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Iranian Studies (M.A.)

Social, religious and cultural questions arising from the region where Iranian languages are spoken will be examined using concrete examples. Understanding will then be advanced with ideas regarding pre-Islamic religion and history, gender roles in Iranian literature and media and also religious and ethnic minorities. Within the framework of the M.A. degree programme, Questions about the methodology of analysis and interpretation will be discussed in order to attain the most objectifiable insights into the cultural processes of Iranian society.

Programme: Iranian Studies M.A.
Degree: Master of Arts
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Summer and winter semester
Degree programme options: Joint Honours MA in Iranian Studies (42 C); module packages: Iranian Studies as MA minor subjects (36 C/18 C)
Admission requirements for Joint Honours MA: B.A. degree or equivalent degree
Verification required of academic achievement in Iranian Studies totaling at least 50 credits, including knowledge of modern Persian and knowledge on the cultural history of Iran
Language requirements: Persian and English language skills are recommanded.
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

Description of the degree programme
In the Master's degree programme of Iranian Studies, the students are to acquire in-depth knowledge about the application of current scientific methods and theories to research in the cultures, history, literatures and religions of Iranian peoples. These methods, such as discourse and text analysis, are applied in particular to the study of modern media as well as the cultural and religious history of Islamic and pre-Islamic Iranian peoples. This degree programme also conveys a detailed knowledge of the Iranian religions, including their literatures handed down both orally and in writing, and their culture-specific implications.

Research foci in Göttingen
Research foci in Göttingen include the religions of Iranian peoples during the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods, literature, media and communication in Persian and Kurdish, and aspects of identity-forming processes in Iranian societies.

Language requirements to be fulfilled during studies
The minimum requirement is a knowledge of Persian and sound reading skills in English. In addition, the acquisition of a basic knowledge of other languages of the region is recommended (such as Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Hindi, Middle Persian, Avestan, Sanskrit, Hebrew or Aramaic).

Structure of the degree programme
The main emphasis lies on the acquisition of methodological skills and their application to actual research questions. Courses about religious traditions of Iranian peoples, their views of history and historiographical writings are offered just as regularly as courses about cultural traditions, media and communication in Iranian societies. Moreover, students are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Persian and Kurdish by means of literature and media analyses or, depending on the current programme, to learn and practise pre-Islamic languages or to obtain insights into Iranian archaeology and art. The objective is to enable students to prepare for either an academic or a practical career.

Occupational fields
Depending on the choice of individual fields of specialisation and completion of specialist specific internships and studies abroad, the degree programme can prepare students for a variety of occupations through the acquisition of methodological, regional social and cultural competencies, and language skills. Graduates of Iranian Studies can, for example, qualify for consulting public authorities and organisations concerning migration issues or intercultural topics. But they can also take up employment in the areas of journalism, the publishing industry, development cooperation, or in tourism, cultural institutions and museums, or in private or public research institutions.