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 C 066 817
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent

* 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.

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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 cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

Source: Academic year 2016/2017

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).


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equalence: 

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 30 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Basics 
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Language Usage
  • 40 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Linguistics
  • 40 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Literary Studies
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Cultural Studies

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

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: Scientific Work
      5.0 ECTS-Credits: Core Area: Linguistics
      5.0 ECTS-Credits: Core Area: Literary Studies
      5.0 ECTS-Credits: Core Area: Medieval Studies
      5.0 ECTS-Credits: Core Area: Applied Linguistics
      5.0 ECTS-Credits: Core Area: Conveyance of Literature 

Second Semester »

20.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module - In-Depth Study
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Third Semester »

12.5 ECTS-Credits: German Philology in Research Practice
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module - Core Theme

Fourth Semester »

30.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defence

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Recommended course sequence for Master Programme German Philologys

Qualification Profile and Skills

The objective of the Master's Programme German Philology is scientific examination of German language and literature, its development and functions in present and history as well as the cultural, social and anthropological-symbolic processes they are embedded in. Thus, language and literature are understood as comprehensive cultural phenomena that help us recognise, understand and form them and foster reflection about social and cultural processes, also in view of future development; a special emphasis is put on the gender aspects that also characterise language and literature in our culture.

Thus, besides sound knowledge of historical, systematic and pragmatic aspects of language and literature and an insight into conveyance of literature in practice, knowledge of the media, their structures, action mechanisms and creative possibilities require considerable space within the Master's Programme German Philology. Studying the fundamentals and characteristics of oral and written communication and acquisition of high level oral and written language skills are other high priority objectives of the study programme. According to the comprehensive nature of the subject, a large diversity of theories is to be taken into account. The Master's Programme German Philology is science-oriented.

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

The Master's Programme German Philology qualifies for activities in all fields of cultural life. At the same time, it prepares for scientific careers in philological subjects and cultural studies at the university as well as non-university or university-related research institutions.

Relevant occupational fields for graduates of the Master's Programme German Philology can be found in leading positions in publishing and media, scientific libraries, editorial work, journalism, cultural administration and mediation and international educational and cultural exchange.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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Contact and Information

Examination Office
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Associate Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Pisek

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