Master's Programme Classical Philology - Latin

 As of winter semester 2017/2018 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding bachelor’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 C 066 837
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2012W) *
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent

* Information on the Curriculum (2012W)

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)

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

October 2018

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:

  • 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: Poetry or Prose1
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Areas of Latin Literature (Poetry or Prose)1
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Latin Translation (Poetry or Prose)1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Skills in Latin 1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Theory of Language and Literature

Second Semester »

12.5 ECTS-Credits: Latin Literature
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Skills in Latin 2
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module(s)

Third Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Poetry or Prose1
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Areas of Latin Literature (Poetry or Prose)1
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Latin Translation (Poetry or Prose) 1
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Skills in Latin 3
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module(s)

Fourth Semester »

30.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis 

 * Elective Modules »

20 ECTS-Credits out of following Elective Modules

  • 5.0 ECTS-Credits: Mediaeval and Neo-Latin Literature (1)
  • 5.0 ECTS-Credits:  Mediaeval and Neo-Latin Translation (1)
  • 5.0 ECTS-Credits: Translation and Linguistic Interpretation (Poetry) (1)
  • 5.0 ECTS-Credits: Greek Translation and Linguistic Interpretation (Prose) (1)
  • 5.0 ECTS-Credits: Interpreting Greek Texts (1)
  • 15.0 ECTS-Credits: Literary Studies (In-Depth Study) (2)
  •  max. 10 ECTS-Credits: Modules from other Programmes of the Faculty of Humanities 2

(1) Depending on the offer, either the modules Poetry, Areas of Latin Literature (Poetry) and Reading and Translating Latin (Poetry) should be taken in the first semester and in the third semester the modules Prose, Areas of Latin Literature (Prose) and Reading and Translating Latin (Prose) or the other way round.

(2) 10.0 ECTS-Credits in the second semester, 5.00 ECTS-Credits in the third semester.

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Classical Philology – Latin is grouped among the Humanities and Cultural Sciences.

The objective of the programme is scientific examination of Latin language and literature. Graduates of the master's programme acquire advanced passive and basic active Latin language skills, optionally also extensive passive language skills in ancient Greek. They deepen their knowledge and understanding of ancient literature, acquire knowledge of comprehensive medieval and modern Latin literature as well as the spread of ancient cultures on the European cultural and intellectual history, and thus basically understand mediation processes (transmission, acquisition, interpretation, reinterpretation, polemical alienation etc.). They perfect the use of scientific work techniques which are characteristic for humanities and cultural sciences, in particular for literary studies, and are able to independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the fields of Latin linguistics and literary studies. They are able to apply their competences in the field of Latin studies and at the interfaces of Greek studies and linguistics and literary studies by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master's Programme Classical Philology – Latin are qualified for a wide range of activities, in particular for the following activities:  

University research and teaching as well as participation in non-university research institutions and projects;

The process of medieval and modern Latin literary heritage is to be mentioned in terms of genuine Latin scientific desiderata, which alone would be sufficient to bind the forces of numerous research generations;

Morevoer, Classical Philology is an interdisciplinary basic subject providing the fundamentals of historical, culture-historical, philological etc. research; 

Activities in language schools;

Librarianship where knowledge of Latin and Greek are required for indexing and preserving medieval and early modern book stocks;

Publishing, in particular in terms of scientific books and school books;

Tourism, in particular activities as tourist guides in areas of the Greco-Roman culture area (Europe, North Africa, Middle East);

Museum work, cultural journalism, culture and education policy as well as public relations.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Pisek

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