Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Medieval and Renaissance Studies (M.A.)

Our interdisciplinary Master’s degree program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies covers a wide variety of historical periods, ranging from late Antiquity until the early modern age. If you are interested in late Antiquity, medieval times or the early modern age, in the culture of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa or the Far East – this is the course for you! We offer you the chance to explore the history and culture of Christian Latin Europe in depth and investigate how it intertwined with its close and distant neighboring regions in late Antiquity, medieval times, the Renaissance and the early modern period. The degree program also covers the Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine cultures in the Orient, Far East and North Africa

What is the degree program about?

The content covered by the interdisciplinary Master’s degree program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is based on a broad understanding of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Depending on the subject and topic,  the degree program covers phenomena in Late Antiquity as well as developments and issues in the early modern period. The degree program addresses the history and culture of Christian Latin Europe in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as phenomena of the Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine cultures and living environments in Europe at that time. Cultures outside of Europe – in the Orient, North Africa and the Far East – are also investigated. An important heuristic method in this respect is intercultural comparison.

Teaching focuses on cultural phenomena of and research into the European Middle Ages. German and international students with undergraduate degrees in a subject relating to the medieval or early modern periods can refine their expert knowledge and broaden their horizon by studying subjects which span across different genres and epochs.

The goal of the degree program is to provide students with in-depth specialist knowledge and techniques for independent research. Graduates are primarily prepared for doctoral degrees, research, teaching and for careers in museums, archives or libraries.

The following subjects are currently actively involved in the degree program: Art History, Christian Archeology, German Medieval Studies, Medieval History, History of Medicine, Medieval Latin Philology, Bavarian and Franconian Regional History, Teaching History, Islam, Romance Studies and Digital Humanities. Other subjects may also be studied, subject to consultation with the degree program co-ordinators.

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