The master’s degree in Semitic and Ancient Near Eastern Philology is carried out by the two professorships for Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Semitic Studies. You will work with the five other professorships at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), who represent philological, cultural-historical and contemporary social and economic subjects (Arabic studies, Iranian studies, Islamic studies, politics and economics of the Near and Middle East) . There are also collaborations with other methodological subjects at Philipps University (including linguistics, ethnology, religious studies).


Different content priorities can be set within the course:

  • The application of linguistic and textual methodology,
  • learning one or more of the ancient oriental and semitic languages ??(including Akkadian, Arabic, Ethiopian, Hebrew, Hittite, Sumerian, Syriac),
  • Questions in cultural studies and cultural policy.

The broad interdisciplinary training and regional competence are further high-ranking goals of the course.


Areas of activity for graduates of the Master’s degree in Semitic Studies and Ancient Near Eastern Philology can be found in the areas of adult education, library and publishing, cultural mediation, cultural management, tourism, journalistic activities with print and audiovisual media and public relations.

Knowledge of regionally-specific contexts and contemporary internationality as well as other key competencies at organizational, communicative and social level, especially in connection with the acquired foreign language skills, expand the professional field in specific areas of activity abroad and in commercial enterprises.




Completion of a relevant bachelor's degree in the field of Near and Middle Eastern studies or (historical) linguistics, text and cultural studies or proof of a comparable domestic or foreign professional university degree.

In total, at least 90 CP must have been completed in the field of Near and Middle Eastern studies or in the field of philological-linguistic modules in the first professional qualification.

The examination board can combine the admission with the condition that additional study achievements and / or examination achievements of a maximum of 30 CP are achieved. In this case, the course can be extended accordingly. 

It will

  • Knowledge of Arabic to the extent of 36 CP
  • or knowledge of Akkadian equivalent to 24 CP
  • or the Hebraicum


Proof of the corresponding knowledge of Arabic or Akkadian is provided by evidence of passed modules or equivalent evidence. Evidence of the Hebraicum is provided either by the Abitur certificate, the passing of supplementary examinations or the passing of equivalent language exams.

Direct admission is granted if the admission requirements are fully met


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