Master’s degree in Iranian Studies (M.A.)




How is the study program structured?

Studies start in both the summer and winter semesters. The standard period of study is four semesters. The course of studies comprises altogether 120 credits, which are distributed as follows:

  • 78 C for the core studies (78 C mono MA or 42 C major subject + one other 36 C minor or two other 18 C minor subjects)
  • 12 C for key competencies
  • 30 C for the master’s thesis


What are the requirements for commencing studies?

The basic requirement is a B.A. degree with a grade of 3.0 or higher. Proof of applicable achievements totaling 50 credits is required for admission to the M.A. program, including basic knowledge of modern Persian (at least 36 C) and Iranian history and culture. Skills and certificates that are lacking can be acquired subsequently by means of a learning agreement.

The MA in Iranian and Persianate studies is an international program. The language of instruction in both the mono MA (78 C) and the major MA (42 C) is English. Theses can be submitted in English or German.

Language requirements :

Knowledge of English on the level of C1 or Knowledge of English on the level B2 in combination with knowledge of German on the level of DSH2.

The two MA-packages of 36 C and 18 C require sufficient knowledge of German, since some of the compulsory modules are taught in German.


What does the M.A. program of Iranian and Persianate Studies offer in Göttingen?

In the M.A. degree program students acquire knowledge of the concepts, methods and theoretical foundations for researching Iranian culture, religions, history and languages to prepare them for independent, specialist and interdisciplinary work in the public or private sector later. They can specialize in topics relating to religious and cultural studies, history or linguistics. Indo-Persian studies are one area of specialization in Göttingen. The study program also provides the basis for a further academic qualification (PhD).

The media in present-day Iran (press, film, Internet) and means of communication in the pre-Islamic and Islamic past are examined in their respective cultural context. Different methods of discourse, media and text analysis and interpretation are applied and developed by means of specific research questions. Besides printed material, manuscripts and records as well as news media, film and internet are also analyzed


How can I combine Iranian Studies with another subject in the M.A. program?

In the M.A. degree program you can do Iranian Studies as as Mono MA, as the major subject or as minor subjects in two module packages of varying credit value

  • 78 C mono master – no other subjects / modul packages are required
  • 42 C major subject in combination with one other subject/module package worth 36 C or two other subjects/module packages worth 18 C each
  • 36 C module package – in combination with a major subject worth 42 C
  • 18 C module package – in combination with a major subject worth 42 C and another external subject module package worth 18 C


What do I have to study in the 78 C single honours M.A.?

The mono master of 78 C consists of three different areas of compulsory elective modules.

Area one (36 C): Modules belonging to this area are characterized by intensive source studies in the original language (modern or classical Persian). Only students with sufficient knowledge of Persian can take part in these courses. Three of the following modules have to be successfully completed:

  • M.Ira.101 Aspects of Iranian Religious Traditions (12 C/4 contact hours)
  • M.Ira.103 Views of History in the Iranian Cultural Area (12 C/4 contact hours)
  • M.Ira.105 Methods and Theories between the Science of Texts and Cultural Studies (12 C/4 contact hours)
  • M.Ira.112 Cultural Traditions, Media and Communication in Iranian Societies (12 C/4 contact hours)

Area two (at least 18 C) consists of a range of other courses offered by the department of Iranian studies. Manuscript studies, art and architecture, language courses, student trips and summerschools also belong to this area.

Area three (up to 24 C) comprises courses from neighboring disciplines as e.g. religious studies, modern South Asian studies etc. The language of instruction in all these courses is English.


What do I have to study in the 42 C major subject?

The 42 C major subject Master consists of two different areas of compulsory elective modules.

Area one (24 C): Modules belonging to this area are characterized by intensive source studies in the original language (modern or classical Persian). Only students with sufficient knowledge of Persian can take part in these courses. Two of the following modules have to be successfully completed:

  • M.Ira.101 Aspects of Iranian Religious Traditions (12 C/4 contact hours)
  • M.Ira.103 Views of History in the Iranian Cultural Area (12 C/4 contact hours)
  • M.Ira.105 Methods and Theories between the Science of Texts and Cultural Studies (12 C/4 contact hours)
  • M.Ira.112 Cultural Traditions, Media and Communication in Iranian Societies (12 C/4 contact hours)

Area two (18 C) consists of a range of other courses offered by the department of Iranian studies. Manuscript studies, art and architecture, language courses, student trips and summerschools also belong to this area.


What do I have to study in the 36 C module package?

The 36 C package consists of compulsory and compulsory elective modules. Some of the courses are in German.

Compulsory modules (18 C): B. Ira 106 and B. Ira 108 (Advanced Modern Persian I and II). These compulsory modules do not apply for students who have already acquired 36 C in Persian language courses during their BA

Elective compulsory modules (at least 18 C): a range of other courses offered by the department of Iranian studies, including student trips or manuscript studies. Some courses require sufficient knowledge of Persian and can only be taken after successfully completing B. Ira 108.

Requirements: Basic knowledge of modern Persian (18 C) and Iranian history and culture (12 C).


What do I have to study in the 18 C module package?

The 18 C package consists of compulsory and compulsory elective modules. Most of the courses are in German.

Compulsory module: B. Ira 103. This compulsory module does not apply for students who have already taken part in this course during their BA.

Compulsory elective courses: at least 6 C from the BA and MA courses of the department of Iranian studies.


What are my career options after graduation?

Depending on the specialization chosen, a wide range of opportunities is open to our graduates in areas such as journalism, diplomatic service, business, in university libraries and museums, or as a translator or tour guide. You can also do consulting work for public authorities and organizations concerned with migration issues and intercultural topics. Another possible area of employment is with public and private research institutions engaged, for example, in studying modern and extinct Iranian languages, analyzing Iranian politics and society, or researching Iranian religions.