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Ancient Languages and Cultures (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

This degree programme focuses on the study of Greek and/or Latin and, if Indo-European studies is chosen as a specialisation, the methodology of comparative Indo-European linguistics, a discipline which looks at historical aspects stretching back to the Neolithic period. The degree programme provides students with the opportunity to gain a far deeper understanding of the world of ancient languages and of ancient and medieval history than is possible with other degree programmes. It is a unique programme that is only offered at FAU. The skills which are developed over the course of the degree programme prepare students for careers at universities, libraries and publishers as well as teaching (with additional study).

Which Bachelor's degree do I need?

This programme is open to students with Greek, Latin, Medieval Latin or Indo-European studies as one of the subjects of a two-subject Bachelor's degree. Related Bachelor's degrees in other ancient languages, particularly Germanic languages, may also qualify applicants for the degree programme.

Modules and degree programme structure

Students choose two specialisations from four areas: Greek, Indo-European, Latin and Medieval Latin. All students take the joint module 'Motifs and forms'; the basic seminar included in this module must be chosen from one of the two areas not chosen as a specialisation and not studied during the Bachelor's degree programme.

Joint module

  • 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd semester: Motifs and forms (Orient and Occident)

Indo-European studies

  • 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd semester: Topics and history of Indo-European studies (early Indo-European studies), module from German linguistics
  • 2nd and 3rd semester: Mycenaean and the Greek dialects, including, for example, a seminar on the language of Homer; Indo-Iranian and other Indo-European languages, including, for example, an advanced seminar on Old Persian or Veda readings
  • 4th semester: Master's thesis


  • 1st and 2nd semester: two modules in Greek literature
  • 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd semester: secondary disciplines such as epigraphy and/or papyrology as well as literature of the Roman Empire
  • 4th semester: Master's thesis


  • 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd semester: secondary disciplines such as epigraphy, script and culture or Greek epigraphy, two modules in Latin prose
  • 1st to 3rd semester: History of Roman literature
  • 4th semester: Master's thesis

Medieval Latin

  • 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd semester: Latin literature and language in the High Middle Ages, media aspects of the pre-modern era, medieval textuality
  • 2nd and 3rd semester: Latin literature and language in the Medieval and Early Modern Period
  • 4th semester: Master's thesis

Potential challenges
You may need to concentrate initially on improving your knowledge of Greek or Latin if your proficiency is not already sufficient.

Frequently asked questions
Questions are answered in personal discussions as each case is different.

Special conditions
You need to have an enthusiasm for classical languages (Greek, Latin).

Admission requirements
  • Applicants require a completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Greek, Latin, Medieval Latin or Indo-European studies. Related Bachelor's degrees in other ancient languages, in particular Germanic languages, are also recognised.
  • Applicants with a minimum grade of 'gut' (good – 2.5) in their previous degree qualify for admission; applicants with an average grade of 2.51 to 3.00 will be required to attend an individual admission interview.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology