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Finno-Ugrian Studies (M.A.)


You have a Bachelor degree in Finno-Ugrian Philology and are looking for an opportunity to expand your competences in this subject? Within the framework of the M.A. programme Finno-Ugrian Studies you can expand and deepen your previous knowledge in the field of Finno-Ugric languages and cultures.

Finno-Ugrian Studies
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Language of the programme:
Standard period of study:
4 semesters
winter semester only

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The object of the Finno-Ugrian Studies programme is the acquisition of knowledge about the language and culture of the Finno-Ugrian peoples of the Baltic-Scandinavian, Middle and Eastern European and Western Siberian regions, especially the Estonians, the Finns, the Hungarians, as well as the Saami and the related peoples living within the Russian Federation.

The goal of the M.A. programme is the further development of the ability to do scientific work independently, the deepening of the knowledge of Finno-Ugrian linguistics and culture and the enhancement of the language skills already acquired during the B.A. programme.

The subject Finno-Ugrian Studies in Göttingen is characterised by fact that two of the major Finno-Ugrian languages and the cultures of their respective speakers are taught with equal priority thanks to separate teaching units.

The research foci are on history of science, language contact, and the specific history of the Finno-Ugrians as a whole, with special attention to the Estonian region and the languages of the Wolga and Kama regions.

The professions suitable for M.A. graduates mainly belong to the practical intercultural field (e.g. translator, creative artist with a special focal theme). Depending on the specific objective, additional training in the areas of translating, history and political sciences, intercultural communication, literature, or comparative studies may be necessary. The M.A. also qualifies for an academic career.

Related and consecutive programmes

Consecutive/graduate programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • 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 two module packages (minors) totalling 18 credits each

You can apply for one study profile.

4. Semester

Master’s thesis

Regulations and module directory


Previous studies

  • B.A. degree or comparable degree
  • Subject relevance:
    • academic achievement in Finno-Ugrian Studies or Uralic Studies comprising at least 60 credits, including at least 8 credits in the form of basic active knowledge in a second Finno-Ugrian language, or
    • academic achievement in Estonian, Finnish or Hungarian Studies comprising at least 60 credits, including at least 24 credits in Finno-Ugrian Studies or Uralic Studies as well at least 8 credits in the form of basic active knowledge of a second Finno-Ugrian language.

Language requirements

Applicants must possess knowledge of the Estonian, Finnish or Hungarian language including comprehensive knowledge of the grammatical structure of the respective language, as well as comprehension of texts of medium difficulty, and be able to communicate in complex discussions, and on topics from selected areas of regional and cultural studies.

Proof is to be furnished by presenting evidence of successfully completed language courses at universities, if available, or by a university entrance qualification certificate from a school where the respective language is the language of instruction.

If your native language is not German, you must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the German language at level C1


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. Katja Mattsson

Department of Finno-Ugric Studies
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen

Phone.: +49-551 39-24581


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