Turkic Studies (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Language of instruction:

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester

Winter semester (official launch in the winter semester 2022/23)

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


at Uppsala Universitet


October 18 - January 17

Required Bachelor's degree:

Turkologie (B.A.)


Institut für Slavistik, Turkologie und zirkumbaltische Studien and Department of Linguistics and Philology


Faculty 05 - Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The Master’s Programme in Turkic Studies is a two-year double degree programme offered in collaboration with Uppsala University in Sweden. It gives you a unique opportunity to pursue your studies at two different universities in two different countries and graduate from both.

The programme is designed for students with a strong interest in acquiring an advanced knowledge of Turkic linguistics, philology and literary studies. You will study in international environments with teachers and students from diverse academic, educational, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Upon completing the programme, you will have broad and specialised knowledge and academic skills in the field of Turcology that qualify you for further academic studies, or for academic jobs at universities and research institutions.

The programme’s curriculum encompasses various classical branches of Turcology: philological analysis of historical sources, codicology and critical edition, historical-comparative linguistics with reconstruction and etymological studies, linguistic investigation of various phenomena including phonology, morphosyntax and multilingualism, dialectology and documentation of the modern Turkic languages, and literary studies with close reading and analysis of various genres. Additionally, the programme incorporates the use and application of modern digital tools in relation to corpora building and born-digital text editions.

The application, administration of the selection process and the admission of prospective students is conducted by Uppsala University.

More information can be found on the Uppsala Universitet website.

Program structure

During the first year you study at Uppsala University, Sweden, and during the second year at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

During the first and second semesters, which you spend at Uppsala University in Sweden, you take seven compulsory courses (for a total of 52.5 credits) in Turkic philology and linguistics, plus the course Current trends in linguistics for 7.5 credits, offered in the subject area of linguistics during the second semester.

In the third semester, you continue your studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, where you take five compulsory courses in Turkic linguistics and Turkic literary studies. During the final semester, you write your Master’s thesis. The thesis work is supervised by a teacher from Mainz with the co-supervision of another teacher from Uppsala. The defence is carried out jointly according to German regulations.

After successful completion of the programme, each graduate will receive two Master’s Degree Certificates, one issued by Uppsala University and the other one issued by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Master entrance requirements

  • BA diploma in Turcology/Turkic Studies, or any BA with a Turcological focus
  • proof of good active and passive proficiency in English is mandatory and can be confirmed through providing an internationally recognized language test such as TOEFL or IELTS