The subject of the master’s course is the in-depth sociological examination of the subject of study Korea in an East Asian context. Particular emphasis is placed on teaching the methods of social science research on Korea. The students acquire in-depth knowledge of central discourses in Korean-related research and deal intensively with selected issues, including the Korean research discussion. Furthermore, knowledge of current scientific discourses is conveyed and made accessible in relation to Korea. In the modules of the master’s course, knowledge of selected phenomena, developments and processes in Korea is conveyed and discussed in a broader, also transregional context.



The master’s course comprises the modules “Methods of Korean Studies”, “Social Science Korea Research II”, “Subject Korean” 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

Korea and East Asia modules

module Methods of Korean Studies
module Social Science Research on Korea II

Language and interdisciplinary and transregional area

module Selected module in the interdisciplinary and transregional area
module Technical Korean



Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills. With the skills in Korean 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 Integrated Korean Studies provides knowledge and skills that are intended to prepare people for responsible positions in scientifically demanding professional fields inside and outside the university:

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); Companies (international trade relations, company representation in Korea, personnel and management training); Activity as advisor; Activity as translator; Foundations and Associations.



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

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent other university degree to the extent of 240 credit points (CP) with a proportion of Korean studies in the scope of the Bachelor's degree in Integrated Korean Studies of the Department of History and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin,
  • Proof of knowledge of Korean (level 4 of TOPIK),
  • Proof of English language skills (level B2 of the GER), provided that the university degree was not obtained at an educational establishment in which English is the language of instruction.

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