Korean Studies

M.A. Korean Studies

The master’s course in Korean Studies is offered since the winter semester of 2014/15.

The course is designed as a consecutive and research-oriented course and deals with the history, culture and society of modern Korea from an everyday and global historical perspective. The central topics are Korea in the world, colonialism/imperialism, cold war/division, popular culture/media and migration/diaspora.

Korean language skills are expanded and deepened through courses in Korean scientific language.

It is possible to start studying during the winter and the summer semester.

A year abroad in the third and fourth semester in South Korea is not compulsory, but students are encouraged to take this chance.

The 4-semester program concludes with an M.A. (Master of Arts).


MAKES Master Korean European Studies - Dual Degree-Masterprogram

Stundents with outstanding grades can apply for the MAKES - Master of Korean European Studies master's program. The priority program opens up the possibility of completing a dual degree. For this purpose, the second year of the master’s degree must be completed at the Seoul National University, whereby the submission of the thesis in Korean is also required at the Seoul National University.

More information on the MAKES program.

Application and admission

Admission requirements are a completed bachelor's degree in Korean studies with at least a grade of 2.5 or an equivalent degree, as well as proof of good language skills in Korean at the intermediate level (proof of level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (GeR) or level 4 of the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)).

Good knowledge of English is required at level B2 / C1 GeR.

For international students, proof of the required German language skills (DSH or TestDAF certificate) is also required.

The application deadline for Germans / nationally educated / EU citizens is March 15th (Summer semester), or September 15th. (Winter semester)
International applicants outside the EU, please note that the deadline is January 15th (Summer semester), or July 15th. (Winter semester)
(Date of application received, NOT postmark!)

You can also find detailed information in our extensive and continuously updated information brochure. Click on the cover photo in the sidebar on the right and the download will start automatically.


If you have any questions about the content of the master’s program, please contact Dr. Birgit Geipel (see also contact in the box on the right).

If you have general questions about application and admission, please contact the Student Secretariat of the University of Tübingen. Further information and links can be found on this website: