Interdisciplinary Master’s degree program

Master of Arts
Semester fee
71 Euro
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
4 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible

In the KU's Interdisciplinary Master’s degree program, you can combine different subjects according to your interests. This gives you the opportunity to develop and strengthen your personal profile. Orientation in future professional fields is achieved by choosing individual areas of specialization and is supported by projects and internships. Participation in academic discourse through lecture series with external speakers and opportunities for a stay abroad are also part of the study program of the KU's Interdisciplinary Master's degree program and allow for broadening your horizons beyond the chosen subject boundaries.

The program in detail

In one of two possible profiles, the subjects – primarily in the humanities – can be combined freely according to your interests. Depending on the chosen profile, the major and/or minor subjects as well as central elements such as the Studium Individuale or the Aisthesis section are chosen according to your own wishes. The design of the degree program allows for an individual profiling, which is tailored to personal development goals and future professional fields of interest.


Studium.Pro is an integral part of the Interdisciplinary Master regardless of the chosen program profile; it is the interdisciplinary program for profile-oriented studies at the KU. In its name, ‘Pro’ stands for profile and profession, as well as proactive engagement with society. It offers students the opportunity to enrich their education by broadening their knowledge and gaining transferable skills for their future careers. The program enables students to get involved in interdisciplinary discussion on current issues, learn specialist approaches to diverse topics that affect multiple disciplines or participate in projects that deal with current social topics and challenges.

You can choose between two different program profiles and select the one that fits your interests best:

Flexible profile

In the flexible profile of the program, you combine the major and minor subjects according to your interests. Students are required to complete the major subject with a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 80 ECTS credits, Studium.Pro, an internship and the Master’s thesis with accompanying colloquium. In addition, students can take a minor subjects of at least 25 ECTS credits as well as the Studium Individuale component of up to 25 ECTS credits.

Students must complete:

  • A subject in which they can write their Master’s thesis (worth at least 30 ECTS credits; major subject)
  • Studium.Pro worth 5 ECTS credits
  • An internship or another module from one of the chosen subjects worth 5 ECTS credits
  • The Master’s thesis worth 30 ECTS credits

In order to be able to cover the total amount of 120 ECTS credits, students can complete:

  • Up to two further subjects worth at least 25 ECTS credits each
  • The Studium Individuale worth up to 25 ECTS credits.

You decide flexibly whether and if so, how many minor subjects you choose and how many ECTS credits you take in each subject exceeding the required minimum to fulfill the total of 120 ECTS credits.

The Studium Individuale component is a free elective area in which modules can be chosen from the entire offer of all Master’s degree programs at the KU without admission restrictions. It is particularly intended to broaden and deepen the individual course of study or to integrate a study-abroad period into the course of studies sensibly.

Aisthesis.Culture and Media profile

In the Aisthesis.Culture and Media profile, you combine a major subject with a minor subject and the profile area Aisthesis.Culture and Media.

"Aisthesis" (Greek for: "perception") is the keyword for the examination of interdisciplinary questions of historical and contemporary media cultures. What image do literature, arts and the media paint of the world and reality? In an interdisciplinary dialogue, lecturers impart the ability to participate in the cultures of Aisthesis, and to understand them fundamentally as dialogical cultures.

You must complete:

  • A major subject worth 30 ECTS credits
  • A minor subject worth 25 ECTS credits
  • Modules in the profile area worth 25 ECTS credits
  • Studium.Pro worth 5 ECTS credits
  • An internship or another module from one of the chosen subjects worth 5 ECTS credits
  • The Master’s thesis worth 30 ECTS credits

Go to website Aisthesis.Culture and Media

Available subjects

Flexible Master’s degree program

  • Early German literature
  • English and American studies
  • German linguistics
  • European Ethnology
  • History
    • Ancient History
    • Early Modern History
    • Latin American History
    • Medieval History
    • Modern and Contemporary History
    • Theory and Methodology of History Teaching
    • Comparative Regional History
    • Economic and Social History
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Art Education
  • Classical Philology
  • Modern German Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Romance Studies
    • French Studies
    • Spanish Studies
    • Italian Studies
    • Portuguese Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sociology: Methods of Empirical Social Research and Statistics

Aisthesis.Culture and Media profile

One of the chosen subjects must be selected from the following list:

  • Early German Literature
  • English and American Studies
  • German Linguistics
  • European Ethnology
  • History (or one of its sub-disciplines)
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Latin Studies
  • Modern German Literature
  • Romance Studies (French Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish Studies)
  • Sociology

As your second subject, you may choose another of these subjects or one of the following:

  • Art Education
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science


The program structure varies depending on the degree program profile and combination of subjects. Examples can be found on the websites of the different subject areas.

Rankings and assessments


KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2024 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the third time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021 and 2022. The ranking was based on over 78,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others. 

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

More ranking results

Studying abroad

The KU maintains a partnership network with around 300 universities worldwide. The KU International Office supports students in the planning phase and provides information on different financing possibilities for stays abroad.

Practical connection

Internship in the Flexible Master’s degree program

The Interdisciplinary Master’s degree program provides for an internship at a private or public institution, which brings students into contact with possible professional fields at an early stage. Students also have the possibility to complete their internship abroad; for individual advice and support in finding an internship and financing possibilities, the KU Career Service and the International Internship Service are happy to help.

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

Graduating in a program of the humanities and cultural studies opens up opportunities in a wide range of professional fields; examples can be found on the pages of the individual subjects.

The KU

Sommerresidenz Luftbild


Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

Studierende vor der Zentralbibliothek

What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities. 

The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt


GPA at least 2.9; at least 60 ECTS credits in major
Language requirements
Application period winter
May 01 - Jul 15
Admission restriction
Selection procedure

The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.

Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.