|Degree awarded||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Duration and credits||4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits|
|Starts in||April (summer semester)|
and October (winter semester)
|Languages of instruction||German; includes individual modules taught|
in English and one other foreign language
This cross-disciplinary master's programme, which combines elements of the humanities and social science, offers you the chance to consolidate and expand the knowledge and competencies gained in your undergraduate studies in a social or cultural discipline, deepening or extending it within a European dimension. You will deal with European culture and history as well as intercultural communication. In this programme, you will be able to set your own study focus by choosing from a wide variety of subjects, including the linguistics of various European languages, media studies, history and sociology, political science, geography, art history, East Central European studies and philosophy. You will also learn or perfect your knowledge of a European language.
For details, please consult the Academic Advice Service's infosheet [German content].
- Core subjects: linguistics, literary, cultural and socio-historical studies, geography, intercultural communication, and foreign languages
- Shape your academic profile by choosing your own focus areas
- Specialised foreign language training: nine languages to choose from, with a focus on cultural studies or business/economics
- Double-degree options with the University of Malaga (Spain) or Université de Strasbourg (France)
- Languages of instruction: German and English as well as other foreign languages depending on your chosen focus region/cultural area
Graduates from this programme are sought after wherever in-depth knowledge of Europe, its societies, institutions and cultures is needed. The career choices open to you depend on your chosen focus areas and the work experience you gather while at university. For instance, you could work for the public sector, supranational institutions and organisations, commercial enterprises, e.g. in the tourism or advertising industries, at political or cultural foundations, cultural organisations or education providers, to name but a few. The programme also prepares you for a research role in such organisations. To achieve the desired outcome, you must demonstrate a high level of independent thinking, determination and dedication, not only in your job but during your studies in general. You will have the opportunity to develop your own individual study focus, which may later form the basis for your doctoral research, should you decide to follow up with an academic career.
The degree programme is divided into four module groups:
A: European core modules
Subjects treated in the core modules are European politics, culture and history as well as intercultural communication.
B: European cultural studies
You will choose one or two focus areas from the following subjects: English studies, French Romance studies, German studies, Spanish studies, East Central European studies (literature and culture), media studies and intercultural communication.
C: European social studies
In addition, you will choose one or two further focus areas from the following subjects: geography, history, Slavic literatures and cultures, art history and visual culture, sociology, political science and European philosophy.
D: European foreign languages
You will also choose one foreign language to study as a subject-specific language programme. You can choose from Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or German as a foreign language (for non-native speakers) in the cultural studies or business/economics track (for English, only the cultural studies track is offered).
The programme concludes with a master’s thesis on a topic related to Europe, which you will choose from one of the subject areas you covered in module group B or C.
In total you will acquire 120 ECTS credits on the programme.
To apply, you need a good first university degree in a humanities subject or social science, earned after a standard period of three years' full-time study, with a final grade of 2.5 or better according to the German grading scheme (or an equivalent grade in a foreign grading scheme) or be ranked among the best 50% of your cohort.
You will need German language skills at level C1 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.
The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.
Applicants need to have language skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR), or the equivalent level in another certification system, in at least one of the following languages: Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.