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Structure of the Study Programme

The M.A. Transcultural Studies is a two-year full-time programme amounting to 120 ECTS. The master programme consists of eight modules. Students must fulfill all the requirements of the first six modules (terms 1-3) before they can register for their master’s thesis.

Below a rough study plan for the M.A. Transcultural Studies is outlined. For more details, please refer to the study plan (PDF), and the description of modules (PDF). Information on current (and past) courses can be found here.

The following general rules apply:

  • Import classes have to be confirmed by the respective focus advisor.
  • From the seminar slots marked with an asterisk (*) one(!) full seminar (7 CP) may be substituted through two seminars with reduced credits (4 CP), i.e. without term paper.
  • Generally, all course work must be graded if not otherwise indicated below.

First Term – Module “Transcultural Studies” and “Orientation”

Module "Transcultural Studies" (14 CP)

  • lecture “Introduction to Transcultural Studies” (7CP) + tutorium
  • One full seminar with a term paper (7CP)*

Module "Orientation" (14 CP)

  • One full seminar with a term paper (total 7CP)*
  • import/non-MATS/MATS courses (to the amount of 7 CP)

    The lecture “Introduction to Transcultural Studies” is mandatory for all students (major and minor) in the first term.
    At the end of the term, students must confirm their choice of study focus.

    Second Term – Module “Study Focus I” and “Study Focus II”

    Module "Focus I" (14 CP)

    • One full seminar with a term paper in the selected study focus (7CP)
    • One full seminar with a term paper in the selected study focus (7CP)

    Module "Focus II" (14 CP)

    • One full seminar with a term paper in the selected study focus  (7CP)*
    • import/non-MATS/MATS courses (to the amount of 7 CP)

    Third Term - "Mobility" or "Advanced Transcultural Studies"

    The purpose of this semester is to offer students a wider range of opportunities to develop their own ideas or collect research data for their master thesis. Students can use this term as a mobility term, spending time abroad for a study exchange programme or a research internship of up to six months. A total of 30 credit points is required for the third term.

    Students may combine one module “Advanced Transcultural Studies” (I or II) with one module “Mobility” (I or II).

    Option 1: Courses in Heidelberg
    Module "Advanced Transcultural Studies I" (14 CP)

    • One advanced seminar in the selected study focus (7 CP)
    • import/non-MATS/MATS courses (to the amount of 7 CP)

    Module "Advanced Transcultural Studies II" (16 CP)

    • import/non-MATS/MATS courses (to the amount of 16 CP)

    Option 2: Mobility
    Module “Mobility I” (14 CP)

    • import courses within study exchange at partner university (to the amount of 14 CP)
    • OR
    • research internship (to the amount of 14 CP). Internship or fieldwork must be under supervision of a professor!

    Module “Mobility II” (16 CP)

    • import courses within study exchange at partner university (to the amount of 16 CP)
    • OR
    • research internship (to the amount of 16 CP). Internship or fieldwork must be under supervision of a professor!

    Fourth Term - Master-Thesis

    Module “Oral Examination” (4 CP)

    • MA TS research colloquium
    • oral examination

    Module “Master-Thesis” (30CP)
    After students have fulfilled all requirements of the six modules (Term 1, 2 and 3) they are eligible to register to the master’s thesis. Students must register within two weeks after the issue date of their last course certificate ("Schein").

    • Master’s Thesis (maximum writing time five months; length approx. 25,000 words)
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    Contact

    Marian Gallenkamp &
    Takuma Melber
    Karl Jaspers Centre
    Voßstr. 2, Building 4400
    69115 Heidelberg
    Tel: +49 - (0)6221 / 54 4362
    Fax: +49 - (0)6221 / 54 4012
    mats-office@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de