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German Studies

... looks into questions such as ...

  • How does the German language evolve and change?
  • How can medieval German language and literature be analysed and described within their specific cultural and medial context?
  • How does one communicate findings in a manner adequate for a specific target group, especially in view of a future teaching career?
  • How does one develop and conduct individual projects within the framework of research-focused studies?
  • I was pleasantly surprised about the degree programme being subdivided into Germanic linguistic, Medieval studies, and modern German literary studies.

    Malte Gerhardt, Bachelor's degree read more ...

Degree programmes


German Studies, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

Bochum provides the full range of German degree courses; specialisation in one subject is mandatory in the Master of Arts course; and because it is possible to study under the tutelage of renowned academics.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • German Linguistics
  • German Medieval Studies
  • Contemporary German Literature Studies

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • comprehensive training in all three subjects that constitute the German studies course


  • linguistics, literature and culture

struggle through:

  • complex texts of all types
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • German Studies, B.A.
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • Archives, museums, libraries
  • dramaturgy & assistant director
  • journalism
  • cultural industry
  • communication training & consulting
  • New Media
  • press and public relations work;
  • Advertising communication
  • publishing
  • knowledge transfer

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done during the degree course.
Duration: whenever possible

Studying abroad ...

can be done voluntarily.

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Dr. Daniel Händel
Building, Room: GB 4/37
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-28563
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Germanistik
Building, Room: GB 5/150
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25098
Website Fachschaft