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German Language and Literature (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

The Master's degree programme in German Language and Literature at FAU offers academic specialisation and deepens knowledge from Bachelor's and teaching degree programmes.

Students gain knowledge of sociocultural, regional and historical variation in German literature and language as well as analytical and reflective skills based on the methods and theories used in linguistics, literature and cultural studies. The degree programme consists of three related phases which lead to specialisation in an area of German language and literature. In the degree programme, students gain a balanced education and are equipped with specialist methodological and communication skills that will enable them to work independently and creatively in their desired profession.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

This degree programme is open to graduates of the Bachelor's degree programme German Language and Literature or a teaching degree programme in German. Graduates of degree programmes in comparative studies/literary studies, linguistics and medieval studies are also accepted. If you are interested in the Master's degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator. More information about admission requirements is available below.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester

You must take each of the three compulsory modules which cover all specialisations: LING I + NDL I + MED I. Each of these modules consists of one seminar and one tutorial or lecture.

2nd semester

You can choose any three modules from all specialisations (LING, NDL and MED). You may complete these modules in the second semester or later. You can choose whether you already wish to specialise. If you are ready to focus on one specialisation, you can concentrate on either LING, MED or NDL. If not, you can combine modules from all specialisations.

3rd semester

By now you will have chosen your specialisation and you can choose three modules from LING or MED or NDL. Each of these include a project module where you will gain practical experience and an advanced seminar which will prepare you for your final thesis.

4th semester

You're almost finished. You will write your Master's thesis with the support of a supervisor. After successfully completing the oral examination, you will be awarded the Master of Arts degree.


Potential challenges

The Master's degree programme in German Language and Literature is a consecutive degree programme. This means that it builds on knowledge and skills learnt in a previous degree programme in German language and literature (Bachelor's or teaching degree). This subject is not generally suitable for students of other unrelated subjects.

Good to know

Can I apply in my last Bachelor's degree semester even though I don't have my degree certificate yet?
Answer: Yes, applicants will be granted provisional admission if they have acquired a total of 140 ECTS credits. Students can then provide their Bachelor's degree certificate within the first year of the Master's degree programme.

Specific conditions

The Master's degree programme is designed to offer plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience in the fields students wish to work in. These include work placements at external cultural institutions, publishers, education institutions and museums, as well as the chance to gain experience working on a research project at the University.

Admission requirements
  • Applicants require a completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with German language and literature as the main subject, or a completed teaching degree with German as the main subject.
  • 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 interview.
  • For applicants in the final semester of a Bachelor's degree programme proof of 140 ECTS credits is sufficient.

Applicants who do not have a German degree or German university entrance qualification (Hochschulreife) must provide proof of German-language proficiency at DSH-2 level, plus one of the following: Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (level C2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference) or equivalent, proof of German-language proficiency at DSH-3 level or equivalent, a TestDaF level 5 certificate or equivalent, or a UniCert4 certificate.

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: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology