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Interdisciplinary Studies on Eastern Europe (MA)

Taught in German.


Master of Arts (MA)

Duration of studies

4 semesters - 120 credit points (cp)


since 21 August 2007

Subject Area

The cross-faculty Master`s course (MA) Interdisciplinary Studies on Eastern Europe is conducted by the Gießen Center for Eastern European Studies (GiZo). The study plan is composed of social sciences and Eastern Europe related subjects taught at JLU Gießen. In particular some of the main features are interdisciplinary studies in accordance with the academic profile of the GiZo, internationality and applied research with a view to the region of Eastern Europe.

The course of study takes the students into the research profile of the subjects dealt with in the GiZo and also into the interdisciplinary profile of the centre. It trains them in the areas of  research and interdisciplinary studies. With acceptance into this course of study graduates of the subject-related Bachelor courses of study in Slavic studies, History, etc., are given the opportunity to expand their interdisciplinary knowledge of Eastern Europe and to use it in many ways.

The aim of the studies is to develop interdisciplinary Eastern-European related cultural competence as well as comprehensive methodological competences in different academic fields. The intention is that students should analyse and evaluate cultural, historical, legal, political and economic processes in Eastern Europe. They should be enabled to independently acquire and implement a critical evaluation of modes and theories. In their studies, the students should develop their intellectual judgement, linguistic and communicative ability as well as the ability to work in a team; at the same time they should be taught to independently and creatively analyse complex data, to independently plan, conduct and evaluate individual projects dealing with Eastern Europe.

Seen as a whole the GiZo Master course is very challenging in comparison with other interdisciplinary Eastern Europe courses of study in Germany:
  • An early start with interdisciplinary Eastern European studies, already at the beginning of studies
  • Professional area- and practice-related training through project work and practical courses
  • Research and teaching covering all regions of Eastern Europe
  • The connection of Eastern European disciplines and Turkish Studies and the discussion of the question of whether this area belongs to Europe
  • The long period of study of Eastern Europe from the Middle Ages until the 20th Century
  • The close cooperation with the Herder-Institut Marburg and the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, proposed within the framework of the excellence initiative which offers top MA graduates excellent possibilities for further training and learning.

Entrance requirements

The requirement for acceptance into the Master`s course is to have completed a Bachelor`s degree with a relevant subject profile.
Bachelor qualifications are regarded as appropriate if the previous studies have imparted skills and knowledge in the selected major Master subject with a volume of 20 cp and in one of the Master ancillary subjects with a volume of 10 cp.

According to the selected subjects students have to provide proof of the respective language skills.
Information about required certificates

Application and admission

  • The degree course is not limited internally
  • The general application deadline of JLU Gießen is is July 15 for the winter semester and January 15 for the summer semester
  • Important information about the application procedure
  • Please note that the application period for the Master's course can be extended. This information will be published here (in German)
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. More on this...

Commencement of studies

In the winter and summer semester.

Composition of degree programme

The structure of the MA course is that of a combined programme of study put together from a major subject and two ancillary subjects. This model offers students freedom in the combination which is to determine the content of the individual academic study profile, so making possible a multi-faceted connection to a profession involved with areas of activity in academic work, in publishing, in journalism, in the media, in cultural and political institutions and in the economy.
In the  Master`s course of study a major subject with 50 cp and two ancillary subjects, each with 20 cp can be selected:

Subjects Major Subject Ancillary subject
Eastern European History X X
Slavic Studies X  X
Turkish Studies X
Political Science X
Law X
Economics X

The Master thesis should contain two parts of the subject according to the interdisciplinarity of the degree course whereas the main part comes from the major subject. The thesis can also be written solely in the major subject.

Further information

Subject advisor

Markus Jakob

Gießener Zentrum Östliches Europa (GIZO)
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10, building E, room 213
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 31175


Giessen Center for Eastern European Studies