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Master's Programme Romance Studies

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 Aquisition
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 066 849
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:

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:

  • 37.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area Language Usage
  • 25.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area Linguistics
  • 25.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area Literary Studies
  • 20.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area Cultural 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: Language Practice I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Independent Study
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module 1 or 4 out of the cross-language interdisciplinary area of Romance:
Language, Media, Politics I or Romance Literatures and Cultures Transversal I

Second Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Language Practice II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules 1, 2, 3 or 4 out of the language-specific differentiated disciplinary area :
Advanced Topics in Linguistics or Topics in Linguistics or Advanced Topics in Literature and Cultural Studies or Topics in Literature and Cultural Studies
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module out of the cross-language interdisciplinary area of Romance:
If EM1 Advanced Topics in Linguistics was chosen in the first semester: Political Discourse, Language Policy & Politics, Sociolinguistics or Contrastive, Applied and/or Text and Discourse Linguistics or Romance Literatures and Cultures Transversal I
If EM4 Topics in Literature and Cultural Studies was chosen in the first semester: Language, Media, Politics I or Romance World Literatures or Film History

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual Choice of Specialisation

Fourth Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Reflection on the Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defense
25.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

In addition to a thorough specialist knowledge, special emphasis is placed on the following key qualifications:

  1. communicative skills (written and oral expressiveness)
  2. mental flexibility and ability to respond positively to criticism (logical thinking and argumentation, fast understanding of complex relationships, developing of creative solution strategies)
  3. intercultural and culture-crossing competence (dealing with different traditions of thought)

The subject-specific skills in detail:

Command of language: 
Command of a foreign language at level C2 of the CEFR, skills in the fields of text reception and text production, advancing of language skills with stays abroad (e.g. ERASMUS).

Scientific study of the structures of French / Italian / Spanish; creating an awareness of the respective language and the mechanisms of action in various regional, social, situational and historical contexts;

Literary studies:
Critical examination of texts of various origin (also film, chanson); creating an awareness for the interdependency of culture and text).

Civilisation and cultural studies: 
Creating an awareness for the political, social and economic aspects of the Romance language area in their respective historic context.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates have highly specialised knowledge in the fields of language, literature and cultural studies. They are able to demonstrate their competence in these fields and at the interface to other philological-cultural-studies-related subjects by scientifically correct formulation and substantiation of arguments and by finding innovative solutions to problems. Because of the relatively extensive elective part, they are able to apply their specialist knowledge in an interdisciplinary way.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Precisely because the above-mentioned competences are imparted, graduates enjoy a variety of career opportunities in different fields: international relations, culture, media, public relations, language mediation, tourism, publishing, administration, marketing, economy, science.

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:

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

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 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
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Mag. Dr. Dr. Julia Pröll

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

Information for students with disabilities 

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