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The M.A. in Film Studies comprises six modules, each consisting of two thematically related courses. In the first two semesters, students deepen their critically reflected insights into current research on contemporary film historiography, film analysis, and theory building in media aesthetics. An additional focus is on reflecting on and applying different methodological approaches in film studies. The third semester is dedicated to project work in research practice and the familiarization with current research issues designed to result in a prospectus of the master’s thesis. The thesis will be written in the fourth semester and accompanied by a colloquium.

The master’s thesis is to show that the students are capable of independently working on and presenting a research problem using academic methods. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree.

The curriculum of the program is governed by the Degree Program and Examination Regulations. The regulations contain detailed descriptions of the contents and qualification goals of each individual module, as well as a sample curriculum. In addition, they define the examination requirements of each module and the master’s exam. They list the credit points for each module as well as the workload in hours for the entire course of study.