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Master's Programme German Philology

Faculty Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0232 Literature and Linguistics
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 066 817
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 30 ECTS-Credits Area: German Linguistics
  • 30 ECTS-Credits Area: German Literary Studies

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Themes and Perspectives of Current Research in German Philology
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VO German Philology
2.5 ECTS-Credits: UE German Philology
2.5 ECTS-Credits: UE Methods and Theories of German Philology
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Scientific Writing and Publishing
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Oral Scientific Communication
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE In-Depth Study: German Philology II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Research Seminar I
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Selected Topics in German Philology
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Research Seminar II
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Selected Topics in German Philology I
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defense

Graphic chart »

MA Germanistik_Studienverlauf_Stand 01.10.2018_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s Programme in German Philology aims at the scientific examination of the German language and literature, its development and its functions in the present and history as well as the cultural, social and anthropological-symbolic processes in which they are embedded. Language and literature are seen as comprehensive cultural phenomena that recognise, understand and help to shape our living environment and promote the reflection of social and cultural processes also with regard to future development. Special attention is given to gender aspects in our culture that shape language and literature.

That is why in addition to thorough knowledge of historic, systematic and pragmatic aspects of language and literature and insights into the practice of literary teaching, also knowledge of media, its structures, mechanisms of action and shaping possibilities are given a lot of space. Studying the fundamentals and characteristics or oral and written communication and the developing of a high level or oral and written language competence are other major objectives of the Master’s Programme in German Philology. The comprehensive understanding of the subject corresponds to a large variety of theories. The Master’s Programme in German Studies is science-orientated.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the fields of German linguistics and literary studies. They are able to apply their competences in linguistics/applied linguistics, medieval studies or literary studies/mediation by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems as well as to communicate beyond the subject boundaries.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master’s Programme in German Philology can apply their expertise in their field of work or study as well as knowledge from other disciplines for the strategic orientation and management of complex projects, operational areas or companies. Depending on the focus of their studies, they are qualified for the following occupational fields:

  • media: print media, radio, TV, new media etc.
  • book trade and librarianship
  • publishing: school book publishing houses, literary publishing houses etc.
  • cultural administration and education: houses of literature, cultural authorities, theatres, museums etc.
  • adult education: communication advice, writing centres, courses for German as Foreign/Second Language etc.
  • international culture and education exchange: e.g. within the scope of a lectorship or educational counselling
  • public relations: companies, public administration, cultural institutions etc.
  • research: university, literary archives, language documentation, edition projects etc.

The Master’s Programme in German Philology is science-orientated and the basis for a Doctoral Programme.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


Within the scope of the Master’s Programme, a Minor corresponding to 30 ECTS-Credits may be passed.

More information and a list of possible Minors Areas can be found at:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Peter Pohl

Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

Information for students with disabilities 

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