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Art History (M.A.)


Do you have a Bachelor's degree in art history and are interested in a Master's programme in which you can explore the numerous media and genres of art in depth with regard to their significance for people, societies, cultures, communication, religion and science? The Göttingen M.A. programme in Art History, with its comprehensive practice-oriented range of courses, offers the opportunity to develop and learn knowledge and skills entirely according to your own ideas.

Art History
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Language of the programme:
German (partly English)
Standard period of study:
4 semesters
summer and winter semester

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Based on the skills acquired in the Bachelor's programme, the M.A. programme in Art History expands and deepens the methodological repertoire as well as the knowledge of objects with regard to technique, genre and epoch of their creation as well as reception. Various study options are offered for this purpose (for details, see the chapter on study structure):

  • Single Honours MA in Art History with study focus „curatorial studies“ (78 C)
  • Joint Honours MA in Art History (42 C)
  • Joint Honours MA (42 C) with study focus „curatorial studies“
  • Module package Art History (36 C / 18 C) in combination with a Joint Honours MA in another subject

The M.A. programme in Art History with the specialisation "Curatorial Studies" combines the practice of practical ways of dealing with originals with reflection on the theory and history of artistic objects. This includes collecting and dealing with works of art as well as museum and other forms of presentation. In four semesters, students acquire the relevant knowledge and skills and are qualified to work with works of art using originals from the Göttingen University Art Collection, but also through supplementary work-related internships outside Göttingen University. At the same time, students also acquire the historical-theoretical knowledge required for a scientifically reflective approach to these objects. The specialisation is aimed at students with a B.A. degree in art history, art studies, visual studies or a related discipline.

In Göttingen, art history is taught in its entire historical and thematic breadth. Special emphasis is placed on the art history of the Middle Ages and the early modern period in Italy, the visual arts of the 19th century and modernity, historical theories of images and art, transcultural interconnections and modern artistic knowledge. Another focus of teaching is the materiality of knowledge.

A special feature of the Göttingen Institute is the curatorial training in the art collection, which ranges from teaching on the objects to developing one's own exhibitions. Göttingen University has one of the few university art collections in Germany with valuable holdings from the Middle Ages to the present. Around 2,500 hand drawings, 15,000 sheets of prints, 300 paintings, numerous sculptures, a photo and a video art collection reflect the artistic production of several centuries. Students in Göttingen learn how to handle original works of art from the very beginning of their studies and gain lasting experience for their professional practice in art history. Project seminars are held regularly and research during studies is one of our great strengths. The students prepare exhibitions themselves and publish the results of their research in high-quality exhibition catalogues. There are permanent cooperations in teaching with the Landesmuseum Hannover, the HAWK Hildesheim (conservation and restoration course), the Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig, the Museumslandschaft Hessen-Kassel and the Lower Saxony Department of Monument Preservation.

The study programme also includes regular excursions at home and abroad as well as stays abroad at European partner universities.

In Göttingen, the Department of Art History works closely with the university collections, the Institute for Digital Humanities, various research institutions on campus and the Forum Wissen. Within the Dpartment of Art History, there are particularly close collaborations with the object-based, historical and cultural studies subjects.

The Master's programme in Art History prepares students for a broad professional field. This includes work in museums, in the preservation of historical monuments and in universities, but also in galleries, in the art trade, in tourism, in publishing houses, newspapers, media institutions, insurance companies and in all areas of cultural management. In the specialisation "Curatorial Studies", graduates are especially introduced to working at museums and collections of classical and modern art at home and abroad, in the art trade, galleries and auction houses. The degree programme also qualifies students for an academic career at universities and non-university research institutions in the subject and - beyond the professional fields mentioned - is also an entry requirement for the doctoral programme in art history.

graduate programmes

graduate programmes


The degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA with study focus „Curatorial Studies“ totalling 78 credits (mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 18 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minors) totalling 18 credits eac

You apply to a study profile.

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Master’s thesis

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4. Semester

Master’s thesis

Regulations and module directory


Previous studies

  • B.A.-degree or equivalent degree
  • At least 150 credits at the time of application
    • Eligibility:
    • For admission to the Single Honours MA (78 C) and the Joint Honours MA (42 C), 57 credits in the field of art history must be proven at the time of application, of which 9 credits are equivalent to modules from the specialisation area.
    • For admission to the module package Art History (36 C), 18 credits must be proven in the field of Art History. For the module package Art History (18 C), 8 credits must be proven in the field of Art History. This also includes the key competence field “Image Competence”.

Language requirements

  • If your antive language is not German , you must proof sufficient knowledge of the German language: Proof of German language skills
  • Sufficient knowledge of English and at least one second modern foreign language (such as Italian, French or Dutch) is recommended.
  • Basic knowledge of Latin is recommended. For admission to the Master's thesis, knowledge of Latin must be proven to at least the extent of the "Kleines Latinum".
  • Language skills can be deepened and extended in the course of the degree programme within the framework of the acquisition of key competencies or during a semester abroad.


Ein echter Dürer? Kunstgeschichte in der Sammlung studieren

Führung durch das Kunstgeschichtliche Seminar


Art collection

Examination of paintings





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. Isabella Augart
Department of Art History

Nikolausberger Weg 15
37073 Göttingen
Room 1.106

Tel.: 0551 / 39-25090

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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