|Degree awarded||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Duration and credits||4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits|
|Starts in||April (summer semester)|
and October (winter semester)
|Language of instruction||German|
The master's programme in Semiotics of Texts and Culture imparts knowledge, skills and methodological expertise from the disciplines of linguistics, literary studies and visual culture as well as media semiotics; it also includes aspects from communication studies and intercultural subjects. The programme places the focus on the overarching aspect of semiotics of texts and culture — the study of systems of signs both as singular phenomena and in terms of their complex interrelationships — which is shared by the above disciplines.
For details read the Academic Advice Service's infosheet [German content].
- A research-oriented programme
- Core subjects: linguistics, literature and visual culture in their semiotic form, as well as media semiotics
- Individual focus combinations in German, English, Romance or Slavic studies; linguistics or literary studies; or visual culture and media semiotics
This master's programme prepares you for a large number of scientific and knowledge-based occupations, in which symbols and symbolic processes based on linguistic, visual and communicative acts are subjected to semiotic analysis and the results made available to potential users.
This degree is relevant to areas concerned with inventory, documentation, archiving, processing, preparation and publication of texts of all kinds, including images and films. Potential employers are higher education institutions; non-university research centres; archives; museums; libraries and media libraries; intermediaries between academia and the public, such as publishing houses and online editorial offices; cultural institutions and administrations; as well as associations and companies, particularly in the area of internal communications and PR; advertising; customer relationship management and cultural sponsorships.
Once you have graduated from this degree programme you can follow up with doctoral study, laying the foundations for a career in academia.
The degree programme consists of three module groups and a thesis:
A) Core modules
B) Competency modules
C) Extension Modules
A) The core modules build on the competences previously gained in linguistics, literary studies, visual culture and media semiotics during your related bachelor's degree studies, while at the same time providing a framework for advanced scientific analysis of the research subjects of semiotics of texts and culture. In addition, these modules impart the necessary methodological and theoretical skills for scholarly research.
B) The competency modules give you the opportunity to specialise in two freely chosen subjects from: Language and Signs (linguistics), Texts and Signs (literary studies), Signs and Symbols (visual culture/art history and media semiotics).
C) The extension modules allow you to develop practical skills in the area of communication studies, intercultural communication and computer science with a view to your envisaged future occupational field.
At the end of the programme, students write a master's thesis on a subject derived from module group B.