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Classical Philology (Greek)

Degree Master of Arts
Application required  access-restricted
Course commences winter semester / summer semester
Standard course duration 4 semesters
Format options full-time only
Language requirements certified proficiency in Latin (on master thesis registration)
Language of instruction German
Other features postgraduate / consecutive

Philosophische Fakultät

Course outline

This M.A. course is concerned with the texts that have come down to us from ancient Greece. Its main purpose is to equip students with comprehensive and profound knowledge of these texts, acquaint them with a wide range of interpretation methods (linguistic and literary) and indicate interesting points in common with neighbouring disciplines (Latin, modern literary studies, philosophy, theology, cultural studies, etc.). The M.A. course in Ancient Greek is designed to instil in students a methodologically sound understanding of Greek texts (including those of a more specialist nature) against the background of the history of Greek (and Latin) literature and with appropriate awareness of their original contexts and their later impact.

The course is designed to enable students to acquire the ability to apply scholarly methods and insights, to live up to established academic standards in their work and to achieve a structured overview of the subject they are studying.

Course structure

Taught classes take up the first three semesters, the fourth semester is reserved for the completion of the M.A. thesis. The total number of credit points (compulsory and elective) that students need to acquire for their M.A. degree is 120.
The course is modular in its structure. A distinction is made between

  1. compulsory modules (these have to be attended by all students),
  2. elective-compulsory modules (students select these from a limited offering) and
  3. elective modules (students select these freely from the total range of offerings).

Successful completion of a module requires a grade of at least 4.0 (= “adequate”) for all the relevant parts of that module (part-grades). Credit points are awarded for successfully completed modules. One credit points is equivalent to 30 hours of work. At the end of each semester students are given a transcript of records in which all the (part) examinations for the module are recorded with the respective credit points and grades achieved. Of the total of 120 credit points, 70 are accounted for by subject-related classes in the Ancient Greek course and the final oral examination, 20 by the student’s subsidiary subject and 30 by the M.A. thesis. In Ancient Greek as a subsidiary (minor) subject, the 20 CPs required are accounted for by classwork.
You will find an overview of the individual modules in the Examination Regulations (see below).

Subsidiary (minor) subject

In this programme, M.A. students need to acquire 20 CP in a subsidiary (minor) subject. You will find a list of all the subsidiary subjects on offer here.

The M.A. course in Classical Philology (Greek) can also be studied as a subsidiary (minor) subject accounting for 20 CP.

Main research interests

Literary studies

  • historiography
  • hermeneutics and rhetoric
  • ancient theories of literature
  • ancient philosophy


In the study of Ancient Greek and Latin, linguistics figures as a sub-discipline of Classical Philology that is closely connected with the study of literature (this proximity to literary studies is grounded largely in the use of structuralist procedures in textual analysis and narratology). With its strongly systematic and historical bias, the linguistic component is dedicated to the formal description of textual constituents of all kinds, its main emphasis naturally being language itself. Another of its tasks is to elucidate the language theories of the ancient Greeks and Romans, which are still of seminal significance for present-day language studies both in Europe and elsewhere. These theories are implicit in the wealth of disquisitions on grammar, rhetoric, poetics and language philosophy that have come down to us. A further concern is the analysis of prosody and metre in Greek and Roman poetry. Scholarly editing and textual criticism are also a major focus.

Formal requirements

Access and Admission

Access to the course is restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Prospective students from Germany

Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate, they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. Please apply to the Department of Classical Philology for further information on how to proceed.

International prospective students

Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June for the winter semester and 15 November for the summer semester. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the M.A. application form here and enclose the necessary documents.

Further information

Current information on procedure

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations M.A. (4 April 2007)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

Academic advisors

Prof. Dr. William Furley
Marstallhof 2-4, Office 232 (1st floor)
Mondays 4 – 5 pm
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-2254


Department of Classical Philology
Marstallhof 2-4
D-69117 Heidelberg


phone.: +49 (0)6221-54-2265
fax: +49 (0)6221-54-3381


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