Post it: International Study Programme

Master's Programme Linguistic and Literary Varieties in the Francophone World

Joint Study Programme of the University of Innsbruck and the Université Paris Descartes

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 UC 066 954
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2010W) *
Language of Instruction German / French
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

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 »


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:

  • 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

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: French I
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Thematic Module - Linguistics

Second Semester »

       10.0 ECTS-Credits: French  II
       20.0 ECTS-Credits: Thematic Module - Literary Studies

Third Semester (Paris) »

17.0 ECTS-Credits: In-depth study of Linguistics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: In-depth study
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester (Paris) »

15.0 ECTS-Credits: Research Training
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Methodology of the Discipline chosen for the Master Thesis
  3.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module - Lecture series held by national and international lecturers
  7.0 ECTS-Credits: Professional Experience

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Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Linguistic and Literary Varieties in the Francophone World

Qualification Profile and Skills

Apart from the transfer of in-depth knowledge, the Master’s Programme 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, especially promoted by the allocation of studies to two universities)

Subject-specific competences:

Language proficiency:
Command of the foreign language at level C2 based on CEFR

Awareness for the structures of French 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; special attention to literatures/cultures outside the Romance core countries (e.g. Canada, Maghreb)

Knowledge in land and culture are in particular to be acquired by a one-year study stay abroad in Paris and the close cooperation with French students in Innsbruck.

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.

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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 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
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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