The master’s degree in German studies builds on the bachelor’s degree. It deepens and expands the theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge and skills acquired in the four sub-areas of Düsseldorf German Studies (German Linguistics, Modern German Literature, German Medieval Studies, Theory and History of Oral and Written Communication) and offers the opportunity to focus on.

Compared to the bachelor's degree, which is more focused on basic knowledge and its applicability, the master's degree is strongly research-oriented. The subjects, theories and methods of the subject are dealt with in a research-related and up-to-date manner as well as in the context of related cultural and social science subjects. The students gain insights into a wide range of scientific issues and carry out their own research projects. In addition to the ability to do independent academic work, essential key qualifications are promoted which qualify students for a variety of professions in the humanities, social and cultural sciences (e.g. journalism, publishing, advertising, and press and public relations).

The master’s course is a simple course. It is designed for four semesters. Graduates are awarded the title Master of Arts (MA).


The master’s course is divided into a first and a second year of study. In the first year of study, three of the four Germanic sub-areas (German linguistics, modern German literature, German medieval studies and the theory and history of oral and written communication) are studied. The areas are freely selectable. In the second year of study, two of the areas of study chosen in the first year will be studied further, so that an increasing focus will take place. From these two study areas, a focus area is selected from which the master's thesis emerges.

The master’s degree in German Studies is a simple degree. The course is supplemented by a compulsory elective area that students can design relatively freely.

The master’s course is designed for 4 semesters (2 years of study). A compulsory internship is not planned.


Those who choose the master's degree in German Studies must have a bachelor's degree in German studies or a degree that is equivalent to the Düsseldorf bachelor's degree. Applicants for the bachelor's or master's degree who do not have a German university entrance qualification must have a very good knowledge of the German language. These are proven by recognized examinations in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF) or by a comparable language certificate.


Graduates of the master's degree in German studies have acquired key qualifications with regard to a general professional qualification in the humanities, social and cultural sciences.

Possible fields of work include:

  • Cultural institutions
  • Press and public relations
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Publishing industry
  • political institutions

A successfully completed master’s degree also enables entry into higher service.

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