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Research Master

The Research Master programme targets highly motivated students who wish to do research and prepare for a subsequent doctorate already during their Master phase.

As students of a participating Master’s degree course at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Research Master students receive excellent complementary training in this programme. To facilitate a smooth transition from the Master to the doctoral phase, they learn to develop a complex, independent research question for a possible subsequent doctorate. The a.r.t.e.s. module is composed of different courses, events and support offers organized by professors from the Research Master-Kollegium of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Research Lab. This module supplements the regular coursework students complete in their Master’s programme. Already during the Master phase, students can thus participate in the interdisciplinary research of the Faculty’s areas of excellence. Upon completion, participants receive a special certificate.

The Research Master programme also offers the opportunity of a research stay or semester abroad. Students can profit from the extensive international network of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

The research focus of the Research Lab, which also finds its way into the courses of the Research Master-Programme, covers the methodological foundations of the Humanities: the history of science and hermeneutics, phenomenology and philosophical anthropology (Thiemo Breyer) as well as ethnology (Martin Zillinger). The members of the Research Master-Kollegium complement these research areas through their focus on historiography (Ute Planert), linguistics (Birgit Hellwig), literary studies (Roman Bartosch) and media studies (Benjamin Beil).

Students who are interested in taking part in the Research Master programme should first apply to their desired Master’s degree course (please observe the application deadlines of the examination office!). Admission to the Research Master programme requires a separate application to the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School.



Dr. Alexander van Wickeren
+49 (0)221 470-2289
Office hours on appointment

Head of the Research Master programme
Prof. Dr. Thiemo Breyer
Philosophisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln