Medieval and Renaissance Studies (M.A.)
You have a Bachelor's degree in a subject with a medieval orientation and are looking for a Master's programme in which you can explore the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period in an interdisciplinary way? Medieval and Renaissance Studies offers a comprehensive range of seven subjects with individual study options from which you can choose according to your previous knowledge and interests.
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies (M.A.)
- Master of Arts (M.A.)
- Standard period of study:
- 4 semesters
- Start of studies:
- Winter term
- Language of the programme:
- Application to the Faculty
Get to know us
The study programme leading to the degree "Master of Arts" (M.A.) in the programme "Medieval and Renaissance Studies" enables students to gain an interdisciplinary and cross-epochal academic orientation in the field of medieval and early modern research. The Master's programme builds on the B.A. programmes "German Philology", "History", "Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and Modern Times", "English Philology", "Art History", "Romance Philology" and "Scandinavian Studies". Graduates of these seven programmes are to receive further interdisciplinary qualifications; the Master's programme can be followed by a doctorate in one of the participating subjects or in the new doctoral subject "Medieval and Renaissance Studies".
The interdisciplinary "Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research" (ZMF) at the University of Göttingen forms the basis for the study programme offered in cooperation by several disciplines with a medieval and early modern orientation. Göttingen offers good conditions for an institutional anchoring of medieval and early modern research through the broad representation of historical-philological subjects and the professorship for Latin philology of the Middle Ages and modern times. The ZMF represents a focal point for the teaching and research activities of a large part of the humanities subjects in Göttingen. This is also perceived by an interested public through the events of the ZMF (including the "Göttinger Streitgespräche zu Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit").
Graduates of the programme are qualified for a wide range of non-university professions (research institutions, academies, libraries, museums, archives, foundations, cultural management) due to their broad education. In addition, the degree programme is designed to prepare students for doctoral studies.
The interdisciplinary Master's programme "Medieval and Renaissance Studies" is composed of seven subject areas:
- History (Middle Ages and Early Modern Period)
- German Philology (German Medieval Studies)
- Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and Modern Times
- English Philology (English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages)
- History of Art (Middle Ages and Early Modern Times)
- Romance Philology (Middle Ages and Early Modern Period)
- Scandinavian Studies (Medieval Studies)
4. SemesterMaster's thesis
- B.A. degree or comparable degree in the desired field of study
- At least 150 ECTS at the time of application
- Subject-related relevance is proven to the extent of at least 50 ECTS:
- In one of the following subjects at least 40 ECTS:
- History, including at least 20 ECTS in Medieval or Early Modern History
- German Philology, including a minimum of 20 ECTS in German Medieval Studies
- Latin Philology, including achievements in Latin Philology of the Middle Ages (or of the Middle Ages and Modern Times) totalling at least 20 ECTS
- English philology, including achievements in the English language and medieval philology amounting to at least 20 ECTS credits
- History of Art, including achievements in the history of art of the Middle Ages or the Early Modern Period amounting to at least 20 ECTS
- Romance Philology, including achievements in Romance Philology of the Middle Ages or the Early Modern Period amounting to at least 20 ECTS
- Scandinavian Studies, including at least 18 ECTS credits in one of the Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish) and at least 20 ECTS credits in the field of Early Scandinavian Studies.
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies or comparable interdisciplinary study programmes in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- as well as at least another 10 ECTS in one of the above-mentioned subjects.
If you are not sure whether your previous studies are relevant, please contact the respective subject coordinator.
Note: If no more than 15 ECTS are missing for the subject-related relevance, the selection committee may decide that these can be made up within the first two semesters.
- If your native language is not German, you must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the German language at level C1.
- You must prove sufficient knowledge of Latin in the form of the Kleines Latinum by the beginning of the 3rd semester.
- In addition, you may have to prove
- in the English Philology study focus (English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages):
- Knowledge of the English language on level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or
- mother tongue English, or
- a study or professional stay of at least two years in an English-speaking country within the last three years prior to the beginning of the degree programme
- in the study focus Romance Philology (Middle Ages and Early Modern Period) sufficient knowledge of at least one of the following Romance languages:
- French at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- Italian at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- Portuguese at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- Spanish at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- sufficient knowledge of Latin in the form of the Latinum, if you would like to write the Master's thesis in the study focus Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and Modern Times.
Questions on the programme
Phone: +49 551 39 252 68