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Editorial Theory and Textual Criticism

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: Two out of: English, Latin, French (on application);
German (for international students)
Language of instruction: German
Other features: postgraduate / consecutive

Faculty of Modern Languages

Course outline

This M.A. course is offered by the Department of German Studies in conjunction with the Departments of History and Musicology.

The course is application-biased and discusses the subject matter, issues and approaches involved in scholarly editing and textual criticism, both in theory and practice. The course is angled at German Studies graduates, musicologists and historians requiring specific training in investigating, understanding and representing historical documents. Students receive the necessary qualifications enabling them to embark on careers both in scholarly editing proper (at universities or elsewhere) and at institutions concerned with the investigation and description of historical material (public and private archives, museums, exhibition organisers, auctioneers, etc.). Experience with redaction and publication techniques of various kinds also prepares students for editing work in publishing houses and the press.

You will find more information in the Course Description and here.

Formal requirements


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 German Studies 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. Scholarly Editorial Theory and Textual Criticism (21 April 2010)
Examination regulations M.A. Editorial Theory and Textual Criticism (15 May 2008)
Examination regulations for Master courses – General Section (21 April 2010)

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 advisor

Prof. Dr. Roland Reuß
Hauptstraße 207-209, Office 041
Mondays 4 – 5 pm
phone: +49 (0)6221 543206


Department of German Studies
Ines Troch
Hauptstraße 207-209
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries’ office

phone: +49 (0)6221 543201
fax: +49 (0)6221 543255


Student representation


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