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Master's Programme Classical Philology - Latin

As of winter semester 2022/2023 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 066 837
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2018W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2018W)

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:

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:

  • 10.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Latin
  • 15.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Ancient Literature
  •   7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Cultural History of Antiquity
  •   7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Principles and Methods about Classical Philosophy

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: Interpretation I
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Theory and Analysis
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Mediaeval and Neo-Latin Language and Literature
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Extensive Reading I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module(s)

Second Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Interpretation II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Thematic Specialisation
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Topics in Medieval and Neo-Latin
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Extensive Reading II

Third Semester »

30.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module(s) / Window of opportunity

Fourth Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master's Thesis
25.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis

Grafische Darstellung »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s Programme in Classical Philology – Latin aims at the scientific examination of the Latin language and literature of antiquity, the Middle Ages and modern times.  With their development and functions as well as the cultural, historic and social processes they are embedded in, they are understood as important components of European cultural and intellectual history.

Graduates are able to work on subject-specific topics independently, data-based, theory-based and in a methodological reflected way and to present contents in the resp. requested form and to the requested extent with regards to the target group.

The Master’s Programme in Classical Philology – Latin is science-orientated.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates have a highly specialised knowledge of the subject of Latin. They are able to demonstrate their competence by formulating and arguing in a scientifically correct way and by finding innovative solutions to problems and by communicating beyond the boundaries of their subject.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master’s Programme Classical Philology – Latin are qualified for a wide range of activities. They can use their expertise in their field of work or study as well as their knowledge from other disciplines for the strategic direction and guidance of complex projects, operational areas or companies. Depending on the focus of their studies they are qualified for working in the following professional fields:

  • research and teaching at universities as well as in non-university research institutes and projects,
  • work at language schools and in adult education,
  • libraries and archives,
  • publishing, in particular in scientific and school book publishing houses,
  • tourism, in particular as guides,
  • cultural administration and education,
  • work in museums,
  • cultural journalism,
  • cultural and educational politics as well as public relations.

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 Complementary Subject Areas can be found at:

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

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). 

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
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Martin Sexl

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

Information for students with disabilities 

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