The bilingual Master’s Program in „Kulturwissenschaften des Vorderen Orients/Cultural Studies of the Middle East” focuses on diversity and historical change in the cultures of the Middle East. It is Germany’s first elite course of study in this field.

This program offers a new and challenging approach to talented and highly motivated students – going far beyond common language frontiers and transcending single-discipline perspectives. The variety of specializations in the field of Oriental Studies makes this program unique in Germany. Students will encounter theoretical concepts and conduct research on a highly advanced academic level: They will enhance their language skills, cooperate in interdisciplinary seminars, and organize cross-disciplinary workshops. They will benefit from visiting fellows of international renown. Our graduates will be able to communicate in academic settings and professionally conduct excellent, interdisciplinary research – skills essential for continuing on at the Ph.D. level. This master’s program is sponsored by the Bavarian Elite Network.

The program

Cultural diversity
has shaped Middle Eastern societies throughout their long histories and continues to do so to this day. The diversity and dynamics of these cultures are the subjects of the master's program Cultural Studies of the Middle East.

Until the mid-1990s, Oriental Studies was often blamed for its backward-oriented perspective and lack of practical applications. Today the situation has reversed completely: ongoing crises and conflicts have moved into the spotlight of academic teaching and research to such a degree that not losing sight of the historical roots and cultural richness of the Islamic cultures of the Middle East and their entanglements with one another has become difficult.

Counter to reductionist tendencies of this kind, the master's program Cultural Studies of the Middle East allows students to concentrate above all on cultural and historical questions.

The core philologies of the Middle East (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew) provide a basis for further studies on diversity and historical change in the region. The interdisciplinary and transcultural approach of the program offers students an opportunity to analyze the entanglements of diverse Middle Eastern cultures as a long-term phenomenon.

With a specialization in one of five subject areas (history, art and archaeology, religious studies, language and literature, or linguistics), enhanced by firm soft skills – as taught for instance in the course Presenting Academic Papers – and a profound methodological background, graduates will have received excellent preparation for a career in academia.


Foundational module 15 ECTS
Methods and theories of cultural studies
Courses and workshops
Specialization modules
History, art, and archaeology, religious studies, language and literature, linguistics
Complementary modules
Electives in digital humanities, political sciences, etc., or further language courses, additional specialization modules, work experience, etc.
Master's thesis 30 ECTS
Total 120 ECTS


Students of the master's degree Cultural Studies of the Middle East enroll at the University of Bamberg.

To apply for the master's program, please make sure you meet the requirements, then follow the instructions given on the web pages of the University of Bamberg. Applicants are required to fill in an online admission form and send their signed application documents by mail to the University of Bamberg.

There are no tuition fees.

An application is possible for the upcoming winter term and for the summer term.

The deadline for application is 15 July for the winter term and 15 January for the summer term.


Numerus clausus

Applicants need to have a bachelor's degree in a relevant academic field or an equivalent foreign degree with good or excellent grades (German equivalent 2.5 or better). An anticipatory application during the final degree phase is possible.

Language requirements

As courses in the master's program, Cultural Studies of the Middle East are given in both English and German, proficiency in BOTH English at the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) C1 level AND in German at the CEFRL B1 level are required.

Additionally, proficiency in Arabic, Persian, OR Turkish (equivalent to at least 30 ECTS worth of courses), OR Hebrew (at least 20 ECTS) is required.

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Last updated October 31, 2018
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Sept. 2019
4 - 8 semesters
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