Faculty of Modern LanguagesGerman Studies – Master

Students in the German Studies degree programme will focus on German language and literature from their inception through the current day, examining their social and cultural relationships as well as their theoretical bases.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions169.25 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
May be studied as a minor subjectYes

Course Content

The Master’s degree programme in German Studies at Heidelberg University provides students with advanced knowledge in the areas of German linguistics, modern German literature, and medieval and early modern language and literature. The Master’s degree programme, with its traditional and exceptional access to a well-networked research environment, provides an interdisciplinary and international perspective on issues of key importance within German Studies research.  

In the “German Linguistics” specialisation, the focus of the degree programme is on practical research surrounding the complex topic of “spoken knowledge”. In the “Modern German Literature” specialisation, particular attention is paid to a continuum in literary history that stretches from Humanism through the Enlightenment, the Classic and Romantic periods, the realism of the nineteenth century, the avant-garde movement of the early twentieth century, up to the current day. The paradigms of modern German literary history will be taught within their social-historical context. Intertextual relationships, interdisciplinary and comparative aspects, historical dimensions of knowledge, and poetological traditions will be covered in advanced modules.  

In the “Medieval and Early Modern Language and Literature” specialisation, the focus will be on the entire history of linguistics and literature from the eighth to the eighteenth century.  

The objective of the degree programme is to guide students, on the basis of representative examples, through an academically-grounded examination of the German language and literature of the pre-modern and early modern periods. During the course of the degree programme, students will be given the opportunity to pursue a specialisation in the medieval or early modern periods. 

Course Structure

The degree programme consists of: 

  • a major in German Studies (comprising courses in one of the three specialisations, divided into an introductory module, a specialisation module, an examination and research module, the final examinations module, and the Master's thesis)  
  • a minor subject (comprising one compact module)  

For the major in German Studies, the minor subject may be selected from any other subject area that offers Master’s-degree-level courses (see course catalogue). The selection of subjects from other German-Studies-related disciplines is encouraged.  

Certification of Latin language skills (“Latinum”) is required for this degree programme and must be submitted no later than at the end of the second semester of study.  

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