Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Medieval and Renaissance Studies (M.A.)

Our interdisciplinary Master’s degree program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is based on a broad concept of epochs that encompasses the diversity of these historical periods. Whether you are interested in late antiquity, the beginning of the early modern period, or the cultures of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, or the Far East, this is the place for you! We offer you a unique opportunity to intensively explore the history and culture of Christian Latin Europe in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Jewish, Islamic, and Byzantine cultures, as well as non-European cultures in the Orient and North Africa, are also considered in depth in our program.

What is the degree program about?

The interdisciplinary Master’s program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is based on a broad concept of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Depending on the subject, this includes phenomena of late antiquity as well as developments of the early modern period. In addition to the history and culture of Christian-Latin Europe in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the degree program covers phenomena of Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine cultures and lifeworlds in Europe as well as non-European cultures in the Orient, North Africa and the Far East. Intercultural comparison is an important heuristic method of the Master’s degree program.

The focus is on cultural phenomena of the European Middle Ages. It offers students who have already obtained a university degree (Bachelor) in a subject related to the Middle Ages or the Early Modern Period the opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge and expertise from a cross-disciplinary and cross-epochal perspective.

The aim of the degree program is to impart in-depth subject knowledge and working techniques that enable graduates to work independently on scientific issues. It prepares its graduates primarily for a subsequent doctorate, for academic work in research and/or teaching or in museums, archives or libraries.

The following subjects are currently actively involved in the program: Art History, Christian Archaeology, Medieval German Studies, Medieval History, History of Medicine, Medieval Latin Philology, Bavarian and Franconian Regional History, Didactics of History, Islamic Studies, Romance Studies and Digital Humanities. Other subjects can be chosen as a Master’s subject in individual cases, upon application and after prior consultation with the respective subject representatives.

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