The consecutive Master’s course in Semitic Studies deepens the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor’s course about languages, cultures and history of the societies of the Near East.
He is particularly distinguished by his teaching offers in the field of modern Semitic languages ??and his relationship to religious minorities in the Middle East. It conveys the current state of international research in Semitic Studies and qualifies graduates for activities in various professional fields with a connection to the Middle East.


The Master’s course in Semitic Studies consists of the modules from the core subject and an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary 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 (LP) for each module or each event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The inter- and transdisciplinary module enables students to expand their specialist spectrum. The module comes from another humanities or social science subject and is interdisciplinary.

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

Basics area


 Hebrew 1 / Syriac Aramaic 1


 Hebrew 2 / Syriac Aramaic 2


 Comparative Semitic Studies


 Christian Orient in the past and present

Specialization area (compulsory elective area, 2 modules to choose)




 Arabic linguistics and dialectology


 Research Perspectives in Semitic Studies

Inter- and transdisciplinary area (elective area)



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

  • Bachelor's degree in the history and culture of the Middle East or an equivalent other university degree that corresponds to the content and structure of the above-mentioned Bachelor's degree at Freie Universität Berlin,
  • Proof of written knowledge of Arabic (level B2 GER) and oral knowledge of Arabic (level B1 GER)
  • Proof of written and oral knowledge of English (level B2 GER) and reading skills in another scientific language (French, Spanish, Italian or Russian) (level B2 GER).


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.
Studying in the Master’s course in Semitic Studies is intended to qualify students for activities in various professional fields. The following areas, among others, come into question: National and international organizations and institutions, branches of German companies and company representatives in the Middle East, project offices with reference to Semitic languages, political advice, media, publishing, museums, tourism, adult and further education, immigrant and Refugee work.
In the case of corresponding achievements, the completion of this master’s course also qualifies for admission to a doctoral program.

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