MA in Oriental StudiesMA in Iranian Studies
In the Master’s degree programme of Iranian Studies, the students acquire in-depth knowledge about the application of current scientific methods and theories to research the cultures, history, literatures and religions of Iranian peoples. It also enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider west Asian area, and to appreciate the complexity of the history and cultural make up of Iran.
The flexible study programme and interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students’ knowledge about the religious and politico-cultural influences affecting contemporary Iran and the region in which it is embedded. Students will develop a critical understanding of the literature and/or of Iran and the diaspora and gain an understanding of Iran in the context of the Middle East with respect to gender, politics, Islam, music, and migration (minor course options). Persian language and literature will also be studied. 
The Programme in Iranian Studies strives to reflect diverse views on foreign policy as well as nongovernmental voices and views of deprived groups such as women, intellectual descanters, religious and ethnic minorities, and nonconformists. It also encourages study of Iran and Afghanistan within the broader context of the Middle East, and especially in relation to neighboring Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Persian Gulf.
Depending on the choice of individual fields of specialisation and completion of specialist specific internships, the degree programme can prepare students for a variety of occupations through the acquisition of methodological, regional social and cultural competencies, and language skills. Graduates of Iranian Studies can, for example, qualify for consulting public authorities and organisations concerning migration issues or intercultural topics. They can also take up employment in the areas of journalism, the publishing industry, development cooperation, or in tourism, cultural institutions and museums, or in private or public research institutions.