Master's Programme Italian

As of winter semester 2017/2018 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »

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 0231 Language Acquisition
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 066 887
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

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 2020

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only 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 equivalence:

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:

  • 45 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Language Usage
  • 30 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Linguistics
  • 30 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Literary Studies
  • 20 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 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Italian l
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Thematic Module 1

Second Semester »

20.0 ECTS-Credits: Thematic Module 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Italian II
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Thematic Module 3

Fourth Semester »

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

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Italian

Qualification Profile and Skills

Apart from the transfer of in-depth knowledge, the Master's Programme Italian focuses on the following key qualifications:

  1. communicative competences (written and oral expression)

  2. mental flexibility and critical faculty (logical thinking and argumentation, fast comprehension of complex contexts, development of creative solution strategies)

  3. intercultural and cross-cultural comptence (dealing with different traditions of thought)

Subject-specific competences:

Language proficiency:
Command of the foreign language at level C2 based on CEFR, skills in text reception and text production, improvement of language skills by stays abroad (e.g. ERASMUS)

Awareness for the structures of Italian as well as its functions and effects in different regional, social, situative and historical contexts

Literary studies:
critical discussion of texts of different origins (also film, chanson); awareness for the interrelations between culture and text

Land and culture:
Awareness for political, social and economic aspects of Romance-language countries in their relevant historical context

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the fields of linguisitcs, literature and cultural studies. They are able to apply their competences in these fields and at the interfaces of other philological-cultural science subjects by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Based on the transfer of these competences and skills, graduates are prepared for a wide range of activities and careers in different fields: international relations, culture, media, public relations, translation, tourism, publishing, administration, advertising, economy, science.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information on the programme

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Mag. Dr. Dr. Julia Pröll

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

Information for students with disabilities 

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