The research-oriented, one-year master’s degree in Oriental Studies builds on the four-year Bachelor’s degree in Oriental Studies (international) and deepens the academic, practical language and intercultural skills acquired there. They should be prepared for independent scientific work (doctorate) and should also be able to apply complex methods and work on issues. In addition, you will discuss current research topics and approaches in an interdisciplinary, interdisciplinary colloquium and thus acquire not only presentation and communication skills, but also skills in scientific discourse and exchange. In addition, you should train the transfer of your skills and competencies to other fields of work.


The course is characterized by its interdisciplinarity: You take modules from the areas of Oriental Studies, based on your skills and interests, supplemented by subject-specific language training and supported by an introductory module on theories and methodology in Oriental Studies.


The growing importance of the countries of the Islamic cultural area opens up a number of fields of activity for graduates of oriental science subjects. The need for language and regional competence for societies in the Near and Middle East is increasing steadily. However, there is just as little a uniform occupational profile as there is a fixed career path.

Graduates of the master’s degree in "Oriental Studies" have access to a wide range of possible professional fields outside of the university and academic institutions thanks to the specialist, foreign language and intercultural skills acquired during their studies and the ability to adequately convey independently developed research results.

Activities in adult education, in international organizations and cultural institutions, in cultural mediation and in areas of cultural management, in public relations, in ministries and authorities, in publishing, in journalism, in libraries and museums and in work with migrants are conceivable .

Further key competencies at organizational, communicative and social as well as intellectual level (competence to independently develop new areas of knowledge; independent organization of one's own projects; ability to learn; competence in scientific argumentation; moderation competence; social competence, analytical and cognitive competence) and foreign language skills expand the professional field in specific areas of Commercial enterprise.




Entry requirement is the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree, in which at least 240 credit points have been acquired, in the field of "Near and Middle Eastern Studies" 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.

In addition, language skills of Arabic, Persian or Turkish to the amount of 60 credit points or comparable knowledge are required.


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