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Empires and Trans-Continental Spaces (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

This interdisciplinary degree programme combines modules from American Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies and Modern and Contemporary History.

It focuses on critically exploring challenges such as populism, nationalism, regionalism, changes in the balance of international geopolitical power relations, climate change and scenarios constituting a global threat such as terrorism, refugees and migration.

The degree programme provides comprehensive knowledge of the historical interrelations of transcontinental spaces (Europe-Asia, Transpacific and Transatlantic) which are essential for understanding the genesis of global problems and discussing sustainable strategies.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st year of study

  • Basic modules on the history of North America, East Asia and Europe
  • Academic research and writing in English and German
  • Independent organisation of a workshop or excursion (knowledge management skills)

2nd year of study

  • Interdisciplinary seminars in the chosen specialisation area: Transatlantic, Transpacific or Europe-Asia
  • Four-week research stay in Germany or abroad (for cooperation partners see website)
  • Compulsory elective modules chosen from subjects such as philosophy and from the Master's degree programme in Development Economics and International Studies
Good to know

The interdisciplinary focus is a key aspect, representing an integrated element of the degree programme. The approaches of Area Studies are combined with the methods used in history and cultural studies, creating a clearly research-oriented emphasis.

Programme features:

  • Interdisciplinary team teaching for specialisation modules (modules 8-13) – this means seminars will be jointly offered by lecturers from at least two disciplines.
  • Research placements and field research in Germany and abroad (tailored to the research interests of the students)
  • Intensive learning of core skills, e.g. academic writing and academic speaking
  • Students acquire skills in knowledge management and organisation
Admission requirements

Applicants require a completed, subject-specific undergraduate degree or a degree in a related subject.

Degrees in history, cultural studies, political science or regional studies subjects (in particular Chinese studies, Japanese studies and other Asia-related subjects, English studies, American studies, Slavic studies or related disciplines) will be accepted as a subject-specific degree. Two- or three-subject Bachelor's degrees, Diplom degrees, university of applied sciences degrees and degrees obtained abroad in the listed areas will be accepted if they contain at least 40 ECTS credits in one of the involved disciplines. Applicants with a final degree grade of up to 2.50 will be directly admitted to the degree programme. Applicants with a degree of grade 2.51 to 3.00 will only be accepted after a successful selection interview.

For detailed information about admission requirements, please see the Degree Programme and Examination Regulations for Empires and Transcontinental Spaces and the General Degree Programme and Examination Regulations for the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology.

Proficiency in English must be proven together with proficiency in another modern foreign language (e.g. Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Applicants who do not have a German degree or a German university entrance qualification must provide proof of German language proficiency at DSH2 level.


Applications must be submitted via the FAU online application portal campo.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Please find more detailed information on how to apply for a Master or advanced degree programme on the following website:

Commencement of studies is possible in the winter and summer semester. Current application deadlines can be found on the homepage of the Master's programme and in the current list of application deadlines of the FAU.
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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: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: English, German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology