Latinum (verification required by the end of the first year of study at the latest): 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
The programme with the degree "Master of Arts" (M.A.) in "Medieval and Renaissance Studies" gives students an interdisciplinary scientific orientation covering many epochs in the field of mediavistic research and research of the early modern period. The Master's programme builds upon the B.A. programmes "German Philology", "History", "Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and Modern Period", "English Philology", "Art History", "Romance Studies" and "Scandinavian Studies". Graduates of these seven programmes are to be further qualified interdisciplinarily; graduates may proceed with the doctoral programmes "Medieval and Renaissance Studies".
Interdisciplinary research in Göttingen:
The basis for the programme is formed by the interdisiciplinary "Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies" of the University of Göttingen, which embodies the cooperation of several disciplines that have an orientation in mediavistics and the early modern period. The broad representation of the historic-phiolological subjects and the Chair for Latin Phiolology of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period form the institutional anchor in Göttingen. The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies constitute a focal point for the teaching and research activities of a large part of the humanities subjects in Göttingen. This is also observed by an interested public audience through the Centre's events (such as the open discussions in Göttingen on the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period).
The interdisciplinary Master's programme "Medieval and Renaissance Studies" is comprised of seven subject areas: History (Medieval and Early Modern Period), German Philology (Germanistic Mediavistics), Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, English Philology (English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages), Art History (Middle Ages and Early Modern Period), Romance Studies (Middle Ages and Early Modern Period) as well as Scandinavian Studies (Mediavistics). Required for the selection of a specialisation is a Bachelor's degree in one of the subjects of the corresponding subject areas. The interdisciplinary specialisation "Ancient Cultures of Northern Europe" can be chosen as well.
120 credits must be acquired during the programme. 78 credits in the core stubject, 12 credits in key competencies and 30 credits with the Master's thesis; the programme is only offered as programmes with 78 credits, therefore all 78 credits must be earned through courses of the six cooperating subject areas participatin in the "Medieval and Renaissance Studies". The addition of module packets of additional subjects is not part of this programme, but a small scope (up to 6 credits) may be earned in neighbouring subjects.
Due the highly diversified education acquired in the programme, graduates are qualified for the most various non-university occupational branches (research institutions, academies, libraries, museums, archives, foundations, culture management). In addition, the programme prepares students for doctoral studies.