Goethe University Frankfurt

Introduction

Goethe University Frankfurt

Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy.

Founded in 1914 with private funding and inspired by the legacy of the European Enlightenment, Goethe University stands out as a pioneering “citizens’ university”—and the history of the university is one of openness and public participation.

Today, Goethe University is one of the only universities in Germany that enjoys significant public funding alongside administrative autonomy and the ability to create a private endowment. As a university with an endowment, a funding model rare in Germany’s system of higher education, GU enjoys considerable freedom from state control when it comes to the details of how a modern university should be run, including the appointing of professors. The endowment that is being built up will be invested specifically in promoting an excellent atmosphere in which to research, study, think, and create.

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now

A very good example for this support from the citizens of Frankfurt is the “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme. Thanks to the support of Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all its master programmes with special emphasis on research (check drop down menu on your right). The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground¬breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). If your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community!

Key Figures at Goethe University (2016)

• More than 47,000 students enrolled

• About 7,000 international students

An international profile: Many newly appointed professors from abroad as for us it is quality that counts not nationality

• Third party funding

• In a large student survey, about 80% of students recommended studying at Goethe University.

The city

Situated in Germany’s most cosmopolitan and international city, the university attracts a diverse body of students and researchers from around the world. Students at Goethe benefit from studying and living in Frankfurt, the largest financial and trading centre in Europe—with plenty of opportunities to learn and practice speaking German. Today, Frankfurt is rated among the top 10 most livable cities in the world (according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting).

Goethe University was founded in 1914

Goethe University was founded in 1914 as a unique “citizens’ university,” financed by wealthy citizens in Frankfurt, Germany. Named in 1932 after one of the city’s most famous natives, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, today the university has over 38,000 students. Looking at the timeline of Goethe University’s history, it is clear that the last decade has produced significant changes for the university—and that there is a clear forward momentum.

Once considered a liberal or left-leaning institution, Goethe University is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the influential Frankfurt School, part of the Institute for Social Research—which spawned some of Europe’s leading thinkers of the 20thcentury (including, for example, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Jürgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Martin Buber, and Paul Tillich).

Because of racial and political tensions during the Nazi era, close to one-third of the university’s academic staff were dismissed during this period—more than at any other German university. Goethe University also played a major role in the student protests of 1968 that led to widespread educational reforms in Germany and across Europe.

Goethe University has maintained its reputation in the social sciences

In recent years, Goethe University has maintained its reputation in the social sciences, but added important new facilities and research institutes in the natural sciences as well as law, history, languages, humanities, the arts, and economics. Its “clusters of excellence”, interdisciplinary research centres, have helped to sharpen the university’s academic profile, achieving outstanding results in diverse areas ranging from natural sciences (“Macromolecular Complexes”) to medicine (“Cardio-Pulmonray System”, a cluster of excellence in collaboration with the University of Giessen and the Max-Planck-Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, which conducts cutting edge research for novel therapy of heart and lung diseases) and humanities and social sciences (“The Formation of Normative Orders”).

Srongly committed to supporting young researchers

Goethe University is strongly committed to supporting young researchers by offering outstanding opportunities to earn a doctoral degree. At many universities, researchers have to choose between earning a PhD the “traditional” way in Germany, or as part of a “structured” PhD programme. At Goethe University, all doctoral candidates are eligible to apply to become members in the Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE) and access unique training and networking opportunities that are the hallmark of more structured programmes.

Finally, one should mention the university’s ambitious “think tanks”: the newly founded Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, which sees itself as a laboratory for innovative knowledge in society.

The university was also a forerunner in the “Bologna Process” that helped to ease student mobility in and out of over 40 European countries by standardising degree structures. Starting in 2005, Goethe University began offering the first master’s programmes and the switch from the traditional German Diplom or Magister to the bachelor’s and master’s system will be complete in the winter semester 2011/12. Today, Goethe University offers many individual courses and degree programmes in English, another major shift. Four master’s programmes in economics are taught entirely in English, another one is a bilingual (German and English) programme. Many master’s programmes in the natural sciences can also be studied without a comprehensive knowledge of the German language, and doctoral studies in a wide variety of fields can also often be undertaken in English.

First major university in Germany to become a foundation university

In 2001, the university was the first major university in Germany to become a foundation university, meaning that the state of Hessen would still provide funding to cover most of the annual budget but the university would be able to establish a private endowment and enjoy full administrative autonomy in matters such as faculty appointments. Goethe University now has a robust alumni association and has raised €145.5 millions (feste Zusagen mit eingerechnet) and created more than 50 new endowed and visiting professorships—an important re-affirmation of the university’s identity as a “citizens’ university”.

The state of Hessen is investing a total of €1.2 billion to help create a true campus environment in Frankfurt with three distinct locations: Campus Westend for the humanities and social sciences, Campus Riedberg for natural sciences, and Campus Niederrad for medicine. The former main campus Bockenheim, which dates from the founding days of the university, will no longer be in use once the new building is complete.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Master of Science in Biochemistry

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The Master’s degree course in biochemistry at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt is based on a long-standing tradition in biomolecular research and education. The course aims at providing scientific knowledge and occupational skills to candidates that they may become independent researchers. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The Master’s degree course in biochemistry at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt is based on a long-standing tradition in biomolecular research and education. The course aims at providing scientific knowledge and occupational skills to candidates that they may become independent researchers. The Master’s programme includes Cellular Biochemistry, Structural Biology and Biophysics/Biophysical Chemistry and allows setting focal points depending on the students interests. Training is arranged in close cooperation with the local research environment and includes the departments of Physics, Molecular Biology, Medicine, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics, Paul-Ehrlich-Institute and Georg-Speyer-Haus. The programme especially accommodates membrane proteins and structural biology, areas in which Frankfurt has a strong research tradition. Graduates will be able to make decisions that are based on rational case analysis and reflect an established scientific tradition, while keeping ethic and social conditions in mind. The Natural- and Life sciences are developing very fast. Therefore, it is important that the students continue to educate themselves and to integrate new knowledge throughout their subsequent careers. Our graduates are qualified to continue with a PhD or to get a job in industry, business management or in marketing, publishing companies or business consultancies. Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. Admission requirements Admission for the Master’s programme takes place by enrolling at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt. The main requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from a German higher education institution, or an academic degree recognised to be equivalent. In order to gain admission to the MSc course in Biochemistry at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt/M., knowledge in (1) biochemistry and (2) biophysical chemistry/biophysics/physical chemistry is required. You must have obtained at least a total of 20 CP in areas (1) and (2), while at least 5 CP are required for each subject. International applicants must submit a language certificate. This is in accordance with the university’s regulations on the German language exam for university entry, the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), for applicants with foreign university entrance qualifications in their respectively valid version, unless they are exempted from the German language examination under the DSH regulations. Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance. Provisional admission If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. [-]

Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

Course content and focus areas The Master program is the second part of the consecutive Bachelor/Master study in Bioinformatics. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The Master program is the second part of the consecutive Bachelor/Master study in Bioinformatics. It is based on a Bachelor program in Bioinformatics and covers advanced topics from a research and application-oriented perspective. The following four topics are obligatory: (1) Sequence Analysis / Data Mining, (2) Network Analysis / Systems Biology, (3) Structure Analysis / Molecular Modeling, and (4) Neuroprocesses / Computational Neurobiology. Additionally, there is the possibility to choose from more than 50 elective modules from computer science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, and biophysics, in order to specialize in one or two research directions or to learn more about the various application disciplines of Bioinformatics. Study abroad is explicitly supported. Moreover, soft-skills, for example teaching a tutorial, advising students in a mentoring program and writing a research grant proposal will be acquired. The study finishes with a Master thesis. Start of the programme The programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics or comparable degree; entrance examination + CV; Provisional admission Applicants currently enrolled on a Bachelor’s programme for Computer Science can be admitted provisionally on the basis of a preliminary transcript of records, provided that they have: at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points) in Bioinformatics already finished the Bachelor’s thesis, or if the thesis is about to be finished and the tutor has written a letter of recommendation Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance. Provisional admission is valid for six months. [-]

Master of Science in Biophysics

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The goal of the Master’s study course is deepening of knowledge and specialisation in the subject Biophysics. The courses are no longer strictly oriented within the classical subject boundaries and institute but are now more topic oriented and are offered interdisciplinarily in five areas of focus. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The goal of the Master’s study course is deepening of knowledge and specialisation in the subject Biophysics. The courses are no longer strictly oriented within the classical subject boundaries and institute but are now more topic oriented and are offered interdisciplinarily in five areas of focus: Spectroscopy, imaging and structural analysis Membranes, electrophysiology, bioenergetics and cell biophysics Theory, simulations and molecular dynamics Bio-analytical methods Nucleic acids These areas of focus reflect the areas of focus of research conducted by the university lecturers on campus who represent the biophysical subject areas and attractive and future-oriented fields of research. The necessary breadth of the education is achieved in that the student must select modules from all of the areas of focus as optional compulsory subjects. The depth of the education is achieved in that the students are introduced to the Master’s thesis over a research and laboratory practical course as well as over a working group seminar and an “academic specialisation“ module in which the student delivers his own work on a current scientific problem. Start of the programme The programme of study can be admitted to in the winter and the summer semester. Admission prerequisites A Bachelor in Biophysics or in a closely related subject area (the examination committee will decide about fulfilment of the entrance requirements and the equivalence of the existing degree) Letter of motivation Applicants to become students with a foreign university entrance qualification and a foreign basic degree must also demonstrate that they have adequate knowledge of German according to the DSH regulations. Provisional admission In the case of admission on the basis of a closely related subject area the examination committee can associate the admission with a requirement to deliver additional course performances and set time limits for these. [-]

Master of Science in Chemistry

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The Master’s programme not only offers the option of focusing on a specialist area but students will also acquire the necessary skills for this and they will learn to think independently and act responsibly. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The target of the study programme is to provide students with a further education in chemistry. The Master’s programme not only offers the option of focusing on a specialist area but students will also acquire the necessary skills for this and they will learn to think independently and act responsibly. Graduates should be able to assess the characters of chemical compounds and to apply the necessary methods for solving challenging chemical problems. Methods, procedures, research and industrial fields of activity are constantly changing, so it is the aim of the chemistry programme to teach students the necessary knowledge in a way that enables them to familiarise themselves quickly with new developments, to be introduced to new areas and to make independent contributions to further developments of research and technology in their specialised area once they have finished their programme. The Master’s examination is the second professional chemistry degree. During the four semesters of the Master’s programme, which follow on from the six semesters of the Bachelor’s programme, students will acquire the profound, specialised knowledge necessary for the transition to professional practice. The broad spectrum of the academic programme will ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for demanding fields of activity in industry, economy and administration. Special focus areas at the Universität Frankfurt: Research carried out by Universität Frankfurt’s chemistry department extends to Life Sciences and Material Sciences and focuses on Structural research, Molecular mechanisms, Membrane proteomics, and New matter: from molecule to matter. The Master’s programme mirrors these focus areas so that students can decide whether or not they want to choose a broad range of focus areas in their study programme, or if they want to focus on one particular focus area: biomolecular chemistry, synthesis and catalysis, structure, dynamics and function, or analytics. These focus areas correspond to the areas of research in which university teachers are strong, and present attractive, forward-looking fields of research. The courses offered in the Master’s programme are no longer divided strictly into classical subjects and institutes but rather organised thematically and often taught in an interdisciplinary fashion. Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. Admission requirements Admission for the Master’s programme takes place by enrolling at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt. The main requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from a German higher education institution, or an academic degree recognised to be equivalent. The final grade of the degree must be “good” or better. In case the candidate acquired his/her first degree at a German university the grade must be 2.5 at least or better. As some of the lectures may be held in English, the programme requires solid English language skills. International applicants must submit a language certificate to prove that they have enough German Language Skills. This is in accordance with the university’s regulations on the German language exam for university entry, the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), for applicants with foreign university entrance qualifications in their respectively valid version, unless they are exempted from the German language examination under the DSH regulations. Upon request of the student, the examination board decides on admission to the Master’s programme as well as on exceptions in relation to para. 2. For applicants who have no Bachelor’s degree from a German higher education institution, the examination board can decide to impose conditions (such as a test to check a student’s knowledge of theory and practical skills). Provisional admission Regulation on admission to the Master’s programme Resolution of the Council of the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy as of October 18. 2011 The department council agrees provisional admission to the Master’s programme chemistry under the following conditions: That the online application must be submitted by 15 August at the latest for the winter semester, and by 15 February at the latest for the summer semester. The decision about the admission of the relevant person is made by the head (or deputy) of the examination board in accordance with the following admission criteria: The Bachelor’s thesis must be started by 1st August at the latest for the winter semester, and by 1st February at the latest for the summer semester which has to be confirmationed of the higher education institution. 144 credit points (CPs) from a Bachelor’s programme in chemistry have to be verified by 15 August for the winter semester or by 15 February for the summer semester. Admission to the Master’s programme is definite once the Bachelor’s degree certificate has been submitted, at the latest at registration for the following semester in the students’ office. If the requirements are not met, the student will be re-enrolled in the Bachelor’s programme or removed from the register of students. Final decision rests with the examination board in cases of doubt. [-]

Master of Science in Computer Science

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The Master of Science programme in Computer Science is aimed at graduates of Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and related programmes [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The Master of Science programme in Computer Science is aimed at graduates of Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and related programmes. The Master’s in Computer Science is the second professional degree following the Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and develops and expands knowledge of the subject in order to enable students to work independently in this field of science. One of the key goals of the programme is to stimulate students to work independently in research and development work on the basis of the methods, system expertise and different scientific views taught in the programme. The Master’s programme enables graduates to embark on a long and successful career in administration, business, industry and research, as the course is not limited to the latest content but instead focuses on fundamentals and teaches the theoretical foundations of basic concepts and methods that will outlast current trends. The programme teaches students the principles, concepts and methods of Computer Science that will take them further. At the end of the programme, graduates should be able to use Computer Science to process tasks in various fields of application under the given technical, economic and social conditions as well as to develop adequate systems and manage projects. They should be able to use the concepts and methods they have learned in future developments. Students can also use the Bachelor’s programme as the basis for looking at additional areas of application, or they can go deeper into the area of application that they have selected in the Bachelor’s programme. Start of the programme The programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or comparable degree; conditions set by the examination board if applicable (such as 24 CPs from the Bachelor’s programme) + possible Graduate Record Examinations test (GRE); restrictions and conditions relating to the area of application (24 CPs) possible English language skills (niveau B1) proven by: certification of classes in English 6 years respectively 7 years, or TOEFL score of at least 57 point or IELTS Grade 3,5 - 4,5 Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are obliged to submit proof of adequate German language skills. [-]

Master of Science in Geosciences

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

Geoscience examines temporal and spatial changes in Earth’s system, changes that are linked to the features and material composition of geo matter by observing, measuring and modelling. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas Geoscience examines temporal and spatial changes in Earth’s system, changes that are linked to the features and material composition of geo matter by observing, measuring and modelling. The dimensions range from the smallest temporal and spatial units (e.g. atmospheric discharges or crystalline structures) up to the age of Earth, the global continental drift and mantle convection. The diverse interactions require intensive co-operation among very different disciplines. At the Department of Geoscience/Geography at Goethe Universität Frankfurt, these disciplines are meteorology, physical geography, geology, palaeontology, mineralogy and geophysics. There are also close links with the Senckenberg Museum and the Institute of Applied Geosciences at TU Darmstadt. Lectures given by members of both institutions are included in the programme. The Master’s programme in Geoscience is based on traditional earth sciences and students receive instruction in geology, palaeontology, geophysics and mineralogy. The Master’s programme can follow a Bachelor’s degree. Students on the study programme can specialise in geology, geophysics, mineralogy or palaeontology. Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. Admission requirements Precondition for admission to the Master’s programme is a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience from a German higher education institution or a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience or another natural sciences degree that is recognised as equivalent by the examination board The examination board decides who is admitted onto the Master’s programme, and whether exceptions can be made if necessary, based on the request submitted by candidates. The application must include the usual documents such as records, certificates, CV etc. as well as a ‘diploma supplement’ and a short written statement about the student’s concrete plans for the study programme (e.g. the desired specialist area). The student must have satisfactory English language skills as some lectures are also taught in English. Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are obliged to submit proof of adequate German language skills. Provisional admission All students who would like to finish their studies this semester and are interested in starting a Master’s programme in Geoscience at Goethe Universität immediately after the Bachelor’s degree (per e-mail), must apply for admission to the Bachelor’s thesis no later than six weeks after the start of the semester at the examination office. The request must include the following data: 1. personal information (name, matriculation number, contact details) 2. name of the tutor 3. subject of the Bachelor’s thesis 4. list of all the successfully completed modules that have achieved at least 110 CPs 5. proof of the successfully completed seminar from BP6 [-]

Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

Neuroscience spans many disciplines. Its repertoire stretches from molecular biology and proteome research to systems neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience and clinical research. Successful research in neuroscience rests on a combination of differential concepts and methodical approaches. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas Neuroscience spans many disciplines. Its repertoire stretches from molecular biology and proteome research to systems neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience and clinical research. Successful research in neuroscience rests on a combination of differential concepts and methodical approaches. The major objective of the programme is to offer to talented students a highly research-oriented training that will provide them with a broad overview of the most relevant fields of neuroscience, including basic neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience. This also includes relevant practical skills. The programme will confront students with various levels of complexity of neural functions from molecular biology to systems neuroscience. A major characteristic comprises the optional training in clinical neuroscience that will familiarise students with neuropathology and aspects of neurology and will provide them with hands on information on current technical approaches applied in clinical research. You do not require previous intensive training in neuroscience. However, solid background knowledge in the field of neuroscience is essential for following the courses. This includes the principal education in laboratory techniques, particularly in cell biological bench work. As the programme is an interdisciplinary one, we invite applications from students from various fields. These include biology and medicine but also biochemistry, chemistry, physics, informatics and psychology. The programme aims at fostering interactions between students and between students and lecturers from the various disciplines. Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in a biomedical, bioscientific or psychological study programme, or in another natural science/maths study programme; Letter of motivation + selection interview, if required by the examination committee Proof of English language skills: If not a native speaker the applicant must provide prove of sufficient knowledge of the English language on B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g.: TOEFL (ibT) minimum 87 IELTS minimum 5.5 A certificate confirming satisfactory knowledge of English based on a Bachelor thesis written in English issued from the faculties of “Biological Science”, “Psychology and Sports”, “Medicine” or “Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy” of the Goethe-University. Provisional admission Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records; at least 130 credit points in the B.A. must have been obtained; the Bachelor’s thesis must be finished or almost finished. Provisional admission is valid for 6 months. In case the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application, you can still apply if you provide: Proof of matriculation A detailed certificate of the present status of your studies and the anticipated date of completion of the bachelor program. In addition you must have achieved 130 credit points in the bachelor program. [-]

Master of Science in Mathematics

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

Mathematics is a major cultural science with a history dating back to ancient times. However, it is also the driving force behind many modern technologies and has become a key technology in the Information Era. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas Mathematics is a major cultural science with a history dating back to ancient times. However, it is also the driving force behind many modern technologies and has become a key technology in the Information Era. This fact contradicts the public image of mathematics, which is often seen as a closed world of theorems and arithmetic formulae. However, there are mathematical methods and processes behind issues and problems such as data compression and data safety, traffic control, the optimisation of financial instruments and non-destructive medical techniques. These processes give rise to a vivid science with many unsolved problems and an enormous impact on applications. Studying mathematics is highly appealing and a great intellectual challenge. It can help you prepare for a career as a mathematician in business and industry and as a mathematics teacher. Students on the Master of Science course build on the skills learned in the Bachelor’s programme by acquiring the following: knowledge of the main mathematical disciplines, their methodological approaches and their interrelations, an insight into up-to-date research results and the significance of these, the ability to deal with a comprehensive mathematical task independently in a Master thesis, the skills needed to work as a mathematical assistant or employee in an academic institution, the basis for a PhD. Start of the programme The programme can start at the beginning of both the summer and winter semesters. Admission requirements B.A. in mathematics or a degree in a subject that focuses on technical mathematics, business mathematics or IT mathematics; Applicants without a bachelor's degree in mathematics must demonstrate equivalence knowledge in Analysis, Linear Algebra, Stochastics, numerical analysis and discrete mathematics and beyond beyond in-depth study in a mathematical area totaling at least 18 CP. Admission may be granted to the condition of the provision of additional coursework and module examinations from the Bachelor's degree programme with a maximum amount of 60 CP. These courses are not part of the Master's examination. If the requirement is not complied with within the time limit set by the Admission Committee, admission shall be revoked. Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are obliged to submit proof of adequate German language skills. Provisional admission If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 150 credit points. This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. Also a confirmation of the Bachelor's thesis' advisor stating the start of the Bachelor’s thesis and a confirmation of enrolement is requested. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. [-]

Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The M.Sc. in Molecular Biotechnology is a research-based study programme focused on White Biotechnology. Theoretical knowledge of chemical and biological processes (from molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry and analytics) will be put into practise on a molecular level and a technological basis will be established for the targeted production of biologically active molecules and production/synthesis processes that create scientific and economic added value. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The M.Sc. in Molecular Biotechnology is a research-based study programme focused on White Biotechnology. Theoretical knowledge of chemical and biological processes (from molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry and analytics) will be put into practise on a molecular level and a technological basis will be established for the targeted production of biologically active molecules and production/synthesis processes that create scientific and economic added value. Detailed insights into the function of biological macromolecules enable the development of innovative products and processes including tailor-made enzymes as well as new biomolecule-based methods of analysis, or drugs. Prerequisite for the programme is a Bachelor of Science (or equivalent degree) in biotechnology, biosciences or similar disciplines with a focud on molecular biology or biochemical methods. Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of winter semester. Admission requirements Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree in a bio-scientific study programme with a maximum of 30 missing credit points (CP) allowed letter of motivation Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance. Provisional admission Provisional admission is possible if the Bachelor’s programme has not yet been completed; this requires a transcript of records stating at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). [-]

Master of Science in Physics

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

Physics is the science of the structure, characteristics, conditions and motion of matter and energy, as well as the underlying interactions and forces and the resulting dimensions. As such, it is the material basis of all natural sciences and all technical disciplines. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas Physics is the science of the structure, characteristics, conditions and motion of matter and energy, as well as the underlying interactions and forces and the resulting dimensions. As such, it is the material basis of all natural sciences and all technical disciplines. It is a science that is based on activity, as it requires experimental and theoretical implementation, utilisation and further development of its content and methods. It is also a quantitative science, as the aim of physics is the quantitatively reproducible description of processes in nature and the production of quantitative correlations between different phenomena and classes of phenomena. In order to achieve these targets, physics relies to a large extent on mathematical methods. The wide range of tasks means that physics students must learn to be able to become acquainted with very different special subjects quickly in professional life, even if it was not part of their study programme. This skill relies on a profound understanding and clear command of the widest range of basic scientific information and methods possible, and this is the main focus of the study programme. Students are only able to specialise in one subject and proceed in this subject up to the current limits of knowledge if they understand the basics of the discipline. This specialisation is achieved to a certain extent in the Bachelor’s programme by students selecting optional compulsory modules from different fields of physics, and via the Bachelor’s thesis that represents a separate introduction into the practical work in one of the research areas of the department. The student’s own specialisation takes place at the beginning of the Master’s programme and culminates in the Master’s thesis in which students carry out independent work on a recent scientific problem. For this reason, the Master’s thesis represents a unique examination that is indispensable in the education of physicists. Start of the programme The programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree in physics or a comparable degree entry examination set by examination board Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove either sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance or English language skills proven by: TOEFL score at least 80 (ibt), 213 (cbt) or 550 (pbt) IELTS score at least 6.5 Provisional admission Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records. The Bachelor’s thesis must be either completed or about to be completed, and a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor must be submitted. [-]

Master of Science in Quantitative Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Law and Economics

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The study programme Quantitative Economics (MSQE), which is taught in English, offers analytical and quantitative training that is closely linked to the Ph.D. programmes offered by the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management. Students can choose from five study areas. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The study programme Quantitative Economics (MSQE), which is taught in English, offers analytical and quantitative training that is closely linked to the Ph.D. programmes offered by the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management. Students can choose from five study areas: Quantitative Economics Quantitative Finance Quantitative Management Quantitative Marketing Law and Quantitative Economics In each of the study areas, students learn how to examine major economic questions and achieve scientifically based results using the concepts and methods they have acquired. Graduates of the MSQE programme can either continue their research with a dissertation in one of the Ph.D. programmes of the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management or start a challenging career in the field of economic policy, or the financial or marketing sector. The aim of the programme is for students to acquire the necessary analytical and quantitative skills and knowledge for demanding careers in top positions in the field of economics. Students are also prepared to start a Ph.D. with a goal to take up an academic career. The content is taught at the highest academic level using the latest concepts and methods. The teaching concept combines intensive tutoring with independent academic work and possibilities for contact with economic practice. Start of the programme The programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree in economics or a quantitative based Bachelor's degree or a German or international degree in the same or related subject that is recognized as equivalent; Proof of mathematical/quantitative knowledge (GRE General Test or GMAT for Finance, Management, and Marketing tracks); a letter of motivation 2 letters of recommendation by professors or other qualified staff; Proof of English language skills by: TOEFL test (minimum score of 93 or 580 points) or IELTS test (minimum score of 7.0). Selection is carried out in accordance with a standardised procedure determined by the examination office. This procedure takes into account the final grade, the mathematical/quantitative knowledge, the motivation and recommendation letters. Provisional admission No regulations [-]

Master of Science Molecular Biosciences

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences provides in-depth knowledge of molecular aspects in genetics, biochemistry, developmental biology, physiology and cell biology via intensive training in several methodical and conceptual areas. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences provides in-depth knowledge of molecular aspects in genetics, biochemistry, developmental biology, physiology and cell biology via intensive training in several methodical and conceptual areas. Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. Admission requirements Bachelor of Science or an equivalent bio-scientific programme Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance. Provisional admission Temporary admission is possible if the Bachelor of Science programme has not yet been completed; this requires a transcript of records stating a minimum of at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). [-]

Master of Science Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The two-year Master's program Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions is research-oriented and educates students in modern concepts and methods of cell biology and physical biology. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas Since the winter semester 2011/12 the Faculty of Biology has offered the Master of Science in "Cell Biology and Physiology". For the winter semester 2015/16, this will be reissued as the new Master of Science in "Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions". The two-year Master's program Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions is research-oriented and educates students in modern concepts and methods of cell biology and physical biology. Scientific questions in the fields of cell biology and physical biology will be combined with developmental biology, cellular structure biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, immunology, neuro-and plant physiology. The Master's program provides students with an understanding of fundamental life processes from cell growth, cell-cell communication and differentiation to hormonal, inflammatory, angiogenic signaling and aging. These processes are studied in context of cells, individual tissues and model organisms. The experimental and conceptual approaches of the program include modern cell biological, molecular, biochemical, bioinformatical, immunological and genetic methods, combined with various microscopical techniques and applications, molecular imaging, data analysis as well as morphological and physiological technologies. Start of study programme The study programme starts in the winter semester. Admission requirements B.A. in the same or a related subject, or at least an equivalent degree from another university of applied sciences in the same or similar subject, or a Master’s degree at another university that has not been passed and the examination claim has not been forfeited; Letter of motivation in English language + grade of Bachelor's degree (The letter of motivation should not exceed two pages in length. Fontsize should be 12pt, 1.5 line spacing ). It should contain: 1. What is your motivation to study in the Master program Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions? 2. In which topics, scientific fields of the program are you mainly interested in? 3. What are your previous practical experiences in the lab (lab work) / professional experiences? 4. Which aims do you follow with the study program, what are your occupational career plans? 5. Title and summary of your bachelor thesis. Which experimental methods did you perform in your bachelor thesis? Proof of English language skills: If you are not a native speaker have to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language on C1 level - at least B2 level - of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g.: - TOEFL 100 - IELTS 6.5 - A certificate of proficiency which was issued by the relevant departments on the basis of a written in English thesis is also suitable - Applicants with a minimum one-year study or work stay in an English speaking country within the last three years before application are excepted. Provisional admission Provisional admission is possible if the Bachelor’s program has not yet been completed; this requires a transcript of records stating at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP. In case the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application, you can still apply if you provide: Proof of matriculation A detailed certificate of the present status of your studies and the anticipated date of completion of the Bachelor's programme. [-]

MA

Master of Arts in History

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

A one year Master’s study course at the History Seminar of Goethe University in Frankfurt follows on from a four year Bachelor degree programme and enables the student, as part of the second qualification stage, to meet the challenges of the modern knowledge society. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas A one year Master’s study course at the History Seminar of Goethe University in Frankfurt follows on from a four year Bachelor degree programme and enables the student, as part of the second qualification stage, to meet the challenges of the modern knowledge society. The programme of study is conceived as spanning vast time periods so that profound insights can be developed of the history of pre-Greek cultures through to contemporary history. During the research-oriented Master’s study course the student acquires the ability to research a complex historical topic, to explain it and to present it in various forms. Core competencies for scientific work are deepened in a programme of events and are subsequently used to undertake a concrete research project. A main area of focus of the programme of study is upon enabling self-sufficient and personally responsible work with a wide variety of bodies of knowledge in order to undertake extensive research work and to process, understand and classify a multiplicity of information. Start of the programme The programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a similar subject (at least 8 semesters, 210 CP) in case of a bachelor's degree in history and an at least equivalent foreign qualification in the same or related field with the normal period of at least six semesters, enrollment is granted on the condition of the provision of additional studies to the equivalence with the comprehensive eight-semester undergraduate major at Goethe-University Frankfurt if the Bachelor's degree compraised just at least six semesters and 180 CP so additional minor (not history) studies of the bachelor's degree (in the amount of 60 CP) is required. So the standard period of the Master's programme extended to four semesters Good English language skills (niveau B2) are to be proven by: a) high school diploma (A-levels diploma), or b) corresponding high school certificates and transcripts rated no lower than "adequate" (4.0), or certification of classes in english 5 years, or c) certification of successfully completed language courses (with at least 120 proven hours of instruction time) from a German and/or or foreign university, or d) lecturers (or other experts) report on language proficiency acquired through international residency, university language courses, or self-study; or e) other certificate recognized as equivalent by the selection committee. very good language skills of at least another modern language (B1) (recommended are: French or Spain, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, a Scandinavian language, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, Czech; if you choose "Ancient History" as majorsubject: Classical Greek) qualification in Latin Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance. Provisional admission Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records; the Bachelor’s thesis must be finished or almost finished and a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor must be submitted. Provisional admission is valid for 6 months. [-]

Master of Arts in International Studies / Peace and Conflict Studies

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The research-oriented Master’s programme in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies is offered jointly by Goethe Universität Frankfurt and Technische Universität Darmstadt in co-operation with the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The research-oriented Master’s programme in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies is offered jointly by Goethe Universität Frankfurt and Technische Universität Darmstadt in co-operation with the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. The study programme takes a socio-scientific approach and offers theoretical and normative knowledge at the junction between peace and conflict research, international relations, political theory and philosophy, and applies this knowledge to the current problems of regional and global order. Students are made familiar with theoretically based and normatively founded perspectives on national, trans-national and global socialisation processes and acquire the ability to undertake a differentiated analysis of conflicts within and between states, as well as a considered development of strategies to settle conflicts and promote peace. Students take part in a research placement where they will carry out the research themselves. They can learn to apply their theoretical and methodological skills to an analysis of real ”cases” The interdisciplinary study programme’s focus is on political science, especially international relations. In addition to political science and its different focus areas, the master’s programme includes sociology and philosophy in addition to compulsory optional subjects such as law and economics, engineering sciences or natural sciences. These subjects are not subsidiary subjects in the conventional sense, but integrated into the master’s programme via certain problem fields and subject areas. This promotes intensive handling with, but also between, different theoretical and methodical practical approaches. In addition to specialist knowledge, the study programme also promotes students’ key skills. In order to develop team spirit, the students create content in working groups in seminars and present this information jointly. Different forms of learning, such as the staging of panel discussions or the simulation of negotiations, also teach presentation techniques. Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. Admission requirements Admission to the Master’s programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in sociology or a comparable degree in a related or comparable study programme. Good English language skills (niveau B2) are to be proven by: five years of English lessons at school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “satisfactory” or higher), or a level 2 UNIcert degree, or a TOEFL test (online score of at least 80) or a comparable certificate (niveau B2) Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance. Provisional admission If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. [-]

Master of Arts in Philosophy

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The Master’s in Philosophy is research-oriented. The Master’s degree programme in Philosophy aims to deepen the insights of students in the systematic and historic multiplicity of philosophical problems, to complete mastery of learned techniques for scientific work and to enable students to engage in independent philosophical work. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The Master’s in Philosophy is research-oriented. The Master’s degree programme in Philosophy aims to deepen the insights of students in the systematic and historic multiplicity of philosophical problems, to complete mastery of learned techniques for scientific work and to enable students to engage in independent philosophical work. On one hand the degree programme provides for a scientific confrontation with philosophy in its systematic breadth and allows students to acquire scientific knowledge and competencies in dealing with both historic and current philosophical problems. On the other hand the Master’s degree programme provides for creation of individual major fields of study in which the student acquires deepened knowledge and understanding and learns to develop his own position and to defend it. By the end of the degree programme the student should have acquired the ability to make formal and contextually correct contributions to philosophical specialist discussions. The students of philosophy deepen their central key competencies during the degree programme, namely the ability to practice analytical thinking, to solve a problem, on argumentation, in dealing with challenging texts and media as well as mediation of complex issues in an understandable form. The programme of study aims to qualify the student for careers which demand pronounced analytical and communicative competencies. Start of the programme The programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. Admission requirements To take the Master’s degree programme in Philosophy students can only be admitted who a) have completed a Bachelor degree programme with the main subject Philosophy (with at least 120 CP) or b) have completed a Bachelor degree programme with the minor subject Philosophy (with at least 60 CP), or c) have an at least equivalent degree from a German university or in an equivalent or related subject recognised by the admissions committee (for example religious studies, law studies, social sciences, literature studies, with a standard period of study of a minimum of six semesters) or d) have an at least equivalent recognised foreign degree in the same or in a related subject area recognised by the admissions committee with a standard period of study of a minimum of six semesters or three years of study. and a Master’s examination in the same subject at another university was not finally failed or the right to examination lost. The same applies to Master’s examinations in related subjects in as far as an appropriate correspondence of the subjects has been established by the examination committee. Declarations according to § 14 Paragraph 1 should be submitted regarding this examination. § 14 Paragraph 4 applies correspondingly. Knowledge of languages: Adequate knowledge of the English language to Level B1 according to the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (GER) is necessary to study Philosophy as well as adequate knowledge of one further foreign language (those recommended being: French, Latin or Ancient Greek, whereby for a modern foreign language knowledge of it up to Level B1 according to the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (GER) must be verified and for Latin or Greek passing of the “language examination in Latin“ (or the qualification in Latin) or language examination in Greek“ should be confirmed) Applicants who have neither a German university entrance qualification, nor a degree obtained at a German university must also verify adequate knowledge of the German language. Provisional admission Applicants who have not yet completed their studies in the Bachelor degree programme with Philosophy as the main subject at Goethe University at the point in time of application to the Master’s degree programme can also be admitted to the Master’s degree programme in Philosophy with the proviso that completion of the Bachelor degree programme is confirmed to the examination committee within one semester. This is only possible after having already submitted the Bachelor thesis. The applicant must submit evidence of enrolment in the Bachelor degree programme for provisional admission as well as a recommendation from the supervisor of the Bachelor thesis. [-]

Master of Arts in Political Theory

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The Master’s programme in Political Theory, created by Goethe Universität Frankfurt and Technische Universität Darmstadt, is the first degree of its kind in Germany. Students attend lectures at, and are tutored by, both universities, which also jointly award the academic degree. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The Master’s programme in Political Theory, created by Goethe Universität Frankfurt and Technische Universität Darmstadt, is the first degree of its kind in Germany. Students attend lectures at, and are tutored by, both universities, which also jointly award the academic degree. The Master’s programme in Political Theory teaches the theoretical knowledge and academic skills necessary for a comprehensive analysis of the current political situation and its dynamics. Thus ideas of justice, democracy and power are confronted by the world’s current problems, which are becoming increasingly complex. The course includes: 1. an historical perspective, i.e. an historical, conceptual and critical reconstruction of systematically relevant theoretical approaches, 2. a philosophical perspective, i.e. an analysis of terms and normative discussion of current political questions, 3. a theoretical perspective of institutions, i.e. an empirically-based reflection about how legitimate political relations can be developed in complex societies, Political theory is the focus of this interdisciplinary study programme. In addition to political science and its various branches, the programme includes philosophy, sociology, law and economics. Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. Admission requirements Admission to the Master’s programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in political science or a comparable degree in a related or comparable study programme. Good English language skills (niveau B2) are to be proven by: five years of English lessons at school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “satisfactory” or higher), or a level 2 UNIcert degree, or a TOEFL test (online score of at least 80) or a comparable certificate (niveau B2) Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance. Provisional admission If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. [-]

Master of Arts in Sinology

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The Master’s programme is largely research-oriented and prepares students for professional research activities relating to China, for teaching activities, and for any other activities relating to China that require an academic qualification. The programme also develops students’ Chinese specialist knowledge and language skills. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The Master of Arts in Sinology will deepen and expand the knowledge obtained in a Bachelor’s programme in Sinology, Chinese Studies or East Asian Studies. The Master’s programme is largely research-oriented and prepares students for professional research activities relating to China, for teaching activities, and for any other activities relating to China that require an academic qualification. The programme also develops students’ Chinese specialist knowledge and language skills. The specialist knowledge, methods and skills included in the programme are: advanced skills in the standard modern Chinese language good knowledge of the traditional written Chinese language profound knowledge of the historical and cultural foundations of Chinese civilisation and the social structures of China considered handling of China-related data, sources, texts and methods, familiarity with research methods in sinology including empirical research into China, familiarity with the Chinese academic world, proficient oral and written communication skills with Chinese people Students are also taught specialist knowledge in a focus area to be selected from one the following compulsory optional modules: Chinese communication and language culture (applied Chinese linguistics and socio-linguistics) Chinese knowledge cultures Sociological approaches to Chinese studies Start of the programme The programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester; under sertain circumstancers maybe also at the beginning of the summer semester Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a similar subject; a letter of motivation (600-650 words) proof of English language skills proof of modern Chinese language skills (at least 90 CP) proof of knowledge of the traditional written Chinese language (at least 6 CP) Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance. Provisional admission Applicants with a Bachelor's degree with less than 240 CP or with less than 150 CP in academic China courses, could get admission on condition to make up the difference of the CP in the amount of up to 60 CP. [-]

Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The Master’s programme imparts profound knowledge of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology and offers specialist knowledge in focus areas within this subject. [+]

Goethe Goes Global - Master Scholarships Available Now Due to the Johanna-Quandt-Foundation, Goethe University Frankfurt is now offering scholarships for all master programmes with special emphasis on the research listed on this page. The “Goethe Goes Global” scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes of which are embedded deeply within our strongest research units (e.g Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). We will be offering 20 scholarships per year from 2016-2020 – if your primary motivation is research, come and join our highly international research community! Course content and focus areas The Master’s programme imparts profound knowledge of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology and offers specialist knowledge in focus areas within this subject. Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology links internationally established research and teaching programmes in what is known as social or cultural anthropology with European ethnology, a subject that developed recently in Germany and emerged from the former folklore discipline. The research focus of the subject is on empirical research into cultural processes in contemporary societies. As an object of knowledge, culture includes the practices of groups or societies, artefacts, knowledge developments and communication conditions. Culture is revealed, for example, in differences in language, working methods, social institutions and moral and aesthetic orientations. The subject conceptualises culture in the anthropological sense as a precondition, process and product of human thoughts and actions. The main focus of the subject is on cultural development in contemporary European societies. The European focus in research and teaching is on the cultural influence of the modern age. Europe is not seen as a geopolitical region but as a space constituted by global media links, trans-national culture and knowledge flows. At the same time, European monitoring and reflection is based on cognitive, communicational and cultural dimensions. Modern cultures change in interplay with processes such as economic globalisation, accelerating media development, the increase in trans-national mobility and the change of industrial societies into knowledge societies. Studying Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology allows students to watch these processes and effects, discuss them using the right terminology and explore them using empirical research methods. Students also acquire the skills to analyse the European integration process and the emergence of European identity/ies. This Master’s programme uses the methods of the subject to teach cultural analysis. Students learn to work academically while taking into account the social responsibility of science, and they acquire the ability to reflect critically on the methods obtained in the Bachelor’s programme (research skills), to deal with the theoretical concepts of the subject (ability to theorise) and to relate these theories to research developments (interdisciplinarity). Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. Admission requirements Bachelor’s degree in cultural sciences or social sciences or another academic degree recognised as equivalent; Admission may be granted on the basis of a preliminary transcript of records and other requirements; Proof of methodological knowledge of empirical social research + study exposé, entrance colloquium;- 50% Study exposé (showing your motivation and your professional perspective (500 up to 700 words) Proof of English language skills by certificates or other documents recognised as proof by the examination office Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are obliged to submit proof of adequate German language skills. Provisional admission Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records; at least 150 credit points in the B.A. must have been obtained; proof of English language skills and Study exposé must be submitted; the Bachelor’s thesis must be finished or almost finished. [-]

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