In the master’s degree, theater studies is understood as a discipline at the interface of cultural, art and media studies, which cultivates interdisciplinary openness and takes into account the interdependency between theory and practice as well as between science and the arts in their issues, methods and modes of representation. The subject deals not only with theatrical performances of all genres (drama, music theater, dance theater, performance art), but also with theatrical ways of thinking and acting in all areas of society (which are now grouped under the term theatricality), from a historical perspective as well as with a view to the performative cultures of the present. The master’s course accordingly includes the areas of theory & aesthetics, contemporary theater / performance analysis


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. The regulations specify the credit points (LP) for each module and the workload in hours for the entire course.

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

module Theater history
module Contemporary theater / performance analysis
module Theory and aesthetics
module Theater / arts / media
module Current perspectives in research
module Research practice



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

  • Bachelor's degree in theater studies or an equivalent other university degree that corresponds to the content and structure of the bachelor’s degree in theater studies at the Free University of Berlin.


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

The master’s course qualifies for theater studies research and takes into account the interrelationship between theoretical reflection and artistic-media practice. The predominantly theoretical-analytical and historical-critical course qualifies students for different areas of activity in science, theater, film, television, radio, press and cultural institutions.

Theater scholars work in these fields in a wide variety of functions. The interdisciplinary openness conveyed in the subject, the ability to reflect on aesthetic, theatrical and media processes as well as the accuracy of observation and description characteristic of the subject are important resources that graduates can bring to their professional practice.


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