The consecutive, more research-oriented master’s degree deepens and expands the basic specialist knowledge in the field of Japanese studies acquired in a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies / East Asian Studies or a comparable Japan-specific degree program. A focus can be placed either on the cultural and literary studies or the social science examination of the subject of study Japan. The aim of the master’s course is to acquire or deepen scientific and professional knowledge and skills in Japanese studies.

In the cultural and literary studies profile area, the course enables students to analyze, interpret and classify the phenomena and processes in the field of Japanese culture and literature, whereby the topics are also presented in the regional context of Japan. In addition, skills in analyzing gender relations in various historical, literary and cultural contexts are developed. The students acquire the ability to conduct independent scientific research in the field of cultural and literary Japanese studies.

Students in the social sciences profile area are enabled to analyze and interpret institutions, actors and processes in politics, economy and society in Japan and to classify them in their respective contexts, whereby the topics are also presented in the regional context of Japan. In addition, skills in analyzing gender relations in various social, political and historical contexts are developed. The students acquire the ability to conduct independent academic research in the field of Japanese studies in the social sciences.



The master’s course comprises a module from the chosen profile area (cultural and literary studies or social sciences) as well as a module from the interdisciplinary and transregional area.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

basic modules

module Japanese master module 3
module Japanese master module 4

a.) Profile area cultural and literary studies

module Advanced module Japanese studies in literary and cultural studies II or III

b.) Profile area social sciences

module Specialization module Social Science Japanology II or III


To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent other university degree with a scope of 240 CP with a share of Japan-specific courses and language courses with a scope of at least 120 CP,
  • Proof of knowledge of Japanese corresponding to level B2 (GER). This proof is deemed to have been provided upon successful completion of the Integrated Japanese Studies Bachelor’s degree at Freie Universität Berlin or another equivalent Bachelor’s degree with a minimum one-year, curricularly integrated study visit to Japan.
  • Written and oral knowledge of English (level B2 GER).

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

With the competence in Japan and East Asian studies acquired during their studies, students acquire the ability to communicate and act successfully in intercultural contexts in East Asia. The master's degree in Japanese Studies provides knowledge and skills that are intended to prepare people for responsible positions in scientifically demanding professional fields inside and outside the university: in the fields of international relations (foreign service, international organizations, non-governmental organizations), education (universities, scientific institutions, adult education) , Communication (press and media, publishers, public relations, archives and libraries), in companies (international trade relations, company representation in Japan, personnel and management training),


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