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Facts and Data

  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

German Studies - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The master's programme in German Studies (M.A.) offers you the opportunity to set your own individual emphasis in the field of German language and literature studies. Furthermore, you can pursue a specific course profile in Low German or in the area of Children's and Youth Literature. Depending on how you structure your studies, your degree will prepare you for a further academic career or provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in other areas in the realm of cultural activities.

Study Design and Contents

This course of studies lasts 4 semesters. Part time study is possible.
You will complete 120 credit points in the following areas:
  • Linguistics (areas: grammar theory, pragmatics, Low German, German as a second language)
  • Literature studies (areas: literature history, literature studies in cultural contexts and/or literature and media)
  • Interdisciplinary module in languages and cultural studies
  • Professionalisation area (languages, offers in other subjects, internships, projects, study abroad, etc.)
  • master's thesis module

Teaching and Learning

Seminars, tutorials, lectures

Reasons for Studying

  • concept for excellent teaching
  • small learning groups
  • diverse opportunities for independent learning
  • great freedom in planning your studies
  • Internationally recognised research
  • Opportunity to earn a certificate in Low German
  • Opportunity to spend an Erasmus semester abroad at a university in Turkey, Norway, or Romania
  • Opportunities for individual professionalisation modules up to 15 credit points.
  • Internships, study abroad, study assistance, (conference organisation, tutorials, etc.) languages, journalistic writing, workshops, self-organised learning forms, choice of classes or modules in other subject areas
  • Opportunity to take other languages and cultural studies related modules in areas such as German as a foreign language, English studies, Slavic studies, Dutch Studies, art, media, music, or material culture up to 30 credit points.
  • Cooperation with the University of Wrocław, Poland

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need high knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 3)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 5 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

Graduates find employment in a variety of fields, including journalism, print media, audio-visual and new media, libraries, publishing, public relations, and adult education. The master's programme in German Studies also qualifies graduates to continue on to doctoral studies, and accordingly into an academic career.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in German Studies or in a closely related field worth at least 60 credit points.

Proof of adequate German language proficiency. For more details see "Foreign language skills" on this page.

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for both the winter and summer semesters.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).

Further Information

Research projects:
Website German Studies

General questions: Coordinator for Academics and Teaching:

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