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Semitistik und altorientalische Philologie / Semitic and Ancient Oriental Philology (Master of Arts)

Program: Semitistik und altorientalische Philologie / Semitic and Ancient Oriental Philology
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

The master's program is supported by the professorships of Ancient Oriental Studies and Semitic Studies. They work together with the five other professorships at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), which represent philologically and cultural-historically aligned socio-economic major topics with present-day relevance (Arabic Studies, Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies, Politics and Economics of the Near and Middle East). In addition, there are cooperations with other methodological departments of the Philipp University (including Linguistics, Ethnology, Religious Studies).

Major topics

Various major topics can be set within the program:

  • The application of methodologies of linguistic and textual studies,
  • The learning of one or more ancient Oriental and Semitic languages (including Akkadian, Arabic, Ethiopian, Hebrew, Hittite, Sumerian, Syrian),
  • Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy issues

Broad interdisciplinary education and regional expertise are additional, high-priority objectives of the program.


Professional fields for successful graduates of the master's program particularly include adult education, the library and publishing sector, cultural mediation, cultural management, tourism, journalistic work with print and audio-visual media and public relations work.

Knowledge of regionally specific contexts and internationality with present-day relevance, as well as other key competencies on organizational, communicative and social levels, expand the professional field, particularly in connection with the acquired foreign language skills, in specific fields of activity abroad and in commercial enterprises.