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Greek Philology M.A.


Master of Arts

Program structure

Only a single subject is usually studied. However, individual programs can be highly interdisciplinary. This means that the contents of the program may come from different fields of study.

Special features

As a single-subject master's degree, the Regensburg master's program in Greek Philology allows for an in-depth concentration on the methods and content of Greek Philology. Thus, depending on individual requirements and wishes, this mono-master offers the opportunity of even high-level specialization. The broadly defined admission requirements also make this program attractive for students from abroad.


The master's program in Greek Philology aims to provide an in-depth, comprehensive overview of Greek literature (i.e., literature written in the ancient Greek language) from its beginnings to late antiquity. The focus of the program is on the intensive linguistic and content-related study of selected works of Greek prose and poetry, as well as - in the form of writing the master's thesis - on the research-related application of literary-scientific methods for their interpretation. In the process, the culture of antiquity is to be grasped in its historical dimension and developed in its afterlife, which is still effective today (e.g. drama, rhetoric, philosophy, mythology, visual arts, music).

Professional prospects / competencies

Possible fields of activity: University (teaching and research; for this, a doctorate (Dr. phil.) is typically required), teaching as a lecturer (also outside the university), special research institutions, the education sector, library and publishing, cultural management, public administration, free enterprise, the press, politics and diplomacy.  

Key skills acquired through study: Analytical and systematic ("logical") thinking; establishing, testing and refuting hypotheses when solving problems and, associated with this, an inherently flexible ability to persevere; intercultural competence relating to the intellectual-historical tradition of Europe and the subject of education; synergy effects with all other subjects in the humanities; knowledge of the original affinity between the humanities and the natural sciences; gaining a precise and accurate way of expressing oneself in German as well as a lively relationship to language in general.

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

Not a mandatory part of the degree program; self-initiated internships are essential for later career prospects.

Disciplines involved

The following subjects provide courses (compulsory or elective): Latin Studies, Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, Philosophy, Patristics, Indo-European Linguistics; in addition, there are multiple overlaps with the other humanities.

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 6 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

180 ECTS credits overall;
comprising 90 ECTS credits in the bachelor's subject, 60 ECTS credits in the second subject and 30 ECTS credits in each minor subject

Language of instruction


Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester ( a start in winter semester is recommended)

What qualities do I need to have?

Interest in ancient, especially Greek, literature, and culture, as well as in literature and language in general; sensitivity to language; ability to think systematically and analytically; and willingness to read and learn independently and self-motivated.

Restricted admittance

No aptitude test; more information on application, admission, and enrollment in the examination regulations

Legal requirements for admission

General university entrance qualification, subject-related university entrance qualification, or vocational qualification.

Application deadline(s)

An application is not necessary, as the program is not admission restricted.

Information for international applicants

Registration dates and deadlines

Information on the dates for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Language skills needed

None; however, it is expected to be a basic ability to comprehend the content of research literature that is also written in English, Italian, French, and so on. Information on application documents for foreign applicants.

Information regarding German language proficiency for international students

Documents needed (to apply / register)

Detailed information on the required application documents can be found in the examination regulations.

Information on the documents required for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Information on the application documents for international applicants

Contact within the faculty

Information about office hours and academic counseling can be found on the homepage of the Department of Greek Philology.


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