Interdisciplinary Master’s degree program

Degree
Master of Arts
Requirements
Bachelor
GPA at least 2.9; at least 60 ECTS credits in major
Admission restriction
No
Selection procedure
No
Application period winter
May 17 - Sep 01
Place of study
Eichstätt
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
4 Semester
Semester fee
56,00 Euro
Part-time studies possible
No

Overview

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 a total of three different variants, 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

Studium.Pro is an integral part of the Interdisciplinary Master regardless of the chosen program variant; 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 three different program variants and select the one that fits your interests best:

Flexible variant

In the flexible variant 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 variant

In the Aisthesis.Culture and Media variant, 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 at 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

Variant suitable for teaching degree programs

The variant suitable for teaching degree programs can only be chosen by students who are also studying to become teachers at the secondary schools Realschule or Gymnasium or who have passed a relevant First State Examination.

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

Aisthesis.Culture and Media variant

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

Variant suitable for teaching degree programs

Only the subject combinations of the teaching degree programs for the secondary schools Realschule/Gymnasium that can be studied at the KU are possible.

Structure

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

Module plan

[Translate to Englisch:] Modulplan Interdisziplinärer MA flexibel
(available in German)

Rankings and assessments

Auszeichnung_Studycheck_2021

KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 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.

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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

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Campus

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.

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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.

The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Willibaldsburg
Willibaldsburg
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

Further information

Flyer (available in German)

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