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German Studies

Master of Arts (M.A.) - Introduction in winter semester 2020/21




The Master's programme "German Studies" focuses on the main subjects of linguistic and literary studies and the media and cultural studies of the Department for German Studies. The programme offers a research-oriented qualification with opportunities for individual specialisation. The Master's programme consists of two attractive elective courses which can be freely combined. The elective area chosen for writing the thesis appears as a specification on the final degree certificate.
In addition to practical and project-like forms of work, the programme focuses on scientific working methods and the acquisition of in-depth methodological and specialist knowledge. Moreover, the programme is supplemented by a compulsory internship. Furthermore, it opens up the possibility of continuing a purely research-related education with a doctorate and at the same time provides key qualifications for humanities-related occupational fields outside the university.


Duration of Studies

4 semesters - 120 credits points

Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

Duration of studies

4 semesters - 120 credits points

Composition of the study programme


The study programme is composed of

  • two elective modules 40 cp each)
  • an internship (10 cp) and
  • a thesis module (30 CP)

Elective modules

The following (freely combinable) elective courses are offered:
  • German as foreign language
  • Holocaust and camp literature
  • Comparative Studies - Comparative Literature and Culture
  • Medieval studies
  • Modern German literature in media and cultural contexts 
  • Text and media linguistics

More information about elective modules


Master's thesis

Students write their MA thesis in one of the two elective modules. The individual focus is reflected in the degree certificate (e.g. "M.A. German Studies: Focus on Holocaust and Camp Literature" or "M.A. German Studies: Focus on German as a Foreign Language"). 




Commencement of studies

summer semester and winter semester


Application / Enrolment

 The study program is not subject to admission restrictions. The enrollment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June and for the summer semester at the beginning of December. The end of the enrollment period is determined each year, please check the application portal during the enrollment period. Please note that deadline extensions can be decided for degree programmes with no intake limitation. These are published in the application portal.

Different rules may apply to international applicants. More...



Admission requirements


The admission requires the completion of a Bachelor's programme in German studies or a comparable qualification inclunding at least 40 CP of German studies subjects.

The completed courses of study programmes for a teaching profession at primary schools, lower secondary schools, intermediate secondary school, grammar schools, special needs schools and vocational schools are also recognised, provided that the teaching subject German has been completed.
The board of examiners may recognise other courses of study as equivalent after examining individual cases. Admission may be subject to the condition of additional academic achievements to make up for the knowledge required, amounting to up to 30 CP, proof of which must be provided within the first two semesters.

More information

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Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue


Study counseling

Study guidance


Dr. Norman Ächtler

Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Faculty 05 Language, Literature, Culture
Department of German studies
Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10B
Raum 133
D-35394 Giessen
Tel.: 0641/ 99-29072
Fax: 0641/ 99-29109

Central Study Advisory Service
Central Study Service 2

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