German (M.Ed.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

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:

German (B.Ed.)


Department of German 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 German at JGU Mainz offers a comprehensive historical and systematic education in the field of German literature and linguistics. In addition to this, German didactics focuses in particular on teaching language and literary studies in a way that is appropriate for schools, in order to prepare teacher training students specifically for teaching German as a subject.

The subject German is taught at the German Department and covers all areas, including older and modern literature as well as historical and descriptive linguistics. While the field of literary studies explores texts throughout every epoch in the history of literature, examines how they interact with other forms of media and analyses them in terms of how they shaped and broke certain traditions, the field of linguistics deals with language as a whole, its structures, its use and its acquisition in the past and present.

Older German Literature focuses on examining the historical philological, social, cultural and mental aspects of medieval literature. In terms of research and teaching, a wide range of topics are covered: Medieval and early modern poetry, courtly epics (including contrastive aspects), historical narratology and poetics, text and imagery, historical semantics, historical cultural studies and medieval reception. The staff who work at the Department of Older German Literature are also involved in developing a new Middle High German dictionary.

The specialist field of Modern German Literature is aimed at students who enjoy research-oriented reading. It deals with literature from the 16th century up to the present day and analyses literary texts in their cultural and media contexts. It explores developments in literary history, philological questions, the specifics of different genres and approaches to literary and cultural theory. Its goal is to provide students with a profound historical and theoretical understanding of literary texts in particular, but also of films and other forms of media. For example, the JGU's German Department is working on editions by Friedrich Schlegel and Heinrich Mann. The Wedekind-Forschungsstelle is located there and the Mainz Poetics Lectureship takes place there in cooperation with the Mainz Academy of Sciences. A center for literary film practice is also an integral part of the German Department.

The field of Historical Linguistics examines the development of the German language from its origins up until the present day, while also comparing it with other Germanic languages. The main areas of research in Mainz include the transformation of flexion and word formation patterns, proper names and their diachronic development, as well as the preparation of linguistic-historical findings for schools and the general public. The field of research and teaching mainly focuses on dealing with certain questions asking “why?”: Language transformation phenomena will not only be described, but explained, understood and theoretically substantiated. The field of Historical Linguistics in Mainz is also working on a long-term project in cooperation with the Mainz Academy of Sciences in which they are developing a Digital Dictionary of Surnames in Germany.

Descriptive Linguistics examines the grammar of both the German language today and its varieties. It is based on providing a precise description of the rules for pronunciation (phonology), spelling (graphemy), the structure of words (morphology) and sentences (syntax) and the meaning of simple and complex linguistic expressions (semantics). It also examines how statements can be used effectively to achieve certain goals (pragmatics). Linguistics also tries to explain how children learn languages, how language is processed in the brain and what the languages of this world have in common. The German Institute is currently focusing on the topics of lying, belittling, expressing hatred in speech and on how children learn their first and second languages.

German Didactics prepares teacher training students for their work in planning, implementing and reflecting on their German lessons. In German Didactics, focus is placed on researching and designing processes for teaching and learning the German language and literature at school. This includes reading, writing, speaking and listening, dealing with texts and media and reflecting on language. Alongside the disciplines of literature and linguistics, insights from educational science, psychology, empirical educational research, cultural studies and sociology also contribute to German didactic discourse. At JGU Mainz, German didactics is mainly taught and researched in the disciplines of literature and language didactics.

Master Entrance Requirements

Proof of a B.Ed. for teaching at secondary schools in the same subjects obtained at a university in Rhineland-Palatinate or an equivalent degree obtained at a university in Germany or abroad. The same admission requirements apply as presented on the page about the application procedure for the Master of Education.

Applicants with a degree that is not fully equivalent to the required Bachelor's degree, but is equivalent to at least 140 credit points, may be admitted to the Master's program providing they complete the required examinations and coursework by the end of the first academic year. If the documents are not submitted within the specified period, students can no longer continue their studies; their enrolment will be cancelled without further notice.

Sufficient knowledge of the English language is required. Students are also required to either have a sufficient active and passive understanding of another modern foreign language that enables them to read specialist literature or to be proficient in Latin.

Applicants who neither obtained their university entrance qualification at a German institution nor a degree in a German-language degree program must provide proof that their German language skills are at the level of the “German Language Test for the Admission of Foreign University Applicants (DSH)".


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