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Iranistik / Iranian Studies (Master of Arts)

Program: Iranistik / Iranian Studies
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

Over four semesters, the Iranistik / Iranian Studies master's program provides you with well-founded scientific training in the fields of cultural studies and history. It imparts skills and methods in the field of Persian literature and culture and in the history of the Iranian world up to the present day. Familiarity with Persian, in its classical and modern embodiments, is both an educational goal as well as the foundation of scholarly work. The geographical area comprises modern Iran and Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the traditional Persophonic regions.

The Iranistik / Iranian Studies master's program builds on bachelor's programs in Oriental and Islamic Studies, but is also directed to graduates in other subjects with well-founded Persian knowledge. It is embedded in the broad range of courses of the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, resulting in a highly interdisciplinary approach.

Major topics

You can expand your knowledge particularly in the following areas:

  • Persian literature
  • Medieval and recent/modern history of the Iranian world
  • Cultural-anthropological studies of the Iranian societies of the present


As a result of their active Persian language skills and their cultural and regional expertise, successful graduates have access to professions in the fields of media, publishing, journalism, political consulting and development aid.

In the academic field, there are professional options in science management, research and the library sector.

Career entry is supported by recognition of internships and stays abroad.