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Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master's program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is designed for students who have trained in the field of medieval studies and/or Renaissance studies in their first, completed degree or who would like to do so with this Master's program. More than twelve different institutions support the Medieval Center at Freiburg University, where the program is located, so you will receive interdisciplinary training here. You can continue your previous interests and at the same time learn about and apply topics, methods and theories of related subjects. The program's practice-oriented module also enhances your professional qualifications.


In order to successfully study the Master's in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, you should...

  • have an interest in the Middle Ages and the early modern period around 1500, for example in medieval literature, music, art, law and society, as
  • well as in the events, spiritual and intellectual currents and upheavals of the time.
  • like to go on historical excursions and to expand your medieval knowledge theoretically as well as practically in the context of research projects, excursions and/or internships.
  • like to trace, compare, link and connect medievalist processes and thereby develop your scientific-academic skills and competences.
  • are interested in networking, both within the various disciplines and with non-university institutions such as museums, archives, publishing houses, etc.
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Academic calendar:

Winter and Summer Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

with special prerequisites for admission
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to admission regulations

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: Winter Semester: 15 April - 15 September, Summer Semester: 1 November - 15 March
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 15 April - 30 September, Summer Semester: 1 November - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

The interdisciplinary Master's program "Medieval and early modern studies" is supported by more than 10 departments and institutes, spanning 5 university faculties.
It is designed for students from Germany and abroad whose previous academic work has included an emphasis on medieval studies. Through specialization in a particular area, students of this program will deepen their knowledge of their chosen field. At the same time, through participation in relevant courses in neighbouring fields and interdisciplinary training in medieval studies methods, they will acquire a methodologically and theoretically broad scientific view of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

The two-year program is organized into three sections: the curriculum individuale, curriculum commune and curriculum particulare.
In the curriculum individuale, students choose their personal area of specialization. Their Master's thesis will then be carried out within this area of expertise.
The curriculum commune encompasses courses in interdisciplinary methods, lecture cycles and a module of practice-oriented activities, which all students of the program must complete.
In the curriculum particulare, interdisciplinary knowledge and methods are fostered through participation in courses representing the whole spectrum of medieval studies offered at the University of Freiburg.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

KG III, R. 3334
Platz der Universität 3
79085 Freiburg

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Examination Office

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Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
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