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Klassische Philologie / Classical Philology (Master of Arts)

Program: Klassische Philologie / Classical philology
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

The Klassische Philologie / Classical philology master's program imparts well-founded competencies, as regards content and methodology, in the field of classical literature and the fortification of the associated necessary linguistic skills. The totality of this knowledge is intended to qualify you to work independently in the field of Classical Philology, to independently integrate into philological problems, to critically and systematically analyze them and to develop new fields of research.

The Classical Philology program is characterized by:

  • Considered use of language,
  • Careful linguistic and content analysis of highly complex texts,
  • Paradigmatic individual interpretations, on the one hand, and the establishment and systematic handling of substantial problem contexts on the other,
  • Independent research and group work, including the presentation of compiled results.

The program is research-based and prepares you for a possible doctorate.

Major topics

In accordance with the major research topics of Marburg Classical Philology, the program works with the canonical texts of the Classical period upon which European cultural traditions in the sciences, literature, the arts and philosophy are based, and with the historical contextualization of these texts and their reception, on the basis of a thorough education in both classical languages.


Even if there is no explicitly defined professional field for a master's of “Classical Philology” outside of academia, the breadth of scholarly perspectives and the variety of associated scholarly fields correspond to numerous career opportunities for the acquired qualifications in other areas that are relevant for humanities scholars, such as the library sector, adult education, cultural institutes, museums, university and other scholarly administration, research management, scientific project management in institutions outside the university, cultural management, publishing, media.