Book Studies (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Winter semester: April 1 - September 1

Summer semester: October 1 - March 1

Required Bachelor's degree:

Book Studies (B.A.)


Department of Book Studies


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The Master's program "Book Studies" is offered as a consecutive, research-oriented program that requires the B.A. degree in Book Studies or a closely-related B.A. program. The goal of the M.A. in Book Studies is to acquire the ability to evaluate the function of the book in a social and media context. This includes a knowledge of book market structures and the critical analysis of the factors in book market development, taking into account historical conditions. The program enables graduates to independently perform analyses of problem situations in the fields of publishing and publishing management, and to develop solutions. In addition, graduates are able to design and implement creative concepts in the area of literary culture. Furthermore, legal and economic issues are taught by skilled lecturers who work in the field and provide a professional orientation.

Master entrance requirement

Proof of a Bachelor's degree in Book Studies with a minimum grade of "good" (= 2.5) or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).