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Turkology/Turkish Studies (M.A.)


You have a Bachelor's degree in Turkology and are looking for a Master's programme in which you can explore the large Turkic-speaking cultural area with its diverse interconnections and cultural syntheses (Indian, Chinese, Arabic, Persian)? Our Master of Arts Turkology and Central Asian Studies offers a comprehensive Turkological programme on a philological and cultural studies basis with individual design options depending on your personal prior knowledge and research interests.

Turkology/Turkish Studies
Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Standard period of study:
4 semesters
Start of studies:
Winter semester

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The degree programme provides in-depth academic training in the subject of Turkish Studies (philological, cultural studies and history of religion). It prepares students for a career in academia or in research-oriented or research-related institutions.

Students receive a thorough education in ancient and Middle Turkish philology and manuscript studies, which is complemented by the teaching of religious history, cultural studies and literary studies. One focus is on Central Asian Turkish literatures from the pre-Islamic period, but also from the Islamic period. This training is supplemented by the teaching of Classical Mongolian. In particular, a deeper understanding of the cultures along the ancient Silk Roads is imparted.

Depending on the orientation and combination of the programme, as well as internships accompanying the studies, the degree of M.A. in Turkish Studies qualifies for:
- university careers
- jobs in research and cultural institutions
- the field of journalism
- cultural management
- public relations
and generally for all professional fields that require comprehensive knowledge of Turkish languages and cultures, as well as intercultural competences (e.g. translation, tourism, diplomacy, economics and politics).

Related and consecutive programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 2 different profiles.

  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 Credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 Credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 Credits in combination with 2 module packages (minors) totalling 18 Credits

You can apply for one study profile.

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Previous studies

  • B.A. degree or equivalent
  • Subject specialisation:
    At least 50 credits must be earned, including at least 6 credits in the area of Advanced Language Competence in Turkish.

Language requirements

  • Very good knowledge of Turkish:
    - 24 credits in the area of language acquisition of the Turkish of Turkey
    - Alternatively: 18 credits in the field of Turkish of Turkey and 6 credits in the field of language acquisition of another Turkic language.
  • Note for international applicants:
    If your mother tongue is not German, you must prove sufficient knowledge of the German language at level C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages. Further information can be found here.


Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Dr. Max Gustav Scherberger

Seminar for Turkology and Central Asian Studies

Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
Room KWZ 2.735
37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 551 39 21219



Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010