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Master’s degree in Art History

The master's program (4 semesters) is entirely devoted to Art History. There is no longer a supplementary area as in the bachelor's program, but there is the possibility of attending courses from neighboring disciplines or taking an interdisciplinary master's module in the humanities and social sciences. The modular structures are flexible and allow as well as encourage independent study. The freedom to form one's own areas of specialization, which has grown on a continuous basis during the bachelor's program, is at its greatest during the master's program and ultimately leads to the choice of topic for the master's thesis.

Degree and duration of studies

After four semesters of regular study time, one graduates with the title Magister/Magistra Artium (English: Master of Arts). This is a consecutive master's postgraduate program with a scientific orientation, which requires a bachelor's degree in the same or a related subject.

Study structure

The Master's program is only studied in one major subject and is designed to enable students to independently work on scientific as well as academic questions. A total of 120 ECTS points must be earned. The choice of courses is stipulated only to a limited extent, and to a certain extent, suitable courses outside of Art History can also be chosen. The compilation of a major written work, the master's thesis, is a component of the final examination. Up to 50 ECTS points are awarded for the writing of the master's thesis and for the preparation for the oral examination.


Admission requirements

The subject for which admission to the master's program is sought must have previously been studied with at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent.  Where applicable, the first degree may also have been obtained in a "related subject area".

Admission restrictions / selection procedure

The program is admission-restricted. The number of places that are allocated is determined each and every semester. The selection criterion is the grade of the baccalaureate examination or the final grade achieved in a comparable course of study. There is no additional test.

Further information

Course guidance Master's degree in Art History


Institute for Art History

Information for prospective students from Art History's Institute