The master's degree in "Iranian Studies" offers you four semesters of well-founded academic training in the fields of cultural studies and history. He will impart knowledge and methods in the field of Persian literature and culture as well as the history of the Iranian world up to the present day. Familiarity with Persian in its classic and modern forms is both a training goal and the basis of scientific work. The geographical area includes modern Iran as well as Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the traditionally persophonic regions.

The master's degree in Iranian Studies builds on bachelor's degree courses in oriental and Islamic studies, but is also aimed at graduates of other subjects with a sound knowledge of Persian. It is embedded in the wide range of courses at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, which results in a high degree of interdisciplinarity.


You can deepen your knowledge in the following areas in particular:

  • in Persian literature
  • in the medieval and recent / recent history of the Iranian world
  • in the cultural anthropological preoccupation with contemporary Iranian societies


Due to their active Persian language skills and their cultural and regional competence, graduates have access to professional fields in the fields of media, publishing, journalism, political advice and development aid.

In the academic field, job opportunities arise in science management, research and librarianship.

Career entry is supported by crediting internships and stays abroad




Completion of a relevant bachelor's degree in the humanities and social sciences or proof of a comparable domestic or foreign professional university degree.

If proof of the first degree is not yet available, a transcript of records with a calculated average grade based on at least 80% of the credit points required for the bachelor's degree can be submitted.

A good knowledge of Persian is required. These are confirmed by proof of passed modules / courses from the field of Persian language training in the scope of at least 24 SWS or at least 36 CP (corresponding to the modules Persian 1 to 4 in the BA Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the Philipps University of Marburg) or equivalent evidence provided. In case of doubt, a written entrance examination of 120 minutes can be taken to prove adequate written language skills in Persian.

Native speakers must prove their knowledge of Persian by means of a university entrance qualification acquired at a school whose main language of instruction is Persian, or equivalent evidence. Native speakers with a university entrance qualification that was not acquired at a school with Persian as the main language of instruction take the written entrance examination described above


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