Medieval and Renaissance Studies

... looks into questions such as ...

  • Which methods are deployed in the fields of Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies?   
  • Which are the current research controversies in the fields of Medieval Studied and Early Modern Studies?   
  • Which sources are used in Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies?
  • How is the interdisciplinary collaboration between the individual Medieval and Early Modern Studies departments structured?   
  • In which way can (medieval and early modern) history be reconstructed and deconstructed and what is the contemporary relevance of Medieval Studies (e.g. in terms of the cultural and historical perspective)?

Degree programmes


Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Master 1 subject


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

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

…as a research-focused Master’s degree course with an interdisciplinary approach, it offers the chance of deepening the expertise and competencies acquired in the BA course; in addition to teaching the theory of medieval and early modern history in its transdisciplinary and cross-epochal breadth and width (subject matters, methods, sources, research controversies), the degree course also provides practice-oriented elements.
Students are, moreover, given the opportunity at a very early stage to put themselves and their work to the test – e.g. in the MaRS research colloquium – and to forge links by participating in various events that are also attended by MaRS teaching staff (e.g. workshops, conferences); later, they are given the opportunity to gain further academic qualifications, e.g. by writing a doctoral thesis.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields

Primary modules:

  • English studies
  • History
  • German studies
  • Art history

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • a BA degree in one of the primary module disciplines listed above or  a degree in a minor field of study with a focus on the Middle Ages or the Early Modern Period
  • language skills in English, Latin (as proved by a Latin proficiency certificate or by successfully passing a written Latin exam in the first semester of the Master’s degree course) as well as an additional modern foreign language (alternatively: Greek proficiency certificate)
  • a deep interest in medieval or early modern history
  • analytical competencies, language competencies
  • willingness to study large text corpora (if necessary in a foreign language) and to immerse themselves in sources
  • pleasure in studying issues and conducing discussions of the medieval and early modern periods and in developing individual research positions as well as preparing appealing advanced-level written and oral presentations
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • s. above
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • at universities or other research institutes
  • in museums, archives and libraries
  • in heritage protection
  • in the media or the publishing industry
  • in adult education and tourism

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended.

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Dr. Jens Lieven
Building, Room: GA 4/41
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24655
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Medieval and Renaissance Studies - MARS
Website Fachschaft