Structure and Curriculum

The bachelor’s degree programme in Medieval Studies offers a wide variety of courses and many different electives from numerous participating disciplines to ensure your studies are tailored to you.

A self-selected focus area from each of the three thematic clusters will form the core of your studies. Additionally, you will attend seminars created specifically for this programme, which enable discussions with your fellow students and provide research-based insights into various disciplines. You will also take part in field trips to gain first-hand practical experience, and you can receive credit for several weeks of internship. You can also acquire further skills through your selections in the required elective component.

You can find a more detailed overview in the module handbook.

As part of your studies, you will select one discipline out of each of the three thematic clusters. This means that a diverse range of combinations are possible (for example, Latin Studies, Medieval History and Medieval Art History). The aim is to open up the cultural, social, economic, political, philosophical and theological structures of the European Middle Ages to you in different ways.

Thematic cluster I: Linguistic structures and literary representation:
English Studies; German Language, Literature and Culture; Iranian Studies; Greek and Latin Studies; Romance Studies (Spanish/French/Italian); Slavic Studies (Russian/Polish/Czech/Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian)

Thematic cluster II: Historical sources and theoretical texts:
Medieval History, Auxiliary Sciences of History, Philosophy, Catholic Theology

Thematic cluster III: Material culture and visual representation:
Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology, Heritage Conservation Studies, Islamic Art and Archaeology, Art History

Read more on each of the participating disciplines.


A multidisciplinary series of medieval studies seminars is also aimed specifically at students within the Centre of Medieval Studies (ZEMAS). These seminars explore individual topics in a practice-oriented, research-based manner via the knowledge and approaches of different disciplines and promote interdisciplinary competencies and networking. Each seminar is held by teaching staff from a different sub-discipline of medieval studies; the programme, as a whole, intends to give students an impression of the diverse disciplinary aspects one topic can have. Furthermore, shorter block courses have also frequently been offered. These can be credited as the medieval studies seminar component, such as insights into various medieval languages.

Three to six seminars can be selected as part of this module.

To successfully complete the Medieval Studies programme, the following language skills are required. You may already have these language skills when you start your studies or you can achieve throughout the programme until the time you write your final thesis, i.e. near the end of the bachelor’s programme.

  • English language skills that allow the fluent reception of even elaborate academic texts, both written and spoken
  • Knowledge of a further modern language
  • Latin knowledge that allows you to work independently with medieval Latin sources

Language skills are usually substantiated by:

  • a minimum of five years of English lessons at school
  • a minimum of three years of lessons at school in the relevant modern foreign language
  • a qualifying examination in Latin (Latinum/proficient level).

It is possible for equivalent language skills acquired in other ways (e.g. learning Ancient Greek at school) to be recognised. Please contact the programme coordinator for this purpose.

If you would like to improve your language skills at the University of Bamberg, you will find an extensive selection of language courses offered on the Language Centre’s webpages.

In field trips, you’ll discover current research first hand under practical conditions, for example in archives, museums, heritage sites, whole cities or research institutes. Visits to cathedrals, for example, enhance theoretical lessons held in seminar rooms. These chances to view original historical artefacts and sites are so important to us that you can expect to spend between nine and 21 full days on field trips.

In internships, you can gain professional experience, for example in libraries, museums, foundations, research institutes, companies, historical parks or other historical institutions. You can receive credit for four to 14 weeks of internships.

The required elective component is intended to be used to gain or consolidate transferable, professional, didactic and foreign language skills. As part of this component, you can

  • receive credits for additional internship periods
  • gain or develop language skills
  • gain initial or further knowledge in the field of cultural informatics or applied computer science
  • research religious traditions (Catholic Theology, Islamic Studies/Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies

You will write your bachelor’s thesis in one of your chosen disciplines. The choice of topic and your approach can incorporate the interdisciplinary focus of the degree programme. The bachelor’s thesis is an independent piece of written work that shows you have fundamental and sufficiently specialised knowledge of the subject you have studied within at least one discipline participating in the Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies programme. It also establishes that you are able to work independently on an illustrative topic using academic methodologies within a fixed period of time. You will also complete an additional immersion module in the same discipline that you write your bachelor’s thesis in, helping you specialise in this area.

General Studies – what is it?

The General Studies (Studium Generale) component is intended to be used, for example, to gain transferable, professional, didactic and foreign language skills. However, you can attend any class that is approved for this purpose in the UnivIS system. If you wish to attend additional or alternative courses, please get into contact with the relevant teaching staff; a lack of specific classification in the system does not always mean that it is not possible to attend the course in question as part of the General Studies component.

You are free to choose which subjects the courses you take come from. The credit acquired in the General Studies component does not contribute to the final mark of your degree. However, the ECTS points are necessary in order to reach the total required amount.