• Orientate Yourself
  • Inform Yourself
  • Online Test
  • Degree Programmes
  • Begin Studies

Medieval and Early Modern Times (MA)

The Master's programme in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MiRe) got replaced by the Master's programme in Medieval and Early Modern Period in WS 2017/18. It is no longer possible to re-register for the old course of studies.
What is the degree programme about?

Medieval and Renaissance Studies addresses the epochs of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Phenomena of Late Antiquity and developments and aspects of the Early Modern Period are also covered, depending on the chosen modules. The degree programme addresses the history and culture of Christian Latin Europe in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as well as phenomena of the Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine cultures and living environments in Europe at that time. Cultures outside of Europe – in the Orient, North America and the Far East – are also investigated. An important heuristic method in this respect is intercultural comparison.

Teaching focuses on cultural phenomena of and research into the European Middle Ages. German and international students with undergraduate degrees in a medieval subject can refine their expert knowledge and broaden their horizon by studying subjects which span across different genres and epochs.

The goal of the degree programme is to provide students with in-depth specialist knowledge and techniques for independent research. Graduates are primarily prepared for doctoral degrees, research, teaching and for careers in museums, archives or libraries.

The degree programme can be combined with the following subjects: art history, Christian archaeology, Germanic medieval studies, medieval history, history of medicine, medieval Latin philology, Bavarian and Franconian regional history, Nordic studies and computer science. Other subjects may also be studied as part of the degree programme, subject to consultation with the degree programme coordinators.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in German studies, history, art history, Christian archaeology, medieval Latin philology or Nordic philology are eligible. Degrees with at least 35 ECTS credits in courses related to the Middle Ages or Renaissance may also be considered.

Modules and degree programme structure

As the programme is interdisciplinary, students must choose two subjects: a Master's subject and a profile subject. The available Master's subjects and profile subjects are:

  • Bavarian and Franconian regional history
  • Christian archaeology
  • Germanic medieval studies
  • Art history
  • Medieval history
  • Medieval Latin philology
  • Scandinavian studies

The Master's thesis is also interdisciplinary and draws on both the Master's and profile subjects. Research methods specialisations include Medieval Latin, auxiliary sciences of history and identifying digital sources. Elective modules can be chosen from the entire range of subjects offered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Medieval and Renaissance Studies ( and from the related disciplines in the three subject groups 'Language and literature', 'Archaeology, art and media' and 'History and philosophy'.

Elective and compulsory modules are available in the following subjects: Germanic linguistics, history of medicine, early and modern church history, English studies, Romance studies, philosophy, history of law, Islamic studies and Arabic studies, Chinese studies, computer science.

1st semester

  • Programme module 10 ECTS credits
  • Programme module 10 ECTS credits
  • Medieval Latin 5 ECTS credits
  • Compulsory elective module 5 ECTS credits

2nd semester

  • Programme module 10 ECTS credits
  • Programme module 10 ECTS credits
  • Ancillary sciences 5 ECTS credits
  • Compulsory elective module 5 ECTS credits

3rd semester

  • Programme module 10 ECTS credits
  • Reading module 10 ECTS credits
  • Seminar group 5 ECTS credits
  • Compulsory elective module 5 ECTS credits

4th semester

  • Master's thesis (25 ECTS)
  • Oral examination 5 ECTS credits
Programme features
  • This two-subject degree programme allows students to continue a specialisation or add another specialisation which was not part of their Bachelor's degree programme.
  • The interdisciplinary approach covers work with original sources, computer science, medieval Latin and ancillary sciences.
  • Students can take a look at and contribute to research projects.
  • The degree programme is closely linked with IZEMIR (Interdisciplinary Centre for European Medieval and Renaissance Studies) which offers lectures, seminar groups and doctoral conferences.
Admission requirements
  • Applicants with a good (minimum grade 2.5) university degree (Bachelor's degree) in at least one of the subjects relevant for the degree programme are eligible.
  • Applicants with a final grade of 'befriedigend' (satisfactory – 2.51 to 3.5) may still be admitted, subject to a selection interview.
  • Related or equivalent degrees can be recognised as appropriate undergraduate degrees.
  • Furthermore, applicants must have a good command of Latin and knowledge of two modern foreign languages (required proof: secondary school leaving certificate (Abiturzeugnis) or equivalent).
  • For the Master's and profile subjects Nordic studies and Germanic medieval studies, applicants require additional language skills, proof of which must be submitted within two semesters.
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:

Compare degree programs

Open comparison on a new page


Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

Back to degree programmes


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