German, Master's, 2 years

As a student on the Master’s programme in German, you get to experience and explore the German-speaking countries. You will gain in-demand teaching expertise and a solid foundation for work in business or cultural communication with a focus on German-speaking Europe.  
  • TuitionFor non EU/EEA citizens
  • Years2 Years
  • Grade requirementsMinimum C
  • LanguageGerman
  • ECTS120
  • StartAutumn

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Welcome to the Master's Programme in German at the Faculty of Humanities. 

Starting time: Welcome meeting with your program.Programme for the welcome week: You can find the semester startup programme here. Get started as a student:  Everything you need to know for the semester startup and the programme for the welcome week can be found in "UiBtreet". At the end of July, you will receive an email with a link and information about how to log in. Do you have special needs? If you have a disability or have any special need you can contact us. Together we'll find the best solutions for you and what you need.Do you have any questions? You can contact our information center on 55 58 93 70 or send an e-mail to studieveileder@hf.uib.no

What do you learn? 

With a Master’s degree in German, you can make information from German-speaking cultures visible, and make the culture more accessible to a Norwegian audience. You can also promote communication between Norway and German-speaking countries. 

On the Master’s programme in German, you will gain thorough insights into key topics within German linguistics and German-language literature, and you will further develop your language skills in modern German, both orally and in writing. You will develop your ability to reflect critically on central problems in theories and methods. 

You will use the second year of the programme to write the Master’s thesis (60 ECTS). You will receive individual guidance throughout the entire research and writing process. 

The Master’s thesis is an independent scientific research project on a topic of your choice from one of the disciplines in the programme: 

  • Literature 

  • Culture 

  • Linguistics 

  • Subject didactics 

Student life 

As a student, you will spend a lot of time in the HF building, the main building of the Faculty of Humanities. Here, you will work side-by-side with other Master’s students and can apply for your own reading room space. 

During a normal week, you will usually attend two to three lectures and spend the rest of the time on self-study, alone or together with other students. This varies from semester to semester. A couple of times during the semester, students and staff meet for a joint lunch, often with small presentations and activities.  

As a student with us, you will have most of your teaching at Nygårdshøyden in the heart of Bergen city centre. You will have access to the reading room, library, colloquium room, fitness centre, canteen, café and student bar on campus. At UiB you will also find many different student organisations. Being part of a student organisation is a valuable investment of time as a student and it gives you many experiences and friends for life. 

What can you work as? 

A Master’s degree in German qualifies you for jobs in both the private and public sector. 

Our former students work with 

  • Teaching - both abroad and in Norway 

  • Translation 

  • Media 

  • Tourism and service industries 

  • Export industry 

  • Public administration, for example in municipalities and the state 

  • Research 

You gain the ability to handle communication problems, overcome cultural differences and take an analytical approach to information. 

Admission requirements and application deadline 

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:

You will also have to meet the programme specific entry requirements.

All applicants with citizenship from outside the EU/EEA must pay tuition fees. 

Study structure 

The programme covers two academic years (four semesters) and starts in the autumn. 

Semester 1 


Semester 2 

Semesters 3 and 4 

The Master’s thesis is an independent research project. You choose a topic from the subject areas of literature, culture, linguistics or subject didactics (which can also be included in the programme, especially if you plan to train as a teacher). You can choose from a number of different research topics. If you want to write about a topic you are particularly interested in, but which differs from the traditional research topics, it will usually be approved. You plan and develop the project in collaboration with your supervisor. 

See an overview of all subjects 


You can choose to spend your second semester as an exchange student at one of our partner universities in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. An exchange stay gives you valuable cultural experience, linguistic training, new professional insights and experiences for life. 

Further study opportunities 

With a Master’s in German, you can apply for PhD positions. Read more about PhD programmes at the Faculty of Humanities here

After you have obtained a Master’s degree, you can apply for admission to Practical Pedagogical Education (PPU) . German is a school subject, and with this qualification you can work as a teacher at secondary school and high school levels.  

Questions about the course? 

Telephone: +47 55 58 93 70 

E-mail: Studierettleiar@hf.uib.no 

Study plan 

Read the entire study plan